August greetings to all of you! I have been waiting to send this newsletter because I truly was not sure what I wanted to share. These times have provided me such the opportunity to learn about love in a way that has broken me open in ways I could not have imagined. I have been learning about love for myself, love for another, and love for this life of ups, downs, twists and turns. In my quest to know love I had to stop, feel, and listen to my heart. I had to stop running from the truth that it was calling me towards that requires 100% faith and very little up front assurance. I find that trying to listen and live from the heart is quite the sobering process of vulnerability and I can say whole heartedly that it is not anything close to comfortable, safe, or predictable.
I am learning that to truly love myself, those in my path, and the life I have chosen. I must be able to truly surrender to the pattern of holding on to anything or anyone that gives me joy, pleasure, or a false notion of separation from my fears. This even applies to my concept of what I would love "to be like" to stay in bliss and safely out of pain's doorstep. To lead a life based on love, a life from the heart, I must apprentice to it in my fullness, and love does not hold, love does not need to because it is complete in its self. So if I want to be love I must be whole in myself. I do not need to seek another or anything in my life to shield me from the wholeness that I come from and hide in the false separation that I create based on my need to hold and resist the natural cycles of life, that every beginning has an end and that every end has a beginning.
Love doesn't prevent sadness, loss, and change yet it isn't affected by it either. It can hold the space for all of our experiences... all of us. Love shows us the dichotomy of giving and receiving, yin/yang, the changing of the seasons through its reflection in nature. Love is all of life and all of us. When I am in my love I see that you are a reflection of my relationship with myself and with the One. And we are all divine instruments of the song of love. I still cannot integrate this fully but I am sure trying to just let it teach me. I am letting love be love and letting it break me open, heal me, hold me and flow out of me in the most organic way possible. So, as Venus retrogrades through Leo calling us to our hearts and to our relationship to self and others, I wish you peace on your discovery of the power of love to heal us and to break us out of our resistance to living out of its vulnerable fullness....
I am taking most of August off from scheduled events other than with my Venus Circle group to enjoy my little girl, some healing alone time, and traveling. Here is what is going on in late August/September:
Moon Watchers: Full Moon Hike and Yoga at Tryon Creek August 29th 4-6pm
What: Come enjoy a "Super" full moon in Pisces in nature. We will take a scenic hike in Tryon State Park and end with an outdoor yoga practice and a meditation! No better way to spend a full moon!
Equinox Celebration at YoYo Yogi: Saturday, September 26th 8-10pm
Fall Equinox calls us to celebrate our bounty of what has been born, blossomed and fully expressed during the light of the sun. We honor what we have brought forth with gratitude and then we pause to remember that nature always calls for balance of giving and receiving... yin and yang. In order to rebalance ourselves we must now prepare to shed and release. Come and experience the potency of this time through Astrology, Ritual, Yoga, Music, and Aromatherapy. Honor your blessings, release what no longer serves you and renew your spirit!
Register soon at YoYo Yogi.
"Deep Dive into Your Truth: A weekend in nature" October 23-25, 2015 in the Gorge
Register for Gorge Retreat here.
From the Velveteen Rabbit:
"You become Real. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you cannot be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
Love and light,