What if I told you, “You are enough?”

The right to be alive. First Chakra. Our connection to Earth and to the Cosmos. Our right to be free.

How are you supported in your right to be? Can you look in the mirror and say, “I am enough?” How does it feel to know that your being alive is enough? I am proposing that for the next 30 days, every time you pass a mirror, look into your own eyes and say , “I am enough.”

~ New First Chakra Quotes ~

“Everyone should have themselves regularly overwhelmed by Nature.” ~ George Harrison

“Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you.”  ~ Miranda July

“This is the world as it is. This is where you start.”Saul D. Alinsky

“National humiliation is long in gestation and violent in resolution.” – Roger Cohen

“The purpose of life is to be alive.” – Charlotte Kasl, If the Buddha Got Stuck

This is the fight our generation was made for. You know enough. And you can learn. If this happened in the future, there may not have been people around who lived the fight. Holocaust survivors, Vietnam and Iraq war veterans. AIDS activists. People who have seen what happens when ghouls come in and try to destroy government. We will turn their ridiculous plans into puddles as the sun comes out. ~ Matthew Kohn

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West

sun through the forest © 5.2015 Holly Troy“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn

“The whole point of Jesus’s life was not that we should become exactly like him, but that we should become ourselves in the same way he became himself. Jesus was not the great exception but the great example. – Carl Jung

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Harri

108 Days of American Sentence ~ Day 13

Shift to gratitude: relief/redemption/restoration/hope/blessings.

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the joy of being yourself – manipura

“Joy comes when you’re being spontaneous — it’s really hard to be happy when you’re not being yourself.” – Tony Robbins

“The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important.” — Oliver Emberton

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

“Whatever you do, don’t try and escape from your pain, but be with it. Because the attempt to escape from pain creates more pain.” The Tibetan Book of living and Dying

“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” ~ Ossie Davis

“Don’t outsource your self-esteem to only one outcome. Then you are a slave to a future you can’t predict.” – James Altucher

“Keep clear of the dupes that talk democracy / And the dogs that talk revolution / Drunk with talk, liars and believers … / Long live freedom, and damn the ideologies.” – Robinson Jeffers

“What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?” – John Keats, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’

“We take almost all of the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which we are barely conscious.” – W. G. Sebald

“It was that impossible thing: happiness that does not wilt to reveal the thin shoots of some new desire rising from within it.”  ~ George Saunders

“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”  –Candace Bushnell

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Mountain Biking is one of my rituals – it keeps me happy, flexible, and strong. I can’t think bad thoughts when I’m riding – and – I get practice in calmly handling whatever may come up around the corner . . . photo by mountain bike partner and dear friend – Christine Griffin

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” – Unknown

“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.”  – Georgia O’Keeffe

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — J.K. Rowling

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.” — George Eliot

“Claim your space. Draw a circle of light around it. Push back against the dark. Don’t just survive. Celebrate.”  ~ Charles Frazier

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Joyce Brothers

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” – Bill Mollison

“Your job is to build your own path to influence, where success may just be right around the corner.” ~ Catherine Haggarty

“Before I can discard the verse, I have to write it… I can’t discard a verse before it is written because it is the writing of the verse that produces whatever delights or interests or facets that are going to catch the light. The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” – Leonard Cohen

Rooting in the First Chakra

Intense Scorpionic energy is the vibration of the month/season.

Event: Going Deep ~ Sojourn at the Underworld
When: Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Flagstaff, AZ (email me for directions at sacredfolly@gmail.com or visit the Going Deep Event and rsvp)

This is the first live event I’ve done in over a year.

Sydney Francis and I are embarking on a vast project for releasing shame from our physical and bliss bodies, and inviting joy, love, and full-bodied empowerment into our lives. We are beginning this endeavor with a ritual that is a practice in deeply grounding our right to be safe, loved, happy, blissful, and comfortable with our sexuality, creativity, intellect, love . . . basically it’s a celebration for the essence of what makes us each unique as well as part of the larger consciousness.

labyrinthThis cross-quarter cycle is a powerful time for acknowledging and celebrating the shadow side of ourselves as full-sensory, physical, bliss-filled beings. With the added dynamic of the new moon eclipsing the sun in Scorpio, the mood is to go deep. As we move from harvest to darkness, we pay attention to what we really need in order to have light and to thrive, and we shed what is no longer useful for our survival, the survival of our communities, our sexual vitality, and our basic connection to one another.

We are approaching an auspicious time for releasing what we no longer need in our lives and for setting intentions and bringing in the energy for what we do need. We are at Samhain, one of the  cross-quarter holidays that acknowledges the cycle of the earth around the sun. It is also the time when it is believed that the “veil between the worlds” is thinnest, so our connection to the spirit world is very strong right now. Also, November 3rd is a New (Dark) Moon in Scorpio (the new moon is an excellent time for making new intentions) eclipsing the Sun in Scorpio* (we will see things in a new light).

