My year to celebrate life.
To breath love, to feed the flame inside. To give.
These photos were taken in November 2017 when I gave my first workshop. The beautiful yellow leaves were dropped for me by the golden Ginkgo tree that I am hugging in the inner courtyard of Yyoga. This tree is found in fossils dating back 270 million years (knows Wikipedia). Pretty resilient. So, the theme of my workshop was Resilience. How to find the tools to bounce back from the bigger or smaller surprises that life offers. Resilience is the quality of adaptation, through internal resources, in a context that shakes our equilibrium. The tools are based on mindfulness, the practice of training the mind to be fully awake, yet detached.
For the past six months resilience has been my best inner friend in the survival state that I have entertained at my office work. Management changes, new tasks, travel. Then Christmas. Warm and joyful gathering of family and friends. Love and laughter. Quiet new year. Still so tired. And then back to work. I started losing faith even in the practice. My body was giving severe signs of stress and exhaustion, not a great start to a new year.
Then the magic. The total disconnection on our Yyoga Magical Winter Retreat to Lapland, Finland, at the end of January. This was the second time we headed up north with a small group of devoted adventurers, yogis and other. Truly a magical experience. On the five day retreat we had a daily schedule of a morning flow yoga of 90 minutes at KuruYoga, with themes of the five elements: earth, fire, water, air, space. Could not have been more suitable in the midst of that beautiful, healing nature! Then after a free afternoon of snow activities we gathered again for meditation: on the ice of the lake for walking meditation (and snow angels!), around the fire place for a fire ritual of letting go, in the wooden hut by the walking trail for gratitude meditation, and also in the chapel of the village (skiing directly down from the slopes to the church – Levi village is so compact!). The evenings offered relaxation together enjoying delicious vegetarian dinners prepared by a friend, a fellow yogi and a beautiful chef that joined us – her inspiring blog here. And sauna. Of course sauna, every evening – total bliss state. Heaven. No sleeping problems!
The nature’s energy gathered up north will carry me, support my practice of resilience and help me stay healthy and happy as the light increases and spring is approaching.
On Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and beyond, may we all cultivate the capability to connect.
That is love.