mauramcgovern #video be moved | showing up is the ritual for me. not the practice. once here — the conversation begins — one shape connects to the next. it doesn't look like a typical yoga class but it's moving in concert with the breath that matters most. it's a thrill to be the witness. stepping back so to speak and allowing my body to move fast or slow, rhythmic or at times awkwardly. releasing, creating space. #yoga #yogamm series 6h

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mauramcgovern sometimes | i step into the pure magic of being a woman and on a hot summer night — wear the shortest dress in my closest. and then give thanks to these strong legs for carrying me as many miles as i'd like each day, creating a sturdy foundation for all those standing poses and soon the cold weather running miles. but mostly there's something otherworldly about being a woman. perhaps a slow learner, but i finally get it. heart swells | a new series #sometimesmm 19h

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mauramcgovern #video #sound
the gods are less for their love of praise. above and below them all is a spirit that needs nothing but its own wholeness, its health and ours. it has made all things by diving itself. IT WILL BE WHOLE AGAIN. to its joy we come together — the seer and then seen, the eater and the eaten, the lover and the loved. in our joining it knows itself. it is with us then, not as the gods whose names crest in unearthly fire, but as a little bird hidden in the leaves who sings quietly and waits, and sings. — wendell berry
this man and his lines of words strung together. a gorgeous dance, always. if you listen closely, i am singing the mantra aham prema in the background. only after i selected the video did i realize the signing in concert with the ocean | captured a week ago on #monhegan #maine #mainemm
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mauramcgovern home | shapes. hello, september #mmhomeshapes 1d

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mauramcgovern sometimes | i feel rather shameful about how much attention i invest in my body: eating well, no chemicals, exercising or straight up berating it for not looking or feeling how i think it should. learning to be more gentle has been a focus this summer. it's written on a notecard in my kitchen "g e n t l e". but sometimes it's easy to fuel the devil we know, right? i sent a text yesterday about "pushing through it" — lucky for me the response was "go slow, be gentle". which meant forgoing an evening run in favor of ice-cream with a friend. which really meant more not less human contact. hugs are vital 🏻 2d

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mauramcgovern a daily prayer | grateful down to the marrow for the awareness + strength + commitment to this vessel. a conduit for spirit light and lately mounds of peaches | #yoga yogamm series 2d

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mauramcgovern "i am open to miracles" passing it along @hannitarae 🏻 | #monhegan #maine #mainemm 2d

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mauramcgovern watching this movie | for the 50th time. feels like home. you know? 3d

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mauramcgovern picnic | stuffs 🏻 3d

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mauramcgovern take off | living w vertigo means testing and challenging balance daily. learning to fall instead of fearing it. gorgeous sunday + a picnic w a childhood friend this afternoon | #yogamm series 3d

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mauramcgovern hidden secrets | ground flax + pumpkin seeds [for seed cycling] + maca + lions mane + reishi related to the post yesterday about healing from a less than awesome med 🏻 3d

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mauramcgovern rising now | making her way over here — guiding us to have more faith, to trust more. a full moon 4d

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mauramcgovern RECLAMATION | this word came to my mouth a few minutes ago — oh! i loved the sound and feeling of it. but is it a real word? a quick search to find — it is! TO RECLAIM. finally, a word to describe the past 2 month. a steady — sometimes too slow or fast — reclaiming of my heart landscape. i shared alittlebit last week about the various layers [see the black/white post of my bare stomach], today i'd like to share more about a believing in the power of the human body in concert with the spirit. 9 years ago i couldn't close my eyes to fall asleep because i was so dizzy. this went on for 3 months, many appointments with medical specialist and finally a diagnosis of a not so common version of vertigo with no treatment, no solutions, nothing offered from the neurologist other than "eventually it will get better." what? really! did you go to medical school for that? my comment was unpleasant, i was exasperated. he wrote a prescription for an off label use for an anti anxiety medication. he figured it would calm my body down enough so i could sleep. his parting words "you probably don't want to take this forever." but no real explanation. admittedly, i asked zero questions because i was dizzy, deflated, exhausted. until then i had taken very little medication in my life, probably never finished an entire round of antibiotics. ask my mother, she likely has scares from me biting her as a child because i refused to take medicine (or drink milk or allow her to apply sunblock — these things remain the same). but sleep deprivation is real and i was desperate. that night i took the first dose and slept like a dream for the first time in months and didn't need to hold on to walls at the office. this was huge! i can't recall when, maybe around the one year mark, i tried to stop taking it to see if the vertigo was still as intense. and that's when i realized i had a much bigger problem. the medication was highly addictive. a cousin to a street drug that destroys lives. fuck! so the years added up with a few failed attempts to wean myself and i was at a loss. how does one go through intense withdrawal while working? part 2 tomorrow. 4d

