Balance Through Being Present

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We are all capable of growth in leaps and bounds, or small minute detailed seeds.  We healthfully integrate such growth by accepting the cycle we are currently offered and devoting time and energy to bravely leaping, or carefully scrutinizing these rhythms. Our rhythms are our own, to navigate, celebrate, amplify, and combine with the overall resonance of Divine Source to the best of our capacity each day.  And yet, for those that leap, or those that carefully plan, there are times in life in which we are offered opportunities to elevate our personal vibration and often through the opposite patterning that we are accustomed to.  

Some of us may live many lifetimes in a single incarnated lifespan, some of us may live a very long one life experience; each soul incarnates with the free will, and resonance to fulfill its life path with Grace and self acceptance.  For those that have cycled many times through lifespans, we are able to offer reassurance, a helping, steadying hand to those that are new to the physical, or have not been on the planet in physical reality in a long time.  For those that are new to the earth plane, they are able to remind us of the delight and capacity to bravely explore all human interaction.  

In the duality of exploring new manners and rythms, we evolve a little further towards our own highest good. We all can identify what brings us balance, by looking at the overall patterns and reoccurring life times we attract into daily, yearly and decades of living.  If we are masterful at attracting abundance then what abundance are we capable of bestowing on others?  If we are always in conscious physical being, when and where do we allow ourselves to dream? If always in mental exploration, at what time throughout our lifespan or in each moment of the day will we choose to ‘feel’ and think with the emotional body? For example, if a person is used to carrying others, energetically, the inverse balancing practise, is to release all such sense of responsibility and to identify that the ultimate gift is reminding one another we are capable of carrying ourselves, with God/dess constant encouragement. On the opposite and counterbalancing side of the spectrum of energy exchange, if a person is used to receiving, then the inverse is to give selflessly.  

Each of us is always walking on an etheric web of scales.  Where we drop our attention and harvest intentional creative being, where we draw, sculpt and build new dreams. We are also each susceptible of combining our personal rhythm with an overlying cultural or life pattern in the present worlds manifest reality.  It can be comfortable to believe we should rush, and achieve, because of a thread of energy that flows through current culture in an imbalanced way that promotes dissociation from Peacefulness.  We are able, however with devoted time and energy to each choose to be present in each breath, each moment, and see that while we build empires of being, thought, or material wealth, we can also choose to feel, meditate, simplify and expand our energy field to the more ancient roots, rhythms and threads of energy that circle beyond this present time, and offer an anchor into Peacefulness. 

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Balance is a daily devotional practice.  It is in connecting more fully with the our physical heartbeat and rhythm, and the mirror, amplifier, greater drum of the planet. Yet it is also in reaching out energetically and identifying patterns that others carry, with depth of compassion and acceptance for the learning path each individual is on. We are always devoted to Peace, how do we choose to balance by embracing the transformative fire of movement and change?  If we are always rushing and achieving, what gifts are we willing to accept into our life for stillness and reception of Beauty? 

If someone seeks assistance through asking questions and a will to learn about our personal unfolding, we can choose to offer teachings, yet we can also choose times to be seekers or students ourselves.  Everyone smoothly may flow from one side, space, level of energy reception, to the next. 

Opening that receptive quality, for identifying where balance can be invited into our lives requires the free will choice, to pause, to rest, and sometimes to change direction. 

For those seeking to feel more balanced at this time in the calendar year, or in their present or approaching decades of self I offer this simple practice that has assisted me in this and previous lifetimes:

Choose a place whether indoors or outside and sit with hands interlaced across the navel. 

Breathe deeply for four to twelve breaths, and with each breath allow that ones heartbeat be noted.

Visualize the in a globe of soft white light.  Inside of that globe, there is only space for Love.  This can be said outlaid or repeated in the mind “There is only space for love in my aura.” This is not to say we may not experience echoes of fear, challenge, struggle, frustration or anxiety in our safe energy boundary, but rather that we are blocking reception of external  fear based energy and identifying what we as an individual are contributing/carrying at this moment in time.

Once the globe of light feels solid, a prayer such as this can facilitate learning surrounding personal Balance :

“Dear Divine Source, God/dess of Creation, thank you for your assistance in cleaning all levels of energy that are no longer in alignment with my highest good.  Please help me to clearly see areas of my life in which I ma ready for healing, or can invite in change.  Thank you for sending my guardian angels, spirit guides, ancestors  or the ascended masters aligned with m at this time, to me in my sleep or during meditation to encourage courage, patience and compassion.  Thank you for this gift of life, I am ready to take responsibility for any actions that are necessary or any inaction that is most healthful during this cycle of self, to continue my growth and personal, and universally connected, evolution.  Amen, OM and Aho.”

After such a prayer,  what do we receive? Approaching this experience with a willingness to Grow, can reveal or solidify deep intuitive wisdom.  Sometimes we grow with so much effort and sometimes with spontaneous acceptance of light speed life shifts. Perhaps we receive messages, clear feelings through self acceptance, we may feel, think, see, or hear messages. There may be fragments of songs, warmth, colour or words. Perhaps we identify we are offered balance through the warmth of a nap, song, spontaneous body movement or sustenance through healthful food, as rises through a series of messages in our globes of protective light.

