Receiving and Giving

  A wise friend states “you can’t give what you don’t possess.”  Doesn’t that make so much sense to you as you read these words?  And, as I contemplated further it has so many facets.  We can relate it to our physical, emotional, mental or spiritual  resources  and more.  My friend offered this wisdom in a spiritual context.   However we think about it, we need to consistently care for ourselves as we are caring for others.  Easier said than done! We don’t want to let people down.  But it’s a basic law of nature:  if we move stones from one pile to another eventually the first pile will be depleted unless we restock.  If we offer nurturence to others we need to be open enough to receive something back. As I write these words the question, “What is the consequence ?” pops in my head. When I mentioned this topic to  a longtime customer, now friend, she unhesitatingly said, “I know about that!”  Yes, she does.  Over the years there have been times we might have lost this perky, bright-eyed woman to major illnesses.  I think for each of us the consequence to “not receiving” is going to be different for all kinds of reasons.  And, our bodies will let us know in small ways that if  go unaddressed become more significant.   But, when does receiving in become taking more than is our share – becoming a taker vs. a giver?  When do we turn the corner to self-involved and self –centered?  How do we know what we know what we truly require?  Often helping others is exactly what feeds...

Sri Revealed

Recently my friend and I offered a Yoga and Skin Care workshop entitled “Sri Revealed”.  The Sanskrit word Sri can be defined as effulgent beauty, abundance, glory, excellence .  My favorite definition is an “explosion of a star radiating” outward – it has that much power and light.    AND, the best part about it is each one of us at our very essence is this star and our beauty and the beauty we create in the world is Sri.  This vibration exists everywhere and in everything. It’s the twinkle in our eyes, the dramatic display of autumn leaves, the joy of seeing a snowdrop poke through receding snow, the smell of cinnamon toast or the sound of a concert pianist. So, where ‘s the connection to our skin?  Our skin is the bridge between our inner and outer worlds. It is luminous when we allow our “star power” to shine out.  We do this when our thoughts, words and actions are guided by the wisdom of  hearts.   As powerful as this  star power is it speaks in a still, small voice which means we need to take time to listen.  By nurturing body, mind and spirit. Luahn is a  co-founder of JoiaBeauty and has a passion for practicing and teaching Yoga....