Greetings everyone! Happy Earth Day and Taurus season! Any bulls in the house? If you've been in my class I often ask that if Im talking about the moon's position. Well Im grateful to almost always have one or two amazing friends born under this sign in my life, and Im so grateful for all my good Taurean sisters and brothers – who tend to be grounded, devout, routine, steady and can be warm and smooth like a mud bath at Calistoga.
I love that Earth Day is always in the season of Taurus, an earth sign, connected with Mother Earth of course, the planet of Venus, sensuality, getting down and dirty and usually tend to have some grit to them. They also are associated with all things luxurious, including fine chocolates and massages ( especially when they are given at the same time). So in honor of our wonderful Earth Mama, Ive been enjoying connecting more with the earth element - meditating more, prostrating on the earth, going into nature, slowing down, doing less, conserving energy and really being present for my friends.... actively listening with an open heart and mind.
Another way to connect with this element is creating new routines, and I just completed a 40 day Prosperity Sadhana called Har Kriya, in which I did 7-11 minutes of the mantra HAR. And I am so amazed at myself that I stuck with it. I dont usually like routine...ummm I should say..... I kind of avoid routine at all costs. But I realized I had a story going on in my head that routine was boring, but now I know that routine can bring freedom. So when my good sister, Shirley Johnson started a group to do this Sadhana to build prosperity, I knew I needed the support and I wanted to really commit to myself. Discipline was not really discussed much in my youth, but only when I needed to receive the appropriate punishment for my teenage shenanigans. And when yoga found me in 1999, I was in chronic back pain, a smoker and devout Christian, looking for answers about what I was doing on this planet. And yoga became my first real dive into cultivating discipline, or tapas, a burning zeal /devotion in the practice that is offered back to the Source. While some of this desire to cultivate tapas has continued to flourish, some of my old habits have taken root and my once joyfully disciplined practice had somewhat died. This 40 Day Sadhana was based on the Kundalini Yoga technology, and really helped to re-ignite my practice so that Im so inspired to do things I dont want to do, to rise early, to meditate and chant, and feeling such a deep nourishment for my soul.
So now as I continue these daily grounding practices, Im using an instruction given in mindfulness meditation, “be curious about the discomfort.” And these meditations can cause some real discomfort in some part of your body or mind for sure! But why was just the idea of routine so uncomfortable for me? Why could I not commit to something that I know lifts my vibration in such a powerful way? And (I digress a bit, but... ) could this be connected with the reason Im not married as I would have liked to be. I often joke that I have “commitment issues” in reference to a lot of things and since doing this 40 day Sadhana, I feel more drawn to routine and really cultivating a Sadhana, which is the Sanskrit word for practice. This is a practice that comes from a place of joy and devotion, not from duty.
While I did this Sadhana, I felt my connection deeping with the Divine so that each day I feel more rooted in the energy of faith than of fear. Despite more unknowns in my life and in the world right now, its very clear that in order to rise each day with a bit of peace and grounded in a deep knowing of my Self, I must keep this connection each day. Another way I've been creating this earth energy, is to finally commit to exploring. This book is a gem for women at every stage of life, when you want to bring more wholeness and sacredness to your womb and offers guidance on practicing daily rituals: prayer, vegan living, womb yoga + dance, and daily self-care practices to have you walking around like a goddess everyday.
And believe me, fear still arises and doubt sticks its head in periodically, but they cannot dissolve the deep, warm, muddy bath of Divine Love and Light Im swimming in, keeping me grounded and rooted in the truth of SAT NAM – which means "I AM TRUTH".
I hope this Earth Day and Taurus season offer you some time to go into nature, form some uplifting routines and honor the Mother in your own sacred way.
Dont forget about an upcoming event for the Goddesses Im co-leading with Shirley Johnson of Soulistic Wellness April 29th NOURISHING THE SINGLE GODDESS at Anasa Yoga. REGISTER HERE