Good Afternoon. We are finding our way out of a super charged energetic weekend. The blue moon on Friday also marked Guru Purnima --- the Guru or teacher full moon. The weekend commenced with the cross quarter day of Lammas. We have now reached the zenith of summer as we now sail on through harvest days and into Autumn. I chose a few meditation and yoga practice tools that are designed to remind us of our highest aims, to honor the light that dwells within all of our hearts, and to add a dash of summer fun.
Mudra - Uttarabodhi Mudra - Mudra of Supreme Enlightenment
Also called Vira Mudra and sometimes Kali Mudra. For me this mudra exemplifies two complementary halves coming together to create a sense of focus, direction, and determination.
I like to use this mudra in asana practice at times as a way to engage the arm muscles evenly. With even extension through the arms, we can root the shoulders back to experience both a deep connection to the core as well as a clearing of the energetic pathways that connect us to the world and spirit. To my chagrin, my 8 year old is much fonder of guns than I would like. I flip the concept and turn this mudra into a LOVE GUN.
Mantra - Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra is said to be one of the oldest mantras on record. I am particularly fond of it because of it's universal appeal. By chanting the Gayatri Mantra we focus our mind on the pure essence of life and love that inspires and supports all beings. Sometimes for a quick mind fix, I will simply chant the first line "japa style." I like to open my day and some classes with the full mantra.
Bhur Bhuva Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo yonah Prachodayat
There are many translations all over the internet. Here I share the intention I am invoking:
"In all planes of being, may all be well.
May my mind rest into the essential light of the universe that supports all existence.
With my mind and heart focused in this way, may my path be clear and aligned with divinity."