Grounding & Transitions

Grounding & Transitions

Wow, big transitions this Fall. If you feel like this Autumn is rockin’ your world, you are not alone. We’ve had two big eclipses this month and the energy is potent for releasing old karmic patterns…you know, that old stuff that keeps on showing up in your life again and again.

When my world gets spun around like this, I am reminded of how important, how essential, it is to have a practice of presence. Whether it’s asana, meditation, movement or a simple moment to close your eyes and soften your skin, it’s a time to tune in, notice and feel what is just beneath the surface…or bubbling over the surface! It’s an opportunity to be in transition without being completely swept away because when we are able to witness our experience, we can remember that we are not the swirl of emotions. Then we come from a place of response vs. reaction.

Being in transition and sitting in the unknown can be uncomfortable. The mind wants to make decisions and choices, just to get out of the discomfort. So practice remaining present without trying to predict the future. Or knowing where you are going. Sit with uncertainty even, a pregnant pause, rather than making decisions from a place of fear or habit.

If you’d like some support on getting present, here’s an online practice for you called “Get Grounded” that I filmed for Yoga Netra. It’s a freshly launched site with phenomenal teachers, and they have generously offered a free 30 day promocode for my newsletter subscribers (included further in this newsletter). I hope it serves you well.

And… a poem by Hafiz:

This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.

Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there –

Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.

I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,

But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,

Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,

The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.

With Warmth,


Alice Hong

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