Saturday, February 27, 2016

New Beginnings...Anahata!



"Anahata" - Unstruck, Unbeaten, Unbreakable!


This morning was the last session of my Wild Woman Project leadership training. It was bittersweet. The tears were streaming. These past 7 weeks have been nothing short of transformational. When I first began this journey, a spark had just been ignited in me. A flash of realization and personal discovery that led me to answer a call when it came. I will never be the same again. 


There has been so much change happening in my inner life in recent months; as though something larger than myself is unfolding. Something that I was born to be a part of. Never have I been surrounded by such lighted and ignited souls; I have gained so much in such a short time. How truly grateful I am and humbled by the experience. I see now that so much is possible when we allow ourselves to open our hearts and listen to Spirit; when we allow inner guidance that is both ancient and all-knowing to guide us through to the right things...even when those right things do not make a whole lot of sense at first. In these last 7 weeks, I have learned to trust my inner guidance...to let go...and to let be what will be. 

I have been awakened and can never go back to sleep. I can never let myself fall back into the lull of life ever again. I have a job to do, a life to live, joys to experience, and love to share. Falling back to unconsciousness is not an option anymore. Allowing the disconnection to self is not an option anymore. Blocking vulnerability and human connection is not an option anymore. Ignoring inner guidance and ignoring my heart when it speaks to me is not an option anymore. I have been awakened.                                                

                                                  Anahata!




Monday, February 22, 2016

Inner Guidance and the Full Moon in Virgo






Tonight is special. It is the night of the Full Moon in Virgo. Symbolically, a Full Moon is a time of renewal; when we must decide what is no longer healthy and good; so that we may devote more energy to nurture that which is. This decision is not always an easy one to make, but if we listen to our inner guidance, there we will always find the truth. As I have recently discovered, our inner guidance system is quite a significant part of our energetic anatomy. I never realized this before. It is very fascinating. In fact, this was the topic of discussion in one of my trainings last week in the Wild Woman Project.

Becoming Aware of Inner Guidance


Inner guidance is how we navigate the unseen things in our lives; it is important to listen to it. This point was made clear when--during a training exercise--I was asked to envision a split screen with one side playing back a memory of a time when I went against my intuition vs. a time in my life when I followed it. How did it feel? This question was asked of me.

As I thought back to remember a time when I went against my inner guidance, I remembered feeling drained. I did not have a good feeling inside overall. On the other side of the split screen, I listened to my inner guidance. It was energizing, and felt good. This was an eye opener for me. Sometimes, what’s good for us is not always what we want. It becomes necessary to listen closely and trust inner guidance, because it ALWAYS knows what is really good for us; and what is not.

In the book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, Christiane Northrup, M.D. (2010) explains that “Living in touch with our inner guidance involves feeling our way through life using all of ourselves; mind, body, emotions, and Spirit” (p. 50), so when something doesn’t feel right, it is probably not right. We can generally trust that our gut feeling about someone or something is accurate information, because this instinct comes from our solar plexus, which serves as our “primitive brain," or that part of the body which lets us know "whether we are safe or whether we are being lied to" (Northrup, 2010, p. 51).

Inner Guidance and the Energy System 


Christiane (2010) also explains how our energy system works; that it is “mediated via our thoughts, emotions, dreams, and bodily feelings” (p. 50), and that our bodies are “designed to act as receiving and transmitting stations for energy and information” (p. 50). This means that we have very sensitive and powerful BS detectors built-in within each of us. The challenge then is to trust it when it starts going off, and then having enough self-love to think things through realistically. Should I go? Should I stay? Should I keep it, or leave it alone? All of these questions come into play when intuition activates awareness of the truth…no matter how much it may—or may not--hurt. Following inner guidance will always prove to be the right thing to do ultimately.

Letting Go and Letting Be  


The time of the Full Moon is a time for reflection, renewal, and for letting go of unhealthy things in our lives. In Virgo, this Full Moon is all about maximizing our effectiveness. Symbolically, the Moon teaches us of a time when it becomes necessary to recede and cast aside unhealthy things and situations in order to make room for new and healthier ones to grow. When the Moon becomes full, she begins the process of waning, which is a time when she recedes and shrinks to become a New Moon again…a time for new beginnings. The Full Moon represents a time to think hard about what is really working, and what is not working; then letting go of what is not working, so that what is working can come through better and stronger. This is a time for getting real with oneself about certain situations, and then loving oneself enough to let go when the truth reveals that things are not what they seem.

Intentions on this Full Moon in Virgo


I will be thinking hard on those things in my life that are genuinely good vs. those that are not good; and then give of myself only to those things that are genuinely good and life-enhancing. I will rely on my inner guidance to help me recognize the difference, and allow it to lead me to the truth. I will trust that whatever shows up for me during this time will be for the best. All will be well in the end.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Aspirations Refined Today! A New Fire in the Belly!





