Y5 – Day 142 – Love Never Dies

On Sunday, we had the pleasure of attending the sequel to the Phantom, Love Never Dies.

The story is based on the novel The Phantom of New York. It took place on Coney Island, in fact.

Getting dressed up and made up for the show was part of the package. Act 1 was a revelation but once we grasped the reality of the situation and bought into it as being plausible, Act 2 scenes soared as high as any moment in the original Andrew Lloyd Weber show.

BTW – Hamilton is coming to town as you can see on the marquee behind us. I am grateful to have both Sunday showings and experiencing it first on Mother’s Day with my V.

Y5 – Day 130 – The Passionate Creative

When you are a passionate creative, you discard the old and invite the new regularly. That’s why we have so many projects unfinished. We gain confidence as we transition. We savor the steam as ideas flare up unexpectedly. We relish the untamed, the experiment and the journey.

As old beliefs burn out, new enlightened ones show up. With re-kindled self-assurance, the replacement process motivates us. Hence, we are in a continuous cycle of making better decisions for ourselves in the name of art.

Y5 – Day 126 – International Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. It occurred to me that every day needs to be women’s day. I am sure we all thought that.

I am a Goddess and Goodness is my sacred teacher. I give thanks to Gratitude’s Good Grace. May we grow and germinate the earth with peace, love and joy.

White Tara, the goddess of serenity, compassion, healing and a long life.

Photo from the Empress Dowager exhibit at Bower’s Museum

Y5 – Day 71 – Use The Breath

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” –  Chief Seattle

Listen to your breathing. Is it shallow and short, coming from the thorax?

Bring the palm of either hand to your belly. Invite oxygen into your nostrils and sense the coolness. Follow it inside your throat, move it into your chest and allow it to expand your abdomen and rib cage. Then exhale, slow and steady with mindful attention. Receive the warmth of the exhalation.

By focusing on the breath movement, you physically adjust your brain and body. Instead of fight, flight or freeze, we deliberately turn our parasympathetic system on when we breathe in deep, slow and out. Add a long, vocal sigh on the letting go, which might sound like “AAAAAHHHHHhhhhh” and you wash and send your physique over into the relaxation response.

Take in a slow moving, profound breath, bring it into the belly and then release it with an audible sigh. As you inhale, follow it, suspend the breath for just a Nano second at the top and then let it out, guiding it gently, sighing. Pause at the bottom of the exhale before you consciously inhale again. Inhale and exhale deeply again. Now, bring your attention to your surroundings, your inner emotions and watch, just be and observe, no judgment. Take another breath, close your eyes. Breathe it in, breathe it out and repeat. Check in with your state of mind.

You can use this as a calming influence; as you talk on the phone, argue with a disgruntled client or unhappy relative, while you wait on line with impatience, at the computer which frustrates or at a stop sign, red light or point in traffic. It becomes a santuary of peace. You control and choose your moment. If you find you need to regroup because of disappointment, anger or frustration, you can decide to breathe and bring your awareness back to the now. If you are disturbed or perplexed, remember you have the power to move into solution, acceptance or give yourself a time out. Before you act inappropriately, use this easy, free tool to calm your response. It allots you space to reason and reflect. In order to come from a loving, authentic place within, instead of a habitual, knee jerk reaction we might regret, this pause grants us a chance to enter a gap where grace can open our perspective.

Anytime you move, think or create, synchronize with your breath and wind it down a notch. It will undoubtedly enhance your awareness and enrich your life.  Let the ebb and flow take the tide out. As a result, with clarity, our priorities begin to shift. Our viewpoints widen while our focus sharpens.

I breathe into a living meditation. I bring healing notes to the symphony of my life as I consciously breathe. I know how to ease my mind and fill my spirit by breathing into my body.

Y5 – Day 70 – SAVASANA

SAVASANA or Corpse Pose or Relaxation Pose

This resting pose is performed at the end of each yoga practice. It relieves tension, stress and is ideal for guided meditation. Focus on your exhalation as you relax the body. When your mind wanders, bring it back by concentrating on the breath.

  1. Lie on your back and close your eyes. Arrange a folded blanket under your knees to relax your lower back. Cover your tummy to soothe and warm you since your body temperature will drop.
  2. Place a pillow or blanket under your head, tilt your chin slightly towards your chest and keep the back of your neck long. This relaxes your neck and shoulders. Make sure your head is in line with your straight spine.
  3. Keep the back of your legs flat and about hip width distance apart. Allow your feet to relax and turn and drop the toes towards the side corners of the mat.
  4. Lay your arms alongside your body. Move your arms and hands away from the hips about six to ten inches and have the palms face up.
  5. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and just release your back into the ground. Allow your shoulders to rest into the earth.
  6. Let go, open up and set your body and mind free by tensing each individual body part and then loosen your grip. As you inhale, squeeze. And, as you exhale, slacken the hold. This breaks up the strain in your tissues so you can come into a true repose.
  7. Imagine you are melting into the floor. Stay here for at least five minutes and as long as an hour.
  8. To come out of the pose, take a deep inhalation and exhale with an audible sigh. Do this at least three more times. Afterwards, wiggle your extremities (toes and fingers) and reach your arms above and behind you and give yourself a good stretch from your hands to your feet as if you were being pulled at each end.
  9. Turn over onto your right side in a fetal position and take three more breaths.
  10. Lengthen your top leg, reach your left hand in front of your face and push your palm into the ground, then use your other hand and lift to a seated position.