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It will be still a longer time

“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.” -Winnie the Pooh

For a friend who is caring for her mom in hospice … can’t expose the vulnerable population so just dropping off some lavendar praying, reciting what I learned from Yoga Philosophy that helps at times like this … to overcome fear of disease, loss …all suffering…

“Great Death-conquering Mantra”), also known as the Tryambakam Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda (RV 7.59.12) – wikipedia – is one of the oldest texts from the Vedas.

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Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe
Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam
Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan
Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-Amrtaat

Meaning:
1: Om (primodial HUM of the Creation of Consciousness), We Worship the Tryambaka (the Three-Eyed One, referring to Goddess and Mother),
2: Who is Fragrant (giver of Life, a Spiritual Essence), Increasing the Nourishment (of our Spiritual Core);
3: From these many Bondages (of Samsara- cycle of death and re-birth- fear of death) similar to Cucumbers (tied by creepers and vines to describe being enslaved to bondages and servitude),
4: May I be Liberted from Death (Attachment to Perishable Things), So that I am not separated from the perception of Immortality.

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Clearing the mind and focusing on what’s most important to you in this lifetime … meditation practice as well as mindful (vs. mindless) movement drills are so helpful.

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Getting through Day 146

A little early but a tribute and remembrance of my late father who passed on in month of August.

He loved good marmalade spread on buttered Japanese bread toasted golden. It’s odd for a Japanese man of that era to like marmalade on toast. Apparently it was influenced by his English teacher, late Mr Ford, an English gentleman professor at Keio University. Hard to believe but apparently my father was a very good student of English and even starred in some acting roles on stage for the English plays they put on. Supposedly he was offered a job from BBC but turned it down in favor of … When I found old black and white photos of him at Keio when he was still 20-ish, had to feel my heart flutter… I only remembered him as a stocky middle aged and greying older man so it’s so cool to see the young and dashingly handsome??? man with shining bright eyes who later became my father.

We sampled 3 varieties of Marmalade of which 2 were given to us by a lovely friend. These are all Italian… next time we will taste and compare English and Californian marmalade. If my father were alive he’d ask for another cup of earl grey milk tea.

Maybe during this time, it’s time of reflection, gratitude in spite of it all – all the mindfulness practices to not only survive but thrive … living yoga on and off the mat.