Moon Reflections, Soul Wisdom and an Introduction

New Moon blessings to you as we introduce our
SOUL WISDOM self – reflection cards

2 years ago my dear friend (and soul sister) Jessica Hibberd and I, experienced the first stirrings of the seeds for this incredible and transformative project.  This started as a personal exploration, and over time we realized this was a little divine spark traveling through us.  It has been amazing to experience their evolution into a beautiful offering  we’re honoured to share with you.  This project was also supported and encouraged by so many, and we are so grateful to each of you.

Working with the cycles of the moon, drawing on the inspirations of animals and our sacred earth, as well as our own personal teachers and guides along the way; we have birthed these self-reflective  cards into being.  They are intended as companions on your path, to urge you forward and support you to dive deeper into understanding your own soul wisdom.

Each of these cards has been born out of love, joy and a deep respect for the medicine contained in our natural world.

We started with our beautiful Goddess Energy Card and found ourselves at completion with our precious fox, holding the intention of Kindness.

The inspiration for the images came to Jessica while traveling on sacred sites around the world; at yoga and dance retreats, sitting in meditation by the water, and time spent in reflection.

When Jessica was ready she shared the magic of her creations with me.  Carving out sacred windows of time to get to know each card, often at the roots of a tree or quietly by the water,  listening to what they had to share.  There was no rush with this process, allowing the layers of their messages to unfurl in their own time.

The slow thoughtful way we moved through this project, was such a good teaching for our own personal process along the way.

We created 13 cards aligning with the 13 new moons in our lunar cycle of a year, which seems fitting to share our Reflection card with you today.

Reflection

Did you know that you are the cycles of the moon, in all their grace, ease and intensity.   Are you willing to honor the rhythms that you were born to live.  It is time to lean in and  let go of how you think things should be, rather embrace what is in this moment.

Understand your cycles through your body,  emotions and spirit.  Find time every day to connect and revel in the clarity that is born from this process.

Learn to love the magic found in the darkness and the light.  You have one life experience in this body, the choice to surrender or resist is up to you.

You are magic unfolding.

The moon holds so much support, a constant guide in the sky, if we take the time to understand how we are affected as we move through the monthly cycle, and honour the changing rhythms around and within us.  For each of us these cycles will feel different.

Slowly over time we find a little more ease in ourselves as we learn to move with the flow rather than against it.

As we rest in the dark moon (when there is no moon visible in the sky), we often find ourselves in a time of introversion and quieter more restorative practices are helpful.  A time we can focus on deep healing.  During the dark moon we can reflect on decisions we’ve made, experiences we’ve had, and take this crucial time to rejuvenate.  It offers us a pause.

The new moon happens the day after the dark moon, it marks a birth, a fresh cycle beginning to emerge.  This is a good time to set personal intentions and to welcome in new beginnings.  It’s also an important time to be extra gentle on yourself, and to honour renewal in your life as you begin to emerge from the dark moon.  From the darkness, the new moon brings with it fertile ground to plant seeds for what we want to attract and bring into our life.

During the new moon it is a potent time to meditate, journal, set intentions, move your body, organize and reflect on the next steps in your life.

When we approach the full moon, we can sometimes feel the intensity of the energy a little louder.  In yoga the full moon is a symbol of the fullness of our inner selves.  Barrie Risman shares “that it reminds us of the perfection that lies within each human being, even when it gets obscured or partially hidden from view.”  It’s a good time to celebrate how far you’ve come, celebrating the seeds you’ve nurtured and brought to life, as well as the growth you’ve experienced.  In the fullness of the moons light, we can also take this time to shed light on the patterns that perhaps you’re ready to let go of.

Risman reminds us that the full moon honours our humanness, I love this– the bright light against the dark sky, honouring the beauty, the vulnerability and the mystery.

Embrace the support the cycles of the moon can offer you, even simply as anchor points month to month through your journey and the growth found in your self-reflective practices over time.

This has been an amazing project and through this creation we realize how dedicated we are to the healing path in front of each of us, knowing in our hearts that when we support one another we truly thrive. 

You will know intuitively the best way for YOU to work with this sweet little offering as it leaves our hands and enters yours.  However you decide to work with this deck, it’s important to trust yourself and your process.  It is our hopes that you will allow these cards to be a companion on your path, their messages were whispered through us to share with YOU.

With so much love, Amber (and Jess)

Click here to find out more details, including where to purchase your own deck.

To see more of Jessica’s creations click here.

Wishing you wellness in body, mind and spirit on your own unique journey, emerging in your own time and honouring the narrative of your life.

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Strength Arising In Archer – Wellness Reflection

So grateful to share this window of time with you.

