R hythm & Reverence
Being in co-creation with nature leads to the discovery of our natural gifts
“What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation. When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.”
~ John O’Donohue in Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
My given name is Danielle.
I am a yoga and sound meditation guide, lunar wayfinder and guide, Reiki practitioner and earth medicine maker based in Toronto (Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabewaki, Wendat and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations Territory).
I have come to know the way in which my personal medicine is expressed in the world. This is the weaving together of embodied movement practices, sound meditation and nature based ritual and ceremony as opportunities to embody the way of nature. To practice noticing and deep listening in cultivation of rhythmic intelligence. In doing so, we create a reverent, living relationship with nature and our Selves. Inviting the sacred into everyday. To show up to the call that is our life in the truest expression of who we long to be. Nature acts as a mirror and carves a path for us to find our way, to discover our own true nature.
I am forever deepening my relationship with nature, allowing curiosity to inform my being. Discovering my place on the land and re-membering ancestral ways. Practicing life as ceremony in devotion to the ordinary, everyday magic.
If you feel inspired to find out more about my offerings and how they may support you, I would be honoured to connect.
May you feel deeply loved on your journey.
~ Certified Yoga Teacher – CYT200 with Sacred Paths Yoga
~ Level Two Certified Usui Reiki Practitioner
~ Movement ForTrauma with Jane Clapp
~ Sound Foundations and Sound Meditation Instrumental training with Charlie Gates
~ Certified Moon Guide Facilitator with The Moon is my Calendar
~ Moonseed Mentorship and Lunar Astrology with April McMurtry of The Moon is my Calendar
~ Wild Power Immersion: Cyclicity and the Power of the Menstrual Cycle
~ Mindful Self Compassion Program – Dr. Kristin Neff
~ Earth Medicine School with Pixie Lighthorse
~ The Gifts of Celtic Shamanism with Jane Burns
~ Mother Nature herself, and the rite of passage into motherhood a continued journey rich with potent wisdom
Cycles & Seasons
There is a rhythm that runs through all cycles.
The breath cycle, day/night cycle, lunar cycle, menstrual cycle, seasonal cycle, creative cycle and the life cycle. This rhythm is one of expansion and contraction, action and rest, building, delivering and releasing. Awareness of cycles creates rhythmic intelligence and cyclical fluency.
Living in communion and connection with natural cycles allows for insight into your own personal rhythms. Following cycles helps to develop a relationship with transitions and change and inspires reverence for the unique energy of each phase. It provides us insight into our own subtle energetics and how we show up in the world.
Following the lunar cycle is one such way to live in alignment with natural cycles. The lunar cycle beautifully mirrors our “inner” menstrual cycle as women, as well as the larger “outer” cycles in nature, within the shorter context of a month. Developing a practice of following the lunar cycle helps to act as a lens which allows us to experience the outer cycles of nature in discovery of our own inner cycles and the dynamic rhythm we experience day today month-to-month year to year. It allows us the framework to experience all of the different phases and the energies that are present with each phase, in the context of a month thereby developing our cyclical fluency. We are invited into relationship with the art of noticing when we develop a practice of charting with the moon. With the moon as our guide we can track personal patterns and energies through daily observation, working with intentions, creative practice and reflection.
Discovering our own unique rhythm through the lens of cycles allows us to connect to our true nature. Our truth. We may experience more grounded-ness in our own intuition, authority, and personal sovereignty. Instead of outsourcing our power we look within for answers. We may then come to know our purpose and begin to live in alignment with this purpose. Acting and moving from a place of divine guidance. Sharing our unique gifts as medicine and showing up in the world in ways that are most meaningful to us.
Living in alignment with cycles is an act of rebellion, it is radical self care it is choosing to step away from a linear society where we are programmed to follow the herd, to consume and conform, to not rock the boat or not step out of line, or dare to question the Status quo. The purpose of such a linear society ultimately serves to sever our connection to nature and ourselves.
May we come to know the rhythm of cycles and the power of co-regulation with nature. Through this knowing, may we consciously choose to move towards the innate wisdom held within the body. May we befriend our multiplicities, expressed as our true nature, without pathology and celebrate all necessary parts of the whole. In doing so, may we add to the richness and biodiversity of this life on earth. Let us re-member (find again, put back together) our connection to the earth to each other and to all things. May we live in the rhythm and reverence of our lives.