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mauramcgovern this ferry ride | there's a gorgeous story, i hope to share someday. heart swells #monhegan #maine #mainemm #mainetheway 4d

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mauramcgovern a few nights ago | when i arrived on the island — i was disoriented from all the travel: 2 taxis + 1 plane + 1 ferry — thick fog, didn't help matters. my legs were wobbly, my stomach was uneasy. in other words, i needed to sit down, to slow my body down. but my ego wanted to hike, damn it. to climb the rocky cliffs and look to the ocean for answers. i wanted all the answers — immediately. my ego took my tired body up a steep hill to the first trail that would lead to the ocean. the plan was to sit on the edge of a cliff, to breathe mindfully. but wait maybe there's a better view with a different answer. onward and not gracefully. a few stumbles and an unexpected fear of snakes — i knew, i was not in my body. but i couldn't slow down, i was chasing peace unsuccessfully. i was lost — literally. i couldn't find the main trail. the last bits of light were hovering but would soon be gone. i was exhausted. i sobbed right there on the cliff, big warm drops rolled over my cheek bones and landed by my feet. what a mess. and there it was — not the answer i hoped for but the one i needed. let the pain in and out as fast or slow as needed. no, please no. maybe if i sit calmly and return to the intention to breathe mindfully this won't really happen. but it did. i sobbed uncontrollably for the next 2 days. it was the much avoided low, it was the well, i can't fall off the floor so i should feel safe being here and slowly work my way up. there were many texts to friends, a marathon call with my father, a cup of tulsi tea, another cup, a face mask, a walk around town, a wildflower exploration, sleep deprived notes with an apology woven throughout. there was — in the midst of the pain, grace. i was not graceful, grace moved me to speak truer words. to love without conditions. humbled and grateful for the bigness of the ocean #monhegan #maine #mainemm series 5d

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mauramcgovern #video voice | waves. a reminder — moving sound through the body gently and at times suddenly moves what's blocking the light, the next step, the love, the belief in self, the trust in others, the moment held too tightly. reverence in motion; aham prema. and in just a few short weeks, i'm not totally terrified to share these micro #mantra sessions. #slowliving #sing #getoutside 5d

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mauramcgovern this structure | stops me every time. is it the steep roof pitch? it is the wooden path? is it the forest green door (imagine that for a moment), is it the horseshoe facing upward for good luck , is it the energy contained within or circling around? doesn't matter what it is? probably not. pausing to acknowledge the call — a momentary still point anchored in an exhale. carry on .... #monhegan #maine #mainemm 5d

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mauramcgovern #video | while you were sleeping, i walked to the garden. i could feel the drops of dew collected on the blades of grass — each one burst with excitement underfoot. with each step my feet were baptized by a new day. there were so many questions before morning tea but the conversation with the camomile whispered the sweet scent of grace. impossible to disagree. why would i want to. This Is Where You Are, Be Here Now #maine #mainemm 5d
  •   holisticzula So soothing to read... 5d
  •   mauramcgovern @holisticzula oh zula — a moment beyond words but maybe someday there will be a string of them to explain how every single moment can be an opening or closing. this life; wow. love + green juice for you 5d

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mauramcgovern waking up | under a pile of white on the island or at home is a reminder to pause for a moment and wonder: what will this day hold while reaching in places and surrendering when needed. and what's for breakfast . through these windows — a visual path to the harbor and the sounds of seagull stories. #monhegan #maine #monheganhouse + a personal series #mainemm 5d
  •   holisticzula I love the sound of being on Monhegan. I googled it as I wasn't aware of it before. The fact that it has artistic links seals the deal for me. What an amazing place. I'm living vicariously through you! 5d

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mauramcgovern it's impossible not to see | and feel the beauty in every step on monhegan. for one, no cars allowed — everyone walks. the hiking trails and cliffs are something — special and tremendous. but it's the eye contact, the good mornings, the hugs, the friendships formed on these dirt roads — mmmm heart swells . it was so nice when one of the faces slowed down to smile big and wave. for a moment i thought "me?" but then realized oh this is magic. this is the magic of #slowliving — we SEE each other. #monhegan #maine #mainemm 6d

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