Sojourn at the Underworld is an experiential ceremony where participants will:

  • be led through a guided mediation that will awaken the mind-body connection;
  • guided along a physical passage for releasing what is longer needed for this transitional time of the year and of our lives;
  • learn techniques for grounding, being in the moment, for releasing emotional residue, and for setting intentions;
  • explore the energies for this earth cycle;
  • ground our “right to be” who we are as unique and communal beings on this planet;
  • will practice and learn techniques for drawing in what we want to have in our lives;
  • integrate the experience;
  • share community and feast with the spirits!

duck weedThis event will be happening both indoors and outdoors – so bring warm clothing! Also, a blanket, yoga mat, or something comfortable to sit on is recommended.

Please also bring food and/or drink for feasting after the ceremony.

Cost:  $30.00, for students $20.00

Feel free to comment or email me directly at sacredfolly@gmail.com for more info.

*To find out more about the intense astrological energies that are happening this week, check out Anne Ortelee’s Weekly Weather podcast.

Between the two of us, Sydney Francis and I have over forty years of experience working with earth energy spirituality and mind-body healing. Individually, we bring our knowledge of yoga, meditation, mystery schools, art, creativity and compassion to our practice.

Blessings.

Om shanti, shanti, shanti.

October 5th — Libra New Moon begins — Writing the Energetic Body

Writing the Energetic Body – Shedding Inhibition and Divining Your Intentions – 28 Days of Writing Past the Mind and into the Chakras

New Moon in Libra, October 5th, 2013 starts the next class!

sunflower at twilight (c) Holly Troy 2013New Moon is the time to plant intentions — and Libra is the sign of relationships and partnerships. Libra is ruled by Venus, so there is in increased desire for love, harmony, and beauty in our lives at this time. We may be asking ourselves questions about how to have more balance in our lives and our relationships, or how to have more beauty around us, or we may seek beauty in ourselves and relationships. How do we nurture our creative dreams?  How do we nurture love, give love, and receive love?

We will begin the session with an intention setting ritual and start an exploration of our desires at the crown chakra and work our way down to the root, the earth, our place of manifestation.

Get ready to explore possibility, make (re)discoveries, release inhibition, and develop a writing practice.

Overview of the seven major chakras of the Hindu Chakra System:

1st Chakra – This is our entrance into the earthly plane, our right to be in the world. We will investigate issues surrounding survival and our “tribe”.
2nd Chakra – This is where we experience the power of relationships. We will plumb pleasure, sexuality, emotions, and the desire to create.
3rd Chakra – This is where we gain our sense of personal identity, power, and will. Who are you? What is your purpose?
4th Chakra – We will open to compassion, self-acceptance, and love.
5th Chakra – We will look at clear communication, self-expression, creativity and “Divine Will”.  What happens when you speak your Truth?
6th Chakra – We will explore perception, clarity of vision, and psychic ability. How do you see the world? How does intuition and imagination expand your life experience?
7th Chakra – How do we understand the world? What is our connection to a Higher Power? We will investigate thought as the seed of manifestation and how the energy of this “ethereal” chakra can be brought “down to earth”.

Some of the benefits of taking part in Writing the Energetic Body:

  • compassionately and creatively observe the Self
  • uncover hidden impulses, stories, and life patterns
  • awaken the body/mind
  • utilize the breath for presence in the moment
  • deepen and expand creative vision
  • loosen up and strengthen fluid writing

There is no need to “know” anything about the chakra system, our bodies physically and energetically hold information, and by freely writing we can tap into that knowledge.

IMG_4855Participants will receive daily writing prompts designed to stimulate a specific chakra for the given day in their in-boxes. We will spend four days on each chakra – three days of daily prompts and one open day where participants will have time to reflect and write whatever arises for them. We will spend only 30 minutes of writing on the given prompt. Participants will return their responses via email to me. Participants will also have the chance to upload their work to a private blog site to share and to give and receive feedback from other participants.

I will personally respond to your work via email.

As an added bonus, participants also receive either written, audio, or video instruction for movement, meditation, or breath work that will deepen the prompt for the day. Participants may use the additional instruction however they choose—and it is theirs to refer to whenever they like.

Om Shanti. This class is closed.

now that you’re all grown up, who is your tribe?

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn

When we are growing up, most of us do not have a choice about whom we spend our time with until we start making friends in school. We are surrounded and influenced by our families and/or caretakers. (Some people would argue that we do choose our families before we are born, and maybe that will work for this post as well. Whatever you believe is fine).

my buddy, TigerThink about the five people (human or animal or vegetable) you spend the most time with right now. Who are they? Do you deliberately spend time with them? Are they your loved ones? What about the people you work with? Do you have children? Basically, what is your relationship with these people? Are your relationships satisfying, inspiring, and vibrant? What is your choice in having these relationships – do you feel you have one?

