Happy spring! T'is the season of new beginnings, blooming flowers and longer days. How are you feeling as we transition out of winter and into spring? For me, this has been a time of aha! moments. One example is the realisation that I've formed a habit of minimising my dreams under the guise of being practical. Time to cut that OUT. My new motto is dream big, baby: don't condense your dreams down to fit into the "real" world; dream so big that the world grows as you realise them.
With love Melanie
In this issue: Unravel the Thread by Rubén Vásquez | What I've been up to | March munching | April intention | What's up(coming) | Liberation meditation
Unravel the Thread by Rubén Vásquez
A yogi local to St Pete, FL, Rubén Vásquez puts decades worth of his practice into his book, Unravel the Thread. Expected to go on sale in May, the book explains ancient yogic wisdom in simple everyday language. I've enjoyed the read so much that I've been closing my Tuesday classes with dips into passages that have particularly spoken to me. Can't wait till May to score your copy? You can read excerpts on Rubén's blog or tune into his Podcast for the audio version.
Spring clearing with a yard sale and setting up a Poshmark.
Visiting metaphysical shops for cleansing tools and crystals; my fave was The Looking Glass.
Enjoying my first official artist date since starting The Artist's Way; I visited Gopali Imports, where I found a singing bowl, which I played while owner Alex drummed and chanted—such a fun experience!
What are your March highlights? I'd love to hear what you loved about this month. Don't be shy; click reply ;)
March munching: all-in-one sweet potato thai curry
A forward glance...
Intention for the month: imagination
Following the past two months' more serious intentions of grounding and focussed attention, I want to explore the lighter side of life in April. With an intention like imagination, not even the sky's the limit. As we let our minds wander, we can relish in our curiosities, nurture the child or artist within and even break through to deep healing.
I invite you to join me in letting your imagination run wild this month, perhaps starting by journaling, meditating or simply reflecting on the prompts below.
I would love to hear what your intention for April is and any insights that came up for you in this exercise. You can share them with me by replying to this email.
What's up: classes, events and goings-on in the month ahead
Gentle Vinyasa on Sundays at 12:00 EST/17:00 BST: book through Down to Flow at Home; follow them on Instagram for wellbeing tips, travel inspiration and discount codes); use code Melanie50 for 50% off any of the Down to Flow classes.
Meditating on liberation
Inspired by a passage from Rubén's book, mentioned above, this 13-minute guided meditation focuses on letting go of outdated habits to be the driving force of your life.