As we sort through and accept each thought/feeling/sensation as they rise, what do we clearly identify regarding our connection to the external world, after we have invested time and energy in balancing this internal landscape? Is there an invitation to practice forgiveness should another person be seeking to place their burden on our energy shoulders?   We may choose to practice prayer for individuals that are close to energy breakthroughs, after identifying that our role is to self heal and then remind others they are capable of the same.  Acceptance of growth allows whatever cycle is natural at this time, to occur, until a new cycle is invited in.  When we are fluid in our self acceptance, we allow our personal processes to flow more peacefully through our lifespan, and empower all those we encounter that Balance is possible.

With light and kindness for wherever your personal rhythms are guiding your each this month,

Kamia

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Dream States and the Edge of Consciousness

As with all sentient beings, we act as a type of ‘filter’ for divine source.  We see and reflect, refract and transmutes the divine source, the fabric of the manifest universe, that is birthed into matter, and light, and wisdom and collective unconscious.  We can purify the filters over the course of a thousand lifetimes, to ‘see’ or perceive in incredible ways.  We may also incarnate and have the ability to ‘see’ through multiple levels of reality after carrying light in a specific way from only a few lifetimes.  

Each person is capable of offering their particular aspect of light expansion, in their own unique way.  One personas beauty does not cancel out the beauty of another persons entirely different and still valuable, gifts. Indeed, some of the very opposite in perception can weave together beautifully to create a framework, or tapestry of thought and possibility that deeply benefits the world at large.  Physically minded or spiritually minded, emotionally sensitive, or mentally focused, together each can offer explanations that deepen another individuals connection to their life path by helping to activate cultural or spiritual Memory for a more empowered sense of belonging and compassion.

We all have ways that we ultimately allow for a relaxation of the mind, to create space for heightened sensitivities on the spiritual realm. When I focus my clairvoyance, to ‘look’ and to ‘see’ when someone has asked me for guidance, it is a relaxation of the mind not a huge effortful push.  Like a person who is drifting off into a renewing slumber, we can relax into the navigation of different levels of consciousness.  Relaxation does not mean the same thing for every individual.  Relaxation for one might only happen when intense physical activity has occurred.  In the expression of adrenalin, they open up a space within the consciousness mind to feel ‘safe’ directly afterwards or during, because truly being relaxed for that person might actually equate to physical strength  as indications of safety.  Another may find a pathway through to their akashic record or wisdom through deep mediation in solitude.  In a space with no other humans, they commune with nature, and in this manner can ‘relax’ into opening up their inherent sensitivities such as clairaudience or clairsentience. 

 For those whom are seeking to begin a new cycle of connecting with their particular gifts, I offer the following as gentle suggestions to be explored. *Encouraging each reader to allow their instinctive understanding of their most powerful pathways of self to be their guides, your way may already be more effective for you than the below suggestions.*

1.) Identify when one is truly relaxed.  Is it a relaxation of the physical body that we equate with sensitivity, or is it a pathway that we honour or ignore in another aspect of being?  When do we notice/connect that the reception of our 6th sense was heightened.  For example, when travelling in other countries, because I am not often distracted by my native language, I am more relaxed in ‘listening’ with all of my senses to understand what the emotional, mental or physical climate of my direct surroundings are.  In many ways I would not have equated travelling alone through countries of vast cultural differences as relaxing, and yet with self analysis I can acknowledge that this is so.

2.) Allow for the possibility of this same ‘relaxation’ into conscious expanded reception with clear energy boundaries.  Many people with heightened sensitivities are afraid that in being ‘open’ they will attract harmful and fearful experiences.  This is a valid fear.  A relatable example of this is when we choose to close a door at our physical house, so that we can safely clean, cook and fulfill responsible action.  We do so to indicate to the world at large that they are not welcome without invitation.  For anyone opening gently their psychic perceptions, it is incredibly important to do so in manner that is ‘safe’ with energy boundaries in place.  For further reading on how to create healthful boundaries visit blogpost: Boundaries and Personal Power

3.) Practice.  Practice with recording ones perceptions, practice compassion for the self when it feels unfamiliar to be that trusting of intuitive information.  Practice encouraging those in our lives to trust themselves and their instincts, to learn hard or soft lessons, to take chances in verbally or artistically expressing their heightened natural perceptions.  We all have our own unique path to dance, or climb or fight or meditate through.  We get to be uniquely beautiful in all the stages.

