"what's meant for you will sometimes feel scary, risky, and new. easy and calm doesn't always mean you're going the right way. the biggest rewards usually come from having the guts and perseverance to create your own path"
~ yung pueblo
Namasté, my friends!
Today, a couple of announcements and a question:
Now, a bit of background building into my question:
Which brings me to my question:
I really appreciate any and all answers! And, of course, you can let me know what you don't enjoy. Or, what you want more of. I'm here for it all.
Email me: email@example.com
Knowing how these weekly letters are viewed and received will truly help shape some of what comes next. 🦋
Humbled . . . and full of gratitude,
~ m ♥️
"Rest: the seemingly unreachable state;
so easily arrived at, 'simply' through stopping."
~ David Whyte
How are you feeling on this powerful day?
Today we are experiencing both a new moon, and a rare, hybrid solar eclipse.
Eclipses are typically times of intense personal growth, so why not offer yourself the opportunity to check in? Do some internal investigation?
If things feel a bit intense emotionally, gift yourself some extra time to pause and breathe. Allow your full self to arrive, and don't shy away from the shadow sense of self.
During the opening of my classes, I often invite people to, "Start by stopping." And, as David Whyte points out, this is not so simple.
☝🏽 (Quotation at the top 😉)
Today, I encourage you to level-up your self-care routine by intentionally taking moments to pause and rest.
I know, I know . . . I can hear the collective groan, "But, Michelle . . . I don't have time to rest."
But . . . is that really true?
Here's the thing. Rest might entail getting underneath a big blanket, eliminating all distractions, closing your eyes, and drifting into sweet slumber. Occasionally, a nap is exactly what's needed.
However, that's the not the only way to rest.
Here are three of my favorite ways to rest more, even when I'm busy:
Not yet convinced that a little extra rest is right for you?
Want to know more about why rest is so important?
David Whyte explains it so eloquently:
***"Rested, we are ready for the world but not held hostage by it, rested we care again for the right things and the right people in the right way. In rest we reestablish the goals that make us more generous, more courageous, more of an invitation, someone we want to remember, and someone others would want to remember too."
Be oh-so-gentle with yourself,
~ m ♥️
P.S. THANK YOU for all of the enthusiasm around Art Of Connection! Very few spaces are left, and I don't want you to miss out. Register today!
From CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.
Revised Edition : David Whyte and Many Rivers Press
"You cannot get through a single day
without having an impact on on the world around you.
What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
~ Jane Goodall
I can't believe it has been a year since lifting Mariana onto my back . . . and nearly getting boxed as a result?! 🤣
A year ago today I was in Joshua Tree, California studying Yoga and Sound. The entire trip was memorable and more than a bit magical. I wrote to you about my experiences while I was there, and you can get caught up, or refreshed, by clicking here.
Now that I've had some time to integrate, process, reflect, and expand . . . I am more capable of sharing with you some of what inspired me (and my teaching!) and what has shifted within me as a result.
I find it super valuable to pause, and to reflect, so I can see more clearly what has shifted. That way I can celebrate the victories (yes, even the nano-victories) and soften into my areas where I desire growth and expansion.
One year later, here are a just a few of my key takeaways:
If you love sound and mantra as much as I do? YAY!
Please share how you support yourself with these tools.
Drop me a line, or shoot me a text, and let me know.
If using sound for healing, or mantra for personal growth, is something you are unsure of, or curious about, I'd love to know your questions. Seriously! Please ask.
And, if you ever doubt why we should be so diligent in taking great care of ourselves? Or, you wonder why you should commit to raising your vibration and living into your heart space?
Take another read of the quotation at the top. ☝🏽
Yep. That's why. 🏽Hugs, light, and love,
* Heart Math Institute
"Let go of the disease of taking yourself too seriously.
You, as this body, are here only for the blink of an eye
in the cosmic scheme.
Expand your awareness, and in that,
you will let go of the burden of your life.
~ Anand Mehrotra
How did your seven days of heart awakening practice go?
No worries; I've got you. You can commit to this simple and impactful practice with the click of a button.
Really, your body, mind, and being are going to thank you, and YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Today, simply a moment to pause. And reflect.
The photo up above contains so, SO many layers of joy. These layers ripple out and fill my heart to the brim.
In brief: this is our niece, Anisa, and her husband, Abdoulaye.
Oh, and of course, our puppy, Javier.
Anisa met Abdoulaye after her two-year term serving in the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa. They spent their first year of marriage living together in Conakry. Then, Anisa returned to the United States and began the lengthy, arduous process of bringing her husband here.
After more than a year apart, shortly after Christmas 2022, Abdoulaye joined Anisa in Chicago.
They came to visit us this past weekend, and lucky for us, Abdoulaye brought his kora . . . the 21-stringed instrument you see him playing. (And yes, Javi IS indeed chewing one of those strings) 🐶
I CAN'T WAIT to incorporate Abdoulaye's music into a yoga + sound experience. Trust me, it's going to be incredible. As always, you'll be the first to know the details.
I love creating new offerings and powerful experiences for you. Like my daffodils that are just about ready to burst into bloom, I can feel our community preparing to pop into its busy season.
Keep watching these newsletters for additional ways we can move, breathe, meditate, and be together; I hope you see something that sparks joy so we can connect.
Speaking of connection, there are only a few slots left for this year's Art Of Connection!
It's truly a special, wonderful, experience.
And, just like the quotation at the top advises . . . it helps us STAY VAST! I hope you can join us. Saturday, June 24, 2 - 5 P. My home studio, downtown Douglas.
Big light and love,
~ m ♥️