Monday, May 28, 2018

Full Flower Moon

A garden to acknowledge this Orb that holds, nurtures, and supports...

morning walk

Lilacs on the path
a colourful embrace

Where Lilacs bloom and the air is fragrant.  Take a pause as you walk by,  breathe and feel a smile touch your heart.

Sending love and gratitude to all who touch my life, may your flower of life bloom and make your heart smile in its fragrance.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thoughts....and visions from the beach in Puerto Viejo

April 25

Stepping through a door and a new path unfolds; where one didn’t expect a door or a path

May 20, 3:56am

When its time, all reasons will support it

Ones innermost desire needs to be aligned with the soul purpose
The sole purpose is to live the soul purpose

Find a teacher that will help you see the path you are traveling 
When you have chosen a path see and learn from all you encounter, along the paths journey, for each is the teacher you need

May 20, 4:33am

Nor humans, nor animals
Neither nature nor nurture
None are enticing 
For i drink from the source
And i live with the Spirit that manifests in all

Sunset over Playa Cocles

Playing with a hug
Yoga teacher training - Kristen with Irum

Friday, February 16, 2018

A trip to Nicaragua

Why Nicaragua? I was asked when some people heard of my upcoming trip here.  From questions like “ is it safe?” or “what are you going to do there?”  

All sincere concerns and questions!  So here I am, three weeks later, penning my thoughts.   From spending time at San Juan del Sur, to the trip to Granada, friends and new friends made along this journey.

A picture is worth a thousand words, let me begin with some

El Pacifico

Alvin - Pottery maker


Nuestra Casa, Jungle Room

Delicious Pakoras at Casa Oro

Mango Salad at Casa Oro

Breakfast at El Pacifico
Sonrisa Cafe, Granada, Nicaragua

Most of these pictures are untouched, yet touched me deeply and completely.  

Amidst the chaos of backpackers and tourists, the locals live their lives.  Wanita asked me to find her a boyfriend in Canada, so she can be close to her family living in Kitchener, Ontario.  A friendly and energetic warm person she is ready to sing and break in to a dance with a lightness and rhythm. 

All the locals that I met, are the ones employed, plus some passerby in my walks.   Each touched me with their smile and warmth. 

The plan is to return this fall, with a group of people, to share a yoga experience.  The owner Muffadal or as they refer to him Jefe, has graciously accommodated my request for space in one of his hotels, for the 200 hour yoga teacher training

Check out the hotels where I stayed: Casa AndaluciaNuestra Casa, Casa Oro which is the hub, a meeting place setup as a piece of art.  My longest stay was at El Pacifico with a few minutes walk to a quiet beach.  This is where we will meet in October 2018 for our first Nicaragua 200 hour yoga teacher training.  For training details visit the website for Center for Natural Living

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall musings - cycle of life

Just as the art is not the artist, 
the writing, not the writer,
the creation, not the creator,

The breathing is not the breath

Life is not the thought, the actions or the deeds.
A mere “expression”, an outlet, an outer reflection of the inner workings; 

IT is a Sum of All 

Nothing on its own

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Subtle Faces of judgment - encountered!

When you asked and commented on my being "left handed"
When you looked away, so I could not see your thoughts 
When you commented on my "accent" and skills with surprise for they seemed "misaligned" in context to my background
When you commented on my form that didn't represent that of my age, or of a "yoga practitioner"
Every time you ask "are you a vegetarian?, but do you eat fish?"

When to you I don't fit in a "category"

Every "you" in these thoughts is also the "I"

I am the human that feels
Let me be comfortable with being me, even though I might not know who that is
Don't help me find me 

The me I live with is kind to me and forgiving of the selves, mine and another
So what if the labels are not my style 
So what if I am happy with a few friends
So what if I am happy in solitude 

So what if the doctors don't have my permission to tell me how well I am
So what?

Kindness is my mantra 
Letting it go is my style 
Nor clothing, nor form defines me 

So what if I am a dealer in intangibles? It keeps me untangled.  And it feels peaceful, helps me live in gratitude!

The I in my living focuses on what is mine to do; I discover what is mine by living in life.  

That knowing comes from the heart.