“Through free movement we Remember our essence as love, our Dance becomes a prayer, an inner dance to honor the Feminine Spirit within us…” Radiant Woman®
Author: Andrea Jackson
From the beginning of my journey over 10 years ago, my mission has always been to empower Women, to encourage Women to take time for themselves, to love, care and nurture themselves.
It is always my joy to share the benefits Yoga, Dance & Relaxation and the benefits they have brought me.
Through Life Experience, many Trainings in Yoga, Meditation, Holistic therapies, Wellness Coaching, Chakradance & Soul Midwifery.
My hobby, and love of American Tribal Style (ATS) Bellydance, more recently, Gypsy Caravan Belly dance & Mazazik, all these things combined have inspired me to birth Radiant Woman Classes,Workshops, Coaching & Retreats into the world, to guide Awakening Women on their pathway to an awakened life in every cycle of life.
I have always stuck firmly to a path of Holistic and Mystical Living, drawing strength and inspiration from the inspirational Women in my life, within my family and friends.
Inspired by Nature, Yoga, Dance, Meditation, Relaxation, Ayurveda, and the Mystical.
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for Love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your Moon… I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance with Wildness! and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful to be realistic to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own Soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure yours and mine and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes.”
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments
“To be authentic, we must cultivate the courage to be imperfect — and vulnerable. We have to believe that we are fundamentally worthy of love and acceptance, just as we are. I’ve learned that there is no better way to invite more grace, gratitude and joy into our lives than by mindfully practicing authenticity.”— Brené Brown
Last Months Reflections…
For me the last month have been…
What I have learned is…
What i am most proud of is…
What does Authenticity mean to you?
If you were living an authentic life, living totally True to yourself, what would your perfect day look like?
When have you felt at your most authentic?
When do you feel most authentic? Who are you with? Who allows you to be authentically you
What’s something true about you that you need to embrace more openly and lovingly?
When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up, and did you follow through with your dream?
Write a list of 5 things you love about yourself, and why they make you unique.
What three to five qualities feel the most important for you to embody?
What would you say is your biggest strength?
What do you consider to be your most challenging flaw?
What are the different roles you play in your life? (e.g. mother, partner, sister, etc.)
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
What is one aspect of your life you’d like to improve over the next Month?
After a winter rest, the power of spring time surges through nature – and through us – spring is an expression of life at it’s strongest.
At this turning point we acknowledge the wisdom of winter, the darker colder days teach us that withdrawal is neccessary for renewal. a time when we look inward, reflect, nourish ourselves with wholesome food, a slower pace of life, rest and recuperation.
In spring , those aspects of us that have been dormant over the winter months begin to awaken.
Just as nature enters a cycle of renewal, growth and expansion – so does the energy within us.
Let us encourage our energy and spirits to emerge as earth moves into a season with more warmth and light, let us focus on growth, strength and abundance.
Let us energize our bodies with more movement, breathe in the fresh spring air and see the beauty in nature as spring unfolds.
This is the season to plant seeds for a future harvest, to look ahead and make new plans, formulate new ideas, make designs, and determine our direction for the coming year ahead.
Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signalled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
We are approaching the threshold of winter.
Life is being drawn into the earth, painlessly descending down into the very heart of herself.
And we as natural human animals are being called to do the same, the pull to descend into our bodies, into sleep, darkness and the depths of our own inner caves continually tugging at our marrow.
But many find the descent into their body a scary thing indeed, fearing the unmet emotions and past events that they have stored in the dark caves inside themselves, not wanting to face what they have so carefully and unkindly avoided.
This winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this period of descent into our own darkness was so necessary in order to find our light. That true freedom comes from accepting with forgiveness and love what we have been through and releasing the hold it has on us, bringing the golden treasure back from the cave of our darker depths.
This is a time of rest and deep reflection, a time to wipe the slate clean as it were and clear out the old so we can walk into spring feeling ready to grow without a dusty mountain on your back & chains around your ankles tied to the caves in your soul.
A time for the medicine of story, of fire, of nourishment and love.
