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Gifts of 2016—Don’t Dis that Ugly Wrapping Paper

Posted By Tamika on Dec 21, 2016

It was time to write our year-end message, but we just weren’t feeling it. We tried this and that, but nothing seemed worthy of your inbox.

Usually we’re excited about sharing stuff we think is cool but this seemed like more blah blah blah whatever.

What we really wanted to do was pour you a cup of tea and sit and chat awhile. 

We wanted to hear your best memory and biggest heartbreak of 2016—and what these situations taught you.

We wanted to hear your intentions for 2017 and cheer you on so you know you have a couple more sisters in your corner.

We wanted to know about the ugly wrapping paper in your life.

Then, we’d refill your tea, offer you slippers in case your feet were cold and make you laugh with silly jokes.

Not possible. You’re there and we’re here. :(

So we decided to chat with each other instead—and share it with you.

We hope you’ll pour your own tea (kombucha, coffee—whiskey?), put your feet up and share this time with us.

After you watch, we’d love to hear from you. What was hiding in that awful wrapping paper you unwrapped in 2016? Or what gifts do you plan to share in 2017? Let’s stay connected.

Happy Solstice dear friends,
Love, Tamika & Carolyn

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25 Comment(s)

Hasana on December 21, 2016
What was hiding in my ugly wrapping paper, was an increase in physical challenges generously given by my companion, MS! The gift inside was that I have learned to ask for help. I am learning to receive and that I am WORTHY of the support of others. In 2017 I'd like to help others see and believe in their own worthiness!
Tamika on December 21, 2016
You are SO WORTHY, Hasana. Thank you for your courage to love, inspire and share. What a gift YOU are to this world?in beautiful wrapping paper!
Carolyn Jyoti on December 21, 2016
Hasana, You are so worthy of support and I love that you help us all to recognize that we are too! Thank you for sharing your wise heart and vulnerability with this world - you are so loved! xo
Helen Valks on December 21, 2016
Thank you for that message. There were so many things I could align with...establishing a home practice, having an event in my life just for me. For me the ugly wrapping paper was hiding how I teach. The raw feedback of not gentle, rushed, tone of voice,and students not coming back was difficult information for me. That’s not to say, I don’t have much positive feedback as I do...but I focused more on the negative. Meeting my darkness. Twofold, wow, I have darkness and wow , now I have to surrender to that and let it teach me. My intention for 2017 is to hone my skills. I will be released visiting SEB and hopefully IAT as well as Advanced Asana in the fall. Then it will be time for new light with Bhakti and to finally get a singing bowl. In the meantime, I intend to, I keep wanting to change that back to, I hope but I intend to hold space for those who need it, to be loving, welcoming and compassionate to those I meet. I intend also to start and maintain a daily practice and I think after that all would fall into place. I loved seeing you and hearing your voices. I am so grateful for you and to you . Looking forward to Jan 14th. Peace love and Every Good.....Asha The best part of all of it was that I could see it as my darkness, lack of self love and use my strategies to not allow myself to be totally enveloped.
Tamika on December 21, 2016
Love you so much, Asha. You are one of the most generous hearts I know and your students are lucky to have you. Can’t wait to spend time with you at Subtle Energy. XOXO
Carolyn Jyoti on December 21, 2016
Asha, you are so wise and brave to share and let the darkness be your teacher - you always hold such beautiful space for us all to be who we are. Thank you for your compassionate heart and your presence and for being a beacon of HOPE! xo
Holly Stachovskis on December 21, 2016
Hello beautiful ladies! Your timing with newsletters and videos is amazing. Always seems to happen when I need a pick me up. So what was new for me in 2016 you ask....well I graduated from DevaTree and opened up my own business...pretty exciting amazing awesome events. My gift to the world for give the gift of meditation, restorative yoga and SLEEP! I am learning that a vast majority of my clients want to do intensive classes but what they really NEED is essentially teaching them to listen to their bodies and honour them and what they actually require. Ugly wrapping....hmmm hard for me to answer as I am stuck in a bit of a depression with the loss of dad this year so can’t really see through that at the moment...perhaps I have yet to unwrap the ugly present...there must be something good to come out of feeling this way...just have to wait and see what that is. You are amazing souls and am so thankful for you.
Tamika on December 21, 2016
Holly, it’s a hard time of year to be missing a loved one. You’re a brave-heart and you don’t need to get to the gift too fast?you’re exactly where you need to be. Congratulations on your business, your practice, and your healing. I hope to see you in the new year! XO
Carolyn Jyoti on December 21, 2016
Holly - what beautiful gifts to share with your students - sleep is so underrated and the gift of listening inward is so valuable for us all. I hold you in my heart this holiday season. Your love is deep and you are so brave to feel it all. LOVE xo
Frank on December 21, 2016
Perfect! Nice to see you two share so much of yourselves. I meditate, currently into nidra, and I am a list person to the point that if I do something in a day that is not on the list I am tempted to add it and I thought did she say pot or pottery. Touching in many ways; you two are a joy to me and I thank you for that. Namasta