List ten qualities that you like about each of the five people you spend the most time with. List ten qualities you don’t like. Is there a pattern? Can you see yourself as a mirror to these people, and vice versa? Do any of the immediate five people in your life inspire you? Do any of the relationships drain you? Is there anything you’d like to change about the dynamics of your relationships? Are there any people you’d like to spend more time with? Less time with? Is it possible to make subtle shifts to allow new people into your sphere of influence?

If you’d like to look back at your childhood, you may also do this same exercise with your family. What ten qualities did you like about the people in your life then, what ten qualities did you not like? Are the dynamics of your early sphere of influence affecting your current sphere of influence?

Who do you wish to surround yourself with? What do you imagine their qualities to be? Are they qualities you already possess, or qualities you aspire to have? What kinds of steps can you take in order to make those changes?

I’d love to hear your responses – feel free to comment!

Namaste,

Holly

New Moon Intention Setting and Writing Exercise

Shared from my blog Sacred Folly.

Tonight is the new moon in Pisces. For tonight, or, for the next two nights, it is a good time to set intentions. I propose an intention setting exercise this evening.

A few years ago I learned an exercise similar to the one I am presenting here while I was going through a particularly tough time in my life. I found it to be very helpful, and I did it many times on or around the new moon. This is my own version of the exercise. 

Light © Holly Troy 2012You could focus on something specific, say, with what you’d like to get out of your writing and/or creative work. You could also focus on career, relationships (could be with people, money, creativity, etc.), prosperity, recreation, your environment, a specific project – anything in your life that you feel might need some focus.

If you can’t think of anything you’d like, that’s ok, too, because this exercise begins with what you don’t like or don’t want anyway.

If you know exactly what you want – skip to PART 3.

For each part of this exercise, please write for 10 minutes.

Part 1

Choose a topic you’d like to focus on. On top of your page write, “I don’t want . . . “ and then just list what you don’t want. To give you some ideas, there may be things that are happening in your life right now about this particular subject that you just don’t like. Write that down. Or, you may have fears about what may come up if you start doing or having what you want. Write all the don’ts, can’ts, shouldn’ts, won’ts down for the next 10 minutes.

If you can’t think about a particular topic, just write about what you’d like to let go of in general.

If you can do this part of the exercise outside, fantastic, though it is not necessary. 

Once you are done, stand up and inhaling, lift your arms over your head. Then, exhaling, gently bending forward while slightly bending your knees. Allow your upper body to hang with arms hanging overhead toward the ground – you may even swing back and forth gently. Imagine all the don’t wants are flowing from your arms, fingertips, and top of your head and into the earth. Say, “I am letting go now.” You might even say, “Thank you Mother Earth, for taking care of this for me.”  (You can imagine earth composting all the crud you no longer need – she’s really good at doing that).

Now slowly roll the upper body up, one vertebra at a time, knees slightly bent, arms relaxing so that they hang alongside the body, head comes up last.

Part 2

Look at your “don’t want” list. Now take each “don’t want” and write the opposite of each phrase, something you do want. You may begin the phrases with:

Wouldn’t it be nice if . . .
I’d love to . . .
I attract people who . . .
I’d really like . . .
I am surrounded by . . .
or whatever seems appropriate to you.

Once you have written all the opposite phrases, read them out loud to yourself. Imagine inhaling the phrase and allowing the breath to move through your entire body.

Part 3

If you can, stand comfortably, with knees slightly bent. Or, you may sit or lie down. Inhaling, imagine light and love is flowing through the crown of your head, down your spine, and all the way down to your feet. Exhale, imagine light and love expanding to bathe every cell of your body. Inhaling, let that light and love pour in through the crown of your head and all the way through the soles of your feet. Exhale, that light and love continues to flow outward. Continue this breathing so that you establish a steady flow.

Once that flow is established, imagine it is three years from now and all the things that you want have come to pass, and you are enjoying your life beyond your wildest dreams. You are having a party to celebrate your success. What are you celebrating? What are your surroundings? Who is there? Try to write at least one detail for each of your senses. Do this for 10 minutes.

When the 10 minutes are up, read your vision back to yourself. Imagine that your vision is a powerful seed of potential. Release that seed into the sky. While the moon is darkest, it is the most fertile. If you’d like, read your vision to the moon. Know that what is best for you is what will grow. You may even add at the end, “This or something better is now coming to me for the good of all. So be it, so it is. Thank you.”

Happy Writing!

Om Shanti ~ Holly