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Stacks of Poetry Books

This month is National Poetry Month and we’ve been celebrating all things poetry over at Be You Media Group. In the last edition of our weekly Love List we all contributed a picture with our favorite most indispensable poetry books. These are the ones that have spoken straight to my heart and the pages that I return to over and over again. Do you have a favorite? A whole stack of favorites?

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“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.” ~ Paul Engle

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Artist of the Week: Toko-pa Turner

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It was such a treat to interview and feature Toko-pa Turner as Be You Media Group’s Artist of the Week. Toko-pa’s work and Facebook page Dreamwork with Toko-pa have long inspired me, so I was looking forward to finding out more about her journey and what inspires her. Her intimate answers spoke volumes of her dedication to her creativity and how it propelled her along the way.

“The deeper I went into my own darkness, the richer my life became. And this is now the central ethos of my work with dreams. At any given moment, we are either turning away from or coming into congruence with our kinship with mystery. Only when we wrestle to keep that endangered language of sensitivity alive do we have a chance at living a meaningful life. But more than that, this is how we become necessary to the urgency of our times.”

Check out the full interview here.

And if speaking the language of dreams has piqued your curiosity, Toko-pa is offering an amazing 4-week online course Dreamwalking and is offering a pre-registration price until Friday. More information here.

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Artist of the Week: Cameron Gray

 

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Awake Could Be So Beautiful

 

I had the awesome pleasure of interviewing Parable Visions artist Cameron Gray for Be You Media Group’s ‪‎Artist of the Week‬ feature I help curate. Cameron has long inspired me with his otherworldly mystical works, but what blew me away the most from chatting with him was his story of persistence and always following where his passion lay, with his art.

“But through it all I just stayed focussed on what I was doing, when I was starving hungry I’d just focus even more on my art, it was always a form of escape for me in those years and the only thing I felt I had going for me.”

Check out the full interview here.

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The Journey Begins

 

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Everyday Sacred {#2}

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“The heart is like a mirror. When we dust it off, we are able to see ourselves.
The dust is all our stuff – guilt, anger – this stuff is reflected back to us.
Practice removes the dust from the mirror of our hearts.” ~ Krishna Das

What’s a Sadhana?!

The word “Sadhana” is a Sanskrit term literally translating to “accomplishing something” in regards to spiritual development, and includes daily work through observing, reflecting and subsequent action with the goal of enriching ourselves. Traditionally, it entails disciplined practice in order to transcend the ego with its final goal being that of enlightenment. This is all true for me; however I would add that my Sadhana is also…

A prayer in action

A solid grounding in the Here & Now

A doorway to deeper experiences

A way to see past what’s right in front of me

And to connect with the whole…

It’s my daily sacred commitment to myself.

I practice to move beyond the pain and suffering of this world, to “remove the dust” from my heart, and to continuously re-connect to both the sacred and the magic that is all around and within — while taking solace in this interconnection. You could call it whatever you want really because it’s the dedication and intention behind it that counts.

When we take the time for our own sacred self-care, we feel a big difference in our day-to-day. At least I know I do. Cultivating this kind of practice is to further our journey inwards so we can remind ourselves that we really never left. We are already a part of the divine that pulses through the entirety of the world, both seen and unseen.

Most of the time, rather than having some grand expectation of hours spent in Sadhana devotion, I find what works better—and is far more realistic—is to carve out little moments throughout my day, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, and turn inwards. It’s important however to remember that finding what works best for each of us is something that we have explore a bit, making the proper adjustments until the practice clicks.

So, what do I do during these stolen Sadhana moments? Here is a quick list of the practices I might incorporate depending where I am and how much time I have:

Yoga
Meditation
Journaling
Reading from spiritual/inspirational texts
Art making
Chanting
Ceremony
Reciting a mantra (Japa Yoga)
Breath work (Pranayama)
Prayer
Healing work
Reflecting/Contemplating
Tarot card reading
Walk in nature

Some of these I do daily, some of these happen when I have more time and feel inspired to do so, but at a minimum I do something every day. And remember, this is just the sacred grounding work that speaks to me, which may not resonate for you, and that’s absolutely fine. What other practices would you have on your own list? I truly believe in the saying “To each their own”, so go with whatever truly speaks to your heart.

