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@dellajean  rethinking what it means to share my life authentically

2 days ago

Mary Oliver said she asked her dog how she should live her life and he said, “Love, love, love says Percy. And run as fast as you can along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust. Then, go to sleep. Give up your body heat, your beating heart. Then, trust.” I think Henry would say the same 💚

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3 days ago

'Now, watching this cold oak in winter, I realize that in the beginning, everyone told me to ready myself for the hard work of having to get somewhere, though no one knew exactly where we were going. But living has taught me that everything unfolds to reveal a common moment that renews us with it's soft and perserving light. So when we're tired enough to reach for each other, when we're stopped by a taste of wonder -- like the soft light on the bark of a cold oak -- let yourself feel the very stuff off life using our love as a conduit to keep the world going.' My classes will totally be horse themed this week. My playlist is called Cowboy Calm 🤠 See y'all then! Sunday 5:30pm Heated Vinyasa 2 Monday 4pm Heated Vinyasa 1 Tuesday 10am Heated Vinyasa 2 at Blanche Manor Horseback Riding

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9 days ago

Freedom // Moksha // Liberation 'Each person is born with an unencumbered spot, free of expectation and regret, free of ambition and embarrassment, free of fear and worry. It is this spot of grace that issues peace. To know this spot of inwardness is to know who we are, not by surface markers of identity, not by where we work or what we wear or how we like to be addressed, but by feeling our place in relation to the infinite and inhabiting it. This is a hard lifelong task, for the nature of becoming is a constant filming over of where we begin, while the nature of being is a constant erosion of what is not essential.' My classes this week are themed around this idea of freedom. We will welcome ourselves into a physical space that already implies freedom. Then we will move and breathe into the space within ourselves where the one true self lives. Sunday 5:30pm - Heated Vinyasa 2 Monday 4pm - Heated Vinyasa 1 at Yoga Landing

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30 days ago

It seems like I am only now looking back to the previous year and forward to the next one. In 2018 I was thankful to have seen light in so many new ways. Through the eyes of a semi permanent traveler I saw so much love, a lot of change, and a little bit of loss too. Shown here is a sunset somewhere off the coast of California... I never knew my eyes could hold so much magnificence. I've decided light (in all it's many forms) will be the theme of my upcoming yoga classes at @yogalanding and I'd love to share that exploration with you: Sunday 12pm Mindful Vinyasa Sunday 5:30pm Heated Vinyasa 2 ($8 drop-in) Monday 4pm Heated Vinyasa 1 at Yoga Landing

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3 months ago

Yesterday Henry and I had the pleasure of roaming untethered for miles - no leash for him, no responsibilities for me. The placard at the trailhead touted that this particular path is a 'contemplative place in an urban environment'. I thought then that's what we all are - contemplative places in an urban environment. I must say I do enjoy to think when the thoughts are safe and healthy. I wonder why it's so easy for us to get caught up in the particularly meaningless parts of life when there is so much meaning to be found? I like it best when I'm walking on a trail and I'm stopped in my tracks. Something catches my eye that is unique and has perhaps been overlooked by every other passerby. Our best reminders of meaning are in nature - how can we so often miss it? It reveals that we are all a small part of the whole and that peace and meaning can be found in chaos. These waves of life are best when we are riding them instead of fighting just to eventually drown. My hope is to get back to the soil somehow. Closer to who I am without all the requirements of others. Day by day I hope I can find an unstoppable ferver for life. A passion that isn't so easily distracted... at Blue Blazes

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3 months ago

Can we be more like leaves? Ever-changing, willing to fall, holding on when it's most important, and translucent enough to let the light through. at North Chattanooga, Tennessee

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4 months ago

You might be working to pick something up. Or put something down. You might be desperate to forget something terrible. Or longing for a love to set you free. Or grieving someone who is irreplaceable. Or trying to find what will keep you going. Fortune or misfortune. Love or loss. Every circumstance incubates the soul so it might germinate while we are here. And wishing you were someone else or somewhere else only makes things worse. I know it's hard to look this deeply into what we are given. But at the cellular level there are even spaces in stone. And spaces of light in everything dark. And spaces of safety in rushes of fear. And spaces of release in flashes of pain. Even spaces of dawn in the cramps of grief. It's not about running from one to the other. But entering where we are -- thoroughly -- until we can see a way through. at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

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6 months ago

Peacock: Inner-beauty, compassion, assimilator of anything. The beauty of the peacock is unrivaled. It's easy to think it comes from the plumage...but the secret of the peacock is that the beauty resides within and extends outward indefinitely. This adept creature can assimilate or 'digest' all experiences in life, so it does not harbor resentment, conflict, or past pain within it's psyche. The peacock type is extremely rare--not many of us have reached this advanced level of acceptance of the self and others. -When you pull the perfect card 💚 #peacock #animalspirit #spirit #magic #meditation #innerbeauty #innerlife #innerquest #tarot #tarotcards #guidance #signs #acceptance #yoga #photooftheday #ritualandremedy at Yoga Landing

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6 months ago

Learning to love the little things instead of constantly striving for something bigger. Do you ever wonder what you've missed on your journey to enlightenment, your next big career, a bigger house, a fancier car...a better version of yourself? Yesterday I was reminded this as I passed this beautiful corridor on an otherwise ordinary side street. If we focus too much on the "light at the end of the tunnel," we may just miss the dimly lit, intricate stone work of the tunnel itself. One of my favorite poets says, "everything is waiting for you." He literally means everything. The steam that rises from your coffee in the morning, the way the light hits the raindrops at night. If we can be at peace with everything as it is, let it all embrace us along the way, maybe we won't feel the weight of all that 'doing'. Maybe we won't feel so alone. at The Galleries on Williams Street

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7 months ago

Petition for Presence: Just be here with me. Signed: The moon. The stars. Your still hot cup of coffee. Your daughter. Your son. Your spouse. The green grass. The wildflowers. The waters you long to swim in. The color yellow. The color blue. Your favorite poem. Your favorite blanket. The wind in your hair. The waves on the ocean. The mountain air. Postcards waiting to be sent. Ink and paper. Brushes and paint. Downward facing dog. The color turquoise. The skyline. A hammock. Your belly laugh. Your breath. Your breath. Your breath.

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7 months ago

3 months ago I stepped away from my home, my 9-5 job, and almost all of my belongings. When I stepped back, I may have landed in the same physical place but I feel far away from where I once was. I'm pumped to be back in this city chasing my passion and my own version of freedom. I couldn't be more grateful to be planting myself in a community whose core values are passion, presence, and peace. Cheers to new adventures 🥂 Photo by the super talented @our_ampersand_photo 📸 #yogalanding #yoga #yogastudio #yogateacher #chattanooga #chattanoogayoga #passion #presence #peace #newadventure #adventure #photooftheday at Yoga Landing

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8 months ago

"Oh my god, what if you wake up some day, and you're 65 or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen." -Anne Lamott

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