Sunsets are back…in my life!

When we first moved to SoCal, I was at the beach for sunset atleast five days a week; that’s when we lived a mile away. A year later we were living four miles away and I made it at least three days a week if not for sunset for a walk on the beach. By year three we were seven miles from the beach and sunsets had become a monthly thing. I didn’t notice at first that sunsets had slowly slipped away and to be honest it wasn’t until last night that it truly hit me. See sunsets had become a big part of my photography and although I have been shooting quite a bit the beach and sunsets had had become a rarity.

Earlier this winter we moved yet again and specifically sought out a place closer to the beach. We found a place that although like many rentals was not exactly perfect, it put us in a position that meant the beach was back within walking and biking distance. Last night was the first time since we moved, a little over two months ago, we took the short jaunt to the beach. Our mission was to clear our gems and jewelry in the ocean with little thought about sunset. So, there I was standing at the waters edge, freezing “SoCal acclimated” since it was only 55 degrees, watching my wife wade into the ocean talking about life cleansing water, when I suddenly noticed a change in the color of everything.  We had accidentally ended up at the beach during the golden hour and forgetting the cold and the wet, along with my extreme displeasure of sand, I soon found myself shoes off, toes sinking into the cold wet sand while laying on the dune, immersed in the color of sunset, taking beach photos for the first time in over a year. What a rush. There is nothing like capturing those last few minutes of the world in the glow of a setting sun on the pacific ocean.

I’ve set a new goal to help rejuvenate my soul and keep me grounded. I will go to the beach for sunset at least twice a week, force myself onto the wet sand to capture as many moments radiant beauty as possible. while there I will use that time in nature to also meditate and allow Gaia and Merlin to talk to me and keep me on my path. I know it’s my duty to shine light into the darkness as the moon reflects the sun into the night sky but if I never take the time to bask in her energy I will not be a brilliant as I need to be in these dark times. Sunsets are back…in my life…let them into yours! Take a few moments out of your week to just take in a setting sun and bask in her glow. I promise, even on your darkest days, she will warm your heart, and lighten your soul.

Below are a few Sunset photos I have taken over the years. I hope you like them.

Who’s the Star of Your Life?

So many of us go through our lives with the feeling that there must be more to life than this. As a result, we periodically have times when we are in search of who we are or what our purpose is in life. I prefer to refer to this as a search for My Path.

Throughout my life, I have found myself off of My Path more often than I care to admit. These periodic diversions often leave me feeling bewildered and asking myself:

  • How did I get here?
  • Where did I step off the path?
  • What decision was it that changed my direction?
    • Was it the job change, the vacation, the conversation with my wife or best friend?
    • Was it even intentional?

This line of questioning is immediately followed by:

  • How do I get back on my Path?
  • What does my Path even look like now?
  • Does that Path even exist anymore now that I have been off of it for so long?
  • How can I tell when I am back on my Path?

I recently graduated from Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, a journey that I never would have imagined was on My Path three years ago. During my training, a teacher, Guru Singh, gave a lecture wherein I internalized an analogy he used:

We are experiencing our lives like a film, frame by frame. All time exists simultaneously, past, present and future and as time rolls past us, we watch it scroll by and interact with it.

At the time, that analogy seemed like an interesting idea but I didn’t give it much thought until this weekend when I realized how ideal that concept is for divining, “Are You on Your Path or Someone Else’s?”

Ponder that question for a moment.

Ok, now that you’ve thought about it, let’s consider this: In the past when I’ve asked myself that question, I’ve answered with great confidence: “I’m on My Path.” However, when I employ the idea of looking at my life in the past and present as a film or movie that’s passing by one frame at a time, the answers are dramatically different, especially when adding a very specific filter to my perception of the movie. The filter I began applying was, “Who is the star of the movie in this frame?” and WOW did the entire plot change.

When you are truly living your True Self, the Star of the movie is always You and the only time you are ever on your Path is when you are living as your True Self.