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Moving forward, we’ll begin to look into specific practices and I’ll share how I personally incorporate them. As always, I can only convey my own experiences, and I look forward to hearing about yours.

Until next time remember, you’ve already arrived, you’re already home. The Sacred is within and all around you… We already have all that we need.

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Heart Manifesto Workshop Giveaway *Winner Update*

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*Winner Update* A big thank you to all who have entered! And the Random number generator has chosen comment #8 as the winner of a spot in {Heart Manifesto Workshop} congratulations laurakutney!!! You’ll be contacted shortly!

“Our words have power because they are the genesis of our actions and our internal codex for interpreting the world. Choose and use them wisely, that they might not only create healing and be of benefit in your own life, but that they may in turn inspire others to do the same.” ~ Heart Medicine

I’m excited to share with you a chance to WIN a free spot in my dear friend Kate Bartolotta’s Heart Manifesto Workshop. A month-long exploration of the questions that can change your direction. Starting September 1st, the workshop will include a secret Facebook group and twice a week course content emailed to you directly. Through the use of exercises in writing, meditation, art and body awareness, they will aim to awaken the muse and begin writing your heart’s manifesto—on and off the page.

Ready for some serious Heart Mojo?! You have until midnight on Sunday, August 24th, to leave a comment on this post for your chance to WIN a free spot in this workshop. The winner will be announced here the following morning.

And I can’t recommend Kate’s book enough… Heart Medicine. “Write your story, heal your heart.” YES.

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Everyday Gratitude

Starting off every morning in gratitude, can certainly transform our day. This awesome practice isn’t limited only to mornings however, at any moment we can begin again. We can stop, take a deep breath and feel gratitude. Moving forward from that moment into the next with a thankful heart.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

Gratitude, Autumn leaves, getting lost in the pages of Wild and more on the
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Photo: Jenn Grosso Day 266 – 365 Picture-a-Day Project

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” ~ Mary Oliver

Up for a month of gratitude? Check out Be You Media Group’s Gratitude Experiment.

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Fall Balancing Through Breathing

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Honoring the inner harvest and balancing light and shadow aspects of ourselves during this Fall season, Nadi Shodhan Pranayama or alternate nostril breathing, is an excellent breathing exercise/meditation for this time of year when the weather and energies are shifting and we seek to find balance once again.

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama is also helpful with clearing out blocked energy channels in the body (nadi = subtle energy channel; shodhan = cleaning, purification; pranayama = breathing technique), which in turns de-stresses the mind releasing accumulated tension. It calms and balances our entire system.

How to do Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing):

  1. Sit comfortably with your spine straight and shoulders relaxed.
  2. Place your left hand on your left knee, palm open to the sky or lightly face down.
  3. Place the tip of your index finger and middle finger of your right hand in between your eyebrows, the ring finger and little finger on your left nostril, and the thumb on your right nostril. You will use the ring finger and little finger to open or close your left nostril and thumb for your right nostril.
  4. Press your thumb down on your right nostril and breathe out gently through your left nostril.
  5. Now breathe in from your left nostril and then press your left nostril gently with your ring finger and little finger. Removing your right thumb from your right nostril, breathe out from the right.
  6. Breathe in from your right nostril and exhale from the left. You have now completed one round of Nadi Shodhan pranayama. Continue inhaling and exhaling from alternate nostrils.
  7. Begin with completing 9 rounds by alternately breathing through both your nostrils. After every exhalation, remember to breathe in from the same nostril from which you exhaled. Keeping your eyes closed throughout; continue to take long, deep, smooth breaths without any force or effort. Increase the number of rounds per sitting when you feel comfortable to do so.

Remember to not force the breath, keep the flow gentle and natural. The fingers on your forehead and nose should be applied very lightly and with no pressure.

Nadi Shodhana, one of the things we’re loving on the Be You Media Love list.

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