My teacher, once said, “something is only as sacred as you make it”. Lately I’ve been exploring ways in which I can bring more sacredness to my life. Although I have a daily practice that helps to align me with the flow of life, I’m not talking about this specifically. We can include love and devotion in every moment. The way we wash the dishes. The way we smile at a stranger. When we cut a piece of fruit for an afternoon snack. In every moment, there is an opportunity to be still and bring conscious love and attention to what you are doing - no matter how small or mundane the moment.
Have you ever experienced a level of sacredness amongst the norm?
I’d love to hear about it! 🙏
Last week we celebrated Guru Purnima. ‘Guru’ translates from Sanskrit to ‘remover of darkness’ so a Guru is not merely someone who gives light, but rather a teacher who facilitates you to remove ignorance so your innate light shines through. ‘Purnima’ means full moon. This is the night of the greatest full moon of the year. It's an opportunity to celebrate all the teachers in one's life - anyone that you feel has enhanced your life and helped you to remove darkness in order to your expose light. We all have teachers in our lives and they come in different forms. Perhaps it's the happy coffee barista who gave you a smile for no reason, or someone you witness dealing with a difficult situation in a graceful way, or perhaps they are a family member who you find difficult to deal with and the situation asks of you to communicate better. Either way, I love that we are presented with teachers and teachings in every given moment as it proposes an opportunity for us to grow and rise up.
Walking the walk - I think it’s super important to own where we are at. Often when we are on a spiritual path, we can get caught up in the philosophy and be super hard on ourselves when we make mistakes or think and act in ways that we would are not proud of. We are human - and making mistakes is part of the journey. If we are able to acknowledge and truly accept where we are at, we are able to move forward from a more genuine and conscious place. We must acknowledge that we are always doing the best we can, from the level of consciousness we are currently at. Of course it’s imperative for us to make a concerted effort to learn from our previous mis-takes and move forward in a progressive way next time... it’s all part of the journey!
I’d love to hear whether this resonates with you and what you think about the topic! Feel free to share!
Conscious relating starts with how we relate to ourselves.
“It is not for the sake of everything
That everything is dear,
but for the sake of the Self, Atma,
that everything is dear.”
Excerpt from “All Love Flows to the Self - Eternal Stories from the Upanishads” by Kumuda Reddy, Thomas Egenes, Linda Egenes
I was recently interviewed for a blog by @shebirths on the importance of meditation during pregnancy and for new mums. Check out a snippet of the interview below!
What are the benefits of Vedic Meditation that are particularly useful during pregnancy and for new mums?
As a mum-to-be or a new mum, our bodies are going through an enormous amount of change, growth and transformation. The deep state of rest and tranquillity achieved in meditation allows the body to repair, restore and heal on a daily basis – something particularly relevant for new mums who may be operating on little sleep. There is strong research to suggest that the body chemistry of an expectant mother has a direct impact on the development of a baby in utero. In this regard, meditation can be a powerful method to support the health and development of our babies.
Another change that we’ll notice through this journey is that life gets more demanding! We’ll face the challenge of new responsibilities and less time for ourselves. Vedic Meditation increases our stability – our adaptation capability to meet demands and change in an easy, effortless and graceful way. By increasing our levels of rest, we are able to respond to the demands in an adaptive, progressive way. We’ll become better parents as we are responding to our children’s needs as opposed to reacting to them. It enables us to be present and truly with our children.
Vedic Meditation deepens our connection to ourselves. By centring ourselves daily, we connect with that deep, silent, still part of us. By tapping into that state every day, we stabilise the meditative state over time and begin to operate from a higher baseline of calm, fulfilment and bliss.
For the full interview, check out: https://shebirths.com/expert-interview-meditation-prenatal-meditation-course/
In every moment we have the opportunity to lean into presence. To accept the perfectly imperfect nature of life as it is, and not as our mind thinks it ought to be. We always have the option to say yes to the present moment and yes to life. NOW and again NOW...and again NOW. Start your journey here!