Tag Archives: wisdom

Listen to your heart

Rose Quartz HeartWhich rules within you? Your head or your heart? 

It’s a tricky one.

Do we make choices based on logic, analysis and perceived knowledge, or make them based on inner guidance which often arises as a strong feeling in the body – and may defy logic?

I used to just live in my head, but it was a fretful space to occupy … so now I make it my daily spiritual practice to tune into my heart, because:

“Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction” ~ Rumi

These words really go to the heart of why I teach and share what I do!

When you settle the body and quieten your mind you will find that you begin to hear a quiet voice whispering to you – the voice of inner wisdom.

Whether you feel its your heart, your soul, your intuition or the voice of god/dess talking to you – we *all* have access to this inner guidance. Read more…

Are you ready to rise?

Rise like a snowdrop showing the first signs of spring.
Mother earth is stirring

Early February. How does it feel to you?

Have you noticed the slightly longer daylight hours and a subtle but perceptible strengthening of the sun’s rays? Can you feel the sap rising?

2nd February (as well as being my birthday!) was the festival of Imbolc – in the ancient Celtic Wheel of the Year this marked the first day of spring.

A shift from the dark, cold, introspective energy of winter to the start of the growing season of spring.

A time to look outward and look forward.

This time of year is a perfect time to get outside and notice signs of the rising sap, the first shoots of spring and the lengthening daylight hours.

Nature is stirring. Read more…

Gratitude to lift your mood

Grey skyDecember. Full of joy and sparkling lights. Full of cold bugs, coldness and darkness. Every coin has two sides eh?

How are you feeling?

Me, I work up earlier than usual this morning. It was still completely dark. I wasn’t feeling full of joy, to put it mildly (more to do with being day 26 of my cycle than anything else: I know from charting my monthly cycle all through this year that days 25/6 are often the days my inner critic gets LOUD).

But I still took myself to my meditation cushion and sat and allowed whatever was coming up, to come up. It wasn’t particularly pretty. But, with mindful awareness I offered kindness towards myself and to what I was feeling.

I began my usual practice – focusing on the cool-in breath at the nostrils and the warmer out-breath. I gradually took my awareness down through my body to ground.

Feeling grumpy, I continued to breathe. Read more…

5 little words which may change your life

Mindful or Mind-Full?Ah, the human mind. It’s such a powerful tool.

But it does love to flit around and judge.  Wanting this, not wanting that. Pulling and pushing. Attachment and aversion.

All too often never quite satisfied with what we have here and now.

It’s all rather tiring isn’t it?

The mind pulls us out of this moment and stops us enjoying the people we are with, or the quiet-time we’re allowing ourselves, or the simple pleasures of sights and sounds around us which can bring us joy and enrich our lives. Read more…

Soul food: Be content

Soul food:Be content with what you have

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you ~ Lao Tzu

Swim against the tide of our culture which every day tries to tell us we’re lacking and not good enough.

Practise the yoga principle of Santosha – the art of contentment.

Be grateful for who you are and what you have NOW.

Breathe and revel in this moment, for in this moment all is well.

And know that you have all the strength and courage and love and wisdom inside you that you need to realize your dreams.

You ARE enough.

Soul Food: Troubles

I have known a great many troubles in my life – but most of them never happened ~ Mark Twain Soul food:

“I have known a great many troubles in my life – but most of them never happened” ~ Mark Twain

I love these words! They are SO true.
How many of our troubles are mind-made?!

The mind loves to worry, to fret, to prepare for the worst, to catastrophize, to dramatize – it’s all part of the body-mind’s deep-seated survival instinct.

But we don’t have to be at the mercy of our worries. We can learn to choose whether the troubles need our attention or are mind-made.

With mindfulness we learn discernment – the ability to judge well.

So practise checking in with your thoughts daily and ask “Is this real? Or is it my fearful mind trying to trick me?”

And if it’s your fears talking, smile gently to yourself and tell your mind “Thank you, I know you’re just trying to look out for me, but I don’t need to listen to this today”.

And breathe. Let it go or let it be.

Soul food: Be tender, be strong

There is nothing stronger in the world than tendernessSoul food:

“There is nothing stronger in the world than tenderness” ~ Han Suyin

Tenderness, sensitivity, kindliness, gentleness. It’s not particularly prized by our society. It’s seen as weak.

But I believe allowing yourself to feel – to be kind, gentle and sensitive – is *incredibly* strong.

Being tender is about letting the feelings in and letting them be known to you and sitting with them or letting them through. Read more…

12 things I’ve learned in 2015

Stella at Christmas (Dru Yoga Teacher in Southampton)
Feeling reflective at Yuletide

So 2015 is almost at an end. A good time for reflection.

2015 is the year I turned 40, discovered the trait of high sensitivity, meditated daily and learned to ground.

An eventful year. Here’s what I’ve learned.  I hope these lessons inform, amuse and inspire you.

1. There’s nothing to fear in turning 40 (or 50 or 60 or 70…)
On February 2nd this year I turned 40. And (somewhat surprisingly I admit) I suddenly felt freer, unleashed, happy in my skin. I love being 40. I love being me. Read more…

A word to the wise …

Buddha
Serene and wise: we all have Buddha nature inside us (Photo credit: Stella Tomlinson)

I love a wisdom quote. That short sentence which encapsulates so much that is wise, simple and true. That if we can grasp, it will change our lives.

So here are three quotes which, for me, encapsulate my yoga practice and how I try to live my life.

I hope they lift and help you as much as they do me. Read more…