4.) Honestly review what amount of time during ones day or week feels as though it has honoured the perceptions one carries.  Do we allow ourselves to be relaxed and receiving of divine source and guidance every day?  Once a week? Only in times of tragedy?  How does that allotment of ‘time’ or reception sit with us and the goals we hold for a compassionate view of ourselves and our world?  Again there is no ‘right’ time allotment. Some people will live a very fulfilling life having experienced one divinely connected moment for their entire incarnation.  Others will seek expanded levels of consciousness daily.  We get to determine what feels ‘right’ for us in this lifetime, and through the Law of Free Will, we get to change that pattern if after a span of months or years or generations, we are ready for something else.

5.) Keep a sense of humour. Without humour I would never have truly accepted my gifts.  I can laugh at myself and the world.  I can laugh with delight, with outrage with sorrow and with joy.  The movement of the diaphragm during laughter helps to stimulate the third chakra, the power centre at the navel.  Be powerful, clear the energy in the room, space, family or workplace.  Spiritual perceptions can be incredibly serious, but they can also have the beauty of lightheartedness as we explore and practice.

A prayer that I have found useful for those who notice the vibrational shift when affirming/praying aloud is:

“Dear Divine Source, God/dess of Creation, thank you for this life.  Help me to see myself and my evolution as a tool that amplifies the compassionate experience and unfolding in connection to the world at large, of our greater collective unconscious.  Thank you for helping me to expand my energy field to feel more rooted to this planet, so that as I open etherically, I do so with balance through my feet and being on this wondrous planet.  Please help me to find ways to express this unfolding, in service to mass consciousness and to the earth, the planet, the animals, other people, my family and community and my own individual experience.  Please help me to shield from lower vibrations that distract from Divine Love, and to feel connected {every day, once a month, during the year} as is most healthful for me at this time. Thank you for this assistance on every level, Amen, Om and Aho.”

At the edges of our conscious mind we are each consistently receiving waves of energy.  Some are lower frequency and may have fear associated with them.  Some are bright and light and beautiful and help us to see the potential for mankind on this planet.  Like radio stations we tune into, we are each a filter for the energy that pervades the manifest universe.  What are the ways we are all filtering and receiving and sharing for this new shift of time and purpose?  What aspects of the Divine do we openly allow to infuse our energy body and beam out towards the world at large?

This year, may we each make conscious choices about the ways we are conduits of Light,

With respect and appreciation for all those who are shining,

Kamia

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Planting Seeds for Compassion, Teaching Children Yoga

When my daughter began kindergarten in 2012, like many parents, I hoped her school experience would encourage her curiosity to learn, provide opportunities for kindhearted friends, and gift me with five blessed hours of alone time. In the first few months of school she would confide in me over lunch, the joys, the sorrows and the frustrations of navigating her new social and education reality. I delighted in hearing that her new best friend was kind and helpful, and that her teacher devoted time and energy to each child’s particular learning needs. One day she asked me what a particular swear word meant. When I asked where she had encountered it, she explained a classmate had taken to calling her that and stepping on her hands or kicking her when saying it.

I went to the teacher immediately to ask what could be done to stop the violent words and behaviour. The teacher explained that the particular child was receiving a lot of support from the school and came from adverse circumstances. After hearing the child’s story, I altered my approach from asking for intervention, to offering my presence in the classroom as another avenue for providing an expanded positive vocabulary, and developing tools for self awareness, through gentle yoga classes.
My theory, was that a greater focus on positive self talk might encourage a wider and kinder vocabulary in students, as well as fostering a more gentle interaction in group dynamic, while balancing all of the major glands in the body though the postures, and might effect a more gentle physical shared experience.

“Yoga makes me feel calm” (kindergarten, grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) *from a pool of just under 400 students

“Yoga makes me feel like I love everyone” (grade 1 student)

I taught that particular kindergarten class a series of four classes, stipulating that so long as children respected the personal space of one another, and stayed on their own matts, they could follow along in a way that felt right for their own bodies and self. Children delighted in being shown through their ‘island’ that their personal space was entirely their own for exploring their bodies and feelings. I was quietly amazed as the majority of the class followed every body shape and breathing technique. Children would learn from one class to the next how to navigate and distinguish between opposite sides of their bodies, balance in stillness on one foot, building strength and confidence in powerful shapes, and relax with their fertile imaginations unleashed at the end of the class. Their brains were flushed with freshly oxygenated blood through their first few movements, and the room would still to near silence. The child who had been bullying mine, carefully stayed on their own ‘island’ (matt) hugging their knees and rocking back and forth for the first year.

