Deep meaning in The Shack (spoiler alert)

My husband and I went to the movies the other night to see the Shack. We of course read the book prior to seeing the movie but it was still quite amazing. The story line is about a man who takes his kids on a camping adventure for the weekend and his daughter gets abducted while he attempts to save his other child from drowning. We find out shortly thereafter that she was murdered. The entire movie is about how this man learns to cope and forgive what happened. 

The man played by Sam Worthington is full of despair with the loss of his young daughter and is terribly angry with the situation. He and his daughter are both having difficulty coping. His family is of a Christian faith and are full believers where he is slightly skeptical. He is snow blowing his driveway one afternoon while alone at the house and he receives a letter requesting his presence at the shack where his daughters bloody clothes were found and it is signed Papa (which is his wife’s name for God).  He talks to the priest of his church about what he should do as he was not sure who left the letter as it could have been the killer for all he knew. He decides to go on this journey to the shack. Upon arrival to the woods there is a young man who knows his name,  but is unfamiliar to him. He advises that he is Jesus and they are so delighted that he chose to accept their invitation. He goes into the shack and instead of being run down and falling apart like he remembers it- It is beautiful and warm- no longer winter. God and the Holy Spirit are waiting. God is in the form of a heavy set African American woman and the Holy Spirit appears to be a Native American woman both beautiful. 

She invites the man Sam Worthington in and lets him know they are there to help him heal his wounds. At one point the Holy Spirit invites him into the garden to help her with a task. He enters the garden and he says how wild and messy it is. She explained that it was him. His mind. They enter and she wants to remove this tree that although beautiful is damaging the plants around it. They eventually remove this tree and leave the place empty for the time being. They leave the garden and he ventures off with God to explore Wisdom and Forgiveness. Wisdom shows him why it is that God is a loving and compassionate God, not vengeful or karmic. She explains how God has given every human being a choice and this can (not always) invite evil into our lives. This God loves all humans like they are all his/her children. The man discusses with wisdom how he wants the murderer of his daughter to suffer and be punished for what he did but wisdom explains that it is like him choosing between his children which one he would send to hell. One goes to heaven the other to hell. He unable to make that difficult decision understands why God is not punishing or vengeful it simply happens and God can not intervene because he does not love one more than another even if one makes evil decisions. 

With that new found wisdom he then transitions toward forgiveness. It is a hard thing to be faced with forgiveness. Especially in this circumstance where a man murdered his daughter who was innocent and sweet. God explains that you do not have to be best friends when you forgive someone. It simply means you are no longer torturing yourself. It also does not happen right away. You might have to continuously repeat I forgive you until one day you no longer harbour all of that resentment towards yourself and who you perceive as responsible. With that they return to the garden with his daughters body (which was never found) and they plant her and a new plant that blossoms and radiates beauty. In this way that have removed the thought in his mind that was infecting or damaging other thoughts due to the focus that was placed on that plant. That plant was being nourished while the others were dying and they needed to plant a new thought in order to heal. 

God then states that the man can stay or he can return to his family. He chooses to return and wakes up in a hospital bed. He did not realize that on the way to the shack he was involved in a very serious accident. He then in turn helps his daughter heal and cope with what happened to her younger sister. 

It was an amazing story about love healing and forgiveness. And though I never considered myself a religious person, I have always considered myself spiritual. Even if you don’t necessarily believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit it is still an amazing story on how to heal some deep difficult wounds and move forward in your life. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an awakening of the soul. 
 

Teachers of yoga

Today was a day of revelations

When I first began my yoga teaching journey I was a shy unfamiliar girl transitioning to one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. I remember that first class that I taught, trembling with an anxious feeling and fear of not being good enough filled my body to the brim. It felt like a cup of water filled right to the top sitting on a very unsturdy table ready to spill everywhere. I now realize those people in the room could feel those vibrations I was radiating. 

To this day I still get nerves, however before each practice I ground myself and imagine my heart radiating pure love out to my students. Every single person that comes my class, I want them to be able to take a piece of love, vibrance and peace with them when they leave. It helps centre their day not only my own. In this way I feel more empowered, and focused while teaching, and this helps me develop my ability to really be a witness t their growth and development. 

