Artist's Way: Spontaneity
Mudra: Shunya Mudra
This is an interesting group of cards. The affirmation for the shunya mudra, or gesture of emptiness, is "With greater openness to new ways of seeing, I create space for the journey of awakening."
The bird card is about finding or creating my true home. The healer archetype transforms pain into healing. And the Spontaneity card says that by releasing the fear of abandonment, our loved ones are able to love us back with more spontaneity.
The spontaneity card reminds me of work that I've been doing for myself and others around healthy boundaries. And finding my home with the help of the Weaver can be interpreted as my domicile and my body. My practice this month, will align with both interpretations. I will focus on my home and my body. For when I open space in both and they are uncluttered and functional, I am able to continue last month's work of putting compassion into action by transforming pain into healing.
I also learned from last month's over-complexity of yoga sequences. This month began with a full moon, so I'm practicing a moon salute. On days when I have a little more time, I'll add poses that support my intention for the month.
I was able to incorporate aspects of this month's practice in little ways here and there throughout the month. I used Shunya Mudra whenever I wanted to create a little extra space. I specifically remember using it during the Forgiveness Ceremony at SWIHA and during opening meditation at the Yoga Family Night at Laveen Elementary School. I practiced moon salutation while hiking, at my desk, before bed, upon waking. This sequence was so easy for me to memorize and move through with my breath. This must be what sun salutation feels like for other people.
I only listened to my recording of this sequence once. I trusted that my higher Self held onto the intention and I focussed on being in the moment with my body and my surroundings. I listened to the birds and the wind rather than my voice.
As I start looking at April's cards and considering what that practice looks like, I realize my work in March was preparing me for April. April's archetype is the addict. This March practice around embracing my power as a healer, strengthening boundaries, and weaving my home was the prep work for dealing with my addictions. This realization validates for me the beauty in just trusting the process. I didn't know where this March practiced was headed. My ego was distracted by February's Advocate practice, thinking that I was embodying the healer in order to support others. I'm reminded I don't always need to know the why or the destination, I just trust the process and enjoy the journey.
Please consider this blog entry my bibliography or credits page for my 2018 Personal Intuitive Yoga Practice series. My intention is to link to this page in future posts.
Earlier this month I was inspired by my good friend Michael who was doing a Year Ahead reading on Facebook live for a lucky viewer. It was quite amazing. I encourage you to check him out.
I was not the lucky viewer, so I pulled out a few decks of cards and my Carolyn Myss' Sacred Contracts: The Journey board that just so happens to have 12 spaces, which I reinterpreted to represent the 12 months. The board also has three concentric circles. I interpreted the outer circle to be how my higher self will be showing up each month. I drew one of Carolyn Myss's Archetype Cards for each month, plus a 13th card that represents the overarching theme for my year. It was The Guide - no pressure.
For the middle circle, I asked what I needed to know in order to bridge the gap between my little s self and my big S Self. This card answers the question, "How?" My mother comes to me in the form of birds and I felt like I needed her support for the first six months, so I pulled from the Bird Cards oracle by Joyce van Dobben and Jane Toerien. Then for four months I pulled from the Sacred Geometry Activations deck by Lon Art. And the last two from the Earth Magic Oracle deck by Steven D. Farmer.
The innermost circle is the practical question, "What do I need to do?" For this circle, I pulled from The Artist's Way deck by Julia Cameron, Messages from the Mat by Shine, and one card from the Past Life Oracle deck by Doreen Virtue.
When I decided to base my yoga practice on these readings, I also pulled 12 cards from the Mudra Card Deck by Joseph and Lilian Le Page. And of course, while creating the yoga sequences and affirmations, I always use their Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students.
Today I practiced my first Asana from this reading and it was amazing. 2018 has a lot in store for me and I'm excited to show up for it!
Note: For some reason not all of the photos I took of these resources are showing up as JPEG, so this may get updated as I figure that out.
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After burning out from a long career as a middle school/high school reading/math/science teacher, I returned to school to study massage, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and yoga.