Awake in Peace
Awake in Love
Awake in Joy
Awake in Truth. -Nigaya O.
Those words came to my mind during the early morning, a few days ago. And I feel they reflect so much of what has happened in 2012, and what is to come. Sure, it seems a little general, but to me there is more to those words. It has become my mantra.
The calendar year of 2012 was one full of challenges and blessings, do doubt. I’ve tried to write this post for days, and found it so difficult to write anything. Not because I have nothing to say, but because I have so much to say that it is difficult to put it all down. I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes through that.
I am endlessly grateful for all the blessings, that’s the short way to say it. In 2012 I took my first Kundalini Yoga class, with Donna Amrita Davidge, and it was a blessed experience. On the first class, we did an exercise in which we sat very close to a classmate that we had never met before, our knees touching, and we just stared into each other’s eyes. I felt unconditional love all around me, and coming from the person sitting in front of me. I cried, overwhelmed by the wonderful feelings. Today, I continue to practice Kundalini Yoga and I feel blessed for the opportunity to do so. Thanks to Donna Amrita Davidge for showing me the way.
What is Kundalini Yoga? Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques; it is a Raj Yog, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “yoga.” The Upanishads, dating back to the fifth century B.C., describe the kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.*
In May, my mother and her husband came to visit us from Puerto Rico, for the first time. We had a blast, and they experienced different foods, and many wonderful things that the diversity of NYC offers. Although their visit was short, we did more than we all expected, and I am grateful for being able to spend that time with them and for the fact that they left the city with smiling faces and stories to tell their friends.
In June 2012, I participated in a Spa Day for Women with Breast Cancer. It was my first time doing something like this, and I intend to do it again, as many times as I possibly can. I was there as a Reiki practitioner. The Spa included a back massage, a Reiki treatment and some other nourishing, healing activities for the women. Being able to help someone in this manner is something that I am so grateful for. The best memory I took from this experience was, a woman that came to our Reiki table (there were 3 of us practicing together) and she was not feeling well at all. She looked scared, nervous, and she was even crying a bit. The three of us watched as she gradually calmed down during the treatment, and her face changed from pain and worry, to serenity and peace. She became completely relaxed and by the time the Reiki practice ended, she was so grateful and smiling. That right there was such a blessing it brings tears to my eyes.
I have a new job in which I feel more comfortable and happy, another blessing! Prosperity keeps flowing into our lives, thank you!
In October, a dear friend and spiritual sister asked me to officiate her wedding in January 2013. The fact that she thought of me alone made me feel so happy! Yet, another blessing in 2012. I’ve officiated a double Handfasting before, but this was different. My sister asked me to do this legally, so I had to work on getting registered in NYC to be a wedding officiant. This was all new to me, and at first was very stressful, but the Goddess guided me, and kept placing more blessings in my path, and some of those blessings are friends who helped me get registered (thank you Goddess Rosemary and thank you ULC). This is yet another step on my Priestess path, and the Goddess continues to guide me full force ahead. <3
This is the year of the Black (water) Snake (beginning in February 10). The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.**
I can’t wait for what 2013 brings, as the spiritual awakening of humanity continues. It certainly has already started wonderfully, because my sister’s wedding was a great, beautiful, blessed day that I will never forget.
The journey continues 2013…