You want a teacher fully present in class, one that can fully witness your abilities, make suggestions and compliment when appropriate. They are the gardener who plants the seed, nourishes that seed with their love and wisdom and then watches as it bloom in full radiance. For me I find it important for a teacher to be fully alive and witness the magic happening in the room. You can simply witness transformation happening in front of your very eyes, and it is wonderful

Heart Choices

All of the stages throughout our life we make choices that point us in the direction our life will take. As we grow up we forget that we actually have a choice and despite what others may want from us it is our choice.

I know I most certainly have difficulty with the choice. Sometimes my head says I have to do the intellectual thing, that which makes the most sense and creates stability in life. However my heart often cries in the completely opposite direction telling me to take a chance do whats right for me despite what others believe to be the “right” choice. 

When we continuously ignore our hearts desires and choices we become overloaded by burden of finances or responsability and forget about the other side of the coin. Those choices that fuel our soul and our purpose. We can start to come out of our rut when we begin to ask ourselves what we need. Today I feel like a bath, a massage, a yoga class, and honor  our needs. We begin to honor our hearts 💕 and what they need to stay full of love and energy to help the needs of others and serve our greater purpose. 

In order to know what you need meditation helps connect us to our inner guide or internal wisdom that guides us in the right direction. That brings transformation and growth along for the ride. We sometimes just need to say F everything else for now- this is what I need. Despite circumstances, weather or any other possible obstacles in the way.

Importance of choice ✨

Today in therapy I was in deep conversation about trauma and negativity, when I realized I was missing something. 

For a long time I have been so open that I let everything in- good and bad, and it seems as of late everything had been bad or negative. It was forcing negative influence in my own world due to the overwhelming feelings of others. In this world now how could any sane person function by letting every single thing in life touch them in one way or another. While your heart is open and intentions are pure set on helping all of those who need it, you are letting EVERYTHING in. The good fuels you- fills your cup but the “bad” drains you leaving you to feel empty and worn out. Any situation even if not your own, you let in and take from you your prized energy. The only thing that fuels you and like the current draws you forward. 

I have been living life without a shield for most of my life because I thought that it was only a hinderance. I thought that if we have a shield we lose the connection to those people around us because we don’t let their good and bad in. I have witnessed so many others around me who built a wall, strong enough to sustain Fort Knox, and in so doing have cut out the emotional from life. It is as though they themselves have turned to stone, people and events no longer cling to them but instead roll off like rain drops. Not just the things they choose either, things that for others around them mean more to that person than they understand.

I have always prided myself on the ability that I have to put myself fully in the shoes of another. As I try to embrace their ideas and reasons for being who they are. It enables me to understand them on a level deeper than most. This is one of my gifts that I cherish, however it can be draining and a constant flux of negativity if you allow it to be. Instead however of building a wall it should be more like a selective permeable membrane allowing ourselves to choose what we let through. Not stone walling everything. We should fuel the events ideas and people with our concentrated awareness when they enhance our inner light, provide us insight or are helpful in some way. If they are simply negative, critical or self deprecating we refuse to nourish those thoughts. We want to nourish those thoughts, feelings and behaviours that help us flourish and find success. Our thoughts are very much like our garden. When we want our flowers to grow we give them the optimum space with sunlight, feed them with attention, and water and watch them flourish. Same can be said for our mind- nourish the thoughts that you want and starve the ones you don’t. This is our selective permeable membrane. This is where we make the concious choice to chose energizing, fueling, loving, happy thoughts even through challenge and difficulty. 

The Lake

Warm sunshine beats down on her skin, filling her up with warm light energy. Her internal cup slowly begins to fill, energy awakens within. As she begins to run through the field her feet beat down on the long gras rhythmically, her handsbrush through the long grass and particles float into the air. The smell of freshly cut grass fills her nose with pleasure. A cool refreshing breeze, flows through her hair and sweeps across her neck sending a gentle shiver down her spine. Sights set on the lake up ahead, she runs a little faster. At the edge of the lake she plops herself down onto a rock close enough to dip her toes into the shallow water. She gazes at the mirror like quality of the lake, simple experience of tranquility at the waters edge. Dazzling at natures beauty in one of its most natural forms, she has no worries or fears, aware of all that is present. Her breath slows, and deepens as she finds the same tranquility within her own self.