This week we’ll be diving deeper into our yoga exploration and I offer you a gentle reminder to tend to YOUR self care (even just for 5 minutes of deep mindful breathing).

When I sat down for this reflection, it kept coming up to explore a posture we know as archer.  Archer is a fabulous practice for when we’re feeling lost, or untethered.  It connects us back to our roots, to our centre of strength, and our focused clear mind as we make decisions moving forward in our lives.  We practiced a supportive variation of this last week with our online Carebridge class, and it keeps coming up to dive a little deeper.

Through archer, you are invited to stand strong and grounded, standing up for what you believe in, while maintaining the  connection with your compassionate heart.

If you’re working with a journal I invite you to ponder a few reflective practices today, it’s also very powerful to reflect while moving through archer as a physical practice.

Are you able to stand steady at that moment when your bow is taut and the arrow (emotional message) is about to release – can you pause before that release – steady in yourself?

Are you able to cultivate presence and maintain one pointed focused attention (in your practice, for a specific task, when you’re listening to others)

When you’re being challenged do you falter, or do you breathe a little deeper into your own center of strength?

Can you maintain an open heart and allow compassion to be your guide when you’re being faced with adversity?  Strong and KIND

As you move through archer (in your body or as a visualization), tap into your centre, notice what’s arising for you.

Physically this is an amazing practice for so many aspects of your body!  It’s a wonderful practice to open your hip flexors, find balance on your feet, cultivate full body strength, and open through the chest while initiating your postural muscles between your shoulder blades.  Try to stay soft in your jaw, soft in your shoulders, and strong in your foundation.

If this is a new practice for you (or perhaps if you’d just like a little more support and guidance), I offer you a little video to help support you in your exploration.

This video was created for a 30 day yoga challenge I offered last fall, just to give you a little more insight on the creation story of this offering.  Stay with me, and we’ll move into the posture.

To view the practice support click here

Thank you for joining me, make sure to take some time to integrate, and know I’m holding you in my heart.

Sending you love today,

Amber

Xo

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Our Guest House – Wednesday Wellness Reflection

“This being human is a guest house

Every morning a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 

Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all……

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes, 

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.”

              Rumi

Not always so easy to simply welcome whatever arises with an open non judgmental heart, this is part of the practice for sure.  One of the hardest and often the most potent in our healing.

We often feel it’s easier to hide parts of ourselves, all the complex intricacies of this being human with all of our emotions, but remember, at the core, we’re not so different from one another.

Honouring your life experiences, honouring your relationships, honouring what needs to be accepted in order to be able to let go – or to move into a new chapter, honouring the joyful happy moments as equally as the not so joyful moments.

Take a bit of time to simply sit with this piece, sending yourself an invitation to welcome in all aspects of yourself, allow this to be your reflection this week.

Can you accept and honour the whole, remember the puzzle isn’t complete if we only put the light pieces in.

There is no need to shift, hold your breath or bend for anyone.

It’s okay to feel exactly what you’re feeling. 

The more we can practice self-acceptance the easier it is to exhale, the deeper we can breathe and  grow into the person we’re here to be.  The more we can enjoy the life in front of us.

Take some time with your journal, have a conversation with someone who sees you, move your body, or go for a walk in nature. It’s important to give yourself time to process wherever you are, that’s when the acceptance happens.

I want to see YOU, the world needs the real you, often hiding underneath all the layers life has thrown on you.

With so much love,

Amber

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Wednesday Wellness Reflection – Nurturing Our Own Foundation

As I look outside my window, and unroll my practice blanket, I can’t help but feel immense gratitude for our natural world.  The sun streaming through my window as I plant my feet solidly on the ground.  I notice through the familiarity of my personal practice, a natural ease occurs in my breath, I just need to be willing to take these few moments.

I wonder where we’re going to go today.

If you work with a journal for your practice,  I encourage you to grab it before you settle in for your practice today, and take a bit of time to reconnect with your breath, breathing into sensations and connecting a little deeper with whatever arises inside of you – in this moment.

Today feels like a good day to take a brief exploration of the landscape of our hips and our pelvic girdle.  Did you know that sometimes restrictions through our pelvic girdle can create a distraction for the whole body and mind, which prevents us from recognizing the gifts in our lives – or the places we experience ease.

We have so many intricate structures that cross over the pelvic girdle, which have a ripple effect.  As we release these restrictions through our breath, through movement, or with the help of a trained therapist, we can actually begin to feel more easeful through our whole body, and as a positive consequence, more aware of the beauty that exists around us and often right in front of us. We also often begin to experience a greater sensitivity to the lived experience of gratitude.

