“It’s impossible, ” said Pride.
“It’s risky,” said Experience.
“Give it a try,”
Whispered the Heart.
“It’s impossible, ” said Pride.
“It’s risky,” said Experience.
“Give it a try,”
Whispered the Heart.
“…….(on)Writing: shitty first drafts. Butt in chair. Just do it. You own everything that happened to you. You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart–your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it’s why you were born
I’ve been getting my stories down on paper for the last 3 years. Now What?
If Saturn were nearer to us than it is it might look like this.
Forward progress begins again….most especially after mercury goes direct early September.
Happy Birthday Virgo!
Om Shanti, Om
ps. I don’t remember where I got that photo. I’ll credit you if you let me know who you are.
“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out: it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ~Robert W. Service
Recently at our Salon for Astrological Discourse we discussed the mythological and astrological Eris, a dwarf planet discovered in 2005.
It’s always worth the time to note the events that are going on (around the planet) at the time of astronomical discoveries. There’s an inherent connection (as above, so below) and current events will mirror the theme. This is how astrologers advanced the science/art thru out the ages.
In 2004-5 the headlines got bolder, larger, and louder.
Hurricane Katrina and the 7.6 Earthquake killing 73,000 in Pakistan were devastating events.
The media grew to global proportions becoming more pervasive and less persuasive.
The Iraq war was in full swing.
Eris arrives. The feminine warrior archetype let us know beginning in 2004-05 that she is in our consciousness now and will be reckoned with. Before it’s discovery a planet still impacts our history, but it’s after we have named and claimed the new orbiting body that it becomes *visible* and a part of our consciousness. In 2005 she had made her way to 20 degrees of Aries. She caught my attention in 2007 when I first blogged about her. Here’s a link to other posts about Eris on this website.
It takes Eris 557 earth years to complete her orbit. This keeps her in a zodiac sign for many generations of humans. We’ve been enduring her wrath in Aries since 1923 and she’ll remain in Aries until 2047. Aries is fire, masculine, and action oriented…. exactly the kind of feisty climate Eris enjoys.
In the Greek myths, Eris was a trouble maker who always felt snubbed. The rest of the pantheon avoided her because they knew how easily provoked she was. And, when she was provoked she would create chaos, dissent, and rivalry among everyone around her. Astrologically, this goddess of disruption is particularly good at creating family discord…that’s where she’s ‘at her best’. Her small, subtle actions frequently have a way of mushrooming into something huge and disruprive….like pulling out that one little thread and suddenly the whole garment unravels.
On July 10, 2017 Mars squared Eris and the headlines of the day regarding our First Family couldn’t have been a more perfect expression of Eris in action. For those interested in Mundane Astrology, I remind you that Eris is at 8 degrees Aries in the chart of the USA.
May all beings be healthy. May all beings be happy. May all beings live in peace, no matter what they’re given.
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.
—stay tuned for more on Eris.
May I devote my life to learning.
May my highest self shine forth
May I uplift my soul through meditation & prayer
May I join with others to share love & truth.
This Sunday we’ll be practicing Metta Meditation at The Sanctuary. Metta, or loving-kindness is one of the heavenly abodes according to Buddhist thought. It’s a particular state of mind, of being, that is imbued with peace, love, & harmony. It feels good. It feels great to practice it with others. Lot’s of others.
The spiritual practices of the east are very comforting to me. Yoga relaxes the flesh and Meditation reorganizes the mind. Once you’ve got flesh & mind calmed down life is good. The difficulty is that something inevitably changes, and peace is disturbed. When a pebble lands in the pond, the mind alerts and the body, due to the time and culture we live in, immediately goes into fight/flight/freeze. There’s very little pause and reflect anymore, which of course is a YUGE problem everywhere.
When we meet for metta practice, we are acknowledging that some of our life’s challenges are other people, or better said, our relationships with other people. Metta Meditation is a way to relieve the stress of our internal conflicts with people, places, or things.
The Jersey Shore is packed, already. It’s like it was when I was a kid. It’s time to see with ‘new eyes’ again.
Jai Bhagwan. Om Shanti Om.
It’s my one ‘day-off’ from Seva and I’m sitting at the end of the dock on the Lake observing the wildlife. There’s about a dozen cranes meandering around the shore line, calmly strutting and passively standing around the shallow edge. Nearby, one fat, outrageously large goose is surveying the group. He reminds me of a sheepdog herding cattle. The cranes don’t seem to mind him.
Suddenly in the middle of all that wonderful calm and peacefulness a mutt of a dog came chasing out of the nearby woods and raced towards them all! Everyone began to honk and quack and bark and scream and run and fly! The cranes took off together in flight and the goose got him self into deeper waters where the dog couldn’t go. It was a delightful scene produced by Mother Nature for this observer.
Isn’t that like life? We’re having a nice peaceful day and then a disturbance comes. We get rattled. We yell. We object. We run away, thinking peace might return to us somewhere else.
The teaching here is asking us to take a closer look at our reactions. We are told that those reactions are most likely a coming from our past and not necessarily the proper response to what is happening now.
