Happy 'new moon' week to you!
The elegant 13th century Persion Poet, Rumi (that so happens to have been born on the same date as me, many thousands of years earlier) is my inspiration this week.

"A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe" Rumi

It has been a week of welcoming many, many new students to THE INTUITIVE Room. The new moon makes way for new beginnings and for taking the time to open to new possibilities. "The wound is the place where the light enters you" Rumi... indeed, we all step up to yoga in a state of repair. At our essence we are consciousness moving through form and our journey in life is about connecting with that truth. Everything we do is about clearing the fog from our vision so that what we see and feel is our authentic truth. This is yoga.

There are so many wonderful classes offered at THE INTUITIVE Room. IN I AM PEACE meditation class this week we opened our consciousness to the practice of Dharana (one-pointed concentration) and took time to gaze into flowers. Who doesn't like a flower, right. Soft, tender bundles of joy. Focusing in this way slows the thinking process and paves the way to a meditative state of mind, especially if what you are gazing into makes you feel good. Closing the eyes after a period of time meant we could invite the image to merged with our heart center. We visualized the flower living inside of us - a gentle symbol of blooming beauty. It's breathtakingly peaceful. In this exquisite state of stillness the mind is calmer and any division between mind, body and soul is lessened. This is the loving practice known as Dhyana - a continuous flow of inward consciousness. Awakening to who we are.

Try this for yourself. Next time you are presented with a flower, smell it, touch it and really look at it. Keep your gaze solidly fixed on it. Then close your eyes and bring it into your heart. We continued the practice by translating our internal vision in artwork form. Each student unleashed their creative energy into beautiful artworks that represented their experience. They created their own sacred mandala that they can use as a point of focus for their meditation. Have another look at the image above with the logo on it... I have merged two images together from two of the attendees from the class. Deeply moving images. Thank you to all the attendees for the courage of opening to new experiences... that's the new moon for you! (image credit: thank you Elisa and Margie, just beautiful, like you)

"In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art" Rumi...

This is the art of who you are.

Hari Om Tat Sat
(that is truth)
See you on the mat,