Our pelvic girdle, not only encompasses some pretty important and critical anatomical considerations (This whole post could be a dissection of the anatomy of the pelvis – but that is not my intention for today – so to simply name a few of our internal ihabitants; like our organs of elimination, our sexual organs, various nerves, the cross junction for our hip flexors, posterior musculature and our abdominal muscles, as well as a multitude of ligaments and joints), but it also emcompasses alot of our emotional holding patterns related to; our foundation, our sense of security in the world, our fears, our internal bridges in relationship to our external relationships, and our ability to express our creativity and authentic selves in the world.

Phew, that’s a lot to consider.

If you feel inspired to explore some physical movements, a few super simple movements I recommend for beginning are:

Pelvic tilts, while resting on your back with your knees bent and keeping your hips in contact with the ground – slowly allow a rocking movement through your pelvis – inhaling tipping the pelvis forward and exhaling tipping it back.

Still resting on your back, you may want to keep one leg bent and explore movement while raising the opposite leg up towards the sky and making circles through the hip.

Or perhaps from this position, with your knees bent, (feet together and/or apart) simply allowing your knees to fall from side to side like windshield wipers – moving slowly and listening to the guidance in your breath and through sensations.

Another wonderful posture to explore our pelvic girdle and to support us to release postureal patterns in the front of the body is half bridge.  To view a bonus practice video click here. I created this mini video last fall, when I did my last 30 day challenge, so you’ll understand why I say welcome to day 18!  The wind was also blowing that day, so when it blows a little harder, allow that wind to take with it any stress or tension you may be feeling today.  Just a light little practice to hopefully inspire a smile, and offer you some seeds in your own exploration.

Reflect on the bridges in your own life; through your body, in how you spend your time, and in your relationships.

When you express yourself, are you able to bridge your own inner wisdom and truth – with what you share with the world around you?

Are you taking time to nuture your own soil as we start to contemplate our gardens?

There are so many different ways of exploring through the hips and pelvic girdle, hmmm perhaps some shapes we’ll explore a little deeper over the next few weeks in our classes.

Whichever iterations of movement you explore (and this may be simply free dancing movement), again, allow your breath and your body sensations to be your guide.  Give yourself this simple gift – listen to what you need, from the wisdom that bubbles up from inside of YOU, not always that easy.  As we begin to listen and respond to ourselves with kindness and compassion, we also begin to experience a greater sensitivity to what we truly need to thrive, and gratitude starts to flow through us a little more easefully.

Gratitude shifts our focus from what  life lacks to the abundance that is already present.  Allowing gratitude to flow through your thoughts, also gives your brain something else to focus on – rather than the stream of worries that many of us find as constant companions.

Make sure you take some time to integrate your practice, sometimes as we explore our bodies through compassionate movement, we wake sleeping parts of us up.  Take some time to sit and breath, talk about your experience with a trusted friend, and be gentle with yourself as you integrate your practice.

What do you feel most grateful for today?  

I am grateful for the trees, and their incredible wisdom, such an inspiration for me on this journey – the Spruce, the Cedars, the Maples, the Poplars and the White Pines, just to acknowledge a few.

I am grateful for all the leaves and needles on the trees, offering us a gift for our senses in the beautiful canvas of colour and the sensory exploration as they consider the slow unfurling of warmer weather.  Are you feeling ready to begin your own spring unfurling?

and I am grateful for YOU!

‘Till next time,

With love, Amber

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Contemplating Our Gifts – Wednesday Wellness Reflection

Sending you a big hug today, I feel like we all could use an extra hug these days.

A few weeks ago I was blessed to be a case study for a dear friend (who happens to be my husband) who recently completed the Core Gift Discovery Workshop, to help support people to dive deeper into themselves and explore the unique gifts we all come here to share.   What I found most impactful, was that some of the more traumatic events of my life were what came through as I discovered my own core gift.  Often its these pivotal moments that don’t always make sense that inform what we commmit our lives to, where we find passion and deep inspiration.

I invite you to take some time over the next little while and contemplate a few ideas.

When do you feel at home in yourself? Or is this a foreign concept?

Contemplate the idea of purpose and gifts.  What do they mean to you personally?   This may be woven into the fabric of your working life, or it may be an area of your life where you recharge or you seem to keep going back to – fueled by passion, emotion, and a deep genuine concern.   Your working life may help to support your purpose, it’s not always that clear.

Perhaps pull out your journal and  write or sit in silent contemplation, writing and expressing without editing.  It amazes me how often we edit or script our responses – even in our personal journals.  It’s time to drop the scripting and show up – exactly as you are – life is to short to be any other way.  At this juncture in our lives, it’s also a good time to reflect on what you truly care about; what do you think deserves more of your time and energy, and does it also support the whole?