Soon after I was welcomed into that classroom, other teachers in the school asked if I would teach in their classrooms. I felt delighted to be sharing simple tools with children for self regulation, awareness and wellness. We practised breathing techniques that balance the pituitary and pineal glands, and shapes that revitalize our immune systems. Children learned how twisting can balance their insulin levels, or regulate the adrenal glands, helping us each to feel a deeper sense of safety and ease. That first year I taught in five different classrooms, with a span of kindergarten to grade 7, mostly in a volunteer capacity, happily sharing a positive dialogue and watching the children’s receptivity to perceiving themselves, one another and their learning environment in a new way. When working alongside that first group of Grade 7’s, the majority wrote of their experience, that yoga had significantly decreased their sense of anxiety and stress while in school. I quietly marvelled at the ways in which that hormone rich age group respectfully approached themselves and one another when asked to be squished so close together around their desks, upside down, twisted and exposed in unfamiliar experience.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is how calm I can be.” (grade 5-7)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is to be calm, to listen to my body.” (grade 3)

“My favourite shape in yoga is mountain because it helps me be strong and not afraid.”
(grade 2)
“My favourite shape in yoga is tree and mountain, it was peaceful to me.” (grade 3)

In those 20 – 40 minute long classes, I often felt as though I was watching small and large miracles. During the second year of practice the child who had bullied mine in kindergarten wrote of their yoga experience “Yoga makes me feel calm, and to calm down when I am upset before it.” (grade 1) During the second year the same child began to participate in over half the shapes (asanas). In the third year, the child is an exemplary leader, participating in every shape, often at the front of the class.

In their own words, elementary school students say that:

“Yoga makes me feel happy.” (kindergarten)

“Yoga makes me feel good.” (grade 2)

“Yoga makes me feel relaxed” (grade 3)

“Yoga makes me feel more healthy” (grade 2)

“Yoga makes me feel strong and brave” (grade 2)

After three years in an elementary school, in which children grades kindergarten to grade 3 received up to 16 instructional yoga classes each for a school year, I have had the good fortune to expand and teach in other learning environments.

“Yoga makes me feel relaxed free and confident” (grade 3)

Another elementary school, kindergarten to Grade 7 had an introductory 4 week session. The older children, in their first class looked around at one another with uncertainty, giggles, insecurity and embarrassment. I explained that our yoga classes were a time for them each to remember ways in which they were capable and powerful in learning to understand what feels good for their bodies, and to respect one another as each individual learned, breathed, bent and twisted in ways that were safe and comfortable. I also explained that yoga was time for developing an internal gaze, to explore our mental, emotional, physical and intuitive selves. During those four classes, the children’s eyes softened, no longer seeking nonverbal approval from one another, but closing their eyes to tune in more fully to their own experience. The embarrassment level shifted, and each child participated, focused on their own body and breath for a 40 minute class in relative silence.

“Yoga makes me feel good about myself” (grade 5-7)

“My favourite shape in yoga is stretching my legs because it makes me feel capable to do more things in life that make me feel good.” (grade 5-7)

What a remarkable shift I witnessed during an age in which hormones and peer acceptance can wreak such havoc.

“Yoga makes me feel amazing, I felt free.” (grade 5-7)

“The best thing I learned about myself during yoga is I’m actually better at things than I thought.” (grade5-7)

I have recently had the good fortune to be welcomed into two preschools where I spend a weekly session with 3yrs and 4yrs old. They are so focused, one could hear a pin drop. Their eyes are huge and round as they listen to instructions and seek to make new shapes with their bodies while using their imaginations for things such as ‘gathering handfuls of sunshine’ (during pranayama/breath) or ‘uncurling like leaves and flowers opening in spring’ (during asana/body shapes). I am also blessed with a few classes a year where kindergarten children and seniors in an assisted living home, practice chair yoga together. The elders watch the children, so focused and free in their imagining, and I see the elders light up in the shared imagining, oxygen saturation and gentle movement. Circulation benefits physical and mental health in all ways. When we have simple body movement, combined with conscious breathing, we are often offered gifts in elevated mood, and hopefulness for ourselves and this world.

When I spend time watching the children, noticing the way they respond to deepening their breath, and holding a shape in stillness, I continue to feel that I am witnessing small miracles.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I am unique.” (grade 2)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I am brave.” (grade 2)

A parent approached me in my second year and related a story of witnessing her daughter fall and hurt herself. The child sat up, shifted her posture and began to follow the deep belly breath she had recently learned in kindergarten. She was mitigating her experience of pain instinctively, seeking calm. The parent voiced amazement in watching the self analysis and transformation in her 6yr old.

“Yoga makes me feel relaxed and calm.” (kindergarten)

“Yoga makes me feel rainbows happy” (kindergarten).
I have had several parents relate instances where their children are incorporating movement and breath from school, into their daily lives. Some want to teach the rest of their family, everything they have learned that day. Others want to share in deep belly breathing at bedtime. When I drop off my child at school it is often to a chorus of children asking me “When do we have yoga next? Is it today?” Many of them are children such as the one who inspired my volunteering the first year, kids that struggle with focus or kindness, but are learning to the best of their current abilities, to assimilate self awareness, compassion and calm. These same children will mirror learning challenges in the classroom, such as a challenge to focus, through their body shapes in yoga. Through balancing on one leg for example, often children who have difficulty focusing in class, will be the first to fall over. Yet through the course of a year, those children will grow from holding a balancing posture, with focus from a single breath to 4-6 breaths in a row, an incredible shift in their mental and physical regulation.

