No Yin Yoga on Thursday morning October 6th. Evening classes will go on as scheduled
Celtic Healing Service
Saturday, October 29th
from 6 to 7pm - Donations
Held at St. Stephens's Episcopal Church
35 S. Franklin St.
A night of meditation, contemplation and healing.
Halloween Drum Circle
Sunday, October 30th
2-5pm Cost $20
This circle will be a combination of our regular drum circle with a Halloween theme. We will celebrate traditional Celtic Sowen (Halloween) by jumping the fire of renewal since it is the start of the Celtic New Year. It is the time of the year the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. We will send well wishes and make peace with all our loved ones who have passed. I am so looking forward to this exciting circle. We will also be drumming as usual Unleash creativity you didn't know you had! If you have a drum or percussion instrument you may bring it. We have a wide assortment of percussion instruments and drums available. Drumming is also therapeutic and relaxing. Medical studies show 15 minutes of drumming alters brain wave patterns and dramatically reduces stress. A low steady beat can create calmness where a stronger upbeat can stir us into action. Anyone can do it but, everyone works together for the rhythm to succeed. Individuals learn that they can contribute to something larger than themselves. They learn that their input is important. Come relax and play. Reservations requested if you need a drum. Walk ins welcome!
Ladies of the Lake Workshop
Sunday, November 13th
Guided visual journey and energy healing. We will take a journey to the ancient island of Avalon, resting place of King Arthur. Excalibur was forged in its waters but long before Arthur, the ladies of Avalon worked with the elements of nature to heal and create. We will walk the spiral meditation path of the "Tor" (hill), on a journey inward to our true self. A crystal singing bowl will be played for healing of the heart. We will work with the elements and play with fairies. We will be cleansed by the Holy Grail that rests in the Chalice well. This will be a great workshop of renewal and healing. We will rest and find ourselves. Restore what has been lost and move into the new energies. We will walk the spiral path of meditation. We will rest and journey in meditation. If you have a yoga mat and blanket, bring them. Wear comfortable clothes. You may want to bring a journal as well. Mats and some blankets are available. Please call to reserve your space. 570-288-1785 Please be courteous and cancel in advance if you can not attend after making reservations.
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Going for Gold
When a butterfly is ready to emerge from its chrysalis, it chews a tiny hole in one end and forces its stunning new form through the small orifice.
Within this "struggle" of emergence, liquids from deep inside the butterfly's body are passed into the capillaries of its wings, then harden to ensure the strength and capability required for a butterfly to survive and fly.
When denied of this "struggle," the butterfly dies.
When you are struggling, rest easy in the understanding that you are a warrioress, dedicated to the ripened rewards of a proper initiation. - Astromissive#329
Summer of fun and discovery. That was my intention. I did some drumming at Omega Institute in NY, toured the Rhinebeck area and had a wonderful and refreshing stay at Hemingway Lane B&B. I planted flowers. I painted a picture. I had a great healing session with a shaman, ate at a French cafe and purchased a new yoga mat. I read a book and took naps on a wonderful and relaxing beach vacation with my beloved. I had the sacred and holy experience of releasing my Mom's ashes into the ocean. She loved the ocean and was a tremendous swimmer. It was her request and quite possibly the only time in our lives "I made her happy!" LOL! The experience freed me in many unexpected ways. I am grateful for it.
As many of you know, music was my first love. I started singing in first grade. In my late thirties, I decided to build on two other long time passions. I took my part time healing and yoga practice to a full time business which brought me unparalleled joy! Two years into my business, my Dad died. My father enabled my Mom in her mental illness. I was well aware the day he died I had lost both parents. Nine months later she had a nervous breakdown. Since then I had been her caregiver, parent, lawyer, advocate, nurse, chauffeur, accountant and personal shopper. Those duties have defined daughter for 15 years.
The first thing to go was my music. There was absolutely no time for a regularly scheduled activity. I started to wear down and had no time for my friends. No one seemed to understand the magnitude of caring for a mentally ill but physically sound semi-functional being. I struggled to keep my business going. I struggled to stay creative and fresh in my work. I struggled with my own sanity. I needed quiet. My connection to spirit and my own meditation practice kept me going. My family was always a great support.
Still, along the way, my heart closed and I lost me. I felt constantly threatened and unsafe. I felt so afraid all the time about not having enough money for her care and being overwhelmed by the shear volume of work it entailed. Trusting in a Divine plan was often challenging. It was so hard to let go. Even my throat closed & I struggled with singing high notes.
"There are times when I have to hurt through a situation and when this happens, the choice is not whether to hurt or not hurt, but what to do while I am hurting." from In all our affairs. - Al-anon
I desire to open my heart and release these limitations of my expression of all good things. Swami Satchidananda said that people who become enlightened are dedicated to peace. Without peace, we can not serve. Dedication is key to achieving a goal. I witnessed so many incredible examples of the rewards of dedication during the Olympics. The Olympics are an obsession at our house. We don't sleep for two weeks, we cheer, we cry! Nurturing a global community is an important awareness. The spirit and dedication of the athletes to practice and become the best is inspiring. Facing my fears, I signed up for voice lessons in July and will be concluding them with a solo in a recital August 26th. My voice has improved with practice but I still have some mental phobias on those high notes. My goal is to express all of my gifts with love and freedom.
The Universe has opened avenues so we can all live in a deeper awareness of our connection to Divinity. During Olympic track events I observed this behavior from the fastest man alive. In his preparation immediately prior to each race, Usain Bolt connects to source. I watched him each time, kneel and pray, make the sign of the cross and then lift his eyes to Heaven and smile. He looked up in knowing familiarity to his Divine source. He smiled as if to an old friend. He made his connection before he raced and won gold every time. He always knelt in gratitude after winning, as well. His connection to Source was palpable and personal. I could feel his heart centered energy lifting my own goals of opening and trust.
I was shopping for a new yoga mat. A purple jute mat caught my eye. I liked the way it felt, then I realized it had an affirmation written in small letters across the top. When I first read the affirmation, I put the mat back. I felt unworthy of the affirmation. There is a funny commercial showing all the Olympians chanting their positive affirmations while traveling, much to the annoyance of one who wants to rest. We need to keep our minds on what we want instead of what we don't want. So, I bought the yoga mat, it simply says;
I radiate love