Spirituality

hOMework: Brahmacharya

Repost from my teacher training hOMework:

Brahmacharya has always been the most abstract yama for me. And, I’ve heard it defined many different ways. Moderation? Celibacy?? Continence? I wasn’t even sure of the meaning of that one- really, what does that mean? Words are a favorite pastime of mine, especially the etymology of words. So, I did what I do, and sure enough! Continence comes from Latin ‘continens’ [con (with) + tenere (to hold)]. To hold within? To contain. I’ve often heard Brahmacharya associated with one’s ‘vital energy’. So, is it about containing my vital energy? What is my vital energy? Can I feel it? After considering this, I decided that I can feel my vital energy, and I feel it most powerfully after meditation, asana, and spiritual practices. Also, I feel its absence in other situations when I feel ‘zapped’. Deflated.

My bodies are a heart-shaped balloon. My vital energy inflates it and keeps it aloft. When I step away from my Sadhana, I begin to lose altitude. Challenges in ‘the real world’ cause my mind to stress, worry, and plan. My balloon starts sinking toward the briar patch.

This week, I decided to stay in touch with my vital energy and monitor what inflates my balloon and what torpedoes it. I was amazed at how much I could feel my balloon rise and fall. I began charting its ups and downs and listing the associated activities. As the list began to grow, I noticed that their labels could also be ‘sattvic things’ and ‘tamasic things’. I began focusing on bringing a sattvic quality to my actions, thoughts, food, intention, etc. I felt my balloon soaring! As it would dip, I noticed that a rajasic or tamasic thought would usually initiate the drop, so I focused on stopping my mind at the first negative thought and countering it with an affirmation that would pump the balloon back up.

It didn’t take long to realize that coming back to Source and giving Source its proper due was the key to smooth sailing. In fact, Source is the One filling up the balloon. When it comes to sailing over the briar patch, a simple ‘I love you, Shakti. You’re doing a great job’ works better than any amount of effort. For me, Brahmacharya is about conserving our vital energy so that we may redirect it back to Source. Any action that is not feeding that reciprocal exchange is like throwing gold into the abyss. My experiments in vital energy this week showed me very clearly that any kind of excess or action that feeds the ego has the net result of one droopy little balloon. Stick with sattva! Stick with Source! Fly high!

Love and blessings-
Holly

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Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.

~Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Lifestyle

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We are born with a desire to fulfill our highest potential, purpose, or Sacred Contract, but we do have to develop the will to fulfill it. When we are off-track- usually when we are motivated more by fear and expedience than by courage and a vision of what we’re meant to do- we become restless and disappointed.

~Caroline Myss, PhD, Invisible Acts of Power

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Well, hello, friends… How’s it going?

We’re cruising into summer now (it definitely feels like it here today), and life seems to be getting more and more “active.” Anyone else feeling like that? With the end of the school year approaching, I’ll bet the mommas and papas out there are with me.

This week, Doreen is working with the Archangel Michael oracle deck. Archangel Michael is a protective force, and he can shield us from any intense or unwanted energies that are moving in at this time.

Check out the video above to see what wise counsel Doreen and Michael offer to us this week.

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Wow! A great, positive reading this week from Doreen and those magical creatures, the mermaids and dolphins. I love this deck and its gentle messages. They come together to create a very exciting and positive outlook on the days to come.

Negativity fast, anyone? πŸ˜‰

Have a beautiful, blessed week, friends.

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Generosity is not a way of life, but the way of life. As the Buddha said, ‘Many garlands can be made from a heap of flowers. Many good deeds should be done by one born a mortal.’ Many of the great spiritual masters encourage people to give without strings attached- to do good just for the sake of doing good. Long before we get to the point of being able to provide higher, invisible acts of power, we need to provide visible ones. We need to delight in helping someone heal or in creating wonderful surprises for others. These are the means through which we discover the enchantment of giving as well as the gift of receiving.

~Caroline Myss, PhD, Invisible Acts of Power

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Hey there, yoga lovers! Happy Earth Day!

This is another great reading by goddess Doreen. Personally, it’s so spot on for changes happening in so many areas of my life that I felt as if I was getting a personalized reading as I was watching it. I especially love her outlook for the weekend.

She is on the road and using the Angel Tarot deck once again. The readings she does with that deck always seem so detailed and accurate.

How about you? Did this reading ring as many bells for you as it did for me? I love to hear about it in the comments!

Have a beautiful, blessed week, everyone… namaste.

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Happy Earth Day!

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

~e.e. cummings

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Angels, angels, angels!

Doreen is using one of my favorite decks for her reading this week- Daily Guidance From Your Angels. It’s a great deck, as she says, because of the simple clarity of its messages. I’m not sure if that is why this week’s reading caught my attention so much or what, but it definitely rang a lot of bells for me.

Check it out and see what you think!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Awesome, super positive reading this week, but I gotta be honest… Pumpkin the cat is by far my favorite part. He reminds me quite a lot of the feline mayor of my yoga garden, the goddess Dolce. She’s the boss. And she kicks back and relaxes like a boss, just like kitty kitty in this video. Oh, to be a cat…

I also love the outlook Doreen gives us about the days ahead. The spring equinox is next week!!! I’ve already been meditating on spring cleaning, clearing, and cleansing. It’s time to uproot the weeds and prep the soil for new beginnings. Doreen’s reading this week, using my favorite Mary, Queen of Angels oracle card deck, supports and encourages this “spring cleaning” path. I love it! This is one of my very favorite times of the year.

Watch the video above to see if it inspires you, too! Will you be marking the change of seasons with any special plans? I’d love to hear about them. I’ll be keeping you posted through the rest of the month about my spring “festival,” too.

Stay tuned…

A happy, blessed week to all- and new moon blessings today, too!

superdolce

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