Tamika on December 21, 2016
Ha ha?I don’t think Jyoti’s giving herself the gift of pot, but maybe in another dimensional reality! Always a spark of light to hear from you, Frank. Thank you for your kindness and love. Happy Solstice!
Carolyn Jyoti on December 21, 2016
Frank, you make me smile :)
Frank on December 21, 2016
Thank you. Keep up the pottery, neat earth connection.
Lisa Hill on December 21, 2016
Yaw^ko (thank you) for sharing a part of yourselves. I believe ugly wrapping paper is a way for us to learn about ourselves, to find our path... to grow. If not for the ugliest of wrapping paper, I would not have found my way to the training in London. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. In 2017, my gift to the world is 1)understanding... One of my Elders once told me, "I no longer seek forgiveness, I merely seek to understand"; and 2) balance... balance so our medicine wheels can roll free: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual freedom. Happy Solstice, beautiful spirits. Namaste
Carolyn Jyoti on December 22, 2016
Lisa, I am so glad you found your way to DevaTree! Your gifts to the world are beautiful - thank you for sharing your spirit with us all! xo
Sue-Ann Collins on December 22, 2016
New; Heart Rise Yoga... finding something that truly makes me happy and I can call m own.. bonus...I get to share it with my favorite little people. Ugly wrapping paper...really, really, recognizimg the gift and beautiful energy of my Gabi. Gifts for 2017: mindfullness.
Carolyn Jyoti on December 23, 2016
Sue-Ann, What a beautiful light you and Gabi are in this world. We are so grateful that you are sharing Children’s yoga with all your little people and seeing the beauty in everyone and everything. xo
Anouschka on December 26, 2016
Finally gave myself some time to watch your message. So nice to be part of the chat. I forgot to get my tea! Ugly wrapping paper: Dealing with a difficult termination at work that included a family member, and allowing a deeper understanding and commitment with my husband. My gift for 2017: Sharing my perspective of nature and animals to whom ever is interested. Take care of you ladies, Love Noush
Carolyn Jyoti on December 28, 2016
Noush - Thanks for joining the conversation. It’s so wonderful that you could find the gift in the difficult situation and fabulous to know you are sharing your love of animals and nature with the world! xo
Catherine Sulkowski on December 26, 2016
So happy to see both of your beautiful faces and to hear you speak so openly. Thank you for your love and encouragement this year! Something new for me in 2016 was starting to get a sense of, and accept, my self-worth. This has lead to my speaking up more often to advocate for myself. It feels more and more comfortable with practice. My ugly wrapping paper has still not been unwrapped. I’m really struggling in a significant relationship right now and am finding it hard to hang out with the ugliness. I do believe that the gifts inside will be exactly what I need to move forward, be stronger and love myself more, so that helps me sit with it a bit. I’ve always been careful and slow to unwrap my presents. Guess this is no different! ;) I wish to bring the gift of connection with nature into 2017. I am blessed to have a job where I can provide opportunities for kids to be outside every day and I want to continue to grow in that capacity, as well as stand up for the health and well-being of our planet. There is healing for all of us to be found in that precious connection.
Carolyn Jyoti on December 29, 2016
Catherine, You are so courageous and inspiring! I love how you are taking bold steps to honour yourself more deeply with every year and that you know yourself so well. The children are so very lucky to have you guiding them outdoors! Thank you for the work you do and for reminding me to connect more deeply with nature and myself. xo
Brenda Dowell on December 30, 2016
Thank you for sharing of yourselves so openly & honestly! 2016 has been an interesting array of events & opportunities to grow. Ugly wrapping paper is my mom’s slow slide into forgetfulness.... teaching me about patience, understanding and being fully present (I continue this journey). For 2017 - I want to offer love & lila (playfulness and joy) in my teachings and in my life! Thank you for being such a huge component of my life and my journey! GRATEFUL!
Carolyn Jyoti on December 30, 2016
Brenda - you are playfulness and joy embodied! Thank you for your love and dedication to this community and for sharing your journey of patience and presence - you are such an inspiration. Love and immense gratitude right back at you! xoxo
Erin on December 30, 2016
Hello Everyone. Love the video. New & Different - ?tried? to practice yoga more off the mat, sold our house and celebrated the greatest women ever???my mom, with family (we lost her to breast cancer 10 yrs ago) Best Gift (life is short, just go for it, experience life, stop making ? wish lists? and start accomplishing the lists (join Deva Tree? check mark), rather fail than not try at all) with Ugly Wrapping Paper (friend was diagnosed with an incurable cancer) Gifts do I plan to share: Share happiness with others, create positive energy in the group (at home, work or friends), and remind people about the gifts all around us PS?.I poured myself a glass of whiskey :)
Carolyn Jyoti on December 31, 2016
Cheers Erin! You are a gift. How wonderful to celebrate your mom and all of your endeavours. So great that you can see the gifts in all your experiences and help others to do the same. xo

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