Magic of Tapas

I wanted to say the magic happens when we practice our sadhana.

The truth is magic is happening all the time,  but we can’t see it unless we maintain the tapas, the fire of motivation and discipline of daily sadhana.  The hustle of our lives blurs our vision of reality; we walk around and interact with skewed perception of what’s objectively happening.

I found this sundog when I pulled my mat outside for my sadhana of asana and japa.  I never would have noticed it had I not laid down on my mat to begin my practice.

The magic is waiting for us to connect to it, the problem is that most of us don’t have the tapas to keep returning again and again, which is what it takes to see it.  Don’t expect to find it the first time you choose to show up, or even the 50th time.  It will reveal itself when you’re ready, in other words when you’ve been purified through your regular sadhana.

The Bhagavad Gita states, “Thus practicing constant control of the body, mind and activities, the mystic transcendentalist, his mind regulated, attains to the kingdom of God by cessation of material existence… 

He(She) who is regulated in his(/her)habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.” (6.15-6.18)

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Where’s your Heart?

What good does our yoga, meditation, or prayers do if it’s not from the heart?  If it’s not for the wellbeing of all?  Each day reconnect to your intention: who are you serving?  What are you here to offer?

Begin each day with some stillness to connect to your Source.  I like to chant japa and meditate each morning before I do anything.  Start the day with your Self and your divine Source.  Yogi Bhajan says this switches us from operating from 20% empowered to 100% empowered.  Many people are disempowered, feeling victimized by circumstances that is their elementary destiny, the samkaras, or impressions, that we inherited from a past life.  But once we practice our sadhana, we’re at 100% empowered; we switched to applied destiny where our intention, divine will, and our mind and actions all align.  In other words we master our destiny.

When we are living in samskaras we are controlled by the impressions, which makes us vulnerable to fall prey to the ego.  Once we are living from sadhana, we live from the heart, with our Source in mind.  Then everything we do becomes a living offering.
If you want to read Yogi Bhajan’s lecture go to: https://www.3ho.org/events/summer-solstice-sadhana/yogi-bhajan-lecture-summer-solstice-1992

Why we should eat wild

Yesterday I picked all the dandelion blooms, just as I had done the day before.  Every May I make one gallon of dandelion wine, but yesterday I also was taught that you can fry the dandelions!  The taste kind of like a sweet vegetable and are packed with vitamin C, plus when you eat them, their hundreds of seeds aren’t maturing and growing more dandelions!  You all should try picking and frying or fermenting some! (Recipe listed below).

After I removed as much of the green parts from the dandelions as I could, my partner Murray and I walked down by the river to collect ramps, stinging nettle, and a big dryad’s saddle mushroom.

We evolved to forage: to have a wild variety of nutrients, we didn’t evolve to eat the same tortillas or bread, the same peanut butter and jam, etc.  Our movement t is the same, we didn’t evolve to be still most of the day and then choose one “exercise” and stick to that forever, but rather we evolved walking and climbing trees, squatting down to dig or pick things!  See my last blog post of the Liberated Body podcast with Katy Bowman.

Besides all of these personal health reasons,   we regain a deep and spiritual connection to our food, a realiszation of the miraculous and divine energy that this planet just gives to us, which in my own life has led me to ask, how can I use the divine’s energy to serve the divine?

We also could look at all of the environmental benefits such as reducing our carbon footprint by the reduction of fossil fuels to grow and ship that particular meal’s ingredients, or to pick them up at the store, the way that food is usually not grown harmoniously with nature, and so harvesting food in nature makes us a little more in line with the Tao or the Way, or in flow with the universe.  

Anyways happy foraging-and if you’re looking for that shelf mushroom, dryad’s saddle, it smells like watermelon rind and you just eat the edges.

Here’s the recipe link for fried dandelions: http://www.thedailyspud.com/2010/05/14/dandelions-just-eat-em/

Katy Bowman’s Move Your DNA 

Here’s the description for a podcast that you HAVE to listen to if you’re interested in health or movement: “Katy Bowman is a biomechanist and the founder of Nutritious Movement. She is the author of several books including Move Your DNA, Whole Body Barefoot, and her most recent collection of essays, Movement Matters. In today’s conversation we’re talking about the ecology of movement. How does your movement affect not just your health but also humans everywhere, even ones you’ve never met, and how does it affect the health of the planet as a whole? We discuss the real impact of our sedentarism and our drive for convenience, and how movement can be a very profound and impactful form of activism.”  Here’s the link: https://www.liberatedbody.com/podcast/katy-bowman-lbp-064

Liberated Body is an awesome podcast: I highly recommend subscribing!  

Update on Eco Yoga

Eco Yoga’s proceeds from the last two weeks went to protecting the rainforests that are :

Nestled in the southern coast of Borneo lies the Rimba Raya Orangutan Reserve. One of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world, the High Conservation Value (HCV), lowland peat swamp forest is home to local communities and over 1,000 at-risk plant and animal species, including the Borneo orangutan, clouded leopard, and Asian sun bear. Everyday, paper and palm oil interests put Indonesian forests in jeopardy. If these forests are cut down, we run the risk of emitting one of the largest concentrations of natural carbon in the world.

Stand For Trees  helps protect these forests and all those who depend on them including local communities and local wildlife — keeping carbon stored in their trees and out of our atmosphere. In addition, your purchase helps improve access to clean water, efficient cook stoves, and health care for all those who live in the project area. (Quoted from the Stand For Trees website)

Show up to your practice at Eco Yoga and your practice benefits all of the beings that you share with the whole planet.