We have to remember that in the Movie that is our life, we must always be the Star. When someone else is the Star in our Movie, it is because we have stepped off our Path to become nothing more than the support cast, and in some cases, a character or bit actor. This isn’t to say that we aren’t a supporting character or bit actor as a part of our life, but we should only be playing those parts in the life movies of others, never our own.

Instead of asking yourself if you’re on your path or spending the time anguishing over whether or where you stepped off your path try this: Am I the Star of my own Movie? Am I the Star of my own Life?

If so, rejoice in the knowledge that you are living true to yourself and give thanks to the guru within that guides your path.

If not, rejoice in the knowledge that you can see it, give thanks to the guru within that guides your path, and give yourself permission to be your True Self.

Yogi Bhajan said, “Once you are you, all will be around you as you want. That’s the catch-22.”

 

Be the Star of your Own Life.

Be your True Self.

Settle for nothing less than Your Best

and Everything is Possible.

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Introduction to Soul Clann

Sat Nam and thank you for stopping in to check out Soul Clann and our blog where we will share our thoughts on yogic lifestyle, travel, holistic living, Kundalini Yoga, meditation, sound healing and whatever else brightens our path.

Soul Clann as an entity, is a long time in the making. It originally came to me as a young man, when I had a dream of bringing together group of individuals that collectively could make a difference in the world, through their support of each other and the environment in which we live. It wasn’t until the halfway point in my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training that I finally decided to make my dream a reality and Soul Clann was born. I began talking about the idea with fellow classmates and began developing a program around it. Although it is first and foremost about a community, my wife Amy and I decided in June 2016 to use it as a platform to launch our yoga business and website, where you can find out where we are holding classes and events. In the coming months we will be expanding our services to include: private Kundalini Yoga Instruction, Meditation and Sound Healing which can be One on One or in group settings. We will also be teaming up with other colleagues for public Sound Healing and Gong Baths, so check back often to see what we are up to.

Soul Clann is represented and managed by the founders, Chris and Amy Wood. However, there are many other yogis that contribute to the community by participating or practicing, teaching, following and/or volunteering with our classes and events as we continue to grow through the wonders of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Sound Healing, Group Consciousness and the addition of new Souls. Currently, we hold classes at the School of Multidimensional Healing Arts and Sciences each Monday 7-9pm in Irvine, California. You can RSVP via Meetup at meetup.com/SoulClann or just come on down the day of class. All experience levels are welcome. In the meantime you can follow us on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, Meetup and Tumblr.

In addition to our classes and events, we will be sharing our travels throughout the country with the community. Specifically, we will be sharing how we maintain our yogic lifestyle on the road, the journey from place to place and the amazing locations we end up. In our little community of friends Amy and I have become the couple that is followed to see where they will end up next and for several years now many have watched our adventure unfold. Now we will be sharing that adventure with this new community as well. Our adventures have taken us to some far off places on planned excursions and some occasional trips on a whim. We have been known to get in the car on a afternoon to go out for bite of dinner and end up camping in Joshua Tree National Park for a few days in August, simply because we saw a sign, “Joshua Tree 93 miles.” So many have enjoyed our pictures, sudden twists (read “what is at the next exit?”) and the crazy places we end up. They have followed along as we have gone harbor hopping along the Pacific Coast, Snapped Pics of our Las Vegas Drive-by while searching for a good cup of coffee (Dutch Bros) or our San Francisco Bridge Sunrise on $50 Adventure. This seems like a great lead-in to what we are just finishing up prep on today.

We are taking two weeks off from teaching and working to tackle a grand adventure. Come back tomorrow to find our more about this years escapade. #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure

Class will still be held in our absence each Monday 7-9pm, led Deb Parker or Dev Shabad Singh, Soul Clann Members and Amazing Teachers. If you are moved to begin your journey into Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with us come on down and check it out.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Mondays
7 – 9pm
$15/pp

School of Multidimensional Healing Arts and Sciences
18271 McDurmott West
Suite H
Irvine, CA 92614

May Truth, Light and Love
Guide Our Path

Sat Nam

~Chris