A period of reconnecting, relearning & reclaiming of what this time means brings winter back to a time of kindness, love, rebirth, peace and unburdening
This modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, bad food and consumerism.
And yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and we are left feeling as if there is something wrong with us, Whereas in actual fact winter is so kind, yes she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards the darkness and potential death of what we were, but this journey if held with care is essential.
She is like a strong teacher that asks you to awaken your inner loving elder or therapist,.
Winter takes away the distractions, the noise and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth.
words Brigit Anna McNeill•
New Winter Routines.
When the weather turns cold and dry, it’s time to pacify vata dosha (the cold, light, dry aspect of our constitution). emphasizes the importance of including abhyanga (self-massage with oil) in our daily routine, to keep the body moist. Calming the frenetic vata energy of this season by adopting an Yoga practice that is grounding, restorative, and rejuvenating, to give us stability through the winter.
Adapting to Winter.
Follow Routine calms the Vata dosha.
Ayurveda suggests waking up a bit later in the winter (around 7 a.m.) than we would in other seasons.
Next, on rising, drink a cup of warm water to stimulate a bowel movement.
Then treat yourself to a quick massage. Rub warmed sesame oil all over your entire body, let the oil soak in for 5 to 10 minutes, then take a hot shower and exfoliate your skin.
Conclude your morning routine with yoga, pranayama, and meditation. Surya namaskara (sun salutation) and poses that open the chest, throat, and sinuses remove congestion in the respiratory organs. Try the fish, boat, bow, locust, lion, and camel poses, along with the shoulderstand.
Follow this with a relaxation.
After Yoga & meditation, it’s important to eat a nutritious protein rich breakfast.
An hour after breakfast, boil 1/2 teaspoon of fresh or powdered ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of ground clove in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Drink this tea to increase your digestive fire, improve circulation, and reduce excess mucus.
Soak up the sunlight.
Walk. Sit by a window to bathe in early morning or evening light. Sun rays relax the muscles, produce vitamin D, soothe Seasonal Affective Disorder, and help the body maintain healthy sleep rhythms.
What to Eat & Drink
Incorporate steamed vegetables, warm soup cooked with ghee (clarified butter), and spicy food into your meals. Because your appetite is heartier in the winter, eat more protein—beans, tofu, eggs—and if you’re not a strict vegetarian, chicken, turkey, and fish. Add warming spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper to promote digestion. Drinking a small glass of Apple cider vinegar in warm apple juice with your meals will stoke your agni (digestive fire), improve your appetite, and increase circulation. Avoid cold drinks and opt for hot water, hot tea or chai.
Avoid cold drafts, wear warm clothes, and don’t forget to wear a hat outside. (Granny was right: more than half of the body’s heat is lost through the head.)
Cure a Cold. Try Ginger.
Ginger is the best remedy for colds.
Try a ginger steam treatment. Put one teaspoon powdered ginger in a pint of boiling water. put a towel over your head, and inhale the steam through your nostrils for about 5 minutes. This will relieve congestion. Drinking hot water throughout the day removes toxins from the system and speeds up your recovery time.
Why Is Your Appetite Stronger in the Winter?
In response to cold weather, the body constricts the skin pores and superficial tissue to prevent heat loss, which directs the heat away from the peripheral tissues and into the body’s core, including the stomach. Agni (and, therefore, your appetite) becomes stronger in winter
Journaling prompts for Winter transition.
Write the following contemplation questions in your journal.
Last Years Reflections…
For me the last Year has been…
What I have learned is…
What I am most proud of is…
If I knew I couldn’t fail, what do I think I would be doing that I’m not?
Why is doing this important to me?
What’s my why?
What is standing in my way? What has stopped me from achieving this goal in the past?
What kind of support do I need?
Are there people in my life currently who are working toward a similar goal?
Are there people in my life who will work against me, consciously or otherwise, in achieving this goal?
How will I overcome this?
What do I need to incorporate this intention into my life?
My goals/intentions for the next Year are…
My first step towards my goal for next Year is?
My word for next Year is?
For next Year I commit to…
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.