Running away from a hungry, excited dog is probably the proper response for the cranes and the goose. Yet, even though their peace was disturbed, no doubt they are calm again in this moment. I doubt they’ll need anty therapy to get over their trauma?
We humans, however, have a mind that retains memories, makes predictions, and plans for future. It jumps to lots of conclusions, and assumptions far beyond what is actually happening where the feet are. Some of us have wild imaginations that spin in or out of control. Some are absolutely delusional at times. The point is, like all the masters have said, stay in the now….and if a disturbance comes act accordingly if action is required. Otherwise, observe the responses in the the body and remember to breathe. Calm returns quicker that way.
Within the city of Brahman,
which is the body,
there is the heart,
and within the heart
there is a little house.
This house has the shape of a lotus,
and within it dwells that which is to be
Even so large as the universe outside,
is the universe within the lotus of the heart.
Within it are heaven and earth,
the sun, moon,
and all the stars.
Whatever is in the macrocosm is in this microcosm also.
Most astrologers focus on time. The questions that begin with ‘when’ are innumerable. The ability to analyze the present moment, the past and the future using a natal horoscope reveals larger patterns that would otherwise go unnoticed.
In 1986 -ish I attended a weekend workshop in CT taught by Jim Lewis, the pioneer of what is today called Astro*Carto*Graphy. (Where you were born holds equal weight with when you were born You are the intersection of time, place, and DNA) This 3 day course was an amazing intellectual exercise with stimulating and provocative material. I soaked it up. But, unlike a natal (time) chart, the calculations necessary for a ACG map were impossible. I would have to be satisfied with theory. In 1989 astrological software became available. I immediately purchased a computer and the proprietary software that had just been released.
Theory could be tested now, first hand. I calculated hundreds of maps & charts for myself, family, friends looking for the places on the planet that showed up in significant ways. All personal traveling became infused with curiosity. How would the planetary energies manifest in different locations. I’ve gathered up a few amazing stories over the years to illustrate my research. On April 9, the Astrological Society of Princeton will host a lecture on Sunday and I look forward to sharing my research there.
This May I will be spending 3 weeks, nearly a lunar cycle, on a ‘new’ line of my personal astromap, the paran of Saturn and Chiron . Looking around the globe I see that although I may have crossed this line a few times I ‘ve only crossed it and never spent much time there, not nearly enough to absorb/recognize the ‘energy/vibration/prana/chi’. Obviously I am in for a new experience.
Saturn lines aren’t necessarily fun places to spend time. Saturn’s influence is always serious, studious, and disciplined. Saturn doesn’t do anything easy. And, Saturn is slow. If Saturn stood alone at this Florida location I may not have chosen to visit there. But paran lines reflect a relationship between 2 planets, and in Salt Springs, FL and locales nearby, Saturn intersects with Chiron, and that combination is one I am cautiously curious to experience.
The nature of my visit there is Saturnian which bodes well for my stay at this newly established ashram with a world recognized Guru. I have volunteered for Seva there. It’s location on this particular line seems quite fortuitous and prescient. I’ll let you know more when I come back.
more to come
There are many ways to practice yoga. Seva, is one.
In 1997 I became a volunteer at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. I was offered room & board in return for my service. Mostly, I worked as a Faculty Assistant. Other times I was on the production team for the larger weekend conferences. Eventually, I became attached to the Inner Quest Intensive (IQI), Kripalu’s signature self-discovery program. For 10+ years I led the Kripalu hatha yoga practice and served as a Facilitator with this life-changing program.
Then in 2008 Kripalu’s governing body decided that faculty volunteers like myself were no longer needed and they began to remove us from the program rooms. It was a significant change for those who remember, and my time at Kripalu was greatly reduced. The few of us who were attached to specific master teachers/programs were allowed to continue and I was grateful. The IQI was offered three times a year and that would have to be enough seva at Kripalu.
In 2015, Kripalu cancelled the IQI and soon thereafter cancelled all other remaining volunteer opportunities. This decision signaled a significant course correction for Kripalu Center.
Aside from the yoga experience, knowledge, practice and karma points I gained over 15 years of service at Kripalu, what was so unexpectedly rewarding was the experience of living together with others on the same path, to be a part of a spiritual community where like-mind and like-spirit came together.
So, last December, when the days were short and the nights were long I responded to a call for volunteers at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Florida. In early March a call came and I have been invited to practice Seva there during the first weeks of May!
For those in the know, AYI was established by Amrit Desai, the guru who introduced Kripalu Yoga to the USA. This means that the practices, philosophy, and methodologies will be consistent with everything I have learned thus far and for that I am grateful, and so excited, and terrified too. And, he will be on the campus during my stay.
Florida is not as easy as driving to the Berkshires, and this pitta person hates hot weather, but I am honored and grateful to be invited to this campus to experience Gurudev’s wisdom for myself.
Jai Bhagwan. Namaste. Om shanti.
to be continued.
My doodle-a-day practice is morphing. Is that a word?
It’s been interesting to see patterns beginning to develop in these seemingly, unconscious, totally right-brain doodles.
Doodling helps…. I think of it as ArtYoga. Keep your mind on the ‘working surface’ and be present, as best you can. See what happens.