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Where My Wild Things Are
On June 13, 2012 in
The great transpersonal psychologist, C.G.Jung calls the shadow side, "the negative side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide." Of course I've been exposed enough to Jungian psychology and basic Taoism to know that to be happy, healthy and whole, my wild things must not be hidden, but rather fully integrated into my Self. I find this to be way more easily said than done. For integration inspiration, I look to the great gods of India, including Kali, Shiva, and Durga, who gracefully manifest opposite poles in a single being: benevolence and malevolence, creativity and destructiveness. Perhaps Jung was also learning from the Hindu Gods when he declared that "there is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection."
How do I integrate these imperfections? How do I not only accept but also actually love these bitchy, whiny, childish parts of myself?
One formal structure I was exposed to this summer comes from a local Buddhist teacher, Lama Tsultrim Allione, who developed a practice to deal with negative emotions, fears, and self-defeating patterns called
Feeding Our Demons
. Her premise is that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger, but if we feed and nurture them, we can free ourselves from the battle. Cognitively it makes sense to me. But practically I find the exercises too basic and catch-all. For me, at least, the process of truly loving my wild things will probably be a life-long journey, and therefore calls for something more subtle and long-lasting.
Pema Chodron, author of The Places That Scare You, speaks sweetly of this journey, saying "transformation occurs only when we remember, breath by breath, year after year, to move toward our emotional distress without condemning or justifying our experience."
So, with the help of teachers, Kali, Shiva, Jung, Pema and my main man Max, I hope to continue to move towards accepting the shadow and let out my own
. Watch out world!
In what ways are you loving and embracing your wild things?
By Elise Fabricant
Elise Fabricant has been practicing yoga since 1993 and sharing her love of it by teaching since 2002. Her friendly, down-to-earth approach to teaching has helped make it accessible to hundreds of people of all ages and abilities. It is her aim as a yoga teacher to encourage her students to become body-aware, to establish a relationship with their breath, and to develop a compassionate and joyful attitude towards themselves and the world around them. Elise teaches many styles of yoga, but is especially drawn to teaching Yin for its sweet, nurturing qualities. Elise believes that Yin Yoga can help balance her students in physical, emotional and mental ways that no other yoga practice can. Elise takes the Yin principles into her massage practice, too, and joyfully offers bodywork out of her yoga studio.
Find balance with Elise's Yin Yoga class:
– Elise Fabricant
Autumn Wild Rice Salad
Wild rice is technically not a grain! Who knew? It’s actually the seed of a marsh grass grown in the Great Lakes region (my hometown’s neck of the woods). Wild rice has a rich nutty flavor that pairs well with leafy greens and autumn veggies. As we approach Thanksgiving time, we’ve been on the lookout for recipes that could fit into the holiday season, but wouldn’t leave us feeling the usual “Thanksgiving hangover.” The reason we might feel so good eating this robust “grain” is because it’s chock full of B vitamins and contains essential minerals like zinc, folate and phosphorus. It also has more protein than the almighty brown rice. And, because of it’s high fiber content it will keep your digestive system running smooth as silk. Not too shabby! This Autumn Wild Rice Salad can be a healthy side on turkey day or hold it’s own as an entrée on a brisk fall night.
Wild Salmon Burger
It’s still wild-salmon season and what better way to celebrate this beautiful time of year than with a healthy twist on one of America’s most beloved classics?!
What to Expect When you Get Sober and Into Spirituality
We all face a point in our life where things need to change. We can be directly inspired or have a traumatic life event shake things up. Either way many millennials are trading in the booze for green juice. For those suffering from a far greater issues of substance abuse, while challenging, it can be a simple, solvable and affordable choice. That is the good news. I love yoga but when I was drinking and doing these practices, I didn’t get the full benefits, because I wasn’t really doing the work. As a woman, society has always programed me to never feel like I was ever good enough. I didn’t look by normal standards to what people would consider “beautiful” and I struggled my whole life with the skewed perception of me as a person. So I drank. As most do to feel accepted in social settings. However, I learned some things along the way about being sober and spiritual and where these paths cross and where they don’t. So I am here to impart my humble experience about getting sober and becoming a yoga teacher and a spiritual person.
Wild Salmon Mason Jar Salad
One of the biggest hurdles we hear about from Conscious Cleansers (our next cleanse starts Sept. 7.) is that they don’t have time for meal prep! Well, today we have another time-saving recipe for you – A lunch that you can toss together in under 15 minutes! Going to the Whole Foods salad bar takes longer than that!
6 Tips to Meditate Anywhere
It’s been scientifically proven that meditation helps improve well-being physically, mentally, and emotionally. For me, it feels like meditating connects me to the parts of myself that are powerful and clear, and lessens the parts of myself more prone to struggle. However to get the benefits of meditation, one must actually mediate. The form, format, duration of one’s meditation is less important, than the action and consistency of actually meditating. You don’t have to be on a certain cushion, or in a certain place at a specific time of day, to make this practice a consistent and powerful part of your life. Unfortunately, many don’t meditate because of a lack of time, or not having enough alone time. Luckily, you can meditate more easily than you might think in some unexpected or public places. Oftentimes, you can do it discreetly without anyone noticing!
The Three Things You Need To Be Free
Last week, for the third year in a row, I spent a week mostly offline in the woods in Georgia teaching at this magical event called Camp Nerd Fitness. And every year, I am more blown away than the last by how special this group of people is, and how honored and appreciative I feel to be able to teach and share and learn and grow with each of them. Photo by Will Byington PhotographySharing moments with so many people choosing to face their fears, lending a helping hand, laughing so hard it hurts, hugging and crying… my heart is overflowing with love.
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