Moon vibes, sparkles, bangs... and a new week ahead. The full moon... high as a rocket!
Today I have awoken feeling fresh, HIGH and so vibrant. Wow wee... what happened?
"You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.”
― Eckhart Tolle
I love this quote! It sums it up really.
So while we reflect on what the moon, that so stunningly lit up the sky so brightly on Saturday - has transformed in us, we could take some of its symbology to understand where we are all at this week and apply this to our Yoga explorations, on and off the mat!
It was a full moon in Taurus (thats my star sign) and it is said to bring us the grounding that we may have been needing. It is a sensible yet sensual sign, and is an earth sign. A full moon is also a harvesting time, where the two weeks that follow are an extension of this. It is said that at this particular moon, we can begin to find beauty in boredom, wisdom in waiting, holiness in the humdrum, and test within tolerance. Do we need some help in this knowing?
As we explored the fire element in our Yoga i-D classes last week, this week we are connecting with what has occurred in nature, in the Shamain celebrations and honouring the inseparability of that, to ensure our Yoga is reflective and connective to the natural rhythms and cycles occurring and maybe we can bow down in our practice to find a higher Self and support.
So, as you know, I love to connect with the power of music... and find a tune that inspires the week. I am loving the pop song 'a million reasons' by Lady Gaga this week (you may have noticed that I do love a bit of POP now and again).
"The power of this sound and the capability of this sound to liberate a being from one dimension of entanglement and move him to a different state of freedom is something phenomenal, especially because everything that we have done here is engineered around this particular reverberation.” – Sadhguru’s quote.
I particularly LOVE ITS LYRICS and how they help us to devote our practice by asking ourselves questions....
I bow down to pray
I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way
To cut through all his worn out leather
I've got a hundred million reasons to walk away
But baby, I just need one good one to stay
Head stuck in a cycle, I look off and I stare
It's like that I've stopped breathing, but completely aware
'Cause you're giving me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin' me a million reasons
About a million reasons
So as we find a reason...which 'LORD' can we look to in Yoga to ask for help when we need it over the next couple of harvesting weeks? We discussed the meaning of redemption in the last blog post, 'saving' but that actually maybe it could mean 'freeing' and rather than saving ourselves we can free ourselves. And that's what we did! So, having worked on freedom, this week we can fill ourselves back up - keep the space, notice the freedom, the transformation and find the fullness!!! I repeat....
Find the fullness!
So I present you with Shiva! Shiva is an Indian Deity and means many more things... Did you know that in actual fact - Shiva is a moon deity. He symbolises our consciousness.... he is the transformer and the remover of evil. Wiki simply describes him as "Shiva is the Supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe." In fact, the highest form of Shiva is formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute. We call this Brahman in Yoga and we call this Atman of the universe, the soul/ the self. Shiva is the god of Yoga, meditation and the arts.
This is how we visualise Shiva:
The iconographical attributes of Shiva are the serpent around his neck, the adorning present moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the third eye on his forehead, the trishula as his weapon and the damaru.
On a side note... Last night, I dreamt that I lost my children as I was journeying and I had to flow down the Ganga in India to find them. It was a very powerful dream but one where I felt also totally supported in my pursuit. It was powerful to flow down the river and trust that fluidity. What is fascinating too is how this river not only is symbolised in the iconography of Shiva, but that it in itself is considered sacred, as it is relied upon to meet the daily needs of many Indians and takes on the form of a goddess to many. Jawaharlal Nehru, (the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence, the paramount leader of the Indian independence movement) wrote in his will, "is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her racial memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever-changing, ever-flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga."
Shiva helps us to realise the highest self within. Shiva is he who promises you bliss and represents the consciousness of infinite goodness. He also forms a part of the trinity. Lord Brahma creator, Vishnu, preserver and Shiva destroyer. The three qualities of nature - creation, preservation and destruction.
'Destroys what was, to create what is'.
So having found the support of both consciousness and the water element - we will go deep in to this on the mats this week.
"Hatha Yoga works with the ida nadi or moon channel to balance attributes like feminine, night, intuition and the subconscious within ourselves. More passive or internal elements of the practice can affect the parasympathetic nervous system which allows us to rest and digest". - Jiva
We all know that the moons energy has the power to move tides. The moon is considered Feminine. I was telling the kids this as we walked through the night sky on saturday and they loved knowing this, as they assumed it was a man. When I told them it was feminine, which is actually to do with the qualities of the feminine as opposed to male/ female, their consciousness shifted and they felt comfort in that. The feminine watching over them in the dark of night, bringing them light.
In Sanskrit, the word for full moon is Purnima.My beautiful teacher and visionary reminds me that when something is full it is complete and in need of nothing − isn't that the goal of yoga?
I guess that is how I awoke today. Full. Full with love for my children. Full with love for myself. Full with acceptance towards all the aspects of life which are not perfect, yet totally full with bountiful lessons and blessings. Can you see these in your own life? I invite you to come on to your mats and observe your fullness in class this week.
So as Gaga sings and asks us.... "when you bow down to pray and try to make the world seem better, and you've got a hundred million reasons to walk away" ....
what is your one good reason to stay???!!!! To stay here in this life and find the fullness????
We can 'take the plunge' (like the pun :) and explore the postures related to the moon:
ardha chandrasana (half moon) or chakorasana (moon bird), bhairavasana and natarajasana, named for shiva.
... if ya like. Work with focusing your intention on your Muladhara Chakra (Root) and Chant 'Lam' Bija Mantra to find the grounding to get high, invite kundalini to awaken, let the Shakti rise up within you - Fill you up - and realise the higher self within!
We can also use the breath of course and we can meditate, connect with the arts and don't forget to get out in nature and realise you are the Universe!!!!
When we chant 'Shiva, Shiva, Shiva Shambo' - we are chanting for the devotion of Shiva and 'Shambo' meaning the auspicious one.
The most auspicious thing to happen is to realise yourself, to reach the highest within you.
Lead me from the Unreal to the Real.
Lead me from the darkness to the Light.
Lead me from Death to Immortality
Peace Peace Peace
See you on the mat.
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