Recently a friend asked me about teaching children’s’ yoga, and if I planned to continue in the upcoming years. I replied I was still passionate about teaching, and I believed learning to breathe and move for calm, strength, focus and power should be a basic human right. He cheered. I further explained that I often wondered “How powerful would we each feel as adults, if during times of heightened anxiety, stress, pain, frustration or anger, we naturally took a few deep breaths, finding a physical posture that helped us feel calm, or strong, or confident or focused, and then made our next choice, action or reply?” My daughter was riding her bike down a steep trail for the first time, and as she paused at the top of an unknown hill. I asked her if I could assist her.
“No Mama, I’m asking myself if I can do this.’ she replied, taking four deep belly breaths as we do at the beginning of each yoga class. At the end of the fourth breath I saw her smile. “My body says I can do this!” and she pushed off with confidence.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I’m strong.” (grade 3)

“The best thing that I learned about myself in Yoga is that I am Powerful.” (grade 5-7)

“The best thing that I learned about myself in yoga is that yoga can calm me down” (grade 1)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I could be peaceful.” (grade 2)

How could our professional and personal lives shift if we had learned at a young enough age, that it felt wholly natural, to balance our hormonal secretions, invigorate our organs and balance our circulatory, skeletal structure and the master glands of our miraculous bodies to the point that doing so was as familiar as reciting the ABC’s? Many of the children have assimilated their body movements and breathing to such a degree that I hear them whispering the instructions even before I voice them. They particularly focus on new shapes or breathing that teach them about their physical bodies such as compressing and detoxifying their lungs, or learning a sensory controlling posture, which inevitably brings absolute stillness and quiet into the classroom. One grade three student who often struggled with stillness and verbal quiet, asked to practice a particular sensory controlling pose every class, after learning it the first time. The student shifted to eagerly anticipating his yoga classes having experienced a way to self regulate with a powerful new tool.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is I to find peace, and I never noticed so many things about myself before.” (grade 3)

“My favourite shape in yoga is downward dog because it stretches the back of my legs. Thank you so much for teaching this.” (grade 5-7)
“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is how calm I can be.” (grade 5-7).

During a children’s yoga class I use vocabulary that focuses on the physical benefits, such as having their heads below their hearts and saturating their brains with fresh oxygenated blood which helps us feel calm, and better at problem solving. All language used respects the cultural differences, faiths and spiritual beliefs of our multicultural country. Some classes ask that I refrain from using the word ‘yoga’ I then explain we will be ‘stretching’ to help us all feel more ‘balanced’. I am happy to shift dialogue to be inclusive, just as I appreciate other educators doing so for my own child in alternate learning environments. Our classes have a predictable flow, with new shapes inserted that build on the foundations built in the previous classes. Children amaze me with balancing in stillness, in a core muscle building shape that also stimulates emotional confidence and using ones assertive voice. This shape is introduced in every class, the ‘boat’ posture, one I watch shift from two breaths in stillness to 6-8 breathes over the course of the year.

“The best thing I learned about myself in Yoga is that I am powerful and brave.”(grade 3)

There is also a focus on nature, and the ways in which our human self is connected to, and a mirror for the natural environment. At the end of each school year we brings our matts outside, where children are looking at mountains and trees as they make the same yoga shape with their bodies.

“Yoga makes me feel like I am in a field of flowers.” (grade 2)

In this way we foster a connection to our environment and a sense of belonging as well as fostering the confidence to be focused on the self even when the outside world provides distractions as everyday life passes the schools field in cars, on bikes, maintenance crews and dog walkers. Children train their internal gaze to allow that the outward environment can be erratic and unpredictable, yet through their breath and movement, they can complete tasks, invest in their personal health, and support one another’s individual experience by respecting time and space while others also focus and move with mindfulness.

“My favourite shape in yoga is tree because I feel tall and powerful.” (grade 5-7)

“My favourite shape in yoga is mountain because it makes me feel balanced.” (grade 3-4)

I’m not sure how many years I will have the joy of sharing yoga with children in a school setting. Like many things, it depends on the support of the teaching staff, the principal and the availability of funding. Yet for every year and every child I am able to teach, I feel a little more hopeful for our planet and species as a whole.

When I ask the children to imagine during their laying down restful time (savasana) and to think about the ways they have the power to build, connect, share, and create across this wondrous planet, as they lay quietly on their matts, relaxing at the end of the series, I cannot help but envision a future in which they take those words to heart, celebrating one another’s strengths and carrying just a little more acceptance into adulthood for the ways we all move, breathe and bend differently on all levels. During each class we say out load one positive self affirming statement, inspired by SO HUM (I am that, that is I). With their hands over their bellies they all roar statements such as “I AM BRAVE”, for it is brave to bend and shift, to giggle or fart with all your classmates baring witness. The children are given opportunity to say things such as
“I AM WISE
or KIND
or GENTLE
or POWERFUL
or CREATIVE
or STRONG.”
All of the attributes we carry as humans and choose whether or not to foster. Some of the children instruct one another on what the words mean, or share what they felt the word means when applied to themselves. When I asked children what the most powerful words were that had ever been spoken to them, I got answers such as ‘My dad told me I’m a kind boy, and I try hard at everything I do.’ or ‘My grandam told me she loved me.’ I then encouraged students to consider the power their words have on one another, before each student looked around the room and said “Thank you for being powerful friends.” It was an incredibly heart filling experience to see them looking at one another with the new understanding that they had the ability and the power to effect the way someone thought about themselves. Encouraging positive self esteem as the children grow older, will be such a huge part of the ways peers and individuals internalize feelings of being supported or criticized.
“Your weekly affirmations were beneficial to the children and helped them vocalize- and maybe even internalize-these important messages. This was my favourite part!”(kindergarten teacher).

