Grace and Gratitude

Sharon Gannon in the trees at Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary - photo by Val Shaff
Sharon Gannon in the trees at Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary – Photo by Val Shaff

One of my earliest yoga teachers – Sharon Gannon – performing a dance (in the video below) at Jivamukti Yoga School on 9th Street and 2nd Avenue.

She writes: “Here I am performing the asana dance “Lily” at the Jivamukti Yoga school at 2nd Ave and 9th street–We would put on a party with a “talent” show twice a year that would include poetry, music, storytelling and dance. I am not sure of the date of this one–I would guess maybe 1991 –If any one knows let me know.” Continue reading “Grace and Gratitude”

Never Give Up. Always Surrender.

I received this message in my inbox from Heather Bleasdell, Citizen Witch.

Never give up. Always Surrender. ~ Heather Bleasdell

Her wise words makes so much sense to me right now. Caring for my partner while he is recovering from open heart surgery has been a constant surrendering to the situation at hand and taking every action possible to help his recovery. At the same time, while focusing on him, I have had to remember myself and make sure I also take actions toward self-care. It’s been tricky – and I slipped up a little bit. I hope I am back on track.

Heather offered a great ritual for the Aries New Moon and checking in with self needs:

Rather than look outside for answers – approval – affirmation
Feel Inside

What is being initiated within you… regardless of ego’s preference?
Where can you give yourself more space to unfold?

Without pushing or holding back, breathe there.
Spaciousness is the doorway for massive magic.

Heather Bleasdale - Citizen Witch
Artwork by Heather Bleasdell

To see more of Heather’s ritual, her art, her humor, and all kinds of positive messages, check out The Work of Heather Bleasdell.

Thanks for reading!

Your friend,

Holly

108 Days of American Sentence – Day 17

How do people believe in a Loving God, yet live so full of fear?

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buddha sunning himself © Holly Troy 2014

Common Sense and Beauty – Jane Goodall

I’ve been thinking much about how I want to go forward with my life. I have some pretty good ideas about what next – but not always the energy to carry through as consistently as I’d like.

Jane Goodall has always been an inspiration to me – I think this video will be good for me to watch if/when I feel my energy lag.

I hope this video inspires you.

Kali Ma (and the Moon)

Astrologers are saying a lot of letting go with this Libra New Moon today – a closing of the lunar eclipse from the end of September.

What was revealed to you that you can let go of now?

“Don’t give a little bit and then take it back . . .”

Make some space to let new things in. Make some space to let Love in. Make some space to let Truth in. Let it in so you can let it out. Simple, but maybe not easy.

Oh, Beautiful Ram Dass. Om Shanti, Om.

Ram Dass - photographer unknown
Ram Dass – photographer unknown

Born on a Thursday #50 – Consciousness

It seems that consciousness is always moving toward pleasure. Free-write from the Crown (7th) Chakra . .

Consciousness

Soft electricity pulses through my body as I let my mind go. A deep YES wells from within me and I want to share these feelings of abundance and expansion. When I make love to you, your Divine Self, it is because I see the Highest good in you, and I want to share the Highest good in me.

Soft, flowing, dark and light. Piscean energy, merge, release, merge, release. Consciousness consciousness consciousness. I feel it in you as I feel it in myself.

Soft molecule bubbles permeate all existence. The tiniest almost imperceptible lights dance on our breath. I am alone yet I am not. I am surrounded by love, flowing in me and around me.

I trust love. I receive. I receive.

If I have to practice this receiving, then I will. I will practice receiving. I want to receive Love in the physical realm, bring it in through my body let it flow through my fingers, souls of my feet, my mouth, heart, breasts, belly. This consciousness is not disconnected – it is everywhere. In around me, you, the trees, a dog, the stones along the path, the air, the color that vibrates and morphs from light.

Consciousness. Consciousness. Blue dreams, blue sky shifting constantly, imperceptive, softly, slowly, until the finale of daybreak. Suddenly bright. And then, suddenly shifting from white-blue to orange, to pink, to purple, to blue again, to almost black.

blue horse (c) 2013 Holly TroyNothing is ever really black, but almost black. So dark-deep-blue. Nothing but tar, the past boiled down and mixed into a sticky soup – remnants of ages ago. Nothing but black holes. Nothing but the birth and the death of the universe. And stars, like a sprinkling of dust, splatter across the swath of empty space like spilt milk on velvet, a soft highway into the cosmos, like life.

Consciousness. Consciousness. You are gone but always there, like a ghost, like hope. Eventually you will fade as consciousness keeps flowing through me and the present takes over. I move with consciousness so that I can know. I know where I am and what I am feeling. I wash the place, the space, with love and compassion again and again, smoothing, polishing, refining.

Consciousness. Cracking open the world so that what once was can no longer be and always is. Just a brighter vision and a deeper darkness – an indelible pressing of fingers, lips, forehead. An indelible inkling of something more.

Consciousness, widespread and underlying. Under. Over. I feel myself almost wrapped around a rock, just wanting to send love and hold on to it. I am not falling, I am acknowledging. I am in a physical body; my body can hold the consciousness that expands outward to the cosmos. My body can express the cosmos. My body expresses and collects consciousness – from everything it experiences.

Conscious thought – far beyond the pixels on the screen, and yet, now, it is part of the pixel on the screen. As we communicate, we experience more consciousness.

