Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wondering Where to Place Your Focus this Month?

Wondering Where you Should Direct Your Focus this Month?
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Wondering where you should place your focus this month? Take a moment to read through my newsletter as I point out the energy patterns for the month of October.

I personally find it helpful to have a point of reference when it comes to aligning my goals, otherwise I have a tendency to scatter my energy in too many areas. Let's find out together what will work best to keep things flowing for you this month!

Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane

Phase 1: Strong Water over Earth brings forth a few things to consider this month:

1. Be clear and concise when communicating your thoughts and opinions with others.

2. Be willing to be flexible and take the path of least resistance. Let go of judging self and others and watch how stress dissipates.

3. Don't give up! Persevere and accept assistance along the path.

4. Be humble and trust things are exactly how they should be.

* Strong water over earth can make us feel ungrounded. This actually has occurred with Hurricane Michael that hit the Florida Panhandle during the month of October, or strong water over earth. The root chakra is inadvertently impacted resulting in an unsteady feeling. Move slower and engage in earth activating practices like standing yoga poses, meditation, qi gong, tai chi or tending to your plants and herbs.

 Phase 2: Metal from Heaven: 
The trigram known as Qian is centrally located for the month of October. Metal is the parent of water and the child of earth. Therefore, the string of elements this month is in flow without resistance. To fully benefit from this energy, keep your focus as follows:

1. The destination is inside. This is the only focus you need to thrive and recognize who you are and your gifts.

2. Remember to breathe. With every inhalation you take in divine source. With every exhalation you serve others.

3. Focus on those who you want to emulate, then apply that information to your life so you can in turn mentor others.

4. Be open to new opportunities and be willing to travel outside your comfort zone to find them.

5. Resources will find you when you approach things from a child-like perspective. Absorb what is around you as if you are seeing and feeling it for the first time.

6. Keep your goals aligned to your spirit. The only way to do this is to remain in one-pointed focus. You must close the other windows of your mind to achieve that.

7. Incorporate earth and metal elements in the northwest portent of your home to build and assist this heavenly energy. (Visit my website:www.fengshuiyoganj.com to view publications to assist you with the elements).

Food to Incorporate This Month:

To remain in flow with the elemental energy configuration this month, it is beneficial to incorporate Earth, Metal and Water Foods in your diet.

Sample Earth Foods: 
  • Fennel - Figs - Bananas - Nuts - Zucchini 
Sample Metal Foods:
  • Celery Root - Onions - Turnips - Rice
Sample Water Foods: 
  • Fish - Seeds - Quinoa - Bean Sprouts - Butternut Squash
Simple Soup Recipe that Captures the Elements:
In a soup pot add the following:
  • Vegetable broth
  • Lots of chopped carrots
  • Finely chopped zucchini
  • Finely chopped squash
  • Minced garlic
  • Chopped onion
  • 1 can 28 oz crushed tomato
Salt, pepper, basil and oregano to taste
Garnish with pumpkin seeds, fresh basil or arugula

Sautee the vegetables until tender in vegetable broth, then add in crushed tomato and seasoning. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes. Your choice to use an immersion blender to create a smooth and creamy soup. Garnish with pumpkin seeds, fresh basil or arugula and serve with toasted pita and a glass of red wine!

Easy Pose is a Nice way to Root Down and Rise Up and Remain Connected - One Pointed Focus!
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Agni - The Force of Growth and Balance

Each of the five koshas or sheaths that encase the soul has a different form of agni that is responsible for its development. Here is an overview of how the role of agni develops and balances the koshas.

  • The food sheath or the annamaya kosha relates mainly to the agni of food or digestive fire. It represents the abdomen, specifically the small intestine where digestion of food occurs. Digestion provides nourishment to all the tissues in the body. The physical body is essentially a tube built around the digestive tract whose main opening is the mouth - closely linked with speech. It is important one is mindful of what goes in the mouth and what comes out of the mouth for growth and balance physically and spiritually.
  • The pranic layer, pranamaya kosha relates to the agni of the heart and lungs. It connects with the solar plexus, which is below the physical pranic center. Through pranagni we digest air (prana), which gets transforms into energy. This layer is also connected with speech that is energized by the breath.
  • The agni of the outer mind or the manomaya  kosha is associated with perception. This allows us to digest our sensory impressions. Mental fire is most closely associated with the eyes and speech that we form in our mind or the internal voice. Agni of the mind is how we digest our impressions of the outer world and bring them into our internal landscape. 
  • The agni or fire of intelligence is the level of the vijnanamaya kosha. It is how we discriminate truth and actions of right and wrong. The fire of intelligence extracts the meaning of ideas we formulate that ultimately become our beliefs.
  • The agni of bliss or the anandamaya kosha, represents the fire of love. If we are not in alignment with our spirit, this form of fire is desire. It is the flame of our deepest desires, visions and aspirations. This level of agni transforms into the bliss of our spirit from which wisdom grows of the divine.
There are two additional levels of agni, the fire of consciousness and the fire of being. This is the fire of higher knowledge or consciousness. It is the inner light. The fire of being represents existence or universal fire. It is beyond duality - it is the supreme reality.

Mary Jane - Fengshui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Friday, October 5, 2018

Prana and the Mind

The mind has its own energy that is derived primarily from the thoughts and impressions we hold on to. Prana governs how we receive things and the emotions we attach to them. It gives us energy and vitality. If we surround ourselves with negative energy or problematic thoughts and desires, we become misguided. There is a tendency for us to run after things in the external world rather than following our own internal inspiration.

The vayus, or levels of prana movement in the body, can direct the level of our thoughts or mind energy. For example, apana vayu on a psychological level can govern our ability to eliminate negative thoughts and emotions which ultimately become toxins. It gives us the ability to detach from negativity. If we do not release negativity we become clogged up, making us suppressed, stifled and weak.

Samana vayu can be associated with how we digest information. Does it fuel us, or does it take us down? If we take in positive information through inspiring ideas we can unite the heart and mind with positive outcome. Digesting wrong information causes one to cling to wrong attitudes, belief and emotions.

Prana vayu surrounds the heart and therefore we open the gateway to compassion and empathy. We draw in positive emotions as we lead with the heart. When contracted, we become self-centered and feel the need to be right all the time. This leads to a superiority complex and dilutes equality.

Vyana vayu promotes mental circulation, the free flow of ideas and information. If we are narrow-minded then we tend to come from a perspective of separateness and we are unable to unite with others.

Udana vayu provides positive mental energy because we come from a place of truth. As a result we feel liberated and enthusiastic because we are awakening our higher spiritual and creative potentials. If, on the other hand, we close out our truth we become ungrounded and the result is arrogance.

Prana is a positive energy in life so we are able to move forward and develop. The vayus give us the capacity to eliminate things that no longer serve us so we can expand and ascend, rise up and grow.

Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl