Dear Blog Readers,
I hope this finds you well…I have just arrived in Frankfurt, Germany with a few hour layover en route to Spain to start my Ibiza retreat.
The last 3 weeks have been incredibly powerful on many levels with my personal time on Maui. Studying with Eddie and Nicki always proves to be expanding for me and this session was very much that. It was the ‘Iyengar Trainin’ that they do and we were holding standing poses up to 5 minutes regularly to “separate our legs from our pelvis to create independant movement, then put them back.” It was a really powerful and dynamic practice to hold steady when mu muscles were shaking, my mind was racing and I wanted to get out. I found myself slowing down my breath and going really deeply inside into why I do this work and realized how much being in my body allows me to experience new places of spiritual growth….going in to have deeper outer experiences. The asana practices we had during the training were all excellent and I am very honored to be part of Eddie and Nicki’s student base. The rest of the time in the training was even more challenging for me though because it was review of much of what I have been practicing and teaching over the last several years. I am working towards a ‘Maya Yoga teaching Certificate’ from my teachers which requires that I follow all the modules of their training….I have completed 3 and 4 and was essentially ‘going back’ to level 2 this time. Again, the asana practice was super potent and I do learn every time I review material, but I found myself feeling sleepy, disinterested and rather distracted during lectures.
Also, I am a ‘good student,’ meaning I want to have the right answers and I want to answer all the time…this also proved to be challenging as I knew many of the answers to questions asked and had to fight back my desire to be the one to answer them. If you ever watched the TV show ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ there was the character Arnold Horseshak who was always raising his hand screaming ‘Oooh Oooh….Pick Me’. It felt like that. I traced it back to a deep seeded need to be recognized for what I know and am currently in inquiry as to why that exists in me (and others) and what we can do about it. I found humility and comfort in ‘my knowing’ were able to satisfy the need to be publicly recognized in the short term, but soon again was wanting to give my perspective and share what I know.
I have found a magical community of ‘Maui Family’ in my visits there and was very well received by them with invitations to parties, beach time and healings. Every trip to Maui includes Sunday’s at Little Beach with drummers, fire spinners and naked people (no, not me…I prefer a bit more privacy for that!) and I always meet with my close friend and spiritual brother Sam Mangoba for an accupuncture session and global de-briefing. I also found myself becoming more comfortable with the sea and went swimming for longer periods with greater comfort. Plus, Maui is full of ‘sweet water’ natural pools and I found lots of them to jump and bathe in.
After the training, I was invited to the SouthEast part of the Island known as Kipahulu by some friends. I am still absorbing the massive transformation that occured to me there over the 3 day span. I camped on a black stone beach for 3 nights w/o electricity, WiFi, cell phone, contact to the outside world. The sound of the stones being turned with the waves lulled me to sleep each night and fresher then fresh sea air filled my lungs with every breath. My friends who took me there made me feel like a King and took care of logistics and details and took me to some of the most breath-inspiring places I have ever seen in my life. There was a medicine journey to some sacred ‘Dream Pools’ that opened up a stronger and more potent connection to creation energy then I have ever felt and a cleansing from the inside out with black sand scrubs, multiple washes in various pools and great intake of Prana with the new life that exists there.
The last 2 days I was honored to visit some of the organic farms in the area and was incredibly inspired and touched by the way these people are truly living in harmony with the Earth. While I was there, I had a premonition that in the next few years, I will be living on one of those farms doing a work trade to learn farming and working with the land from some masters. I will want to be a bit more settled by then though….doesn’t seem like the kind of place I want to go alone to. So as time to ‘cultivate a deeper relationship’ with a woman and think about making babies comes about….so will time on the farm!
I have posted LOTS of great Maui Pics on the Photo Page
They’re calling my Barcelona connection right now….so off to Spain I go!