Fierce Medicine = Done! (and a few more words of wisdom from Ana)

Fourteen days in and I’ve officially finished book one of my challenge: Fierce Medicine by Ana Forrest. Yes, I know, I have a little catching up to do, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to breeze through a book or two next week during my Thanksgiving travel time (maybe I’ll even challenge myself to keep it analog in the airport. iLike that idea).

So, as for the book—I thought it was great. If you’re into yoga you’ll probably dig it, if you’re not, it has the potential to totally weird you out. She goes pretty far out there (if you know what I mean), and I was totally into it, but I love stuff like that. Anyways, if you’re local and you’re interested, I can certainly lend you my copy. Two 12 Months of Lent thumbs up!

Here are my last few favorite passages/quotes from the second half of the book:

From the teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman:

Friends do it this way—that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind. 
And if you do it that way, 
the Power of the Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop of the People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related. 
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. 
And the honor of one is the honor of all. 
And whatever we do affects everything in the universe. 
If you do it that way—that is, if you truly join your heart and mind
as One—whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going to Be. 

” (I) Use this question to judge the correctness of my actions: Does it brighten or dim my spirit?”

“Tears drain our wounds, which can then dry out and heal.”

“Sing until you feel empty or charged. Move those stuck emotions. Give voice to your heart, Spirit, longing, grief. Even if your voice is scratched or broken, singing gives that part of you a voice, and that is healing and empowering. It can also be wicked fun.”

And I’ll leave you with this photo of the best chapter title ever:

Up Next: Finishing up The Four Desires by Rod Stryker (and then on to some non-yoga books, I promise).

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