Our new year was blessed with Master Angela Yan’s ten day visit to our home. The profound Dharma stories that come rolling through her day and night slip in and out of my mind like heat from the fire and the taste of good things. Days begin with bowing and chanting followed by eggs, porridge, toast, jam, butter, coffee, and lots of unknown fermented veggies. Along with non-stop conversations like this:
If you do not have time to do nothing, you are not wealthy at all. Take the time to enjoy your life. That is wealth’ she’d say.
One day Angela decides she would like to get a massage, another day go to the spa, and then she mentions she’d like to do a workshop.
An easy guide with Amara on what we need to do to build our feminine Shakti – especially when trouble hits and we’re full of fear and doubt. What does an intelligent, powerful woman do?
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The way to strengthen your Inner Shakti is to listen to your inner teacher and surround yourself with good people. But what happens when you can’t hear a wise voice inside and the people around you are anything but kind?
A brilliant, successful woman I worked with for years made it through a completely unexpected dire and threating situation involving her husband – you know the kind of story I’m talking about – where a woman needs to choose between the comforts of home, and knowing when times up, and it’s time to go.
That’s when you need to have a full reserve of your Shakti forces on hand. First, you need the inner power to speak up and take care of business, and then, when all the doubts come flooding in, you need friends and mentors to help you hold your ground. Without inner power and supportive allies, you’re lost.
When our inner forces are weak we crave independence and we feel like we have to fight for our space.
When I was a young girl I wanted to be an artist and I wanted to be independent and free.
The problem was I didn’t know any artists.
I also knew I didn’t want to be limited by restraints and expectations my parents and everyone around me seemed to be following.
In my teenage years, it seemed to me that everyone I knew was kind of unhappy and they argued in their relationships and generally, they weren’t thrilled about what they were doing. I was terrified of being doomed to lead a dull, listless life. I was craving, that is until I got to know my English teacher Mrs. Bright.
One day during a retreat on Maui, I found myself walking in this super slow walking meditation musing over a Tibetan phrase I love: ‘Good in the beginning, good in the middle, good at the end.’ People ask me why I walk this way, and the answer is because I like it.
In the beginning, I slow my steps way down, I relax in the middle and release my breath at the end. So when I came out through the remnants of the ancient stone wall of this centuries-old Hawaiian temple, I walked around the outer perimeter inhaling each time I lifted my foot, softly pressing my sole to the earth, and then releasing and exhaling as I bent and lifted my foot again each step of the way. At first, all manner of memories swirled through my brain, until gradually, with each step, all thoughts dissolve in profound peaceful walking. Timelessness, and even any thought of timelessness arises and disappears.