Category: Ancient Wisdom

The Yogi, whose mind is in harmony,

finds rest in the spirit within and deep communion with the whole

Free from restlessmess her soul is like a lamp whose flame burns steady in a shelter where no winds blow.

Bhagavad Gita VI: 16-21

wind chimes

What happens when you add the element of sound to a hatha yoga practice? We’ve been exploring that in my classes for months now. After our centering and some preliminary pranayama, we’ve practiced ‘toning’ using various vowel sounds. During savasana, we’ve practiced toning the bij mantras for each chakra. I’ve noticed a remarkable difference in my students at the end of these classes.

The ancient yogi’s understood the world to be made up of vibration or sound. Vibrations exist outside the body and inside the body. Frequently our inner vibratory rate is mis-matche3d with the external vibrations. This creates imbalance, dis-harmony, chaos and of course stress. When we integrate the aspect of sound into our yoga, things begin to smooth out and harmonize……………..physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually.

Don’t take my word for it though…………..discover the gifts of nada yoga yourself.

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………………dharma and karma and how that plays out in my life. The last time I pondered this polarity was here, in Arjuna’s tale in the Bhagavad Gita. Destiny, fate, call it what you will. We have ALL recognized the appearance of such events in our lives. Some of us recognize these synchronicities in their personal lives, and neglect to see same in their public lives. Others vice versa. Are you thoroughly confused now? You might be……..that’s the nature of polarities ( and dualities, too). It’s enought to make your head spin! Then you throw into the mix all the air sign people( Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) with whom duality & polarity are a daily/minute-to- minute struggle/agony they live with. Whew………………enough all ready. The futility of pondering duality is immeasurable.
Time to sit.

zafu

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It’s a metaphysical concept that what we see has more to do with what we want to see, than what’s actually there. Perception is a funny thing and it can alter everything. Once you’ve begun to ponder this concept and apply it to your life, you begin to ask the question, so what is real? What is the truth?

Sigh. The philosophers, yogi’s, astrologer’s, and other wisdom seekers are still pondering the answer to these questions.

So, what do you see in the picture below?

bunnyduck?

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gurjieff

“When one’s body revolts against work, fatigue soon sets in; then one must not rest for it would be a victory for the body. When the body desires to rest, don’t; when the mind knows it ought to rest, do so, but one must know and distinguish language of body and mind, and be honest.”

G. I. Gurdjieff

ps…..I’m still in the ‘balsamic phase’ of my lunar cycle……………..just popped ‘out’ to do my blog post! I’m not sure I agree with Mr. Gurdjieff’s suggestions here.

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Gurdjieff said,

“Change depends on you, and it will not come about through study.You can know everything and yet remain where you are.It is like a man who knows all about
money and the laws of banking, but has no money of his own in the bank. What does all his knowledge do for him?”

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Lao Tzu

I have just three things to teach:

Simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.

Simple in actions and in thoughts,

You return to the source of being.

Patient with both friends and enemies,

You accord with the way things are.

Compassionate toward yourself,

You reconcile all beings in the world.

Thus the wise man residing in the tao

Sets an example for all beings.

Because he doesn’t display himself,

People can see his light.

Because he has nothing to prove,

People can trust his words.

Because he doesn’t know who he is

People recognize themselves in him.

Because he has no goal in mind,

Everything he does succeeds.

Tao te Ching

Lao Tzu

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Next week I’ll be offering an all day workshop on Feng Shui and I’m really excited about getting back into this venue of ancient wisdom. There’s a lot of good stuff in the wisdom and practices from the Far East, and we could learn a lot.

Feng Shui goes back thousands of years and is closely aligned with the philosophical and spiritual traditions of it’s time. The earliest school of feng shui, the form school, contains the rituals and wisdom of the Tao. (see my previous post and click on the link at the bottom) Later on when the Compass School traditions came into favor, Confucious and his philosophy was the dominant spiritual path. Today, Buddhism is favored and as a result the Black Hat Sect of Feng Shui is the most popular form.

Do a google search of some of these terms and see what comes up. In the workshop we’ll be spending the morning exploring the Black Hat path. Then, in the afternoon we’ll look at the modern-day version of the Compass School which includes Local Space Astrology & Astro-Cartography.

Look for future posts on this popular and powerful subject.

In the meantime:

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Clean out your Clutter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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In the beginning there was no existence.
Existence appeared and grew.
It became an egg.
The egg broke open.

Broken Egg

One if its halves was of silver, the other gold.
The silver half became this earth.
The golden half became the sky.
The membrane surrounding the white of the egg became the mountains.
The membrane surrounding the yolk became mist and clouds.
The blood vessels rivers.
The white became the sea.
And the yolk was the sun.

Indian Upanishad

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THe lungs

The average human breathes 13-15 times a minute or 21,000-21600 times in a 24 hour day.
21,600 breaths per day = 7,884,000 breaths per year
7,884,000 breaths per year = 946,080,000 breaths in 120 years or the life span of a healthy human according to yogic texts.

The yogi measures a life not by years but rather by the number of breaths one is allotted to each lifetime.Logic suggests then to slow it down, and make each breath longer if one wants to live longer. In this way we actually conserve energy and increase our vitality and increase our chances of experiencing bliss.

“Breath is mind in action……
The implication of this technology is that we are not helpless victims of a given emotional state.
By altering the flow of nasal breath, the body chemistry gradually changes and unwanted emotional and physiological states slowly disappear”
Harish Johari, author of Breath, Mind and Consciousness.

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