After each class, the children go back to their regular learning schedules. They move back desks, and pick up bits of paper, they learn French and music and math, and all the many other systems our current schools incorporate. Yet, once a week or four times a year, during the first half of their day for 20 mins or half an hour, the rooms are mostly silent, the ocean of the floor punctuated by rainbow hued yoga matts, their islands that are just for them while breathing together, imagining, and taking note of all the ways we are each growing and changing every day. During this time, students are encouraged to be utterly themselves. To voice the colour of bird or magical creature their body shape represents, to feel welcome in expressing if they are fans of rainbow sparkles, kindness or courage. To build their warrior strength as both young women and men, and to see that every one of them is a superhero in their very own way. There are no tests, or expectations on my part as a yoga instructor. I ask them to give themselves the gift of doing the best that they are able on any given day, and if they ‘feel’ that they have invested in themselves, then I celebrate each of them. It is a small thing, this 20-40mins every two weeks, in the course of a life, but I witness small seeds of compassion and strength being planted during that time, that could blossom in unexpected and incredible ways as the children age. Perhaps a stronger connection to respecting their own bodies will influence the ways in which they are respectful of one another as adults in relationships both professionally and personally. Perhaps having felt what a balanced physiological system feels like, there may be slightly less of an inclination towards toxic substances that change the way their bodies and minds feel. I can only hope to bare witness over the years, as I have had the extreme good fortune to do this far, and have some of them become teachers in their own right in whatever field of study they choose to invest in as adults.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that it helps me to learn and try my best.” (grade 1)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that is makes me wake up so that I can learn.” (grade 1)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I could get stronger.” (grade 1)

“The best thing that I learned in yoga is that it made me have a good day.” (grade 2)
For all of those yoga teachers out there who feel drawn to working alongside and empowering children, may you connect in a positive way in local studios, schools or private lessons with the students who can benefit most from the wisdom and wellness you carry.

With sincere thanks to each of the teachers and children who has thus far welcomed me into their classes, you all teach me every day!

with light,

Kamia (Durga)

*For related blogposts visit:

A Warrior’s Breath

Celebrating Highly Sensitive Children

Authentic Voice and Inner Calm

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Loneliness as the Supreme Teacher

It is not in the company of other people that loneliness is always diffused. Rather it is in the company of our Divine Light, that we allow to expand and fill us with a connection to the Source we originated from, and will one day return to, that we can release feelings of loneliness. With an expanded awareness we can see the ways our choices, our self awareness and self esteem, effects our human experience and filters the amount of Light and Divine Love we allow ourselves to receive. People can be lonely in a crowded room, lonely in a relationship or out of one. We can be lonely with family or with a circle beloved friends. The manifestation of loneliness is sometimes a Spiritual ‘wake-up call’, a call to action, to reaffirm an aspect of ourselves that is ready to be birthed into the physical reality. What are the ways we are each embracing the light we have to share? Do we seek to express through words, movement, travel, self love or life change, a new manner of being? Have we acknowledged that a situation that was once tolerable is no longer sustaining what we truly wish to manifest in our lives? Such as a home or job that we have ultimately outgrown? With the courage of confronting and accepting the loneliness and allowing for the wisdom of the self to rise and be expressed, we can uncover a deeper sense of self that is not conditional on anyone, other than our own unique and shining selves.

When I bare witness to peoples aching loneliness, what I ‘see’ with clairvoyant perceptions, is a deep longing to reconnect with their own personal Higher Self, Soul Purpose, and manner of being, truly aware of their dynamic light. Life can afford us each patterns that distract our focus, on the awareness that we are each greater beings, with gifts, wisdom, incredible energy and Light to share with the world. In the routines of daily living we can become affected by the energy that people in our direct vicinity as well as on a world scale, are emitting through ego based thoughts surrounded self denial of happiness, or disempowerment. Yet, if we seek out sacred space and give ourselves permission to experience the emotions of Loneliness or Grief that is haunting our subconscious mind, we are assisted by the etheric support team of Divine Love that is present for each of us, in uncovering the true message seeking to be recognized from our Soul.

