Getting Unstuck

Dear friends,

I’m writing from the UK, where the Transcendent Luminosity tour has gotten under way. Yesterday, I was at the wonderful York Yoga Studio where I had an excellent Yoga and Sound workshop with beautiful souls. After that, I met with the owners of Millers Yard to plan the February 2014 Yoga In the Nightclub show. Today, it is off to Bath for a YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine workshop this evening at Yoga Bodhi. All the details of my tour are available on my website.

The weather has been mild here. I hear I am missing some bluster and cold rain back home in Toronto! If you are feeling the chill, have some warming soups at mealtime, and warm drinks through the day such as ginger tea. Foods with rooting energy are also helpful at this time.

Until next week, here is another excerpt from my book Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie: A Revolutionary Life Makeover for the Sincere Spiritual Seeker.

Wishing you a rooted, vital and expansive week,

Parvati

 

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GETTING UNSTUCK

We each have a place in the tapestry of life. We are born with unique talents and gifts to enjoy and share with the world. Yet most of us, to some degree or another, due to conditioning from our past, suppress our inner voice and lead restless lives filled with temporary pleasures, as we wonder when happiness will come. We may be living our lives for others rather than being inwardly guided by our unique soul voice.

It has taken me time and practice to learn to honour an authentic expression of my true self. I am still learning to do so with greater skill, love and integrity every day. It is an ongoing process, just as life is constantly evolving and unfolding. Most of us are taught to think in terms of “arriving”, as though “getting there” will make our lives perfect and happy. But it is not so. Just as nature continually responds to change, so too we grow, shift and evolve. Change and evolution are life.

Chasing the mirage of a perfect tomorrow can lead to an empty and endless search. So it is better to choose to do something that makes you feel rooted, vital and expansive in this moment. Doing one simple activity that makes you feel alive is like switching yourself on to what makes you feel connected – now. In that place of greater lightness and expansion, your deeper joys will become clearer to you, one breath at a time. From the choice to connect to your joy, a life based on inner connection can flower.

When we feel stuck, it is very powerful to remember that we are constantly co-creating our life. We are not victims of something “happening to us”. What we experience around us is a reflection of what we think and believe. Inside and out are beautifully interconnected. If we are willing, open and ready, life provides us with a powerful opportunity to learn and grow deeply. Life is like a mirror that constantly reflects our self back to us. The trouble is, most of us are attached to seeing things the way we want them to be, rather than the way they are.

We often fall prey to the idea that something “out there” will make us happy: a perfect partner, an ideal job, a gorgeous outfit, or perhaps more “spiritual” items like a yoga certification, a new mala, a retreat to learn yet another healing modality…. But it won’t. All things in life are fleeting. We tend to want, rather than to simply be. But when we let go of the clenched grip of wanting and allow ourselves to truly begin to open, we touch a place of infinite fulfilment. Our lives blossom from the inside out as an expression of our deepest joy, our interconnection to all of life. We become soul-directed, in service, expansive and alive, rather than wanting-directed, based on fear, disconnect and constriction.

 

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

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I am light, in delight!
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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
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I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
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I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
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Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
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