Born on a Thursday # 42 (on Friday) – Earth, the only planet we’ve got

I missed last week’s post. I was catching up with relationships and life. Sometimes you just have to nurture (and be nurtured by) the people you love in real physical life, real time, no virtual anything involved.

One of my intentions for 2014 (and the rest of my life really) is to be outside even more! I want to experience nature as much as possible, to see the natural world before it is gone. (I know, sounds gloomy, but I’ve missed so much already – and in the high desert, the environment is, well, everything. If you really want to get upset, look up uranium mining in the Grand Canyon or the “clean coal” chemical spill in West Virginia).

I’m going camping this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. Deep beautiful Earth, Grand Canyon, Colorado River!! I’ve got packing to do, so I will leave you with these quotes regarding the earthy, physically manifested, first chakra.

1st Chakra: Muladhara ~ Root • Survival • Tribal Power • The Right to Have, To Be • Earth

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape-the loneliness of it-the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it-the whole story doesn’t show.” ~ Andrew Wyeth

magical tree (c) Holly Troy 2013“If anything is sacred the human body is sacred.” ~ Walt Whitman

“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” ~ by Caroline Adams

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” ~ Donna Farhi

“Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” – Kurt Vonnegut

You can find more quotes, and more chakra information at my site Writing the Energetic Body.

I get by with a little help (and laughter) from my friends

om - and once again, i cycle into the unknown

om – and once again, i cycle into the unknown

I apologize for missing Born on a Thursday this week. Moving out of my apartment eclipsed the post (while an actual eclipse was happening)! The last three days have been filled with dramatic changes of plans and sweeping decisions that all boil down to home, family connection, rootedness, shifting relationships, and just plain old residence. (If this isn’t First Chakra stuff, I don’t know what is!)

Right now, almost everything I own is in a storage unit. My entire life’s belongings, sans I-don’t-know-how-many-books-that-were-absorbed-into-my-family’s-library-from-when-I-originally-moved-to-Arizona-in-2007 and my Cruiser Bicycle, fit into an 8’x4′ storage unit.

After three days of marathon moving and cleaning, I thought I could go back to work. No going! Last night, I actually fell asleep on a chair outside after dinner. I was really tired. This morning I woke up with an aching throat and body, and I said to myself, “Yeah, waitressing isn’t happening today.” I texted my supervisor to break the news, fell back to sleep, and dreamed I was waitressing. Tomorrow is my last day at the restaurant where I work. I figure if I just relax today, I should be fine.

I saw three friends whom I haven’t seen face-to-face in fifteen years today! They are such sweet people. They flew in from Los Angeles and are going to Sedona for some healing work. These last two very intense (and dark for me) years have taught me that my friends are so important. And of course, because I was going through a dark time, I isolated, so I barely saw anyone. Now that I am beginning to feel better, I am making an effort to see people – and oh yeah(!) – it feels great to see my friends!

This brings me to a post I wanted to share from the blog Superhero Journal. The post is called A Love List: What your mama really wants for Mother’s Day.  Here’s an excerpt from the post:

I went to a birthday party for a dear friend recently. Since Laurie had been going through some major transitions this year, we wanted to gift her something really special and from the heart. Sherry suggested we all make her a “Love list.”

A Love list is pretty simple.

1. Write down 10 things you love about this person.
2. Tell them what you admire about them, what you appreciate, why they inspire you.
3. Read it to them in person, over the phone, or put a stamp on it and send it off with love.

I thought I’d try this for all of my friends – my cross-section of friends is very broad so the list becomes a bit more general rather than personalized for anyone specific, though, still, I’ll give it a shot.

A Love List for My Friends 

cool light fixture I noticed while hanging out with friends

cool light fixture I noticed while hanging out with friends

1. I love that I can always count on my friends to make me laugh. My friends are funny in their own ways, some are sarcastic, some are irreverent, some just notice odd things that are funny.
2. I love that my friends don’t rub it in when I make a mistake, and will even give me a shoulder to cry on (or a couch to sleep on) if I need it.
3. I love that my friends are generous, understanding, and compassionate people.
4. I love that my friends are interested in being healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They do all sorts of things – yoga, cycling, hiking, cross fit, dance, walking, making music, white water rafting . . .
5. I love that my friends are adventurous – they all have such great stories – from the night  one spent with Iggy Pop, to living on an ashram in India, to motorcycling across New Zealand!
6. I love that my friends are so varied, and that there is so much to learn from all of them.
7. I love that my friends “get it” when I fall in love.
8. I love that my friends inspire me – they push on against all odds and do really amazing things with their lives and still have time for friendship.
9. I love that my friends still love me even when I disappear into isolation from time to time.
10. I love the bright shining lights that my friends are to me. “We are stardust, we are golden . . .” Yes!

So, yeah! Even now, as everything in my life feels/is uprooted, I’m feeling a lot of gratitude for all the people in my life. It certainly has made all the transition I’m navigating through so much easier.

On to new adventures!

Check out the Love List post from Superhero Journal here.

Peace, Love, and Liberation! see you at the protest

Tucson is representin’ their support for Occupy Wall St. in a rally starting at 9 am at Armory Park tomorrow. After all, 99% is most of us – no matter where we live and no matter whether our political leanings are left, right, or center.

Last week, a group of us from the Arizona Yoga Association agreed to offer yoga classes at the rally – so we’re loosely having a teach-in. We will be a part of the Yoga/Meditation group. Our job is to add to the groovy peace vibes – and to teach people how to cultivate those vibes for themselves! I’ll be there, sometime after 10:30 am.

Deepak Chopra leads a two-minute meditation at Occupy Wall St.

OccupyTucson was featured on Countdown with Keith Olbermann this week.

Hoping all goes well tomorrow – I admit, I am a little nervous. I was talking to my mom this evening and she was telling me about a NYC cop who ran down a protestor with his motorcycle. I guess she was watching the video of the man being run over because the conversation turned into, “ew! oh! yikes!” (Turns out the person was a legal observer).

Walking around downtown tonight also had me thinking about Gabriel Giffords. Crowds have always made me a little nervous (except, oddly, when I am singing) – I guess I go through the worst-case scenarios in my mind. Then, I let the thought pass.

Tonight, I have been observing where my mind goes. Just because I am nervous and can imagine a lot of scary things doesn’t mean I won’t go. I choose not to live in fear. I have so much gratitude to people all around the world standing up for me, despite their own fears.

Before I close my eyes, sending out good vibes all around the world, and to where I imagine I will be tomorrow.

Surrounding Tucson with light and love – surrounding the whole planet with light and love.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Om shanti.

Yogi Child and The First Move

Lucky and smart girl. Already practicing yoga and sporting a t-shirt by The First Move.

all you need is yoga (love)

Poster in all the hip spots of Portland.

Accidental Haiku

Begun by Aubrey Hackman with a few additional words by me. Inspired by the almost full moon from last night.

tinged with moon fever
witch, yogi, werewolf —
what’s the difference really?

A picture of the Moon taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft as it was leaving Earth orbit, on its way to visit Jupiter.

Yoga Rock

I’ve been doing yoga pretty constantly for quite a while now. 2009 was tough, I had a car accident that thwarted just about all effort in every area of my life. I believe yoga really has been helping my body and my attitude – even though I have had to make severe modifications on a few postures. Some postures I still can’t do at all and that is very frustrating sometimes. Truly, it’s been a wild ride, yoga being a constant that has kept me from spinning out in self-pity. (Believe me, I’ve had my moments!)