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Thursday, April 29, 2010

What's Happening Now

The thing that really stuck with me when I studied *Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, the powerful tool that I evoke over and over again is the healing phrase "What's happening now?" It is intended to bring a person deep into their body, their psyche, their heart and soul. Eyes closed. With attention to breath and sensation on the inside. By gently reaching inward, we begin to open more fully to what is outside of us. We learn to connect, to ground, to feel safe, relax and love ourselves and others remembering and releasing old stories so that we can solidly rest in the present moment. SkyWatch Friday is a "What's happening now?" experience for me. It awakens me to the present every time I snap a photo...and when I don't have my camera I am constantly looking, seeing, feeling delight at the ever shifting sky...the ever changing "now". This I believe carries into all aspects of my life. Like metta practice, it reminds me to pay attention, to embrace this very moment with tenderness, with compassion, with genuine care and friendliness. The outer patterns around me become a bridge to my interior spiritual life. "What's happening now?" works both ways...it is flow, it is freedom, it is acceptance and gratitude. Here is what's happening in the sky where I live now:


No drama. Just the simplicity of this moment gazing out my window at the wind in the trees, dancing through the clear blue with a dash of dreamy white clouds.

After reading this close your eyes and ask yourself "What's happening now?" Notice what you feel. Where you feel it in your body. Is there a story that wants to be told, a voice whispering, shouting, singing? Is there silence? What's happening now?

Spend time with your beautiful, lovable self. Get to know YOU. Then open your eyes and look up at the sky. What's happening now? What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? Is there a story that wants to be told right now?

As you continue to enter into this moment...consider the changing sky...remember that even if this moment is uncomfortable it will shift like the clouds and colors waltzing across the sky.

May you feel safe.
May you feel happy.
May you feel strong.
May you live with ease.

gentle steps every one.
Laura


Please click on the button below to see SkyWatch photos from around the world.

Skywatch Friday

Many thanks to the SkyWatch Team who make this awesome meme possible, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia

* I was unable to complete my training last summer (and now this summer) because I am learning to live with MS...but maybe someday...I am so grateful to my primary teacher Karen Hasskarl for everything she taught me, and my classmates who dared to dive deep...skydivers of the soul.

34 comments:

  1. That's a very beautiful bright sky. Just the way the life will turn out to be.

    Nisha
    http://www.lemonicks.com/Travel/

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  2. Love the tree against the blue sky. The clouds just add to the composition.

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  3. Great post Laura, so very true, taking the time to connect with ourselves and the world around us can only be a good thing. Thanks for adding your photo to sky watch friday.

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  4. It is a wonderful thing, to just stop and immerse in a moment, completely. To be aware of our senses and what registers on them as we pause. It seems a perfect way to just know life, as it is.

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  5. Beautiful sky with the spring tree and beautiful words too.

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  6. Oh, I love that post and did just that this afternoon. I sat out in our yard and just watched - the sky, the trees, the birds and the squirrels. No hurry, no agenda, just sitting in the moment.

    May you feel safe.
    May you feel happy.
    May you feel strong.
    May you live with ease.

    Much love, Silke

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  7. There truly is no time like the present. Lovely post, Laura.

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  8. Fantastic capture of the gorgeous blue sky. Love the composition. Great post, Laura. Have a great weekend.

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  9. thank you dear ones...breathe in love..breathe out peace.

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  10. Laura, what a beautiful post. I always look forward to beautiful skies especially after the rain. The shot is beautiful..

    In your clouds, I see fishes running towards the edge where someone just threw some fish food!

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  11. Am not sure if my comment went through.

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  12. such calming photo to look at paired with breathing in serenity.

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  13. That's a lovely, and timely, thought - Skywatch Friday as meditation. It makes sense, in the same way that I've noticed that when I notice anything, I notice everything more.

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  14. this is a lovely post Laura. This photo could not be more dreamy, more lovely, and it is perfect for me. I love this question that brings us into the moment. I closed my eyes, felt my body breathing, heard the sounds in my cabin, the fire crackling, opened my eyes to this gray evening. Appreciation rises... I am thankful for life.
    and you.

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  15. Laura, I wrote you a note, figuring it was too lengthy for a comment. It only shows you how close we are in our private--no...pubic--thoughts this evening. Like living in this moment, etc. (I know you didn't say exactly THAT!

    Anyway, guess I'm hooked on your blog. So there! Now, what's this about "Sky Watch"? I'll have to take a look.

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  16. Just beautiful sky and clouds!
    Wish you a blessed weekend:-)

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  17. Wonderful sky .. great shot!

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  18. A lovely comparison of our selves to the shifting sky, laura.. and a dreamy peaceful skywatch. Thankyou... i am grateful for this moment x

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  19. thank you for this thoughtful post Laura.

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  20. love the clouds, ..just like a painting in the sky. Fab shot and lovely post too.

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  21. The sky in your image is incredibly tranquil. It relaxes em just watching it.
    Actually gazing at the sky and watching the clouds move is very relaxing to me.
    I love the content of your posts. It is very easy to focus on now if we only try.
    Have a lovely Friday,
    xo

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  22. brilliant post!
    marvelous image!

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  23. Oh wow that is beautiful. It looks like somebody just made a brush stroke in the sky. Happy weekend!

    SkyWatchFriday

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  24. What a wonderfully dreamy sky. I love the way you can be present in each moment.

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  25. What's happening now? is: i'm feeling gratitude for your beautiful offering xx

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  26. thank you everyone for your heartfelt comments as always!!!
    xoxo
    Laura

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  27. beautiful Laura ..thanks so much for your inspiring words..so easy yet so hard. I spend much of my little life worrying about the future.

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  28. I try to enjoy life in the moment - now if only I had more moments to spare...

    I really like this whole composition, it seems perfect! I'm a big fan of interesting clouds :)

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  29. being fully in the moment, complete just in the way of the very now,
    It's a gift to yourself, and the receiving of gifts.

    great thoughts as always.

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  30. That's what I have been doing for several days, asking what is happening now...in my body, in my mind, in my life. I wanted to be prepared to hear the answers before I asked the question. It has been an interesting time.

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  31. I certainly keep my eyes on the sky looking to find out "what's happening now?" The sky mystifies and amazes me. What an awesome God.

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