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!)

25 things about me

1) I was at the Tompkins Square Park Riot on the Lower East Side in New York City, 1988.
2) As an adult, I have not had any pets of my own, but have had many pets vicariously through roommates and pet sitting gigs.
3) Though I love children, I have made the decision to not have any myself.
4) The first time I performed at CBGBs I was 16.
5) The last time I performed at CBGBs I was 33.
6) I have never had my teeth bleached.
7) My patron Goddess is Saraswati.
8. I believe that most illness stems from stress and poor nutrition.
9) When I was 18, through a contest on WFMU, I won a bag of William Berger’s hair by (eventually) guessing his middle name.
10) I still have not met William Berger in person.
11) I have a degree in Creative Writing and Art (concentration – etching and painting).
12) I dislike donuts.
13) I want to learn how to play the harmonium and the hurdy gurdy.
14) I came home from the hospital where i was born in a Christmas stocking.
15) I have lived in three major cities – New York, San Francisco and Tucson.
16) I would like to tour Ireland by bicycle.
17) I have never been outside of North America except for a cruise to the Bahamas that I went on with my parents when I was 20 years-old.
18) I am certified to teach yoga and to practice and teach reiki.
19) I love that my boyfriend is handy with a light switch.
20) I would like to travel the Amazon River.
21) I am consistently amazed at the joy and wonder that life is.
22) I would like to hike the Pacific Coast Trail.
23) I have never bought a television set in my life.
24) I love knitting and being crafty – and even more than being crafty, I love the company of my crafty girlfriends while being crafty (or sporty, or just hanging out)
25) Although nothing is certain in life except change, it still feels strange to wonder day-by-day if my job at the university will be cut due to the budget crisis. That being said – I would like to make a living teaching yoga, writing, painting, making music — and helping people find ways to honor and nurture their own creativity and highest health.

Back in Flagstaff! Phew!

I am at a place of re-invention once again.

Utah was not a place for me, not even for a week and a half. Even my this-will-be-an-interesting-experience adventure self said, “Run, Lady! Run!” And I didn’t run fast enough! I said to myself, “Ok, give notice and stay ’til the end of the month,” but the powers that be had other plans and I met head-on with the town patriarch via my little gray Taurus and his 65 Chevy pick-em-up truck when he came barreling around a corner on the wrong side of the road.

Closest body shop – three hours away. Closest doctor that I trust – 7 hours away. Whiplash, owee. Healing. Insurance companies battling out who will pay. The other driver was found at fault but Utah has weird laws. I’m trusting it will all work out.

I realized that I would not be doing what I enjoy up there. Got clear about a few things that I want:

Teach yoga – more training at the end of May
essays – memoir, chakra work
book tour!
Have a beautiful home with my boyfriend
Travel – be in warm places in the winter
Be more assertive with the Amazon Herbs – they are really excellent
Create workshops and travel with them
Reiki – practice and teach
Get clear and get out of town often (at least once a month to every 6 weeks)

I am also thinking about learning to teach pilates and am interested in Ayerveda and Acupuncture.

I cannot afford to circle around what I want to do any longer. Full-time job at Northern Arizona took too much of my creative and physical energy. I am going to do more yoga at Mountain Waves for now, and am looking in to other ways to teach more.

I’ve been welcomed back warmly – even though I’ve only been gone for about two weeks, it felt like two years.

Right now, no teaching. Doctor’s orders. I’m just basically healing and going to the doc for treatment every day. By mid-May, I’ll be back.

I am now living with my friend Lisa. It’s good. She is close to town, and, I may only have a bike to ride for a while!

Randy is in Tucson for I don’t know how long. That’s the nature of his job right now. I saw him last weekend. It is always wonderful being near him, though I didn’t feel like i was completely there because I was dealing with so much pain. I hope I get to see him again soon.

Saw Stephanie, Linda and Becky today. It was good to see my girls!

Tomorrow I must go back to Utah and deal with my car and get the rest of my things from the Big House in Boulder. That will take a couple of days.

I suppose some day I will write a story about my experience, right now I’m thanking my lucky stars for my life and loving friends.