This is exactly the time of year my body gets into a huge fight with allergens. But this year, it's "shields-up!" I've been doing some research on natural anti-histamines and created a little potion I hope will ease the battle I often have with inflammation and nasal congestion.
Some describe it as "medicine for the soul" or as a way to prepare the mind to enter a deep meditative state.
Mantras come in all different shapes and sizes, though remain strongly rooted in their ancient traditional purpose. I believe we can maintain the sacred practice of mantras, while at the same time adapting and integrating it into our modern day lifestyle.
What is a mantra?
In Sanskrit, it means "instrument of the mind". A mantra is an ancient practice, rooting back to the Vedic period, approximately 1000 BC to 500 BC. It's use has since been adapted by many other cultures. I like to think of it as a "sacred utterance". It is sacred because each mantra has been created and established based upon an individual, a personal experience and relates directly to our soul purpose and deep desires. A mantra can also be compared to a prayer. They are similiar in that they both are a series of repetitive words that ignite an inner adoration and good intentions for others and our surroundings.
Yoga has taught me something that I'm not quite sure I would have learned anywhere else. When your mind expands, your physical willingness follows.
Yoga is not just the practice of holding headstands and tricky arm balances, it's the realization that there is always space. There is always room for more. Is there somewhere you want to go? Go there, that place exists. You create it. Every step we take, we are marking a pathway, making progress, building something piece by piece. With mindful control, positive motivation and self-acceptance, we not only open doors but we knock down walls.
Frankly, sometimes I'm as blind as a bat. It's probably my self-doubt that prevents me from seeing past the wall I just literally shattered.
Don't forget to turn around every once in a while and look back. It's often preached that we should never look back but rather just keep moving forward. But we lose perspective that way. Look back to see how far you've come. You may be surprised to see a whole new landscape on the path ahead when you turn back around. Expansion of the mind sometimes comes from trusting the deepest, darkest pages in your book. Pull from behind and press forward with everything you've become.
This is kind of a big deal for me, because I've been wanting to have one of my peices published by Rebelle Society. The blog is one of creativity, honoring the act of positive rebellion, the art of living life and embracing shadows that lurk in the dark. I fall knee deep into many of their articles, and take great inspiration from many of their writers, artists and contributors.
It was more than a month before the article went live on the site, so I had previously thought it was denied. I'm happy to share the link where my words were published. Yay! So excited!
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One of the many things yoga taught me was empowerment...and I hope to share that with you here.
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