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“Resilience & Health for the Autumn Season”

Really looking forward to re-learning to use my brain and refresh my mind to flush out the stangnancy from this immobilized summer. Like everyone else, so many plans of meetupas and meetings cancelled but just glad to be here breathing and connecting in new ways.

I am surrounded by man and women young and old with various discomforts, some, in pain. There’s a young man in his twenties complaining of unexplained wrist and ankle pains; remoto worker with stiff neck, shoulders and migraine; a teenager with eye fatigue and he too, a headache at the end of a long day, a young lady complaining of sudden weight gain; a woman suffering from insomnia … then shooting pain down lower back and hips… never experienced. It seems like sheltering at home has brought on different set of health issues. Not acute enough to run into the hospital (which many avoids), but discomforts persists and compromises their energy and quality of life.

This is the time when old ways of work-out and diet is no longer helpful but perhaps maybe even harmful. It’s time for self-reflection through mindfulness practices and taking stock of all the turmoil around us and …within us … then, making a change. Mindfulness followed by Action.

I was indirectly introduced to Arurvedic teaching during my 200 hrs. TT 10 years ago and always wanted to take a course but this particular teacher’s classes were so FAR & EARLY on weekdays, I just could not drive for miles to get there BUT wow … irony during challenging times … while we are sick and tired of zoom (sorry – nothing beats in-person in same space learning), it’s also a life-saver and a tool for new connections and learning.

Now, finally able to take his class both yoga and aryuveda course. It’s tough crazy times but it’s also time for new learning and growing. Not fall into the trap of stagnancy and regression.

My intention for this Fall: Let us welcome the Harvest season by re-setting our intention to Never stop learning and growing:)

It’s the only way to stay sane during these unpredictable times where we are constantly tested in various anxiety range of fright, flight, freeze. Sometimes our health takes the back-seat but no longer.

Hunker down, anchor while remaining flexible to meet the needs of given moment.

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Native American Wisdom

Blue Skies Blue Lake … it’s still there People !
California Lake Last Year !

Have you taken a flight on a airplane before ? When the jet plane lifts off the runway, and heads up and up, zooming past all winds, air pockets, flying higher and higher – notice – no matter how cloudy, lousy and fogged up, no matter how thick the veil that covers the ground, once we get up above a certain altitude, then BOOM ! All the sudden, a breakthrough ! We are above the smog and clouds, and out the window, there’s a VAST blue skies that open up and sunshine EVERYWHERE.

Imagine! We cannot see them but they are up there – sun, moon, sky … the Universe.

All There – still up there – So again, there’s sun and blue skies – and more importantly there’s a SUN within.

There’s a bright sky and a brighter SUN within we can ignite…

So today, maybe we awoke and found the gloom and doom, dim,

Orange sky where sun is nowhere to be seen …. but don’t be sad. Let’s find the inner sun that ignites within that vast body temple within.

The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle. But he will not make friends with any of these creatures; and when his heart aches with longing, he will curse me. Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared enough about the water? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom? Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness? —CHIEF DAN GEORGE

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada
(1899-1981)

So sure, there’s No longer need to burn and smudge any sage

Burning sage is said to clear the air of nagative – negatives of sad people who forgot where we really came from, the non-believers of science – what does it take? Global warming is real and exteme weather is here. Earth warming caused by our own doing. Non believers of science also ignore the age-old wisdom to tend to our mother earth… so now,

The Creator is smuding the Air to cleanse the Earth … reminding us that we are responsible to tend to this Planet Earth, our home. Our home is beautiful and we will see the blue skies and the bright sun soon. If we pivot and tend to those we hold dear …

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
—CHIEF DAN GEORGE

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada
(1899-1981)

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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.