My soul received a jolt today when I came upon this video of the extraordinary Rachel Brice. Holy shit! I know what I want to do! I want to study and practice with her and other great teachers like her to get into such a beautiful flow of dance; where every movement is so conditioned and controlled; while remaining ever so graceful and fluid. I am inspired! 


I know what I have to do, and it's time to get SERIOUS. Turn up the yoga, go deeper into self, into the practice, into my JOY! As the path forward continues unfolding, I anticipate cultivating a lot of new directions starting with the New Moon Circles I will be leading when I graduate from the Wild Woman Project leadership training! Things just keep getting better!

Spirit is leading me through my wild heart. I am continuing the path of meditative dance by studying modalities such as the 5Rhythms, and I will be exploring other modalities as well. Things are happening! A purpose that has been unfolding for me since late last year, has become clearer and more vivid today. My big WHY and YES! 

In this moment, my awakening has picked up momentum. There's a new and hotter Fire in the Belly since connecting to self, to soul, to music, to dance, to love, and to friendship. These are the things that make me feel whole, and fully alive! How very grateful I am! 

It's time to turn up the heat! I am so inspired and READY for this journey! Joyful indeed, and super EXCITED!



Why Connection Needs Communication to Grow Strong


(Image source: AfraidtoAsk.com)



"Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right?" (Stephen covey.com)

Nothing makes us realize the importance of communication more than when it is missing or sorely lacking. Some of us do this to avoid facing unpleasant topics, or some might do this to buy time and delay an inevitable discussion. In any case, when communication stops, relationships of all types suffer as a result. It doesn't matter if it's a family member, a friend, a spouse, a partner, a son, or a daughter. When communication stops, it becomes a struggle to maintain a meeting of the minds; there can be no mutual understanding, no trust, and no mutual respect between people. 

I keep coming back to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people; Habit 5 - Seek first to understand then to be understood. So much misunderstanding happens needlessly when communication and deep mutual understanding are missing from any type of relationship, connection, or association.  

"If you're like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you're listening, selectively hear only certain parts of the conversation or attentively focus on only the words being said, but miss the meaning entirely. So why does this happen? Because most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. You listen to yourself as you prepare in your mind what you are going to say, the questions you are going to ask, etc. You filter everything you hear through your life experiences, your frame of reference. You check what you hear against your autobiography and see how it measures up. And consequently, you decide prematurely what the other person means before he/she finishes communicating. Do any of the following sound familiar?" (StephenCovey.com)

When a connection means a lot, it is worth the investment of time and energy to communicate, to deeply listen, and to understand one another. The result is a meaningful connection that stands the test of time, because it shows that people care enough to invest of themselves. Mutual trust, respect, and admiration can grow to be solid and strong for years to come. These are the kinds of connections I want in my life regardless of relationship type or association. When life dishes out a bowl of bitter lemons, these are the kinds of connections that make life sweeter...the "sugar" in the "lemonade" that makes life bearable.   



Saturday, February 13, 2016

Moving to "Secret Garden" by Eivor

When the mood to dance strikes, I just gotta do it!






Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tha Dance of Life

Life is ever-changing. The more we live, the more we learn; the more we become aware of what is really possible in this life. Awareness opens us up to other ways of perceiving.  Things are never cut and dry...black or white. Rather, there is a full spectrum of grey in between. It's up to us to decide where we want to be.

So many cultural beliefs, values, and worldviews. When we open our minds we can see perspectives other than our own. This makes for deep understanding of another. A deep understanding creates a healing effect, because people at their core desire to be understood and accepted for who they are.

Most human beings desire to be loved unconditionally, and they usually will blossom in their own right as a result of being loved so.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Feeling this song by: Eivør Pálsdóttir: Tròdlabùndin



Feeling this song by: Eivør Pálsdóttir: Tròdlabùndin#TheWildishPath
Posted by Suzette West on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Learning More About Vulnerability




I really get what Brene Brown means about vulnerability being  good and necessary. It forces a person to reflect and examine themselves. For most people, the experience of vulnerability is not a good one. It's an uncomfortable place to be. Even still, it is necessary; because vulnerability is needed for connection...that thing we all need in our lives to one degree or another. 

Even the path to reconnecting to the soul requires vulnerability, and it can be downright scary for many; because this path is a deep and lengthy process. We face ourselves. We face our vulnerabilities on the way to reconnecting to ourselves. The challenge is real, but the reward is immeasurable....feeling alive and whole.

If you are reading this, and you are having a tough time right now, open your heart and use your intuition to connect to your divine source. Seek guidance and comfort there.
Surely, you were not meant to suffer forever. Take heart and keep faith that things will somehow work out; that all will be well in the end after all is said and done. What is meant to be will be. What is not meant to be will not be. Trust and let go.