The seeds start within us and the way they are expressed are uniquely ours – but there is a reciprocity that’s necessary, like the seeds in our gardens.   It’s not always easy to recognize that those seeds are waiting for nourishment, deep inside of us, or what that nourishment needs to look like.  When we’re able to move from a place which honours what we contribute to the greater collective (no matter how small or large),  feeling deep gratitude for the seeds we contain, and then we step forward in our lives in a purposeful way – this is when magic happens.

As you ponder the presence of the seeds inside of  you, I wonder what arises?

Is there an area of your life that ignites passion inside of you or fill you with strong emotions that urge you forward?  OR is there something that keeps coming up for you, maybe like a soft whisper, wrapped in curiousity?  Hmmm if you listened to that whisper and offered that curiousity some attention, I wonder what that would look like for you?

What did those hard lessons in your life teach you?? Often the difficult lessons are when we’re shown a glimpse of what our core gifts may be, or they may evoke something so strongly inside of us, that they show us where our voice is needed.  This is not always easy, this I do understand.

I believe we all have the potential to tap into something greater than us, and our seeds which hold are gifts as sacred, are a larger and a necessary part of the whole.  As Elizabeth Gilbert reminds us (thank you Sarah), can you acknowledge any fears that hold you back, invite them along for the ride (suppressing them only gives them more power), tap in, explore, nurture what is stirring softly or loudly making itself known from within you, fear and all.

If you want to move through the core gifts discovery process, there are many amazing humans who can support you, you can go to The Core Gift Institute to find out more.

Sending you so much love, and reverence for your core gifts – whether they are shining brightly or hidden, awaiting the perfect moment to be discovered and nurtured into life.

Love Amber

xo

“Every human being is born with some sort of gift, and inclination or an instinct that can become a full-blown mastery.  We may not see our gift for what it is.  Having seen it we may choose not to accept the gift and its consequences for our life.  Or, having claimed our gift, we may not be willing to do the hard work necessry to nurture it.  But none of these evasions can alter the fact that the gift is ours.  Each of us is a master at something, and part of becoming fully alive is to discover and develop our birthright competence.” 

Parker Palmer

Wednesday Wellness Reflections

Welcome to our Wednesday Wellness Reflection, I’m so grateful you’re here.
Today  I offer you a little food for thought. 
I find this a powerful reminder to enjoy the journey, and all the paths along the way.
 
That we are where we need to be in this moment, not always “ideal” or comfortable – but the only place we can be at this precise moment in our lives.   I know this is especially hard right now.  
If we can release our attachment and clinging, to things being a certain way – or the way they used to be, we often find we can find peace and surrender into our life as it is now – Acceptance.  
It’s important to keep dreaming (especially right now), and to not ever give up on those dreams while you take steps forward, but also to feel deep gratitude for the life you’re living in this moment – sometimes messy, confusing, often hard, but part of the whole hidden picture.  
 The true gift of arriving in each and every breath.  
 I read this quote in class on Tuesday, written by Meggan Watterson, as I felt into today, it felt important to share again here. 

“The guru, the saint, the magi, the “perfected” ideal of yourself that can radiate beams of light like Princess Fiona after Shrek’s true love kiss, and remain that way, is an illusion.  This is often used as a way for us to feel inadequate.  To constantly compare ourselves.  To constantly suggest to ourselves that we’re not there yet.  We haven’t arrived.

The good news is we never arrive.  None of us.  Not even the holiest person you can think of in this moment…… We never get there.  That’s the whole point of being human.  The point is to constantly arrive.  For some of us with each breath.  We constantly return to love.  This is the good news; that we can.  That it’s set up that way.  That no matter who we are or how long we’ve been seperated from feeling the presence of love, it’s actually right here.

Within.” 

Take a few moments and simply notice what arises inside of you after reading these thoughts, perhaps take some time with your journal.

I wonder as you move through the next few weeks if you can offer yourself the invitation to arrive in every breath.  With all of your senses can you feel the complete cycle of each breath – inhale and exhale.

Can you be fully present in this moment – this one, right now, you will never be here again.

Can you give yourself permission to connect with the very beat of your heart.  Your center of compassion and kindness, bringing you back to that deep well of love – with every breath.

Sending you love today, from deep within,

Amber
xo
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Thursday, December 24th) is a live online Karma class for Interval House from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  I’ll be leading you through a nourishing and restorative gentle practice, offering you a little nurturing self care before the holidays.  If you’d like to find out more click here
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