Podcast Ep 08: Yoga to Explore Your Perspective

I pulled the Milky Way card from Steven Farmer’s Earth Magic Oracle deck, which is about perspective, and how important it is to step back and see the big picture and to witness my experiences without getting wrapped up in them. In this episode I share how mindfulness meditation is teaching me to witness how I am responding – mentally and emotionally – to bad news about the environment and things that arise during a Shamanic Reiki client session. Then I’ll guide you through a 30-ish minute yoga practice to explore different perspectives. You won’t need anything but your mat for this one.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or visit my website at www.DebbiePhilp.com and sign up for the newsletter.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 07: Grounding Yoga Practice

I’m back to my somewhat revised podcast with a grounding yoga practice. I’ll share a bit of what I’ve been doing in the months since I last recorded an episode, then guide you through a short yoga practice to help you connect to the Earth element in your body and to feel more grounded. You won’t need anything but your yoga mat for this practice.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

On the Winter Solstice 2012, revisited

Winter Solstice TreesIn the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conneticut, Spirit was speaking strongly to me. The following poem was written then. Six years later, to the day, my dear friend’s brother was killed – murdered – in an act of violence with a gun. In the week since, Spirit has again been speaking to me, helping me to navigate the myriad of emotions that have surfaced while bearing witness to my friend’s anger and devasating grief.

In the pre-dawn hours this morning, I remembered what I wrote in 2012, which honestly feels like decades ago, on a blog long abandoned, and was called to publish it again. It is a call to hope and a call to action during dark times on the darkest day of the year.

 

 

 

On the Winter Solstice

In the dark waiting womb
there is a quiet rhythm,
the sound of intention unmanifest.
It will become with a wail.

To call the first tendril of pink
from beyond the horizon,
a feathered minstrel lifts its head
and trills its morning anthem.

Do not sit silent in the growing darkness.
The universe was not born in a flash but a bang,
the resonance of the heart of the Divine,
speaking its name into all of creation.

Invite the sun with song,
be it frenzied drumbeats,
melodious carols, quiet lullabies
or the echoing sound of om.

All songs are one song,
as all hearts are one heart.
Sing your Divine name
into the creation of a new age.

And when, in the deepest darkness,
your song fades to stillness,
a collective pause for breath,
listen. Listen for the waiting refrain.

Listen for the muted pulse of love.
Listen for the hushed jingle of peace.
Then take up their song, your song,
and roar them into being.

(c) Debbie Philp 2012

As we step over the threshold from autumn to winter, from darkness to light, from violence and hatred into the blank slate of a new day, I wish you peace and love. Sing their song with all of your heart. Pass it on.

Podcast Ep 06: Yoga Nidra for Self-Care

Yoga Nidra, also called yogic sleep, is a progressive relaxation and guided visualization that brings you to a state of deep rest and ignites your creativity and intuition. You are engaging in extreme self-care when you enjoy this Yoga Nidra experience.

Please do not listen while driving!

Podcast Ep 05: Isis, Vultures, Release, and Yoga to Practice Flying

Mercury retrograde has me revisiting things, like this episode that didn’t get posted on time. Better late than never, and the practices are still very relevant in this post-eclipse waning moon energy. In it I share more about the Egyptian goddess Isis and her bird, the vulture. You’ll hear about how vultures are an important part of our ecosystem, even in the Adirondacks, where they aren’t technically natives but do the important work of cleaning up the animals who have been killed by cars on our not-so-animal-friendly roads. You’ll get some tips on letting go of the past, and practice flying gracefully, like a vulture, in a 30-minute yoga practice.

Podcast Ep 04: Isis, Bears, and a Yoga Practice for Fierce Creativity

During the lunar cycle of the Strawberry Moon, join me in getting to know the Egyptian goddess Isis, the mother of all. Find out why black bears mother like Isis and how the US Dept. of the Interior is making it harder for those mother bears. Then unroll your yoga mat for a practice to bring out your fierce creativity.

Podcast Ep 03: Aphrodite, Clean Water, and a Healing Yin Practice

This episode continues the journey with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and her association with healing waters. Find out how the Clean Air Act supports the health of Adirondack lakes and enjoy a yin-inspired yoga practice for the lung, kidney and urinary bladder meridians to support the flow of your internal water.

 

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Podcast Ep 02: Aphrodite, Porpoises, and a Self-Affirming Yoga Practice

In the Shamanic Flow Podcast episode for the new Flower Moon, explore the archetypal Greek love goddess Aphrodite and endangered vaquita porpoises, plus a way to support sustainable fishing. Discover thymus tapping as a self-care practice and enjoy a 30-minute yoga practice to open your heart space and fill it with light.

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Podcast Ep 01: Bast, Big Cats, and a Sensual Yoga Practice

After a five year hiatus, I’m podcasting again. Welcome to the first episode! Listen in to explore the energy of the archetypal cat goddess Bast, big cats in the United States and the lack of those fierce felines in New York’s Adirondack mountains. Discover dance as a shamanic practice and enjoy a 30 minute yoga practice to embody cat-like sensuality through movement.

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Spiritual practices and self-examination

My spiritual practices include meditation and spending time in nature.I am a month into the year-long Shamanic Reiki Evolving Master Teacher program and still feeling a bit lost. I took a break from my personal Shamanic Reiki development in 2017 to focus on business. It was a valuable learning experience, although what I learned was not exactly what I had intended to when I started out a year ago. What I am discovering now, as I move back into a greater commitment to practices I had cultivated during the initial Master Teacher program, is how very important those spiritual practices are to the success of my yoga studio and what I am bringing to the community through my offerings.

2017 was a challenging year on several fronts, and I tackled those challenges in a very left-brained way. I believed the correct approach was to bring out the “accountant Debbie” and to dig into the numbers. I devised financial plans, social media plans, plans for new offerings, plans for expansion, and so on. Unfortunately, while I was busy making plans, I neglected the rest of me. I dropped most of my own self-care. I did not spend time connecting with my spirit guides and allies. I did not get quiet and listen. As a result, my plans were uninspired and did not align with any greater purpose besides trying to “do business.”

Disconnection from my spiritual practices

By the summer of 2017 I was stressed out, unmotivated, and uncreative. My father’s sudden passing in September drove me back to my spiritual side, but it was a place to hide and grieve rather than a source of inspiration and hope. I reached the end of the year in a low place, not only disconnected from my practices but beating myself up for my failure to successfully implement most of my plans and to meet my financial goals.

I’ve been slowly moving back into my physical and spiritual practices, but there has been some kicking and screaming as the self-inquiries assigned as we began the Evolving Master Teacher program brought my real and perceived failures to the surface. After a month of flopping between examination and avoidance, I am back on my meditation cushion. Just a few days has made a difference, not in the circumstances of my life, but in my ability to see them without sinking into despair.

During this last month of winter, while you are still called to turn inward, I invite you to consider where you stand with your own spiritual practices. Are you including those practices as part of a balanced, healthy approach to life? (If so, yay! Keep going.) Is there something that has fallen away that could be of benefit now? Please share what practices are supporting you or which you would like to begin or reignite. The waxing moon is a great time to get started, and I would love to cheer you on.