Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall Equinox Insights

The emergence of autumn is my favorite seasonal transition.  This past weekend I celebrated my 47th trip around the sun with a camping trip to the Holy Cross Wilderness in Colorado.  At 10,000+ feet elevation, the common signs of the fall season were spectacular!  This included yellow aspen leaves blowing in the cool breeze, the rust-colored ground cover, and the busy squirrels preparing for an inevitable winter.


One of the greatest gifts of this camping trip was that there was no cell service.  I don't realize how addicted I am to the over-stimulation of my phone until it is taken away.  Once my brain released this mental addiction, the quiet whispers of my Intuition came alive. 

 


Here are some of those Insights:

🍂The message from the yellow aspen leaves was to expect change.  Not just tolerate it until “normal” returns.  But to embrace the growth and resiliency that emerges from personal transformation.

 

🍂The message from the cool wind blowing the leaves out of my hand was to LET GO.  In order for a new state of being to emerge from personal transformation, I need to release old, negative habits that keep me at a lower vibration of comfort and familiarity.

 

🍂The message from the busy squirrel preparing for winter reminds me that with more darkness and colder temperatures, we eventually transition to a season of restoration (winter).  This gives us the opportunity to reflect on the previous seasons and rejuvenate for the next spring season to come.

 

Promise me that you will get outside in nature and sit in stillness before the beauty of this season passes you by.   Find a place where you can observe and really listen to the songs of Mother Nature.  Notice all the visual cues of what this season means for you.  She is waiting for you to absorb her earth medicine.  She can bring you back to balance with her intrinsic rhythms.

 Put down the phone.  Ask yourself:

 

What messages do I need to hear from my Intuition?
 
What changes can you embrace as a path to growth and resiliency?
 
What do you need to let go of to create space for personal transformation?

 

 Need a little guidance?  Listen to my meditation on Insight Timer called Detachment is Love.

Blessings,
Brenda Carey

Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki

Warrior 2 at Missouri Lakes, Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado

Monday, September 6, 2021

Struggling with HOPE?!

 The 4 letter word I am really struggling with is…

 

HOPE!


Why?  Right?  Why hope?
 
Because here’s how I have heard it lately…
 
I hope things get better!
I hope I don’t have to… (fill in the blank).
I hope you are well!
 
I realize these are all good sentiments and there is nothing wrong with these statements.  But, if we desire to see authentic transformation in our personal lives and ultimately in the world, I don’t think hoping is going to get us there.
 
I have been contemplating this quote by Desmond Tutu:

 
 
I love his wisdom and I would add as a personal addendum…
 

YOU ARE THE LIGHT!   YOU!

 

Yes, YOU are the Light, right now!  Not when you feel better, not when circumstances change, even in the darkest moments, we are Light!

Instead of hoping things get better… what about seeing the goodness that is already around you and within you.  And expect to see goodness at any moment.
 
Focus on what you DO want.  As the saying goes… where Intention goes, Energy flows.
 
And there are SO many ways to spread your own unique Light!
How will you choose to do so?  I would love to know!  Always feel free to email me back.
 
I’m spreading some of my own Light with several offerings from yoga to meditation to hiking to ALL things that bring me joy- that includes (hopefully??) seeing you!  Please check them out at https://www.sacredpathyogaandreiki.com


Blessings,
Brenda Carey


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Faith in the Greatest Good

My first Reiki teacher would always end her sessions saying “may the Energy flow for the Greatest Good.”  She had an unshakable faith that when Energy was channeled from Love/Universe/God, the person would be healed.  But not necessarily in the way humans would ideally like.  Sometimes there was still pain, struggle or disappointment because a dis-ease (whether physical, mental and/or emotional) did not simply go away.  The healing may have been a deep sense of peace, acceptance or resiliency.

Reiki for the Greatest Good


 I’ll be honest, faith is not a word I use very often.  Perhaps that is because it is usually associated with strict religious doctrine.  It can also be difficult to digest the idea of complete trust in an ever changing and dynamic world.  But, the word and concept of faith as trust without actual scientific proof has presented itself in various ways to me over the last month.

 

For me, faith is felt on an intuitive level, a gut feeling that provides groundedness when life’s upheavals seem scary and heavy.  Whereas, a belief refers to an intellectual acknowledgement.  Faith is a practice to continually release control to a Higher Power than what can be comprehended in the moment.  We can allow for the possibility of the Greatest Good to occur in our lives even when the outcome is uncertain.  It may not feel “safe” at the time, but it can strengthen our belief in a loving Universe that is for us, not against us.

