Having Fun Beatles Ashram Rishikesh, India
English Poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne in his poem "Laughter," compares the most beautiful natural sounds of our world to the sound of a child's laughter, and concluded they may be half as sweet.
This is actually a perfect time of the year to cultivate the habit of laughter. Energetically, the element of water will peak on the winter solstice. This element is associated with the second chakra (Svadhistana), that corresponds with your inner child. You can naturally let yourself be a little crazy, it lightens up your life. And if people ask what you're on, tell them, "I'm on endorphins!"
The winter solstice celebrates the power of spirit, simple joys, faith, vision, and patience. As the earth pulls in, so too should you. Listen, laugh, play and rest. Spend time observing children interacting with one another. You'll notice how frequently they laugh as they play. You'll also notice they take naps and rest so they can renew their energy. In contrast, adults tend to be serious, rush frantically around, stressing ourselves with activity when we really need to lighten up and get some rest.
This time of year try to make a conscious effort to invite as many fun things that will provoke laughter as you can into your life. Go to a concert, comedy club, or play some games. All these kinds of activities will help you rekindle the healing effect of laughter in your life. Take time to rest too. Nature teaches us that resting, drawing inward for a time, is present in all living things. Rest is necessary for growth to come later in the season.
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Monday, December 17, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018
My Mind To Me a Kingdom Is, was written by Sir Edward Dyer, a sixteenth-century poet. The poem is about the potency of the mind. The poet describes the comfort of detaching from everything, including your body , and being in the kingdom of a quiet mind. Think about it for a moment the power of your mind. You can't see it or touch it, yet it is always with you, guiding and directing everything about your life. This is your kingdom, and you can use in any situation. It is your corner of freedom, a place that only you has control over. This is the power and wonder of the invisible mind.
In Sir Dyer's poem there is a passage that refers to craving; "Yet still my mind forbids to crave." You and only you possess the power of choice. There is nothing outside you to blame for your cravings. Go inside the invisible mind, this powerful kingdom within yourself and ask your mind to serve the highest good for all concerned.
The need to acquire more in life and seek the approval of others is not imposed on us but rather a choice we decide to make. The poet tells the reader there are many who have more than they need and yet crave more: "They are poor, though much they have, and I am rich with little store." He goes on to say how those who seek more, although they have plenty live in agony, never seeming to be satisfied; "They lack, I leave; they pine, I live."
Your mind is your kingdom willing to give you a lifetime of peace. You have the choice to change your mind and create a life giving rather than a life of lacking. We all have the freedom to choose peace. When fear creeps in, it is coming from the outside, not from the kingdom of your mind. It is how you choose to use the information in your mind that determines your life.
The poem tells you to stop placing so much emphasis on your desires, the endless game of measuring up to the outside worldly demands and to turn inward instead. Your mind controls all of your experiences in life, including your health. Change your thoughts and change your life.
You can practice mind control by choosing to change your thoughts. For example, if you find yourself reacting in a negative way, catch yourself and try a new way of thinking.
- Spend some time in daily meditation and experience the kingdom of your mind. Don't worry about thoughts floating in and out, the mind will do that. Just simply acknowledge it and move towards the rhythm of your breath.
- Remind yourself that nothing outside of you can disturb your peace. Only you have controlover your mind. Choose to use your mind as your kingdom.
- Keep this last passage of the poem in a place you can read it often: "Thus do I live; thus will I die: would all did so well as I."
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Fatehpur Sikri, India
Carry this key with you wherever you go, press it into your chest, and feel the beauty of its essence. It is truth, love, God and all that exists. Carry this golden key of knowledge with you, knowing you can reach the heights of spirituality anytime you wish. There are no certain times of the day when you can tap into this awesome energy. God is available anytime you wish. He resides not only in you but outside you.
Fatehpur Sikri, is the palace and spiritual center built by Moghul Emperor Akbar. It represents his view of peace through unifying the religions of India. The twin villages of Fetehpur and Sikri were established as a tribute to the famous Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chrishti. The saint accurately predicted the birth of Emperor Abkar's much longed for son.
The palace complex combines Islamic, Hindu and Christian architecture, reflective of the religions of Abkar's three wives. Throughout Abkar's life he was exposed to texts on philosophy, history, religion and science. As a result, he instituted a highly efficient bureaucracy appointing military governors over the various religions. The result was a unification of the people of India in his empire that would survive until 1868.
Although Abkar's family was Sunni, two of his childhood tutors were Persian Shias. As an Emperor, Abkar made the Sufi concept of Sulh - e- Kuhl, or "peace to all," a founding principle of his law. This was the golden key to his success.
No matter what your belief system, hold firm to your spirituality. This is the key to lasting peace!
Mary Jane - Feng shui yoga girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
I recently returned from a yoga retreat to India. This was an adventure like no other. The combination of beauty, spirituality, loud noises, colorful clothing, wafting smells, dirt and poverty was a fusion of opposing forces in every way.
