Gaye Abbott, RYT, CMT is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher/Therapist and has Advanced Training with Integrative Yoga Therapy, as well as being a Master Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner working deeply with balancing and harmonizing energy patterns and releasing body conversations that obstruct flow. Living and practicing in Austin, Texas, Gaye does travel once a month to Houston to see clients at A Healing Collective.
She has been in the medical/alternative health/healing professions for over 30 years, practiced massage therapy for 16 years, and has extensive experience with 1000′s of people in classes, workshops, private sessions, retreat settings, special needs/health challenges, and in shifting the breathing patterns that limit creativity, vital life energy, and vibrant health. UT Informal Classes claims her as a regular teacher and guide during Fall, Winter and Spring sessions.
Passionate about writing from an early age Gaye now coaches and does contextual editing for transformative and visionary writers. She is author of her own self-published book, Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath: Weekly Breathing Spaces to Delight, Rest and Reflect In; is creator of the internationally read blogs, WildlyFreeWoman and BreathingSpaces; and has chapters in the books Conscious Entrepreneurs edited by Christine Kloser, and Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause by Suza Francina.
Since 2013 the study and practice of the Language of Being with Nila Velchoff of The Source Collaborative has birthed a much larger context from which to create, live and trust life as it unfolds, and be more effective in actions that are generated. It has also brought forth the clarity of a lifetime calling: Devotion to being of absolute highest service to Divine Source.
A transplanted Southern California ocean girl now living in Austin, Texas for the past 4 years you will most probably find Gaye swimming among the fish at Barton Springs, sitting in the flowing river at Pedernales State park, practicing at Dharma Yoga; shopping at Wheatsville Co-op, the only natural food co-op in Texas; or playing with the local ecstatic dance/contact improv community on the dance floor. Aging brings freedom to live your calling more fully as you would dance with your wild soul!
How would you define real beauty?
I will defer to a most beloved writer who is no longer among us. Real beauty is seen, heard and felt as we open ourselves to the sacredness of this life we have been given….and see the truth of things – that we are that. All we need to do is embrace it.
What activity brings you the most inner peace?
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
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
Where do you find soul strength?
Being immersed in the natural world and opening all of my senses, recognizing that there is no separation – only connection. Breathing in this immensity of life immediately takes me into a space of natural peace where no thoughts intrude for there is only flow of life as it really is. That we are an integral part of that brings an all pervading surrender into absolutely trusting the unfolding of life. That is peace.
I find there is opportunity in every moment to listen deeply to the wisdom that comes to us constantly. I find my feminine soul strengthens in being untethered, untamed and wild in my approach to life in a physical body, livelihood, creativity and relationships. It is from this space that I reside in constant awe and tap into the opportunities to express the juiciness of actively living my calling.
What makes you laugh?
Most anything these days makes me laugh. When there is less ego demanding to be fed everything holds the possibility for laughter to erupt in any given moment. What a relief that is for someone that thought a long time ago that being “serious”, “perfect” and “appropriate” was a demand of being accepted in the culture. No more!! There is nothing quite as delicious as a good belly laugh!
What female heroine inspires you this month?
I can’t choose simply one, but I would have to say instead that I give a standing ovation to all of our elder women that are stepping up and out into the world, expressing and creating on behalf of our planet and all the living beings that are upon it. Such elders as the indigenous grandmothers, Jane Goddall, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Lynn Twist, and so many others in communities everywhere that are stepping into their calling and collaborating together. That is inspirational and a pathway for each of us to uniquely create.