I am Imbolc
by Caroline Mellor
I am the dream of awakening.
I am the returning of the light.
I am the tough green shoot pushing up through the pavestones, I am the first kiss of sunlight on the unfurling petals of the snowdrop. I am the wind which whispers the gentle pull of home to the migratory bird.
I am the drop of ice melting on the mountainside with its great dream of the ocean.
I am the sap rising in the blossom tree just before it reveals its sticky buds to the sky; I am the riotous celebration humming away beneath the earth’s mantle of frozen sleep.
I am the rousing of the bee from its winter slumber, and the soft pad of the mother-wolf’s paw on the snow as she prepares to birth her pups.
I am hope, potential, rebirth and promise. I am the kindling breath which transforms the flicker of inspiration in your creative core into a blazing torch.
Give me the silent crescent moon rising over the sea and I will build you a bridge of silver light so you can walk up and lie in it.
Give me the frost-hardened wilderness and I will breathe radiant green life over it.
I am the stirring in your belly which knows exactly what you are capable of — and that it’s time the world found out.
I am the fire within which will not be contained any longer.
I am the quickening, I am the serpent uncoiling, I am Imbolc.
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"How surely gravity’s law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.
each stone, blossom, child--
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we each belong to
for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God’s heart;
they have never left [God].
This is what the things can teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly."
—Rainer Maria Rilke
Oct 10th - Aliveness, Creativity & Exuberance
Oct 24th - Spirit of Adventure - Expanding beyond old limits
Nov 7th - Strength, Courage & Action
Book all three workshops for £60.
Individual workshops £22, Concession £15.
Each workshop will include a 30 minute meditation guided by Stephen, bookended by a more active yoga practice with a special focus on the theme of Vitality. At the beginning and end of the session there will be time for sharing, discussion and questions on our theme.
I'm particularly looking forward to this theme as the yoga in this workshop will be more dynamic than in most of my classes!
This workshop is for you is you would like to explore how it feels to be naturally energised and ready for committed action! We will use carefully selected yoga poses and sequences to promote an embodied sense of full-blooded aliveness, strength, fearlessness and capability. How does it feel to allow ourselves to expand beyond old limits? Can we give ourselves permission to explore new ways of being, new perspectives and new horizons with a visceral zest for life itself? This aspect of Presence also helps us to stand up for ourselves, supporting us in maintaining healthy boundaries and finding the courage to fight for what we believe in. Think Warrior Pose, the Bhagavad Gita and the yogic concept of Tapas - inner fire & natural discipline.
This aspect of Presence is often associated with the colour red.