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California Winter

Reminded …

We live in our second bloom:)

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Blue Skies Blue Lake … it’s still there People !
California Lake Last Year !

Have you taken a flight on a airplane before ? When the jet plane lifts off the runway, and heads up and up, zooming past all winds, air pockets, flying higher and higher – notice – no matter how cloudy, lousy and fogged up, no matter how thick the veil that covers the ground, once we get up above a certain altitude, then BOOM ! All the sudden, a breakthrough ! We are above the smog and clouds, and out the window, there’s a VAST blue skies that open up and sunshine EVERYWHERE.

Imagine! We cannot see them but they are up there – sun, moon, sky … the Universe.

All There – still up there – So again, there’s sun and blue skies – and more importantly there’s a SUN within.

There’s a bright sky and a brighter SUN within we can ignite…

So today, maybe we awoke and found the gloom and doom, dim,

Orange sky where sun is nowhere to be seen …. but don’t be sad. Let’s find the inner sun that ignites within that vast body temple within.

The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle. But he will not make friends with any of these creatures; and when his heart aches with longing, he will curse me. Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared enough about the water? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom? Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness? —CHIEF DAN GEORGE

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada

So sure, there’s No longer need to burn and smudge any sage

Burning sage is said to clear the air of nagative – negatives of sad people who forgot where we really came from, the non-believers of science – what does it take? Global warming is real and exteme weather is here. Earth warming caused by our own doing. Non believers of science also ignore the age-old wisdom to tend to our mother earth… so now,

The Creator is smuding the Air to cleanse the Earth … reminding us that we are responsible to tend to this Planet Earth, our home. Our home is beautiful and we will see the blue skies and the bright sun soon. If we pivot and tend to those we hold dear …

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada

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“Brightening Our Inner Skies” by

Norman Blair, a yoga teacher known for mainly Ashtanga yoga teaching in England. It’s a beautiful book where you see why someone with a supurb discipline of Ashtanga yoga would feel drawn to this kind of practice. It makes for a well-rounded wholeness, that complements his advanced Ashtanga practice. It’s deep and therapeutic, more than a simple stretch – it’s not that casual stretch before your run … but what your body craves and needs… the yin.

Then, there are books like Yoga for Osteoporosis by Loren Fishman, MD… Boom ! Strenghtening weight bearing (all your own!) balancing ideas for a Boost of Osteoblast! It’s really a …blast to practice these poses to to reconfigure, re-organize to promote new growth and strenghening of our joints, our bones! Not just stretch but to ACTIVATE!

Then some Japanese books I picked up while there, pages full of remedies for headaches, eye fatigue … to boost our immune sytem … books I pick up in Japan whenever I visit there as there are so many health and wellness books flooding their market – just like in US and I am sure worldwide, we are so thirsty for any ways we can live a more vibrant life, disease and pain- free.

Maybe this Pause of a Covid-time is that time for re-visiting what you’ve learned before and reflecting on a deeper learning and practice. Ventured during lunch into the smoggy outdoors to pass by this incredible Sunflower, bigger than my face, drooping heavy with the weight of its seeds … petals were wilting but the seeds were abundant and bright … we plant our own seeds too so we may sow them into the fertile tilled earth … in spring. We have the seeds. So all we need is a re-start into that cycle, looping and circling around the SUN … to circle back into welcoming the Full Moon.

We celebrate even a small tiny brightness … not to overlook that light lit around us and … within. We hear all the noise, the turmoil … but there’s always that rock solid balanced core of you rooted to the earth and lifted to the sky. Here, we are.

Going over headache remedies along with natural eyes fatigue-busters and neck tightness cures… Yoga works. I am ready for the new day.