New Moon, New Beginning

new moon new beginningsWhen I was a young school girl, I always thought of the start of the school year in September as a new beginning.

And of course there’s the New Year, on January 1, which is also a new beginning.

But since then I’ve learned what indigenous people have always known: every month can be a new beginning on the new moon.

The new moon is the start of a new cycle, and is the perfect time to set your intentions for the next 29.5 days.  It can be a time for personal ceremony, calling in the elemental spirits and your spirit guides to help you manifest what you want.

This month it’s June 13, 2018.

Connect with the cosmos with the Piko Piko Breath

piko piko breath

There may be no better way to rise above the daily grind than through breathwork, and The Piko Piko Breath is one of the best ways I’ve found.

Kahunas, the shamanic practitioners of Hawaii, use the Piko Piko Breath to both relax and energize the body. It can work for anyone, and can give a real sense of the expansiveness of the universe.

The word “Piko” means center, or naval.

Before Kahunas meditate or pray they use this breath to build up their Mana (Power) to get focused and in the right frame of mind for whatever they are about to undertake, particularly healing.

If you’ve been to Hawaii or watched the television show Hawaii Five-0, you know that Caucasions in Hawaii are referred to as “ haoles,“ [pronounced “howlies”] which means “without breath.”  This is because the Kahunas know that most Caucasians have lost the ability to do healthy, deep, slow breathing.

An invitation to transformation

transformational experienceOn February 24-25, 2018, John Kralovec and I will be facilitating a workshop at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts designed for transformation:

A Shaman’s Pathway to the Divine

Shamanism in today’s world

Many people are fascinated by shamanism. But I believe what they really seek is a direct connection with a higher power [the Divine] and a way to experience that connection in every day life. This is what we teach.

The Ancients were masters of harmony, balance and caring for Mother Earth. Now is the time the ancient teachings are being revealed because they are needed more than ever.

Why we should stop before starting

stop before startingIn today’s hurry-up world, people often start the day in a rush so as to get everything done. But I’d like you to consider why we should stop before starting anything.

Clearing, balancing, reviewing will actually give you a better start to the day, or any activity, than rushing into it.

Here are some examples of stopping before starting:

  • Chanting “Om” before yoga
  • Athletes who do “mental rehearsal” visualizations before performing
  • Pausing before speaking so you can take a breath and exhale, re-energizing your body and mind
  • Before answering a question, stop and consider how you want to answer rather than give an answer you’ll regret
  • Take time to access your inner guidance
  • Start and end every endeavor with a smile, a teaching from the Maya

Teachings from Bear Heart

Here is the replay of my February 2, 2018 interview with Dr. Joel Ying on Living the Present Moment. We discussed teachings from Bear Heart, my Muskogee-Creek elder and co-author of The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman. I hope you enjoy it.

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