We've, come to far, to give up, who we are. So lets, raise the bar, and look up, to the stars.
So its been mothers day. To each and everyone of us that will mean and symbolise many different things. Within it all, what it offers us is to connect to where we came from. Who we are now?! We each were brought in to this world by a mother, of some kind. Good or not, we arrived out of a woman and in to this world with a life ahead of us. And if you are reading this now, it means, you are still here, living it!
"A mythical bird that never dies, the phoenix flies far ahead to the front, always scanning the landscape and distant space. It represents our capacity for vision, for collecting sensory information about our environment and the events unfolding within it. The phoenix, with its great beauty, creates intense excitement and deathless inspiration." - The Feng Shui Handbook, feng shui Master Lam Kam Chuen
Like the legend of the phoenix. What keeps the planet spinning.....
This inspired me to read up about this legend.... the phoenix. It symbolises renewal, in general, as well as the sun. A mythical creature, the phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn, Wiki tells me.
Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. According to some sources, the phoenix dies in a show of flames and combustion, although there are other sources that claim that the legendary bird dies and simply decomposes before being born again.
The ancient Egyptians linked the myth of the phoenix with the longings for immortality, the Arabian phoenix was said to be as large as an eagle, with brilliant scarlet and gold plumage and a melodious cry. In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is the symbol of high virtue and grace, of power and prosperity. It represents the union of yin and yang. It was thought to be a gentle creature, alighting so gently that it crushed nothing, and eating only dewdrops. The japanese Phoenix, was said to mark a new era by decending from the heavens to do good deeds for people only to return to its celestial abode to await a new era. In other traditions, the Hou-ou apears only in rare peaceful and prosperous times.
I guess, my readings about the phoenix made me draw a comparative to the mothers. The complete different forms of mothers and motherhoods that exist or have existed over time. What it then made me contemplate was identity. Of course, this is a passion and a constant exploration in the Yoga and Philosophical context of Yoga i-D. And what I am drawn to, is how there is something powerful in these various tellings of the Phoenix and the story that surrounds it, in thinking that we never really see ourselves or truly know what legend/story we are telling and may, one day, leave behind. We never can really know what we look like. (This is both externally, but also on the inside). Never really 'seeing' what we offer out and what lives within us.
The 'M' word. There are many of them.
Myths. One other 'M' word. I love them, because they are 'myths'. A story that is not true. We could say that our perceptions of ourselves are like myths, often. However, if we explore the truth... a legend is a semi-true story, which has been passed on from person-to-person and has important meaning or symbolism for the culture in which it originates. A legend usually includes an element of truth, or is based on historic facts, but with 'mythical qualities'.
So what's your personal 'myth'/ story from birth til now? And what is your legend?
I guess, it will depend heavily on who is telling it, from whose point of view, as to what context it will take - right??
So from birth and its ongoing cycle of life... is it like a waiting game? We live, we create stories in our lives, we associate with these as becoming ourselves and create an identity that we believe is what we are, we make mistakes, we learn, we grow, we change, we evolve, and then... what are you waiting for? For someone to one day tell your story? What would your story look like? Would you live and die again and again if you could like a Phoenix? Maybe we do. It is a topic for conversation (Possibly not right now). But, we have a story that involves how we got here. And all that followed, until now. Are you attached to that story? Do you live by that story? Do you always play a particular character within the story? Do you try and detach from that story, ever? It is interesting to ask yourself these questions. With the rise in social media, we are almost using the various platforms to form our identity and create those perceptions of our life stories to the world now, as we go, leaving our myths in fact behind us 'online'. Not our legends. Would you agree?
In Yoga, we consider this living with attachment to a story or anything in fact, a restraint on our way to spiritual development. A Yama.
'Aparigraha' meaning Non-possessiveness/ Non-attachment is the 5th Yama of Patanjalis Yoga Sutras. (A WHAT? I HEAR YOU CRY!)
A Yama is translated as a 'restraint'. The Yamas form a set of 5 principles that are part of a sage named Patanjali's 8 limbed Path, in a classical Yoga text entitled 'The Yoga Sutras'. The 8 limbed path includes 1. Yamas 2. Niyamas (observances), 3. Asana (postures) 4. Pranayama (Breath Control) 5. Pratyahara (Sense Withdrawal) 6. Dharana (concentration) 7. Dhyana (Meditation) 8. Samadhi (Unity). If we live with attachment - what happens? Well, often it feels good - we are in that false state of security and that feels safe. But, Patanjali describes that it is a false sense of truth. We could say 'a myth'. In order to fully live... we must learn to detach and trust life like we trust the breath to flow in and out.
So, are you feeling the need to fly like the Phoenix and to cut loose from attachments? Well literally in the stars, so called this is where we are at now, with infinite potential in the unknown.
On Tuesday this week, there will be a NEW MOON. This is the beginning of the Vedic New Year and the myth says, within the mystical waters of this Pisces new moon, sleeps a mysterious water dragon named Ahirbudhnya. Hidden under the deepest ocean of pure love and peace, this deep-sea kundalini dragon is said to sleep coiled at the bottom of the cosmic ocean. Like the kundalini snake at the at the base of the supportive root chakra, Ahirbudhnya is said to hoard a hidden treasure of infinite wealth and abundance.
Overall, this new moon teeters on the edge of the unknown, and offers the world a powerful regenerative boost. Uttara Bhadrapada is called “the warrior star” and is well-known for its compassionate determination and its fighting spirit. It gives the power to see beyond the entanglement of this world and to sublimate frustration and despair into wisdom and understanding. Open your heart to the natural support of this new moon and step forward like a warrior into a new cycle of life.
So lets explore your story in your Yoga practice this week, the character you play, the attachments you hold and then lets set an intention to detach and embrace the NEW! It's an ongoing theme, but a very extensive one that is lasting a few weeks of transformative time and therefore at Yoga i-D HQ, we are riding on the back of the dragon/ the phoenix and letting it come transform and inviting our Yoga to compliment it.
In class, we will breathe and Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... move and meditate on the myths, the magic, the mothers and the mayhem of it all, to create an encompassing moment of connectivity with vision, sensory awareness and peace.
Come, get on your mats, move and meditate, then let this exist off the mat too!
Namaste Yogis and to you all, Happy Mothers Day.
MONDAY AM 10:00-11.30 @ SPACE 238, BS5
TUESDAY PM 19:30-21:00 @ MATTER WHOLEFOODS, BS5
THURSDAY AM 10:45-12:15 @ SPACE 238, BS5