I have allowed Loneliness to be a supreme teacher in this current life. My perception of loneliness has grown through out this incarnation through experiencing an overwhelming wave of intense emotion, often times as a prequel to a major life change. For example, I often felt aching loneliness in school. By allowing for time to meditate on the root cause of where this feeling originated, I empowered myself to travel around the world at 18yrs old, to reconnect with and accept pieces of cosmic memory that these other countries offered. I wanted to experience alternate cultures and landscapes, that I recognized from previous incarnations. In my early twenties, I had periods of time where I was again overwhelmed by loneliness. When out in nature, alone, meditating, and expanding my energy self, this loneliness revealed a deep Longing to reconnect with my Soul Path, and to find the courage to bring forth messages surrounding the etheric realm and my clairvoyant perceptions. When I turned to face the emotions and personal truths, I no longer experienced Loneliness. Instead I felt as if my cells, self and being were re-infused with dynamic and vital life force. Later when I became a mother, I also felt a reemergence of Loneliness. I had a child to love, a soulmate relationship, and a very fulfilling life, how could I possibly be feeling lonely? I would ask myself. Yet when I explored the loneliness, again I found that it was the messenger of a longing to again seek to uncover personal spiritual truths and to share them through my book ‘Soul Evolution”. In birthing the book, I again felt the resurgence of personal empowerment and purpose that had come through previous Loneliness exploration.

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A prayer that I have found useful when choosing to acknowledge personal feelings of loneliness is:

“Dear God/dess of Creation, please send me the assistance of the Light beings who bring courage and strength, so that I may be assisted in the unfolding of Truths form my Higher Self and being that wish to come through at this time. Please send me the attributes of Shiva and the Archangel Micheal as well as the Divine Mother, so that I may courageously confront and accept the the life changes I am being called to make on the spiritual, emotional, mental or physical levels of being. Please help me to stay centered in my connection to the beautiful earth as I contemplate and choose what changes I am ultimately ready to make. Please help me to accept healing and assistance on all levels as I move forward along my Soul Path in alignment with my true self. Thank You, Amen, OM and Aho.”

Whatever messages come through, listen and accept them. I am so thankful for every instance in which through this acknowledgement of a desire to grow, I listened and became more compassionate towards myself, and the world at large. Being alone on our pathways of self discovery is in alignment with the archetype of the Hero or Heroine. In our aloneness, our greatest strengths are given opportunity to rise, grow and ultimately guide us through the adversity of Growth. Yet the aspect of the Hero’s journey that is so often missed in many stories, plot lines and depictions, is that in the embrace of personal Purpose and power, the feeling of being ultimately alone, dissipates and is replaced with a powerful understanding of the good that connects all living beings, and the gifts we, as individual hero’s/heroine’s, are able to share universally.

My loneliness ultimately lead me to becoming an author. And when people read my work, and it is helpful to them in some way, I feel the web of light that connects us all, across the planet, infused with a brighter wider level of compassion, and my own node of light within it.

with light, respect and thanks for reading this work,

Kamia

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Purification with White Tara

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I’ve been thinking allot about purification. Not in the context that there is a clean slate, free of all toxins or fear based thoughts, but more in the sense of self realization and awareness of the ever present beauty that is the core light, of all living beings. Many people consider purification to refer to a wiping away of all that they do not truly accept within themselves. As if the choices, foods, chemicals, emotions or thoughts that they are uncomfortable with are ‘less’ than pure. I believe that purity exists as a level of awareness, where the issues, challenges, and day to day distractions of life, circle but cannot dampen, the greatest core of light that exists within us all.

Imagine a globe of light, and this light is at the heart center of the physical body. It is a white globe of light that radiates different spectrums of color at its edges, yet at its center it is brilliant white light. This is the ‘pure’ aspect of every living being. Life choices, circumstances, challenges, fears, intense emotions and self destructive tendencies may cloud the ‘inner eye’ from seeing this bright globe, but the ‘purity’ remains intact. White Tara, an ascended master, or goddess, brings us the gifts of reintegration of our awareness of this ‘pure’ power source that resides within us all. Her messages are for the ‘entirety’ of our being, as her gifts of healing and clarity bring a greater self realization into being.

The image that she shares with me is of her illuminated figure. At first, there is the figures silhouette of a seated woman, her hands held with a finger and thumb touching, arms positioned as if in mid dance. The silhouette has a cascade of light pouring around all sides of it. The image transitions into illuminating a face with a gentle smile, details with a lotus that she sits upon and her being infused with white and green light, the background now in a soft shadowed contrast. In this manner she demonstrates that the being, the entirety of the being is both light aspects and shadow aspects. Just as well are a compilation of the choices we make that inspire gentleness and those that have self destructive qualities. To reach a level of self awareness and Purity, consider that the light at our core illuminates all of our being. The human experience of despair, of frustration, of intense joy and that of compassion, love and kindness. On an internal exploration, we may be surprised how the qualities we hold as imperfect have brought opportunities for self transformation. Perhaps we have felt ashamed of our stubbornness, or been told we need to be more flexible. Yet perhaps this stubbornness in another context, the flip side or alternate illuminated aspect, is actually one of our greatest strengths for accomplishing projects, building new lives, and surviving great pain.

