It's been several weeks since I have last written, and I am eager to share with you what I have been up to. Like many of you, I imagine, I have engaged in a different work rhythm, family gatherings, and taking note of the past and coming year. It's been quite a full schedule!
Whether it's part of your tradition or not, we are all getting prompted by news, social media, and more to take a close look at the year that has passed and make some decisions and/or resolutions for the year ahead. There's great value in this practice--when done mindfully.
Mindfully reviewing the past year means meeting the painful memories with compassion, rejoicing in the happy moments, and embracing every bit of change made towards a healthier, more truthful, and authentic you. An unmindful review looks a lot like self-beating over every single thing you seemingly did wrong or failed at and denying what actually occurred.
Likewise, mindfully preparing for the year aheaddoes not mean enforcing new restrictions on yourself in order to squeeze into that size 8 skirt or that new fitted T-shirt. Nor does it mean badgering yourself senselessly to meditate once a day for the upcoming 365 days of 2016.
It does, however, mean listening deeply to your heartfelt desire, honoring it as well as your dreams, aspirations, and hopes. It means honestly accepting who you truly are--a perfect, whole, and precious being.
As always, know that I would be honored to join in celebrating you and making room to examine, welcome, and embrace all the parts of you that may feel less-than, hurt, or unmet in some way. This is true mindfulness. May it support us to gracefully move through another year.
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
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It's early Wednesday morning, and I am sitting in front of the window with a steaming cup of tea watching the fog and rain clouds blanket the sky in white. I'm reminded of nature's natural rhythms and the intricate play of darkness and light that usually graces our region in December.
Indeed, it is grace. It is nature's grace, nature's beauty, that points us to the treasures of late fall/early winter. It's a time for turning inwards, filling our homes with light and warmth, and preparing for deep and nourishing rest.
Paradoxically, this is a traditionally busy time of year. So much so that we may lament the shorter days, colder weather, and overwhelming tiredness. This is exactly what makes this month an especially potent opportunity for honoring darkness and light, honoring cold and warmth, honoring activity and tiredness.
Why? Because both darkness and light or cold and warmth are a part of nature. They are parts of our true nature. Within us, some parts lie in darkness, or perhaps are dark. Other parts are full of light. And, it's all good. It's all ok. These are all parts of a whole.
Who we truly are is not only whole but wholeness itself. This great play of darkness and light is unraveling in the vast and open wholeness that we are. Each of us. All of us. Each and all of us.
How do I know? Look outside right now. Observe the play of darkness and light. Watch how nature allows it, accepts it. Notice how nature is wide and open and vast and how this play of darkness and light is happening within it. Does it not? And we are the same. We are nature.
With wishes for blessings of light and nourishing darkness,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
It's not always easy to inquire into darkness or even light, really. I find that it works a whole lot better when someone is there to support me. Please know that I'd be honored to support you in your inquiry via phone, web, private session or any local events. Also, you may wish to check out the recording titled "Reconnecting with Your Light." Enjoy!
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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.