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Maura McGovern  Shapes โ€” In Truth + Beauty

"i am a woman with wings dancing with other women with wings. in a voiced community we all flourish." โ€” terry tempest williams ๐Ÿฆ…
music: milosh #100daysofbodyshapes #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #loveisaverb

breathe with me
inhale โ€” rise
exhale โ€” land
this life;
and messy
and fast
and slow
and wild
and perfect;
such grace
on the inhale
and power
on the exhale;
Breathing Beings;
mmmm, together;
a constellation
of hearts beating โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ’—โญ๏ธ
#quoteblockmm #poetry #poetsofinstagram

a moment of calm, ready?
place the heel of either hand
between your eyebrows;
close your eyes;
feel the soft warmth โ€” so good, right?
position the tip of your tongue
behind your front teeth;
feel the throat open?
and the neck lengthen?
place the free hand on your low belly;
inhale through your mouth
while filling the belly;
exhale though the mouth
release the breath, allow it to fully land;
on the inhale โ€” I AM
on the exhale โ€” Calm
I AM Calm.
how about 4 - 8 breaths?
it's a shape-shifter, a mood-changer;
i love you; i see you ๐Ÿฆ‰
#breathe #mindfulness #100daysofbodyshapes
#selfcare #selflove #iamcalm

an older photo
and a go-to winter โ€” spring transition meal
that's always damn true for my body;
simmer french lentils + kombu
top w/ a heaping spoon of ghee
a hearty squeeze of lemon
a handful of bitter greens
a dash of cayenne + ground fennel seeds
and just enough sliced avo
ps: apples slices too ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅ‘

but not the same;
we're all different; thank goodness ๐Ÿ’—
i love that the top two in the right corner
look like runes from the sea.
#mmhomeshapes series

mmmm โ€”
because they always know ๐Ÿ”ฎ
how and where to get in;
they stir and nourish
and hold and propel.

YOUR BODY Belongs To You;
YOUR BODY Is A Great Teacher;
YOUR BODY Is Designed For Your Life;
YOUR BODY Was Chosen By You;
YOUR BODY Is Capable;
YOUR BODY Wants You To Listen For Clues;
YOUR BODY Wants To Work With & For You;
YOUR BODY Knows How To Move;
YOUR BODY Is Shaped For Your Lessons;
YOUR BODY Senses The World Within;
YOUR BODY Explores The External World;
YOUR BODY Is Perfect For You.
It is up to you to claim
or RECLAIM YOUR BODY as yours;
It is up to you to create
No one will do this work for you;
very few will encourage you
to do this work because by definition,
it's YOUR WORK with YOUR BODY. โšก๏ธ
and the relationship you have with it,
it is one of, if not the most important relationship
during this lifetime.
Because when you feel good
when you love and nourish
and move and believe in its fidelity,
you will enter into a relationship
that is beyond compare.
It is pure love.๐Ÿ’—
And, all relationships will follow;
the painful relationships with self and others
will fall away with ease,
while making space for relationships
that are in alignment with
Your Life's Work;
aka The Reason You Came Here ๐Ÿฆ…
i love you.
#loveisaverb #human
#yoga #dance

we made it;
mmmm springtime again ๐Ÿฅ

a cloudy sunrise
two pots of tea
pineapple in bed
a kitchen pantry re-org
a voice note for a far away friend
stuffs burned; sweet grass mostly
and a beeswax candle;
sautรฉed mushrooms + cabbage
more tea
lentils soaked for supper
a bath
all the shea butter
waves of chanting;
ong namo guru dev namo
a few bites of dark chocolate
another bite of chocolate
where did the chocolate go?
a bag packed
a river walk
nourished; marrow deep
i love you. ๐Ÿ’˜
music: doe paoro
#mmselfcare #loveisaverb
#100daysofbodyshapes series

beauty gathered
and a few words about a Knowing
and the Phoenix Experience w/ @angelasumner_
mmm, words can't describe the details
of The Phoenix Experience.
words can't capture the Change
and the Reshaping of my heart.
words can't fill the Hollow
or contain the Joy.
words don't know
how easy it was, even if painful
to say a very hard Goodbye
to him and then to her.
but even if all the words
landed perfectly ๐Ÿฆ…
the 22 day experience was/is felt as
Sacred โ€” Secret โ€” Holy ๐Ÿ”ฅ
the experience belongs to
and lives within me
and 15 other women;
a family was formed; a Homecoming.
so, i am not writing to say
You Should Sign Up!
instead, i would like to share this:
this experience reminded me
to Listen to Fierce Knowings.
they often appear as flashes so quick
and require action as quick โšก๏ธ
when i committed to The Phoenix Experience
i knew almost nothing about it.
which made wonder for a hot minute
is there really part of my work?
and then a moment later
i was filled with YES!
and stayed awake all night โ€” buzzing!
if you feel called to angela's work
or the work of another
or a new city or a new job
or a new (insert life experience)
trust this:
Your Life = YOUR LIFE
please Listen To Your Knowings;
they often differ from those close to you;
but you must explore them, really.
commit when it feels good on the inside
instead of appearing shiny on the outside.
aka follow your intuition
instead of blindly following another.
You Will Know When You Are Ready.
You Will Know.
You Already Know.
I love you ๐Ÿ’˜
#loveisaverb #mmhomeshapes

mmmm, save for
an hour or so total
it was so nice to take 2 weeks
away from the main feed
only sharing tiny glimpses in stories;
the space revealed
a love that doesn't beg for words or sharing
because people notice these things
when we allow them to see and connect with us;
friends and strangers have made comments
and i simply say thank you
while enjoying the profound beauty of it all;
OF THIS LIFE; yours, mine, ours โญ๏ธ
and here's to saturday shapes pre-sauna sit ๐Ÿ”ฅ
left: nettle plus cardamom
right: skullcap plus kava kava
there's raw honey someplace very near ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
and then a river walk so long
the winds โ€” wild
i love you ๐Ÿ’˜
#mmhomeshapes #loveisaverb

mmm, a quick hello
and how about this Light;
such nourishment
and a week without social apps;
always surprising to realize
how often i reach to check-in
and how necessary it feels
as surprising, though, how sweet it feels
to pause and consider
would i like to paint
or cook
or read
or practice yoga without documenting โ˜บ
i guess what i'm saying
both are grounding and inspiring
but right now
the learnings from winter
are coming at me fast and wild
asking for more attention;
for more quiet
for more devotion;
so, I Am Listening
and โ€” wishing you all a gorgeous day
and week ahead.
love, Love ๐Ÿ’—
music: milosh
#loveisaverb #yoga #yogaeverywhere

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