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June 15, 2018

The top layer of the neocortex of our brain. Our light. Oneness. Our glow. The essence of our natural vibration. The soul. The spirit of life.



June 13, 2018

Samyama is a practice of Dharana (Concentration) Dhyana (Meditation) Samahdi (Stillness). When the three practices come together we call this Samyama. The mergence of gross and subtle layers of Citta (our mind). Samyama becomes a tool to receive deeper knowledge of qualities of the object.



June 12, 2018

The finer thread are our inner levels of awareness. The ones that must be completely still to feel, see, hear, taste and smell. Subtle vibrations that help us understand our journey on a deeper level.

 



June 7, 2018

 The intention here is to clear the mind and walking with intention. Two techniques that can be used;

 

  • Count your steps, stay focused on the count. Anytime the mind wanders start back at one. No judgement, be present, be open, be you.
  • Chant silently OM. Keeping your mind in complete awareness.


June 6, 2018

This past weekend I had a chance to spend 3 days at an ashram outside of Montreal. This ashram was specific to the teaching so shivananda.

The outline of our day was;

Rise at 530am

Satsang 600-730 which is opened with chanting and prayer followed by 30 min of meditation and then a discussion on yoga OR a silent walking meditation

800-1000 A Yoga practice complete with pranayama and postures that follow a set sequence to help the body become strong and open. As a student of yoga I have practice many styles and studied many styles. Shivnana is a complete practice and what I enjoyed the most is that after every

1000- Brunch, this is the first meal of the day and the food was very good. It was all vegan and always rice, quino, soup, fresh veggies and cooked veggies with a tea. Everything is made from scratch and cooked by the karma yogis who offer there service to stay and learn Shivananda.

1045- Karma practice where everyone has the chance to give back to the ashram. We meet in the lobby and then the schedule is given out. It can range from sweeping, doing dishes, folding laundry, cleaning, helping out with an activity. Everyone staying at the ashram is asked to give 2 hours of karma service daily.

100- Free time or activities that are put on my the ashram. There is a 15 hike up the mountain to a temple where a monk lives. There are many sitting areas to sit and journal or read. There is a near by lake to walk to and a library for self study.

400-600-A yoga practice again they offer two classes at this time. A open practice which tends to be more advanced and a beginner practice that begins to break down the sequences and teaches pranayama in steps. If you have never practiced shivanda I recommend the beginner class to give you technique especially on the pranayama.

600- Dinner very similar to brunch but now there is bread and butter added as well as milk with the tea.

645- Extra chanting done in the temple that you are welcome to join in on

700-830- Satsang

1000- Lights out

 



June 5, 2018

Last weekend I had a chance to visit an ashram outside of Montreal. For my group we were there for a very special activity. The spring sweat lodge. So we gathered wood and help create the lodge we would spend the afternoon in sweating. After we gathered the wood and made our lodge we went back to our rooms to change and prepare our intention for our ceremonial sweat. Woman had to wear long skirts and tank tops and men wore there bathing suite.

As the fire keeper tended the fire we had a ceremony making our lodge a sacred space. We were give tabocco to offer our intention to the fire and as we made our way into the loge we were smudged with sage. Upon entrance of the lodge we recited our name and said to all my relations. This signifies that we are connecting with all of our relations and everything around us in nature. The youngest enters the lodge first and the oldest last. We were a group of 24. After we all had our place in the lodge a circle in front by the rocks and a circle in the back we asked the fire tender to bring us the heated stones which brought heat to our lodge. For this sweat as it was our first sweat we only used 4 stones a time. In experienced sweats there can be up to 72 heated stones used. These stones represented our grandfathers and the lodge itself represents the grandmother earth’s womb. As the firekeeper moved in the rocks we chanted to show our respect as each rock was brought into the circle.  We begin with the first door which was dedicated to the east. The recognition of the spirit world. It was very intense when the door shuts and you experience the complete darkness and heat for the first time. Everyones energy connected and high as the heat rises and the unknown settles in. We begin with chanting to our spirit and the energy starts to settle deep within us as we all form as one spirit. Once all the songs and prayers are made the elder calls for the door to open. The air moves in and we all “AWE” in relief of the nice cool breeze. We sit in silence and feel grateful for the air. Then the door closes as we begin with our second round or door to the South. This is the cleansing round. The elder uses cedar branches to put water to add steam to the lodge. This round is the recognition of our courage. It is hot and we feel the moisture of the cleanse deep in our pores. Our focus is on our prayers. If we need extra support we can call for Tabacco and then the fire tender adds tobacco to the fire. Some of us need to lie down to escape the heat and our pain. Others moan as they begin to heal deeply. Then a break as two doors are open and the flow of air move through our lodge. We cry we laugh and we get water. A longer break is taken to mark the half way of our ceremony. We feel deep gratitude for the water and the berries we receive and give thanks to the earth. The break ends and we begin our third round the door to the West. As each door is opened we bring more rocks into the lodge. This round is the most intense. We are invited to share our intention or what we want to release. As we move around the sacred circle each person shares their pain and we all feel it. The emotions are high and intense as we begin to let go of what does not serve us. Sounds of deep emotional release can be heard as the space is held for us. The round ends and the door opens again. We are told that the last round is the shortest as people are feeling overwhelmed and some ask to leave. We are encouraged to keep with it as it is one more short round. We all send support to those who are overwhelmed and they stay. The last door is to the North. This door focuses on personal healing. The North stands for wisdom and knowledge which comes to us in this last round. We now have the knowledge and wisdom to let go or to know the answer we seek. We chant and heal together as one. The sweat is done and we are soaked through with sweat. We crawl out of the womb and are reborn. Our transformation has occurred. We rest on the earth feeling grateful for the water we drink, the earth that we lay on and the sun that bathes our body.

I am very grateful for this experience. I have transformed my fear into love and courage. I have embarked on a new love for this spiritual wisdom that the elders have to share with us. I look forward to continuing this spiritual journey with the earth.



June 1, 2018

This month we are digging deeper to find what stands in our way of becoming more aware. What does it mean to become more aware? When we look at awareness it is our ability to tune in with ourselves and those around us. Awareness provides us opportunities to get deeper in ourselves, our relationships and our environment. When we are tuned in to our natural rhythm we flow with life and we find less resistance and pain. There are 5 obstacles to awareness on the path of yoga. These are called Klesha. Reflecting on each one daily can help us remove the obstacles to become more aware.

The first Klesha provides the foundation for the other 4. The most common obstacle to becoming aware is Avidya; ignorance. Ignorance allows us to turn a blind eye. We do not bother to learn why or what but blindly follow unconscious and unaware. The next Klehsa is Asmita, which is our false ego. The ego which is the center of the universe (I). This false ego creates the belief that you are all that matters and feeds the mind with wanting more material goods and more power. The next is Raga, which is attachment. When we are attached to things we hold on tight and shape our self worth around what we have. This becomes an obstacle as it creates profound suffering the more attached we become. Next we have Dvesha, which is aversion. Strong feelings of negativity, dislike, and avoidance. When we choose to move away from these feelings or become attached to these feelings it clouds our awareness. The last Klehsa is Abhinivesha, the fear of death. When we fear something it brings a very strong vibration into our energy that becomes consuming. When we are consumed with lower vibrations of fear, anger, guilt it keeps us from opening up to the larger field of awareness.