 

My Faith in Love


I’m curious… what do you have faith in?
 

Everyday is an opportunity to invite in the deeper meaning of faith.  How will you choose to cultivate it when life is shaken and uncertain?

I created a meditation on Insight Timer called Connection to All That Is.  I use this visualization with deep breathing when I am struggling with feeling separate from this Higher Power or Greatest Good.

 I am also accepting private Reiki clients if you are looking for a stress reduction technique to Energetically align with the Greatest Good.  More information can be found HERE.

Blessings,
Brenda Carey
Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Rest Deeply- Healing the Addiction of a Busy Brain


If a friend were to ask you “how is your summer going” how would you answer?          Honestly.


Probably the most common answer I hear is… busy.  I’ve said it more times than I can remember.  Except for this summer.  I knew at the end of May I needed a break.  The things I usually enjoyed doing exhausted me.  I felt tired.  Actually, more liked drained.  And after the passing of my dad on father’s day, I felt that last ounce of energy sink into a brain fog.  I needed to rest, deeply.

So I intentionally pulled back my summer teaching schedule, said no to many opportunities, and actually scheduled in breaks (like white holes in my planner!)  I was relieved.  And worried!  What would I do with this “spare” time?  Catch up on house projects? Come up with the next yoga series?  Finally, put those family photos in an album? (yes, I still do that, I’m old school). But, I had zero motivation to do any of that.  I couldn’t seem to enjoy my down time.  

Rest Deeply Tired Drained Exhausted
 

My mind would chime in with ego based thoughts like…

“you might be missing out on something!”

“you should really post on Instagram before people forget you’re

   alive and that you still teach for a living!”

“you will fall behind on all those projects your started!”

“you won’t have enough time!!!”

 

Even though I had less to do and my physical body was resting, I was unable to embrace the gift of a slower pace because my mind was incessantly busy.  Add to that the pressure of my neurotic way of processing the feelings of grief from my dad’s recent passing.  His death ushered in a sense of urgency to leave a legacy and “don’t let life pass by with my music still in me” (from the late Wayne Dyer).


 Have I done everything I have wanted to in this life?  No!

Would I have any regrets if life is at it is now?  Yes!

Will my daughters remember me as a role model for pursuing their dreams?  I don’t think so, because there is SO much more I need to experience with however many years I am gifted in this body.  And it is never a guarantee it will be til old age!


Round and round my tornado of thoughts increased as I sat in meditation.  It was not relaxing. At. All.

I also knew that this time was necessary for my spiritual evolution.  I know that my Intuition cannot come through when all I can think about is the next thing on my to do list or how I’m falling behind on work related tasks.  I desired to align with my Spirit’s higher calling for me, but the inner volume was way too loud and frequent.  I decided to get busy on dismantling the addiction of mental clutter.  In order to cultivate a sense of deep, restorative peace while still maintaining my sanity as a householder, I started to adapt to a slower pace of mind.

 

Here is what I have found useful on the journey:


Walk outside in the morning with bare feet on the grass with dew- perfect for grounding and connecting with Earth energy


Schedule a limited number of times to check email, social media, etc. so as to prevent the random and frequent checking throughout the day, which just perpetuates the scattered thinking.


Reduce notifications on the cell phone.  Every time we hear a bing! It’s like Pavlov’s dog syndrome.  Just turn them off (at least temporarily).


Create your own ceremony.  Most afternoons I take a short tea or cacao break and savor the smell, flavor and beauty.  Be fully present with the experience.


Reduce the number of books/podcasts/audios to ONE at a time (this is a hard one for me personally).  But I realized I continued to fill up my mind with more and more information thus draining my mental capacity.


Meditate outside.  Open your eyes and focus on one piece of nature (flower, sky, leaf, whatever calls you in).


A gentle yoga practice focused on the spine, which is our energetic connection to support and stability.  I have a free Yoga for Low Back Care Practice you can access.

 

What else helps you mentally de-clutter so you can enjoy your times of rest and fully restore?  Let me know in the comments!  Although I am still in the processing of this summer break, my Intention is to connect to that which feels lighter, freer and more at ease for whatever is to come.  Holding expectations loosely.  Being more mindful, present and joy-filled.

 And that is how healing begins…


Quiet the mind and the soul will speak

I am a big proponent of guided meditations to cultivate more mindfulness.  Follow me on Insight Timer for free guided meditations.


