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Finding Your Still Point

I’m in San Francisco attending Judith Lasater’s Restorative Therapeutics Teacher Training (waited years for this!!). This is the first time in a really long time that I actually took a break from “work” and So Cal for more than a weekend. Can’t believe it took me this long!! Monday was the first day, and I observed my resistance to learning and stilling…I always remind my students that relaxation is a skill and something we have to practice. Now it’s my time to practice :)

So I sit with it and allow it to be what it is. As the days progress I can feel things start to shift.

Something profound Judith constantly reminds us about this week is finding our still point. I love this phrase. Still. Point. The point of stillness where everything is as it is. She tells us to find repose in each Yoga pose, even if its not your favorite. Find it, and you will find peace. And if we are not cultivating peace and tranquility in our lives, what are we cultivating? We cannot change the suffering of the past, or the pain we are going through, but we sure can change whats to come. Whats the secret to avoiding this pain and suffering? As Judith says, ” be radically present so that the choices we make now will effect our future.” Towards peace and tranquility that is!

So what are those choices? They are choices we make every day, whether they be in our minds as thoughts, the words we speak, the actions we take. And there are many opportunities: when you’re stuck in traffic, you go there. When you’re having a fight with your partner, you go there. In an awkward moment, you go there. Someone agitates you, you go there.

Its about finding a moment, a window where you stop, let down the defenses and check in, and say okay, I’m okay here. No drama. And then something will shift within. Because that’s where it starts.

I truly believe that it takes us from going from one edge to the opposite to find that balance. That Still. Point. At least that has been my experience in the past.

Now this takes practice. And as my dad has always said, practice makes perfect!

So here I go! And I invite you to join me, because all there is to lose, is suffering and pain.

Happy September, Folks!

Love Jennyogini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 27, 2013 0 Comments
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Re-emergence of the Feminine

The image of the Goddess always intrigued me. There was a deep yearning to understand the meaning behind these beautiful and some fierce deities such as Kali ( Hindu Goddess of Destruction). Later did I realize that the Gods and Goddesses represent qualities that we all possess. And that the masculine and feminine forces were also represented within the Gods and Goddesses.

Nevertheless, it was always a mystery to me, especially the feminine. Now I understand and have learned that in many cultures and spiritual traditions, the feminine is represented by the moon. Like the moon, She is mysterious, multifaceted, dark, constantly changing, introverted as the night, emotional( her ties to the water element which is associated with the emotions) …

The masculine on the other hand is represented as the sun. Constant and continuous as it rises and sets day to day, single focused, directed energy, extroverted, light and power-full…

I used to deny my masculinity. Living in a patriarchal and very masculine society I rebelled against it. But now I know that not one or the other is better, but to be balanced, we must cultivate both the masculine and feminine energies.

A big part of my journey this year was to cultivate exactly that. And to embody that, I had to understand it first. I felt disconnected from it…especially my feminine. I will share with you some things that supported me on my journey towards cultivating the feminine.

How to Cultivate the Feminine:

( I’m going to omit the part on how to cultivate the masculine since our culture and most others are already living in a masculine, yang, driven, do-do-do dominated state of being. And some of us can really benefit by cultivating more masculine energy, for sure!! But I’m going to focus on how to get in touch with your feminine energy. These practices are not only for women ( except for the first one) Men can practice them too!!

*Join a womb(ens) group and connect with your SiStars! So empowering and it allows you to use that part of your brain where intuition lies, and to be in a space where its okay to express and cultivate that part of you.

*Walk under the Full Moon or in nature, and connect with Her. She ( the moon) is the force that guides our cycle and womb! And nature is feminine. She does no-thing and exudes beauty!

*Practice listening and being, vs. talking and doing all the time. Our culture is dominated by activity and movement and lessens the value of just being. Be okay doing No-thing!

*Connect with the element of water: Take a bath, swim in a lake or ocean, go to the korean sauna! So healing and power-full! It will remind you of your fluid, feminine flowing, nature.

So this whole re-emergence of the feminine you have been hearing about isn’t about going back to matriarchal times or women taking over the world, but a re-emergence, re connecting, and respect for the feminine….

More to come on this topic!! Stay tuned!

Jennyogini

 

August 20, 2013 1 Comment