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This is the last blog I will be writing in the UK for a while. We are ready to go in our van and leaving for France. Many people have sent us messages wishing us well and telling us to stay safe. Whilst I very much appreciate the sentiment of those kind messages the connotations of the phrase have changed. The idea of staying safe and what that currently entails, what liberties I would have to give up is not something I want right now for me or my family.

One of the reasons we are leaving the country (after selling everything and living in a motorhome touring around the UK for the last 7 weeks. ) is the obsession with safety that seems to have taken over common sense in our beloved country.

I am fascinated with definitions and etymology of words. The word safe in this context suggests that I can not be harmed or damaged and that if I keep at a safe distance this means I will avoid harm, or any unpleasant effects.

The current suppressing measures are causing harm however and definitely creating unpleasant effects for more than they are reducing them. These measure seem to be creating more fear and panic in the most normal of situations.

In our bid to stay safe we have allowed massive job losses, our laws to be changed at a drop of a hat and we seem to be heading towards economic uncertainty at a huge rate.

I question this desperation within us that want to stay safe. To pull the national duvet over our heads in the hope that everything will be ok whilst giving up our liberties and our rights and everything we have held dear as a nation.

We know that life holds risk it always has it always will we cannot eliminate risk . Our innate fears do not simply disappear no matter how much energy we put into feeling safe. We cannot stop fear it is needed, it is important. When we step out of fear and take a step into the unknown , when we take risks we grow, we learn and this is what we teach to our children. If we did not take risks we would do nothing we would never learn from our mistakes.

So despite the risks , despite the uncertainty , despite the weather, storms , wind and rain and other constant challenges we have been experiencing as a family since we began our journey we are ready. Ready to go and not live in fear but to experience to learn to live in every possible way.

I believe that life is such a gift and that everyday holds lesson for growth if we allow these in. I ask you what is this time teaching you?

It teaching me that everyday is precious that the things I thought were dead certs were illusions . That the more and more I release myself from the square box I created for myself the stronger and more capable I become. As beings we are capable of such incredible things when we put our heart and mind to it. Watching my son starting to realise this , moving into his potential and breaking down his own self limiting beliefs is one of the biggest gifts I could ask for.

And so it is time to say fair-well UK , we love you, we will miss you so much , you are in our hearts. We will stay grounded, we will stay embodied, we will Stay sovereign.





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The Native American Cherokee legend of the 2 wolves is not new to me but it came up again in a book I am currently reading by Sharon Salzberg called the power of Meditation.

For those of you not familiar with this powerful story I will tell you.



An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me ," he said to the boy. " It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil, he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,


arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego."



He continued , " The other is good-he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside of you-and inside every other person too."

The grandson thought for a minute and then asked his Grandfather , "which one will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied " The one you feed."



Sharon Salzberg goes on to elaborate " But that's only part of the picture. "True whatever gets our attention flourishes, so if we lavish attention on the negative and inconsequential , they can overwhelm the positive . But if we do the opposite , refusing to deal or acknowledge what's difficult and painful pretending it doesn't exist , then our world is out of whack. Whatever doesn't get our attention withers -or retreats below conscious awareness , where it may still affect our lives. In a perverse way , ignoring the painful and difficult is just another way of feeding the wolf."


As we are entering a time of so much change all around us these words have felt very important to me and this week I have had to sit and look at which wolf I have been feeding during my time in lock-down. During a difficult and stressful times ( and this one is unprecedented for us all )where do my thoughts go, which behaviors do I feed to feel safe and secure and how does that manifest and play-out in my life and with those around me? This has been hard work taking this time to really observe myself and my behavior using my yoga and meditation practice to support me in this and look at those difficult aspects I don't like to see. Fear, control, anger have all reared up this week to give me lessons and growth, I invite you to do the same gently and with compassion for yourself take a little look in the mirror and ask yourself which wolf am I feeding?

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Summer which is traditionally a time for joy, action and expression. However this June I feel it is as if we are waking up from a horrible nightmare that has encompassed us all. The world that we knew back in the winter time has disappeared and it is almost as though we are entering a different part of the same dream.

Business are beginning to reopen, some children are returning to school. Some people are returning to work and other are taking their first footsteps out of their home to see loved ones they have not seen for months. There maybe fear of returning to work, of new rules, legislation put in place or just fear of going outside at all.

How do we give ourselves time to really feel into the effects of this for ourselves and for our children? Some of us might like to put the last few months behind them grateful for the new, others might feel completely devastated and broken and they feel that this is not something they can do. This experience is different for each of us and a one size fits all approach will not work to allow for the reflecting of that. M

y Forrest teacher is always speaking to us about the need for space within our difference and I feel this time more than ever that is so very true. Showing each other compassion and giving each other room for our difference at this time.

So I guess my question for June is what now? How can we move through this change and still feel grounded so that we are not just moving in a dream like state through this but are present in our bodies to this experience. For me this has been about connecting with my root chakra,my base chakra. Connecting with the Earth, Active feet. Yoga and meditation practice. " Our ground is our root -for which which this chakra is named. Though our roots we gain nourishment , power, stability and growth. Without this connection we are separated from nature, from our source. Cut off, we are easily manipulated. When we are grounded we are low, humble and close to the Earth. Resting on the ground we have a sense of inner security because we cannot fall. "Judith Anodea Wheels of life.



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One life is all we have and live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.

JOAN OF ARC

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