More and more, I turn to nature, seeking solace and the comfort of home, under the generations of Eucalypt trees on kunanyi/Mt Wellington, listening to the soft rustle of their leaves. And it occurs to me that this is indeed what I am mourning — home. My grief for these trees mirrors the grief I have felt during these last twelve months. Indefinitely separated from my family has brought a kind of homesickness I’ve never encountered before.
Shanna Small is a writer and Yoga teacher who speaks to the intersectionality of Yoga and social justice. Shanna’s finds joy in making the Ashtanga practice accessible.
Fiercely protective and instinctual, but also dangerously unpredictable, the wolf reminds us what it means to be raw and uncivilized. Of our own wilder essence. Before it got edited out. Before we became tame. We see in her what was once in us.
There is a natural process that cannot be rushed. Some things need time to ripen. And some things are also, well worth the wait.
Dena Kingsberg, a devoted student of Ashtanga Yoga for over 30 years, talks to us about chanting as a spiritual practice and how the voice is deeply connected to the heart.
Tradition is a living, evolving body of wisdom; stories, beliefs, and practices passed along, there to both ground us and guide us. But in being passed along means there is movement. So these roots also come with the freedom to grow what’s in accordance to what is most natural for us.
In today’s episode, we sit down with Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman to talk about their new book, When Love Comes to Light: Bringing Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita into Modern Life.
Rather than avoid or deny our anger, we need to get closer. Because beneath that anger is a wound that needs love and a hurt that needs to heal.
In this time of historic loss, it’s important to pause and acknowledge the grief. Because if we want to feel happier, we first need the space to mourn.
Give yourself permission to feel; lean on others; grow slow; explore new territory; and even struggle. Not just in a crisis, but especially in a crisis.