Conscious.

holy (c) 2014 Holly TroyOpen after meditation, peaceful, and a little afraid. I open and I pull back, open and pull back. I take my time, move slowly, make sure I have solid footing before each leap. And I want to leap, and I want to dig. Dig deeply. It is not all above; it is also below. And within.

Yes. OK. It – the “yes”, the flood of YES that brings me back to this again and again, brings me back to expansion, creation, communication, imagination, sex, lovers, life, the ocean, a bike ride, the wind, the trees, the wild air, sleeping under stars, the moon, the river cutting through the desert, the trying trying trying to understand, the understanding, the need for understanding, the giving, the opening, the love, the joy, the heartache, the grief, the chance, the risk, the dusting myself off and trying again, the cold, the sun on my back on my face, fingertips, whispers.

Can consciousness keep me from falling too far? There is a buoyancy, and weightlessness to it all – sometimes unbearable – I want to share it.

03.01.2014

Crown Openings

I feel like I could do this every hour today. Mind and heart – open, open, open. (I’m trying to let go and stay open – seems like it happens in waves).

This is one of my instructional videos from Writing the Energetic Body for opening the crown chakra. I’m just starting to get warmed up.

Give it a try. If you have a friend to help – let your friend stimulate your crown chakra instead!! (Be warned, if your friend helps, you may experience a little “kundalini rising” *wink*).

shining sky (c)2014 Holly TroyOm shanti, shanti, shanti ~

Holly

More Heart!

The 30-day Challenge for March is a continuation of the challenge for February. Keep on going.

Also, remember to be kind to yourself, have courage, and be open to the world.

The only reason that we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. – Pema Chodron

30-Day Challenge for March 2014

This month’s challenge is a practice that I have been doing on and off since last May. I can tell you that when my practice is consistent, transformation happens with ease. I also know that when things get moving in my life, I tend to get lax on the practices that make my days go a little more smoothly. So, I am bringing this one back into my life and am sharing it with you because it’s a lovely practice.

I learned this practice from Deepak Chopra.

This is a meditation practice that can be done in as little as ten minutes. You will need – a place where you won’t be disturbed, a writing utensil, and a notebook or journal. Have your writing tools close by.

To begin, bring your self into a comfortable seated position. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths, inhaling through the nostrils while allowing the belly to expand, and on the exhale, allow the belly to move back toward the spine. Then, say to yourself,“Who am I? What do I want for my life? What do I want for my life today?” At first, you may get a few images or have a few thoughts that answer these questions. Just notice them, and then let go. It is a meditation, so continue to breathe and focus on the breath, without thinking about the answers.

Set a timer for five minutes. Meditate for five minutes.

When you are done meditating, get your pen and notebook immediately, and write, Who am I? What do I want for my life? What do I want for my life today? at the top of your page. Set your timer for 5 minutes and write whatever comes to you as quickly as you can.

Let this be playful! I have found that the responses to the questions become an exploration about how I view myself, what I want in my life, and how I would like my day to go. Since the answers are quick – 5 minutes is not a lot of time to think much, it is all first response – they are honest. Also, the quick responses don’t give you a chance to wallow in what isn’t working in your life, so more often than not, you wind up with a flash visualization for what a great day would be like.

By doing this meditation and writing, you set into motion an intention for your day, and for your life. Don’t think too much about what you wrote, just put the words down and get on with your day. At the end of the day, review what you wrote. Note how your day went compared to your written desires.

You may begin to find that you begin to effortlessly take the actions needed to steer your day (and life) toward your written desires and dreams.

Of course you can do the meditation and the writing for longer – up to 20 minutes a piece. At least try it for a minimum of five minutes each and see where it leads.

Good luck! I’d love to hear how it goes – feel free to share in the comments.

Om shanti,

Holly

Starting March 1st: Next Session of Writing the Energetic Body Online

Writing the Energetic Body – Shedding Inhibition and Divining Your Intentions – 28 Days of Writing Past the Mind and into the Chakras New Moon in Pisces, March 1, 2014 starts the next class!

Open (c) Holly Troy 2013New Moon is the time to plant intentions — and Pisces is the sign of dreams and intuition. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, so this is a dreamy time, a time when our imaginations and creativity may be heightened. Pisces is also a sign of compassion and empathy. We may be finding ourselves turning inwards and looking at our most intimate dreams. We may be finding ourselves paying attention to our tender places and being aware of those places in others. How do we manifest our creative dreams and how do we use our intuitive sensitivity to improve our lives and to make the world a better place.

During these last few weeks of winter into spring, a lot of activity is happening beneath the surface of our world. As we get closer to the spring equinox, we begin to feel a quickening in our being, much like the sap flowing in trees as they wake up from their winter slumber. This is a very fertile time to set intentions with our deepest, most personal dreams.

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
img_2658There 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. Participants 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.

 

You get daily prompts, feedback, and . . . 

 

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. The additional instruction is so much fun — DIY videos from me getting you out of your head and into your body are a blast Participants may use the additional instruction however they choose—and it is theirs to refer to whenever they like.

 

A couple of related posts about using the body in writing and art:

 

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Sign up early. I respond to every participant; space is limited!
self-portrait at work (c) 2013holly troy

 

Om shanti,

 

Holly