Well you may or may not have noticed that last week after sharing with you that this blog was featured in Yoga's Top 9 Blogs online, there was no Blog! Well the impermanence and unpredictability of life has a funny ol way of letting us sit with stuff and process it, whilst throwing a curveball. So what it did to me was throw me off line and quite literally off-line. My computer finally caved. It was liberating and disorientating all at the same time. I had so much to share and yet realised that the sharing translated in ways more powerful by not sharing. And how is that, I hear you cry? Well, because is there an expectation to receive, from me to you. I mean for many at this tme of year in particular, that need arises. And what happens when you don't receive? How does it make you think, feel, judge or blame???? Is it an opportunity to provide whatever it is that you are expecting for yourself? Is it an opportunity to dive in a little deeper and ask yourself what are your needs? By another not providing the philosophies, practices and stories for us - the teachings, can we trust our own inner wisdom more?
Whats your vision?
"Wake up and love more, life is happening' sings Kate Tempest.
This girl is someone that was brought back on my radar this week and I have to say, that I find her incredibly hard hitting. Not because I think that I am ignorant to what she is saying and presenting, but because she shares nothing but truth, through her lyrics. She is the voice that became lost in the youth culture, as we weave our way through life and keep on living. However connected we remain to World issues, we know that we lead lives of our own that involve waking and sleeping. We are conscious beings, yet how and in what means can we contribute in this life time, in a way that has meaning and benefit?
The New Moon of this week is symbolically a time for rebirth, an opportunity to create new beginnings and learn from what has been and gone. It does not mean that when you wake up, life will become immediately more blissful. What is offers is a time to reflect. Maybe that's why it may keep so many of us, me included, awake much later when is rises. But the beauty of its darkness on new moon, in itself, is like a blank canvas, a clean slate. As everyday is a new day really, to begin again, time and time again.
So today, you have awoken or else you would not be here, reading this blog and what is your reflection, your awareness and what new beginning is arising for you. Have you even considered it?
My reflections began on Saturday as I chose to slow down, clear out, organise my space around me, as well as my internal world, and was lucky enough to chant the Kamala mantra with a small number of fellow Yogis and a very tiny new born baby. All this clearing of space and the beauty of new life, reminded me of lifes treasures and wisdom within and one teacher shared how sometimes we 'just need to get out of the way, so that life can pass through us'. This is my mantra for this new moon, without doubt.
For whatever arises, and however it looks or feels, embrace it for all its teachings however they show up for you.
For me, I have experienced powerful emotions surface and simply pass by, as I become closer to allowing myself to express fully the desires of the heart, taking action towards change, as well as speaking the truth. As you have to be fully grounded in what comes back at ya, when you do this, it isn't always easy. Yet when you do, its open. Its true. Its pure. Like the moon relies on the light of the sun, we shine our own light on life and let it continue as it should, without obstruction from our limited vision, yet pass through totally by our complete ability to accept life as it is. With grace.
Lead me from the unreal to the Real
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
Om shanti shanti shanti.
So we could return to The Upanishads to remind us to exhort and transcend scripture itself in the search for ones own destiny!
I guess I might be inclined to say that it is not so much an act of searching, but allowing for momentum and for movement. Another wise one said to be this week, that it is the momentum in the action that has a certain power, that we must allow to happen at the time it arises. The thing is, these kind of words of wisdom are being offered to us in many shapes and forms, in every moment of everyday, we must be free of our own self being in the way of hearing and seeing them or we may just miss em.
The Tejobindu Upanishad is known as a minor Upanishad, but quite simply there is nothing minor about its teachings. It tells us of 'beyondness' of Reality. How we as aspirants must rise beyond ordinary experience and ordinary responses to be one with it. To find our independence with it all, even beyond the teachings themselves. This is truth. This is wisdom. This is real.
Definition - What does Tejobindu Upanishad mean?
"Tejobindu Upanishad" is one of the 108 Upanishads of ancient Hindu and yogic literature. Tejobindu is said to mean “the point representing the power of Brahman.” Although "Tejobindu Upanishad" is a minor Upanishad, it is significant for yoga because it is one of 20 Yoga Upanishads, and presents vedantic teachings from a yoga perspective.
This Upanishad encourages meditation, and praises the practice and experience of meditation more highly than scholarly learning. It includes guidance about how to meditate and also describes the purpose of meditation.
Yogapedia explains Tejobindu Upanishad
In the modern anthology of 108 Upanishads, "Tejobindu" is number 37. It is thought to have been composed along with the other Yoga Upanishads between 100 B.C.E and 300 C.E. Written in poetic verse, some scholars hypothesize that it was one of the early Yoga Upanishads and likely composed at around the same time as parts of the "Mahabharata."
"Tejobindu Upanishad" emphasizes the practice of yoga and dhyana (meditation) as a path to understanding the soul, but acknowledges that meditation is very difficult. It outlines what is required for a successful meditation practice, including having Brahman as the focal point. The text closes with a description of a yogi who has achieved moksha (spiritual freedom or liberation).
Within the verses, seven extra limbs of yoga are described, in addition to those included in the eight-limbed path of Patanjali’s Ashtanga yoga. These emphasize the concept of param-dhyana which is the supreme meditation upon tejobindu, the seed of spiritual light that resides in the heart, or the power of Brahman.
Yogapedia puts it all so beautifully above.
So what we can know is at this time of year, especially today off the back of New Moon last night and inbetween Solstice happening on Thursday, is that darkness brings a time of transformation, and that the light is within, that we can find the stillness, away from the teachings to tune in to ourselves through meditation, get out of our own way and feel the rebirth and inner wisdom. I invite you to take time to experience, meditate and feel!!!!
This weeks Yoga Classes will involve special practices that honour this time, this Upanishad, as we create some momentum and find some giving qualities within the stillness too, we will go beyond with intention, followed by a little treat to taste, why not?!
See you on the mats Yogis.
Big love and blessings.
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