The hands above are my hands. They're holding symbols of autumn: a leaf for shedding what no longer serves us; a Blue Jay feather for the animal wit that guides us in closer to ourselves; and a crystal for the treasured gem that we discover at our core as all other untruths fall away.
Witnessing letting go, receiving inspiration, and appreciating our preciousness are the gifts of the autumn season and what lies at the heart of the Chinese medicine metal element. This is the potent energy that's becoming amplified now.
The whole new in-person and live online line-up of classes/workshops has been carefully designed to support us in bringing both the gifts of autumn and the gift of our Presence into greater awareness. Let's get inspired together and realize, with increasing confidence and greater clarity, the precious gems that we are!
Between these new offerings, the ongoing Monday evening Yoga Nidra class, and individual acupressure sessions, there are so many opportunities for us to share in Presence and align with autumn for optimal health of body, mind, and spirit! I hope to see you soon.
May the gifts of autumn inspire you to be who you are,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
P.S. Many thanks to Bruna Photography for the photo at the top! I thoroughly enjoyed working with Bruna and love the set of photos from our shoot. Check her out @ facebook.com/brunagenovesephotography.
Balance isn't a fixed place, point, or pose that you can achieve, get to, or accomplish.
Balance is a dance.
We come near. We move away. We come near again.
Today, as the length of day and the length of night whirl towards a fleeting moment in equilibrium, I meditate on the dance that is balance.
🍁HAPPY AUTUMN EQUINOX, EVERYBODY!!!🍃
Video taken during my recent trip to Israel. This little darling had so much wisdom to impart. May it inspire you in your dance of balance.
This Sunday marks the autumn equinox, a moment in which the length of day is equal to the length of night. This is an auspicious time to meditate on balance in our lives, and particularly the balance between our Infinite Spirit and Finite Body.
How do we nourish our spirit while also taking good care of our bodies, homes, and families? How do we find time to meditate, journal, and stretch while also tending to the laundry, groceries, and cleaning? How do we make choices based on our gut wisdom while also receiving the support of the clear-thinking mind?
In Chinese medicine, the autumn season relates to those precious gems hidden right below the surface of our waking consciousness. Intuitive instincts, inner knowing, and animal wit--these are the tools we all have that guide us in flowing with life's currents while also staying anchored into our inner peace.
If you've got a few minutes on your own this Sunday (or some time in the next few days), light a candle, connect with your body, connect with your spirit, and set an intention as to how you wish to experience autumn.
And if you're free Sunday evening, join me for a group meditation on autumn, a setting of intentions, and a practical yet magical and playful game of oracle cards to draw on the wisdom within!
MEDITATIVE CARD NIGHT: A PLAYFUL AUTUMN WORKSHOP
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (AUTUMN EQUINOX!)
5:00PM - 7:00PM
@ THE SPECTRUM CENTER FOR NATURAL MEDICINE
8555 16TH ST., SUTE #402, SILVER SPRING, MD 20910
Register @ shiraozsinai.com/autumn-meditative-card-night.
May you always know that which is in balance always--your Presence,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
P.S. For a reflection on the coming autumn and a couple tips for transitioning with greater ease, check out my last email/blog post, Autumn at the Door.
There's a shift in the air. A crispiness in the mornings and evenings. An increased crunch of leaves underfoot. And a subtle scent of nostalgia, melancholy, and change.
The tides of emotion, beckoned by Friday's Harvest Moon, are turning our attention inwards. We may fight against it. We may stomp our feet and drag our heels. But nature doesn't stop. It continues forward with its cycle, just as it has for hundreds of years. So what do we do?
Herein lies an invitation to surrender to what is, connect with spirit, your spirit, and dive into your precious and luminous inner world. Take time to gaze at the beauty of the changing landscape. Take intentionally deep breaths to punctuate your day. Take notice of what you feel and meet it gently, with compassion and love, knowing that this too is a natural part of the changing rhythms of nature.
As we make the turn towards autumn and prepare for the coming winter, we have a chance to meditate on that which never changes--our Presence. Please join me for the resumed Monday Evening Yoga Nidra class--via call, online, or in-person--where we directly contemplate our peacefully attentive, spontaneously welcoming, and instinctively loving Presence with all of life. Let's give up trying so hard and simply rest into it!
For other opportunities to find ease with autumn and prepare for the winter ahead, try a private acupressure session with me and/or check out a full menu of autumn workshops and classes!
May you deeply know your unchanging Presence amidst all the changes in life,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
P.S. For more support on being with what is during this time of transition back to school, work, and autumn, check out my last blog post, There's No Going Back.
Hello dear ones,
I am back from a marvelous, nourishing, challenging, and healing visit with my family in Israel. And boy, do I have a lot to reflect on! For now, however, I wish to address this small little word "back" and the attitude that subconsciously gets attached to it. (I promise I'll share my reflections in the weeks to come).
A quick Google search will reveal what most of us already know: one of the definitions of the word "back" is "expressing a return to an earlier or normal condition." We say, "Back to School," "I'm getting back into the swing of things," and "I've just come back from my trip." While it's clear that we are referring to a return, is it actually a return to an earlier condition?
When your child goes back to school, s/he might be returning to the same building as the previous year, a similar schedule maybe, and perhaps a familiar group of peers. But is that really a return to an earlier condition? Your child is by no means the same as s/he was a year ago. Your child isn't even the same as yesterday! S/he has had a whole year of experiences, a whole summer, a whole day of experiences, and each one of these experiences signifies change.
Most of us subconsciously approach each day with an attitude of "return to an earlier or normal condition." But, there is actually no going back. It doesn't exist. Why? Because there is only now. Every single moment is brand new, natural, and fresh with possibilities. Like this moment right now, it has never been lived before, never been experienced, never been felt. So, what's happening now?
As we find ourselves in the season of "Back to School," we may notice our minds preparing for going back to the same routines, people, and places. It is up to us to notice what our minds are doing, and with the same curiosity and wonder also notice every single nuance of what is actually new, unexplored, and original in the here and now.
Just as we may choose to use the word "back" exactly as we please, we can also consciously choose to meet every moment, including this one, just as it is--an unfolding experience in a wide open field of Presence.
May you know the deepest comfort by resting into the now,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
Please leave your comments and reflections below. Thank you!
Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.