Feeling more emotional than usual last few days? Today’s full moon in Cancer might be the reason. Moon, Cancer’s ruling planet, represents emotions and the sacred feminine, so when full Moon meets Cancer, emotions, sensitivities and feminine qualities amplify. It’s a beautiful thing if you’re connected with your inner Self and can sit with whatever comes up and observe without judgement. But, if there’s heaviness on the heart, emotions hard to process, you might feel more unstable or emotional than usual.
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Judging by the end-of-year social media comments, 2016. was challenging for many. And I am no exception. There were difficulties and obstacles, moments of self-doubt, many unanswered questions and some uncomfortable truths to face. For me, this past year was a lot about soul-searching, understanding and deciphering the hidden and unconscious layers; and this is always a bitter sweet experience.
I am in the middle of a little project I call "conscious, mindful living" I will write about soon. Amongst other things, my project involves plastic free living, or plastic free to the extent of my abilities. This means that, if I have a choice, I will choose not to buy anything packaged in plastic no matter how 'inconvenient' that may be for me at that particular moment. So, when I was shopping for a lip balm and a new deodorant I realised both had plastic packaging and decided to look for the alternative.
Only for a moment before reversing direction, the sun will stand still today. Solstice literally means sun (lat.sol) standing still (lat.sistere), inviting us to do the same; to stand still for a moment, to repose, reflect, reset. Because, only in these moments of stillness and calm we can see our true selves.
As a yoga teacher I ‘preach’ a lot and trough sharing my thoughts I try to inspire people daily. Not to think like me, but to think - to think for themselves, to think out of the box. I share my thoughts in classes, blogs and on social media, and those of you who know me personally or follow my blogs and social media posts, know that I am more passionate about some topics than others. These include freedom (from fear and control), love (as the cure for all the ills), and compassion for all sentient beings.
Today and this weekend we are celebrating Earth day (April 22-24). Of course, we should be celebrating the wonder and beauty of our home every day, but this weekend we are reminded to do so even more. We should all make a point of spending a day or a full weekend somewhere in nature, reconnecting to our Mother Earth, teaching our children the importance of being in the nature, of loving and preserving our home.
Zagreb, Croatia's capital and the city I live in, was voted the best Advent destination in Europe. In the city centre, where I work and live, every square or anything resembling one is covered with stalls selling stuff (mostly made in China), and food stalls selling (mostly) sausages and mulled wine. Everything is full of lights and decorations, fake trees and fake snow.
Even when I was a child, I cherished my freedom more than anything. I was inquisitive, had a mind of my own and never took anything at face value. A rebel sometimes with, and sometimes without a cause. I was smart but lacked discipline at school so my teachers didn’t particularly like my 'type'. They would tell my mother that I am ‘wasting my talents’ or even ‘throwing my life away’, that I am too rebellious or opinionated. Raising me was not an easy task.
A few nights ago I was out for a glass of wine with my beautiful (super) soul sister Dejana. It was so nice to see her after her trip to Nepal and hear her talk about people she met, chance encounters she had, projects that inspired her and ideas on how to help people of Nepal, a country very close to her heart.
The refugee crisis in Europe as they call it, brought up so much here in Croatia and in Europe.
For some it brought up memories; many were misplaced during the civil war in my country and many have a story to tell. For some it brought up compassion and a need to help other human beings. For some it brought up fear.
Any occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of any event, no matter how big. A flap of a butterfly’s wing can have an influence on a hurricane weeks later, according to the ‘chaos theory’ which deals with unpredictable, nonlinear and uncontrollable. The butterfly effect is just another theory which attempts to prove that everything is connected, every action has a reaction.
I just love how life is so wonderfully unpredictable. I love how universe places challenges along our path just to give us an opportunity to see how far we have really gone. I love how relationships with other beings can be so challenging, yet are the most wonderful opportunity to learn, to understand, to grow. Of course, given we are able to see challenges as blessings.
I have quite a large tattoo on my back representing (to me) Goddess Tara, a female Buddha. People often ask me about what it represents and why I have decided to put a rather large tattoo my back, so I decided to write a little post about it.
And all of that happening today, March 20th, 2015. Wow! We will witness a rare astronomical event with the potential to stir up some powerful energetic shifts in our personal as well as collective lives. Apart from the full Solar Eclipse which will be fully visible only in few places in way up North like Greenland, and partially in Europe, this new moon is a supermoon – meaning it is at the closet point to the Earth in its orbit.
Happy women's day dear yoginis, mothers, daughters, wives, Goddesses!
It was so nice to see so many beautiful posts honoring women on social media today. Posted both by women and by men.
Yes, it is great to have a day to celebrate women, but the truth is women (and men) should be honored every day. And that is often not the case. It is still a man's world and there is still so much inequality. Maybe today should be a day that remind us of that fact and we should not forget that there is still much to be done for woman's rights.
We should all work together towards equality and freedom for all.
To all of my strong women out there and to the men who are strong enough to love and cherish them. I found this post on fb page (what evolved women want), loved it and would like to share it with you. Enjoy!
Another year is coming to an end, a perfect time to look back, reflect and set new intentions and hopes for the future. It has been an interesting year for me, a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, laughter and tears, moving and being still.
Looking back I can say that ‘making space’ or clearing out clutter was a big part of this year, maybe even a main theme. I have moved my yoga studio to a different location as well as moved back to my apartment this year.
Since in the past couple of weeks I have been spending all day in front of the computer working on my book, writing a blog post was not on the agenda at all. So, the text I am posting now is actually an answer to a question I got in my facebook inbox today form a dear friend. I am sure he will not mind me sharing a part of his question and a part of my answer with all of you...
I was riding my scooter today a bit further than I did during the past few weeks since the season has started. First, I went to a meeting. Easter weekend is ahead of us, there was much traffic even around noon and I was trying to get there in time, so I drove a bit faster and not ‘by the book’ - indian style:). So, when a man in the car shouted something at me (thank God for the helmet – didn't hear him) I pictured him in Indian traffic and laughed. Why was he stressing? Not for a second had I put anyone in danger.
Sometimes students ask me how many times a week I practice yoga. I tell them I practice every day. They like this answer. They nod as if agreeing this should be so – I am a yoga teacher after all. Some look amazed and commend me for my discipline. But then I add: ‘’If you ask me about my asana practice, than the answer is two, three times a week. And sometimes a week goes by without me unrolling my mat, sometimes more than a week.’’ This answer confuses them. And I can see why.