Blessings,
Brenda Carey

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Who is Lakshmi?

 

Who is Lakshmi?

She is the goddess of Abundance... Prosperity... Gratitude...




  • She is the the lush greenery of spring time.
  • She is all things in Abundance: money, relationships, joy!
  • She is the empathy toward those who are suffering.
  • She is the when you seek balance in your life- physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually.


She is called Shri in Sanskrit or "Auspicious."   Meaning, favorable or with luck.  

She is the embodiment of Abundance, Gratitude & Generosity.  She is the ultimate manifestor because there is no mentality of scarcity.
 

Where in your life could you use this perspective?
  Meaning... what would you do with your life if you knew that only abundance would be the outcome?

 

Lakshmi Energy doesn't have to try hard or control all the details of a desired outcome.  She flows with grace and ease in a constant state of allowing.  But, her Intention is aligned with healthy boundaries.  This new awareness has required me to really tune inward and focus on what feels good.  At times, this has given me permission to say no or give myself some space to what does not align with my heart's desire of self-love.


We can tap into her essence through certain types of asana (yoga postures),  meditation, pranayama (breathwork), hand mudras and mantras.  For example:

Yoga postures that create balance and feel nurturing like Restorative or Yin yoga.

Meditations that focus on abundance and gratitude like this one I created through Insight Timer.

The lotus hand mudra symbolic for light and beauty emerging from darkness.


If you are interested in learning more about Lakshmi energy, join me this Sunday, June 6th 10am-12pm MDT for my last Zoom class for summer break.  We will explore her qualities with nurturing restorative style yoga, meditation, mudra, mantra and a personal reflection through journaling.  If you sign up by June 5th, use the coupon code DIVINE5OFF for $5 off.  CEUs available for yoga teachers! 





Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Who is KALI?

 Do you recognize the energetic patterns in these examples?

  • Forest Fires that burn away old trees but later new growth emerges.

  • A severed relationship that forces us to stand up for ourselves.
  • Struggling with a dis-ease that makes us re-evaluate and change our lifestyle choices.

These examples are the qualities of the goddess Kali in yogic mythology.  She is destruction... revolution... and all things that require painful change.



I think Kali is misunderstood as only rageful or violent.  There is a fierceness to her style that feels scary, but from her Energy emerges transcendence.  She is ultimately liberation from our ego's agenda to stay comfortable, which can feel like tough love.  There can emerge great beauty and deep wisdom from struggle and pain.  This "rising up out of the ashes," I have experienced personally with my own struggles of back pain from spinal fusion and autoimmunity.

There has been alot of change and friction over the past year in our world, and perhaps in your personal life. 


Where do see this Kali Energy in your life?

What needed to be broken down so you could evolve into more of who you are meant to be?  

I created this audio meditation to help with releasing tension and frustration when moving through this Kali-like Energy.

If you would like to explore more of the goddess Kali though her story, asana (yoga postures), mantra, mudra and journaling for a personal connection, join me this Sunday, May 2nd from 10am-12pm MDT via Zoom.  CEUs available for yoga teachers. 

Sign-up for this Kali Workshop soon!

Learn more about me and my journey of yoga and meditation at Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki.

Would LOVE for you to walk this Sacred Path with me!




Monday, April 5, 2021

Who Is Durga?

  • She is the courage to step into the Light from a inner place of Darkness.
  • She is the strength to move forward even if the future is unknown.
  • She is the transformation from an old habit into a new way of Being.



Durga is known as the "Fortress" because of her strength to protect those who stand for goodness and righteousness.  She is a blend of courage and compassion to battle "demons" (whether actual or metaphorical) and help overcome difficulties.


To invoke her qualities, I recorded a meditation called Courage for Durga Energy to tap into Durga's qualities.

This Sunday, April 11th, I teach another Divine Feminine Yoga workshop embodying this Energy of transformation, courage and strength.  We learn about the goddess Durga through her mythical story, yoga postures (asana), breath work, mantra & mudra along with a personal reflection on how to cultivate these qualities in our own life.

Sign-up for this Durga Workshop soon!

Learn more about me and my journey of yoga and meditation at Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki.

Would LOVE for you to walk this Sacred Path with me!

Fall Equinox Insights

T he emergence of autumn is my favorite seasonal transition.  This past weekend I celebrated my 47th trip around the sun with a camping trip...