As the pure light within each soul shines outwards form the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical bodies, it may encounter ‘blocks’ that have been erected during this particular life experience, but also from others. Perhaps there is an irrational fear of fire, the physical experience in this life has never afforded a burn from fire, yet with deep mediation, it is revealed that there was death through fire in a previous lifetime. This fear or karmic imprint might exist to caution the individual as they seek out a present life path that aids others, such as a fireman or fire woman, or a medical worker for those that have been burned.

In seeking a greater level of self awareness, through allowing the pure light within to illuminate the shadows of the self, we become like the figure of White Tara, dancing seamlessly, slowly flipping form silhouette to corporeal, from the present incarnation between the greater existence of our Souls. We can ‘see’ and seek the self knowledge that empowers us to harness the immense gifts we have brought forward to the planet, and to claim ‘all’ of who we are as the most equipped with tools for success human, that we each can be. We will have times where this illumination of self is uncomfortable, times when we wish to make new choices and engage in activities that afford experiences that resonate more deeply with our ‘core’. We can reach out to one another for support, for understanding, and for encouragement. We can imagine that our ‘Selves’, or full spectrum of light and color, physical mass, water and body, emotional spectrum and mental acuity have the potential, the strength and the alacrity to grow. We diffuse our light, we shed sparks into others lives, we make choices that hide our purity, and we later find ways to courageously shout “Yes, this is who I am!” In this way we are wholly illuminated. White Tara brings us each the gentle encouragement to join her dance.

Her hands reach out to us, her light shines from both within us and through us. To connect with this energy, here is a prayer I have found useful:

“Please Divine Consciousness, in the aspect of White Tara, send your illumination and strength to aid me in connecting with my core of Purity. help me to feel the expansive and cleansing quality of connection to my divine light, and aid me in seeing the ways in which I am blocking or have blocked this divine flow. I ask that in dreams, and waking consciousness I receive clear messages of ways to incorporate all that I am into the greatest service to humanity and the world as a whole. Thank you for your assistance. With light, and Thanks, Om, Amen and Aho.”

With reverence for your core of Light, and thanks for your dancing this dance of life with us all,

Kamia

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Feeding Ourselves, a Diet without ‘Self’ denial.

I used to think that ‘giving up something’ was the first step to better health; Give up coffee, get more clarity, give up meat, be more energetically sensitive. I know allot of friends that give up fats and oils in their diets, to get thinner, or give up sugar to feel better about their bodies.

After many years of meditating, and letting my ego tell me what was ‘good’ or ‘bad’, I finally created enough space and silence so that I could actively ‘hear’ my angels, and their loving guidance on the subject.

This is what they say to me, and it always resonates as truth, if I begin to veer towards self-denial on a physical, etheric or emotional plain:

Feed yourself so much sweetness in life, that you no longer crave chocolate.

Celebrate the beauty around you, and within you, relish the sensuality of nature, and become the sensual being you yearn to be.  Your shape and size are a reflection of the beauty of God(dess), and if you let yourself ‘be’ in this moment, as glorious as your soul truly is, you will spend the day dancing, instead of suffering. Your joints are lubricated by joy, as well as essential fatty acids and oils.

Decide you truly deserve happiness.  That’s right, say out loud: “Today I am Happy!!” not with conditions of monetary goals, pant size, perfect job, ideal relationship, or brand new vehicle.  Today, decide, that you will be happy, and allow yourself to be! Be happy in the face of a spilled beverage on your new white shirt, with the car that broke down, giving you a few blessed minutes, after the frustration, to meditate and watch the world pass by.  Happiness is a state of mind.  Our mind’s are all powerful, we are in charge.

Acknowledge grief.  Feel it, and weep, and as the tears fall down, let them transform to cleansing waters.  Like a river that is rushing past you, let the grief go.  If we allow ourselves to feel the feelings, we can transform to a lighter sence of being afterwards.  Grief is real.  It can be burried beneath anger, or guilt, but if we honor it by truly feeling it, there is a blessing beneath; the river of release has just lightened your being, it has created greater space for joy.  Celebrate the warrior(ess) you have been through the situations that caused grief, and stand with pride, for you are brilliant with light, beauty and greater compassion for all of those people and situations you encounter in your future.

Say: “I am rich with abundance, my life and being are ripe with inspiration, integrity and opportunity,” and repeat it, until your ego has shrivelled up, from the strength of your words.

Yes, we can all spend a lifetime tailoring our food choices and exercise regime to the latest and greatest ‘diet,’ but when we centre ourselves into the awareness of what our true cravings are; for love, reassurance, abundance, safety, and joy, then many of the ‘health’ choices, food, and exercise come intuitively.  If we make choices based on ‘what is for my highest good’, instead of focusing on self denial or lack, then we are free to let the light, the divine, our angels, guides and higher selves support and encourage us on every level.

May something in this post resonate with your own truth,

with love

Kamia

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