However, over the past few years, I have been tuning my own nature into the cycles of my Beloved Moon and the stars, and in doing so I have witnessed a shift.
This time of the year is one of the most important times of the year actually. And what I’m about to say applies to my lovelies who live in the Northern Hemisphere. Although intention setting of this sort can take place no matter what Hemisphere you reside.
It’s dark. It’s quiet. It’s a time to go inward. It’s time to bundle up and get cozy. To cherish what is in your “home” and in your heart. Time to sit and observe your life as you are experiencing it right now.
When we do venture out of our “den” at this time of the year, we mingle, we gather, we share food and drink, we bundle up and stand in awe at holiday lights. We share time with family and friends and dive into the recesses of our hearts and love.
But do not be fooled by this outward extravagance. I’m witnessing so many people getting “burned out” by holiday parties and obligatory gatherings. The Solstice and winter season is not about “getting ready for the holidays” and shopping until you drop.
This time, the Winter Solstice, is the darkest night of the year. It’s about planting your deepest seeds of your most heart-felt intentions. It’s about going inward, observing your life and restoring your truth so it can sprout and grow in the coming year. Every Winter Solstice I have planted seeds of intentions and they have manifested one way or another, bringing me to the “other side” of my existence.
I am feeling this big time. You see, some of you know this but, in my own personal life lately, I have been experiencing tumultuous waves of truth telling, live your life, stop the bullshit, kind of “weather” and I’m ready to listen up. I want to soar into this New Year with such clarity that it cuts through any illusion I have created for myself.
Because the truth is, we all get snagged in illusion and patterns. But our work is to detangle ourselves and move forward with grace, ease and laser sharp focus in every area of our life.
So because of this – the next two weeks are dedicated to my life, my focus, my time and my intentions. I am going to teach class as normal and I’m going to bring it, big time. However, I am not going to bring weekly themes for the next two weeks. No, I’m staying off social media because quite frankly, in this moment, I’m over it.
The next two weeks is about setting your seed intentions. Especially tomorrow, December 21, 2015. Be clear, be concise and be honest. And in the following weeks until December 31, 2015 be as silent as possible. Go inward. Be still. Meditate. Practice. Love yourself.
Listen for your Yes and take nothing less than Yes. Nothing.
My social media outlets will be recycled; for fun and for remembering. But mostly, so I needn’t dig deep to come up with something new and appropriate for just 10 simple days.
Because I want to spend time alone.
Because I want to spend time with my children.
Because I want to leave my phone at home.
Because I don’t want to get on social media honestly.
And to be perfectly transparent … I would hope you didn’t either.
Take a break already. I am.
My lovely assistant and guru Gillian is going to schedule Oms for you, my schedule and anything fun that is happening, and then she’s going to take a break too. So we both can be fresh with our Yes for the New Year.
I want to hear my Yes so loud and clear that it rings in my ears when I’m sleeping. So that when anything besides my Yes comes to me, I don’t even notice it.
That is all. I hope to see you in class. And if I don’t I will see you soon I am sure. Many blessings of clarity, love, and yes.
By Dana Damara
“My passion on the mat is proper alignment, powerful breath and effortless flow so you feel that off your mat. Your practice becomes sacred space where you arrive to find more meaning, depth, authenticity and integrity in your life." - Dana Damara: mother, author, yoga instructor, speaker and yogini.
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