I am dedicated to #truth as my identity.
I’ve been attempting 40 day #sadhana of #satkriya since last August 2017.
I get close to 40 days in a row and then something or someone distracts me.
Not this time. I’m on day 2 of 40. .
Truth is the attempt has changed me.
Chanting #satnam almost every day for going on 6 months has a positive effect even if I haven’t done 40 days in a row but maybe only 36 then I skip 1 and start again. .
My spirit feels the benefit.
I took this video at my favorite #italian island of #ischia. You could do yoga here with me June 10-17, 2018 on my #amalfi#yogaretreat Sign up www.alchemytours.com
From the earthbound realms of the yellow square to the ruthless, metabolic acid baths of the downward pointing triangle at the third center, is a perilous journey through swampy masses of potent seed beds, undigested feelings, and unfulfilled yearnings at the second center, in the crucible of the upturned silvery crescent moon. It’s a #yogic journey of reclaiming one’s human birthright and nothing stops the #sadhaka hero from dissolving every step of the way. Realm after realm. Excerpt from the “DISSOLVING”. Umā
I’m committing to 40 days of Mantra recitation - 108 Aums every evening before bed! Starting tonight. I’m beginning with this simple but powerful beauty - the sound of the sun moving across the sky…..
I would love to share anything of note as I go and if anyone is intrigued you can find resources with Ananda of truefreedomcoaching.com. I will be doing her training - possibly this Oct/Nov if I can manifest that!
Inspired by the impact that mantra is having on my yoga students I am delving deeper into this daily Sadhana. I LOVE singing mantra but my personal practice must deepen before I feel ready to share on the deeper level that my students would like (ie teach the mantras or start a “Kirtan Choir” as I’ve been asked). I’ve not sustained a daily Japa meditation practice yet so this is it!! ^
However I do believe that it’s a felt sense and reverence required rather than simply an intellectual understanding and I have always felt the power of music as a means of devotion.
Growing up in a Catholic environment I was very often (much to my own embarrassment) moved to tears in church whenever certain songs were sung (‘Here I am Lord’ still gets me, particularly the line ‘I have heard you calling in the night’ because I heard it….). It was always the music (and being in nature) that brought my heart alive in such a reverent way. I think I have always been a Bhakti Yogi!! ^
For many years I lost my voice as a singer - worrying what others thought. I was a dedicated pianist up until the age of 17 when I had to choose between 4 hours of piano practice a day and HSC study. I chose the study because of my self doubt and while I have always continued to play piano it was not a daily part of my life anymore. But now I’ve got my harmonium!! Isn’t it amazing how the universe works when you open to the possibilities, ask for guidance...and trust.
These mantras are coming from a much deeper place than my “I-ness”. It doesn’t matter to me what they sound like. I know when I’m hitting the spot because my whole body tingles and the tears are close by! My students feel it too. Keep you posted!
Pic by @oh.my.minds.eye
Naked sunbathing and ocean swimming (and feeling safe, respected and even empowered engaging in these activities as a solo female beachgoer)… Walking barefoot on the earth daily… Dancing ecstatically 2-3x per week with hundreds of people… Mantra singing… Stargazing… Falling asleep each night to the sounds of coqui frogs, insects, wind, rain and waves crashing… Meditating on the rising sun… It’s truly the simple things that are the most healing – the practices that help reconnect us to our elemental nature and its resonance with the rhythms and cycles of the universe, and help us remember the light and beauty that we are! Reminding myself on this Piscean New Moon that (most of) these powerful healing practices can be done anywhere - even here in the city I was somewhat resigned to return to after a month immersed in Hawaii’s magic. Setting the intention…
Beginning this week felt like a pre-sprout phase... practice & patience was there but erratic. Thank you for helping fine tune this on Thursday @elizagilesyoga ...those #sadhana guidance sessions have helped move past this and into a more grounded phase (sprout phase phrase quoted from The Yogi’s Roadmap page 46)