Love &support is a hidden gem

where_there_is_love_quote_mahatma_gandhi_yogaShe was undeniably compassionate- almost excessively. When others require ample amounts of attention due to their difficulties, or obstacles she always lent an open ear. One that would be understanding, and also ease some of their burden. This constant attack on her energy left her empty, and drained. Void of all energy, unable to recover herself, the need of her assistance still prevalent, to help ease the burden of others.

Her heart simply felt as though it was imploding unable to help others, to be sympathetic or even understanding. She wanted to feel normal, and able to provide her full love and heart to others. Her purpose could not be fulfilled without her vibrancy or sparkle. Unconscious to the fact that she was hurt and needed the warmth, love and tenderness that she had once provided others.

We always find solace in talking to others, to become aware that we are not alone. We are not the only one’s who may be struggling along our path. It takes persistence to achieve success. We may fail 757 times but the 758 might lead to our success. This is why we figure out what it is we are meant to do and persevere no matter how many times we must fall down. When we show others our failures, they are able to compare with their own lives and help provide us with comfort and reassurance, that nothing great is achieved without difficulty. She was having difficulty finding the reassurance she needed to proceed and develop her inner strength. Her explanation of her sentiments was too difficult to fully share, and unload onto the shoulders of others. She dug deep inside and buried them. The hole became overflowing with memories that were overly agonizing, and too damaging to share with others who were oblivious to her truth. It was an ongoing internal battle until she found the missing element.

A space and supportive community that inspire greatness, develop character, grow inner strength, and enhance qualities that already reside within each and everyone who simply show up. They simply show up and remain open in heart and mind to the experiences and knowledge of others. A place to share energy, and transform dark into light. To grow both inside and out. It is a place that has a magic quality within its walls that illuminates even the darkest of places. We tap into awareness with breath, tranquility in stillness and find roots in the present moment happiness that can be ours if we simply let go.

Although she still has the overwhelm that first tried to drag her under, she has developed the muscles she needs and found a support system to help her battle the swells within. She no longer has to feel alone, depleted and without.

Pitta Dosha 

Time for some tea this morning! 

My dosha is Pitta – which is all about 🔥 fire. 

There characteristics are as follows: 

They have excellent digestion, warm body temperature, sleep soundly for short periods. When pitta is in balance those types will have lustruous complexion, perfect digestion, strong apetite and abundant energy. The have powerful intellect, strong ability to concentrate, when in balance they are good decision makers, teachers and speakers. They are sharp witted, direct and out spoken.

When out of balance

When out of balance, Pittas may suffer from certain physical syptoms like skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion. Emotionally They can be short-tempered and argumentative. 

Good ways to stay in balance:

1. Balance your rest and activity. Let yourself have some free time, dont make time pressures for yourself. Remember don’t always be on the go. Balance rest and relaxation with work and exercise. 

2.Don’t skip meals- eat when you are hungry but do not wait until you are famished. Find a good in between, when you start to feel hungry have a litlle something. You also dont want to feel FULL to the top. 

3. Eat sweet bitter astringent foods like cucumbers, sweet fruits and melons (grapes, melons, cherries, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, fully ripe pineapples, oranges, and plums ). For veggies asparagus, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, okra, lettuce, green beans, and zucchini. Olive, sunflower and coconut oils are best used for cooking and cool spices, which include coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, and fennel.

4. Spend time in nature- whether you take walks in the woods or bring nature inside with flowers in home and office. Nature helps balance a little bit of everything because of its grounding ability.

5. Daily massage with cool oils.

6. Blue green and silver in your environments as well as the clothes you wear will help to cool your internal fire. 

7. LAUGH A LOT  this is good for everyone! 

8. Choose cool scents such as sandalwood, rose, jasmine, mint, lavender, fennel, and chamomile are recommended options.