The summer solstice is upon us!
Traditional celebrations focus on cultivating a sense of connection and community with the shared warmth of gatherings, bonfires, merry-making, feasts, and picnics.
These events honor the life-giving force of the sun and the bounty it produces. They're a great reminder for how the warmth of connection heals our wounds of separation--both from ourselves and others. This is a gateway to feeling our always-present bountiful joy.
Our hearts know this time well. Moved by the rhythms of the nature that we are, our hearts are naturally drawn to (re)connecting with others and ourselves, to unstructured play time, and that embodied fiery experience of being alive, open, and an integral part of the interconnected web of life.
I find summertime in general, and the week of the solstice in particular, to be especially potent for healing wounds of heartbreak, for easing the rapid heat of anxiety, and for soothing the parts of ourselves that have felt alone for far too long. The way is paved by the gentle warmth of compassion and the safe fire of our presence. This is what guides us back to feeling love(d).
If you're called to it, I suggest taking a moment to connect with your heart of hearts. Imagine yourself holding it delicately in the palms of your hands and nourishing it with the warmth of your attention, compassion, and love.
May the peak of sunlight teach us about the peak of love that we are,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
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Summer's expansiveness and heat can bring up all kinds of feelings. Many of us vacillate between wanting to be on permanent vacation, not wanting to leave the house (ever!), and feeling consumed by anxiety of what exactly to do with our time and really, our lives.
Chinese medicine points us to the connection between the summer season and the heart. This is not a reference to the physical heart but rather the energetic center in the middle of the chest. It is said that our energetic heart's "job" is to be at peace. Imagine if it were your job, your actual job, to be at peace. What would you do from 9 to 5? What would you need? How would you feel?
When our hearts are at peace, not only do we feel serenity but also joy. Why? Because it's simply so joyful to feel at ease, safe, and secure in your own heart.
We are actually quite lucky in that peacefulness and joy are not just fleeting experiences but innate aspects of being. They do, however, become veiled. We lose sight of our peace. We lose touch with our joy. We forget that we are ok, and we begin to believe that we are not.
Meditative practices, like Chakra Tai Chi, offer us a place, a gentle way, to remember. Register now @ shiraozsinai.com/summer-chakra.
Can't join me for the class? Please let me know of your interest! It helps inform my future offerings. Also, I'm happy to offer Chakra Tai Chi private sessions and/or acupressure for cultivating joy this summer! So contact me and let me know what you think.
May all beings experience the joy and peacefulness that they are,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
I'm so thrilled to be writing to you again! How are you? I am getting back in the groove of things after a summer spent not-doing what I usually do. Really, that's the best way to describe it. Something in me said, "It's time for a change." But that something forgot to give me the plan!
So instead, I spent my summer days in uncertainty, with hesitation, befriending the unknown. What a journey! I won't lie, it was really hard to not-do what I usually do. Especially when what I usually do involves traveling to Israel, visiting with family, sun and fun filled days, and plenty of adventure. But I chose not-to. I chose to listen. I chose to stay and stay real close to what wanted change in me.
Is there something in you that is asking for change? Is there something in you that has gotten too used to the same-ole-thing? Is there something in you that wants a change but has no idea, no plan, no clue as to how to go about it?
With all that's happening in our world today, and with a transition from August to September made rockier by natural disasters and political storms, it's vital that we listen. Perhaps even before we listen to each other, it's vital that we listen to ourselves.
So here I am again, changed and renewed from the inside out, and eager to share with you the practices that steadily support me along the way. Join me for a workshop or private session and let's listen together to the voice of change in you.
May you find the courage to respond to the voice of change in you and not-do what you usually do,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
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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.