The Age of Aquarius is bringing unexpected changes so we should develop our strength and our talent and our IQ and our intelligence and our consciousness to face it gracefully. - Yogi Bhajan
The times, it's crazy. This election process is a mammoth mirror, reflecting the confusion and turmoil that we are experiencing as a society and as individuals.
There is division and there is union. There is deception and there is transparency. There is despair and there is hope. There is fear, and there is love. And all of this is happening inside of us.
It may be important to note that what we don't like may not be as dangerous as the war onwhat we don't like. This does not mean that we accept the unacceptable. It does mean, however, that we need to take extra care not to become the unacceptable. First, recognize that the other person is you.
When I get pulled into the craziness, I find the need to pull back into my own space and ask myself, who am I? Where is this anger, or disdain, coming from? Am I healing or fueling that source? Is it making me more compassionate or self-righteous towards others?
Wanting change is more than okay. The question is, at what cost. I think of the character Annikan Skywalker from Star Wars who became the very thing that he fought against. When I judge (and I admit I am capable of judging fiercely) I know that I have touched on a hunger inside myself. I pray that I have the strength to take care of my hunger first before I let the beast ooze out of me, blind-sighting those around me.
This election pushes many to a more primitive place. The bright side is that anger and hope can awaken us to create a better process together. Where we go with this awakening, and how we relate to it, will tell the rest of the story.
Fear can lead to the dark side. Fall into it, and it leads to anger. Fall into anger, and it leads to hate. And hate leads to suffering...
...no matter who is in office. -inspired by Yoda
Global 40 Day Meditation
4th Sutra of the Aquarian Age:
Understand Through Compassion or You Will Misunderstand the Times
3HO in partnership with Spirit Voyage is leading a 40 Day Global Sadhana starting Monday, May 16 (and ending June 24) dedicated to Compassion. Even if you are getting this after the 16th, start today. Here is the meditation. Or go straight to the instructional video(left). Don't need the instructions? Play the video on the right to go straight to the meditation.
Summer is coming. It is a season for celebrating life, enjoying the Sun, connecting with nature, and hopefully for those with school aged kids, enjoying a more relaxed schedule. It is a time to tap into the Sun's energy, which gifts us with vitality and an increased sense of joy and wellness. We feel stronger, more alive and ready to play.
Not to step on the Summer buzz, but it is a short one in Chicago. The cooling weather and winds of Fall, and the challenges of Winter come before we know it. As light gets shorter, we are slowly asked to turn inward and tap into our inner light, our inner Sun, and find our strength and sense of wellness from inside.
Easier to do when we have built up the reserves to do so. Else we feel tired, slave to seasonal affective disorder, and a challenged immune system. Aside from the picnics, outdoor runs and bike rides, summer is also a time when the farmers get busy. And squirrels squirrel away acorns. The more they cultivate and store away, the easier the winter months. Same with yoga.
Kundalini Yoga will deepen those reserves for you. They strengthen the nervous system, balance the glandular system, and they develop the mind and body in a way that better serves you. When the cold weather comes, it takes much less work to tap into the Sun energy that now radiates powerfully inside of us.
We challenge you to continue to practice regularly, even for just a couple of times a week. And what's amazing is that this intentional practice keeps everything else more mindful. Like eating. Summer can be a crazy time for that with the ice creams and barbecues. Enjoy what summer brings! And take advantage of the space that summer has to offer that prepares us for the next season.
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House