India is referred to as "the Mother." She nurtures, inspires and teaches us to live our yoga. It is through personal development and spiritual evolution we are able to recognize our blessings and be grateful for them.
In the holy city of Rishikesh, located along the Ganges and surrounded by the Himalayas, is where our group practiced Yoga, Meditation, the Law of Attraction and Seva. Seva is a Sanskrit word that describes the act of selfless service. It is an act of compassion and care for others above oneself. In the sacred Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita, encourages selfless service as a way to develop spirituality. It is closely linked to karma yoga which is said to transform the personality.
Seva is considered a devotional practice because by serving others, you are serving God. This was apparent to me, and I'm sure my fellow yogis, as we watched the tears of gratitude stream down Ma ji's face (Chai Lady), and the smile on the man's face who was pushed by Will from the Beatles Ashram all the way to the Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
This past Thursday was Thanksgiving in the United States of America. It is a time to show gratitude for our blessings. I realize now more than ever how blessed I am. It is the simple things we tend to take for granted like clean running water, a shower, mode of transportation, a home with a roof, walls and flooring, proper sanitation and engineered roadway designs. It's not until you see how others live until you realize what you have.
|Group with Chai Lady|
Albeit the people of India may be poor in possessions, they are rich in spirit.
A Prayer of Gratitude
In this season of gratitude, we thank you Lord for the blessings you have given us.
The blessing of family
The blessing of friends
The blessing of food
The blessing of shelter
The blessing of health
The blessing of abundance
The blessing of kindness
The blessing of generosity
The blessing of love
We gather together to celebrate our bounty, our prayers go out to those in need of comfort, care and hope. May they too be blessed by your grace and love
Mary Jane Kasliner
Feng Shui Yoga Girl
Monday, November 5, 2018
In India, the festival of lights takes place during the end of October and beginning of November. It is a time to recognize the light within and power over darkness.
The lighting of lamps signifies the dispelling of darkness (ignorance) through the spread of light (awareness). It is tradition to give your home a good spring cleaning, and decorate front entrance with floral wreaths to welcome and recognize the divine within.
This festival is celebrated to increase the "sattvikta" in us as well as society - meaning a sense of confidence, peace, harmony and intuition.
As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving in America, why not prepare for the blessings you have. Create a festival of lights in your own home. Give it a good cleaning, remove what no longer serves you well and remind yourself of the Power of Divinity that Shapes Our Lives!
If you are a Yogi, engaging in Sun Salutations is a perfect way to stoke the flame within. It brings sanctity to your practice. Moving through Surya Namaskar is a way to salute not only the sun that sustains all life form, but also honors your inner light.
Just follow the sequence below. Take as many rounds that feel right to you!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Discover the benefits of being mindful of your body. There are so many simple things you can do to tap into the wisdom of your body and heal yourself. Here are just a few to get you started:
Massage - Scientific studies have shown that massage is one of the easiest ways to attain and maintain good health. It increases circulation, relaxes muscles, aids in digestion and stimulates the lymphatic system. That's the short list! Here's the thing, you don't have to get a professional massage for your body to benefit. You can do it yourself. Just warm up your hands by rubbing your palms together and pressing your fingers against each other to stretch finger joints. Then, concentrate on making rhythmic slow movements on the area of your body that needs attention. Experiment with stroke and adding essential oils to the process. Absorb yourself in the massage and enjoy!
Pebble Foot Bath: This is a wonderful way to relax and revive after a long day. Place round pebbles or marbles in a shallow tub or bowl and pour half cup of hot, salty water over them and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Put your feet in the tub and roll them over the pebbles!
Develop Breath Awareness: There is a close relationship between our pattern of breathing and our state of mind. Breathing tends to be shallow when we are anxious. By becoming more aware of our breathing, we can consciously control the mind. A simple breath pattern to follow is to place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen, and focus on your hands as they rise and fall, reflecting the rhythm and depth of your breathing. As your breathe in, slowly count to 4, and as you breathe out, slowly count to six. Maintain this for at lease ten breaths.
Adopt the Pose of the Child: This is a classic yoga resting posture. This pose is calming and nurturing. Begin by kneeling down, buttocks resting on your heels, with your spine straight and your arms out to your sides. Exhaling, fold forward from your hips , bringing your chest to rest on your thighs and your forehead on the floor. Let your hands slide back to your feet and your arms rest on the floor. Close your eyes and simply breathe.
Exercise: Go for a walk, jog or cycle through town. It doesn't matter what form of exercise you choose, just do it! Try to maintain body movement for 20 to 30 minutes for optimum results. You'll find the benefits to be amazing.
Pamper Yourself: The body is a vehicle for your spirit, so it's important to take care of it, nurture it with healthy foods, good hygiene, regular haircuts and beautiful clothing. You will look and feel healthier, which will boost your self esteem.
Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Tuesday, October 30, 2018