Choosing simplicity is an act of self-love and earth-love.
As we free up physical, emotional, and mental space, we liberate our time and consciousness.
There are many ways we can invite simplicity into our lives including but not limited to eating whole foods, donating what we no longer need, organizing our schedule with care, resting, spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness, following our biological clock, and saving money/spending less.
When I meditate on simplicity, I am also fondly reminded of the key components of interbeing. Interbeing is a term crafted by Thich Nhat Hanh that brings a non-separate, ecological, and inclusive perspective to mindfulness. It teaches us that...
- What we do to others, we do to ourselves.
- Each of us enters this lifetime with unique gifts, and our purpose is to express them in a manner that contributes to the wellbeing of all. It takes a village.
- Krishna puts it this way in The Bhagavad Gita: "It is better to strive in one's own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one's own dharma. But competition in another's dharma breeds fear and insecurity.”
- Every choice we make matters.
- My health and joy contributes to everyone's health and joy.
- We are more than the sum of our parts.
- We see ourselves reflected in others and in our environment.
Throughout the month of June I invite you to contemplate the ways in which you can simplify your life with the help of the following offerings...
- Guided Breath Work
- A Simplicity Meditation Kit
- How to Write a Sankalpa Practice
- Two Home Yoga Practices
- A Sound & Dream Guided Journey
- Ayurvedic Inspired Wellness Inspiration
Our intention is to offer inspiration for your home practice. We aim to be intentional, simple, and meaningful in our offerings. Please send us feedback if you have any to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warmly and with Gratitude,
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Sound & Dream
Sound & Dream Journey with Swan
Colors: black, white, gold, orange, red, silver, gray
Season: all year, all seasons
Time of Day: liminal hours
Signals: beauty, spirituality, art, passion, faith, depth, knowledge, shadow, victimhood, bravery, grace, sovereignty, autonomy.
Botany: sage, lemon balm, witch hazel, motherwort, st. johns wort
Healing: shadow, spirit, heart, love, creativity, trauma
Sound & Dream meditation is an advanced visualization practice designed to help us tune our intuition. I recommend lying down, comfortably supported by props on the floor. Make sure you will not be interrupted, and have a journal close by to document your dreams. Do your best to trust that whatever is arising in your consciousness (regardless if it is wildly imaginative) is there for a reason. Upon finishing the practice, take a moment to reflect in writing or sit with the images and ideas that arose in the meditation. And finally, you and only you, are responsible for making meaning from these messages. Through Sound & Dream we learn to trust our inner teacher, the spirit, the consciousness, without asking others to quantify or qualify our experiences. And most importantly, have FUN.
For the past month I have been in Hartford, Connecticut in graduate school studying the basic ecology of bryophytes (mosses), how to make art with microscopes, socially engaged practices, and critical and creative problem solving. Through this valuable experience, I downloaded ample inspiration for Art of Awe and our work together here in cyber space.
In formulating a theme for the month, I encouraged myself to lean in to what I have been learning (rather than return to what's familiar). In doing so, I thought we could approach the practice through an ecological lens, through the eyes of moss.
While searching for peatlands in the neighborhood forests of Connecticut, I became habituated to looking downward rather than upward, to the floor of the earth, in order to see the intelligence of life beneath our feet.
Did you know that mosses and sea algae are the oldest plants on earth? And yet, we are drawn to the charisma of trees and the temporality of flowers. Like with everything, we are conditioned to value one thing over another. Like the life of a whale over the life of an insect. Why is it that we value what we value? See what we see? Are attracted, averted, and indifferent to certain people and experiences?
My invitation to myself and to you this month, is to pay closer attention to what you value and how it shapes the way you interact with the world around you.
Warmly & with Gratitude,