40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty Two

Last night I happened upon some words by Hafiz, the 14th Century Persian poet of ecstatic poetry.  This particular poem talked about how the depth of his love for God had made him into a sweet beggar and how that love was so profound that it tricked God into his bowl.  I love this idea that a devotee’s love can trick the divine into giving gifts.  It’s all so mysterious, mischievous, fun, carefree, and humble.  Hafiz’s poetry inspired my own humble plea.

Dear Beloved Creator of All That Is Who Is At Once All Mysterious and All Mischievous,

Please allow the radiant bodies of every being on this planet to entangle into one Great Radiance that may serve as the lamp which you can always rely upon to guide your way on.

Sat Nam!

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, speak, write, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, and speak must happen?

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40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Thirty

Today’s radiant words relate to physics.

Resonant frequency is the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates.

Yogis like to perceive the human body as an instrument.  The body has 72 vital surs, or strings; these are energy channels also known as nadis or merians that extend from the navel piont, the energy trandsformation center of the body.  Just like a violin or guitar constantly needs tuning, so too a human body needs tuning.  Within the yoga community, people often repeat this expression, you attract what you vibrate.  If this is true (as it seems it is in my experience) then chanting the Ik Acharee Chand mantra should attract energies which are invincible, fearless, and compassionate, among others things that I won’t mention here for now (see the link).

That sounds like a good deal.  So, I intend to continue to chant, openly and mentally, until the mantra continually repeats on the bliss mantra playlist that echos throughout my subconscious mind.

Please join my in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, speak, write, and repeat if I knew that whatever I think, speak, write, and repeat must happen?

 

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Nine

Today’s radiant words inspire me to contemplate space.

These words are from the The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche:

When you gaze in wonder at the stars, allow awareness to become enthralled with the vast spaciousness between them.  Space is an incomprehensible being, an invisible presence, independent, independently wealthy, without beginning or end, and giving.  Space bestows an unbounded theater for suns, planets, constellations, to dance their graceful orbits.  Space bestows upon you an infinite arena to play, explore, and experience.  Consider space in all directions at once, and receive this gift of freedom.

When my yoga students are in the middle of a pose or yoga exercise, I often remind them to mindfully create space in their body or mind by using the breath.  Inhale and expand into the pose, exhale and lengthen into the pose.  Inhale and mentally vibrate the sound Sat.  Exhale and mentally vibrate the sound Naam.

Space is a companion we can rely on to help us move through cahllenging moments in life.  In intimate relationships, people sometimes need to communicate that I need more space, which is to say the intimate partners need to step away from each other for some time in order to rest into the new expansion and length they have gained from the relationship and then also reflect on the identity-in-intamcy with the soul’s destiny.

Space offers freedom and it is nice to know that we can rely on this freedom through awareness.  In other words, our lives may push us into really confined quarters; we may feel limited from social pressures; we may find ourselves in moments where it feels as though we are not in touch with our soul or divine energy.  Just breathe and contemplate the infinity of space.  Don’t only contemplate the infinity of space but identify with the infinity of space.  Realize that you are that spacious.  Being spacious is gracious.

May you feel at ease with your infinite identity.  May you be spacious.  May you delight and wonder at your own consciousness as it basks in its most gracious light!  Sat Nam!

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, speak, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, speak, and repeat must happen?

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Eight

I volunteer as a tutor for an adult literacy program called READ/San Diego.  Last night, I attended this program’s annual event at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom that celebrates the accomplishments of adult learners in the program.  The event also recognizes the volunteers, donors, and coordinators who make adult literacy possible here in San Diego.

I felt so inspired to hear the words shared by one adult learner who had earned a G.E.D. through this program.  He said that he was able to keep up with his commitment to learn to read because his tutor continued to show up twice a week to meet with him.

“My tutor is the best.  He does not get paid, but he wants to help me learn to read.  I appreciate his big heart.  He is my hero.”

This evening, I cherished the opportunity for all to break bread together and openly express their gratitude for one another.

The old wisdom claims that life is 90% showing up.   But then when you simply show up and that inspires others in your community to grow, you can rest easy in your own presence and rest easy in the subtle beauty of your own compassionate heart.  And when those who you have inspired acknowledge you for inspiring them, they are giving back on so many levels that we can all together rest easy in that Great One Compassionate Heart.

It is comforting to know there are so many angels out there who are doing their humble best to help each other.  May we continue to create ways to rest easy in that Great One Compassionate Heart.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, speak, write, and repeat if I knew that every word I think, speak, write, and repeat must happen?

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Seven

These are three radiant words that a yogi continually reflects on:

Sadhana, Aradhana, Prabhupathi

Sadhana is a daily spiritual discpline.

Aradhana is when that daily spiritual discipline becomes something that you want to do and the practice in and of itself gives great joy.

Prabhubati means “spouse of God.”  This is a stage of atunement to the super-consciousness.  Everything is experienced as harmony even if the gross ourward circumstance seems challenging or disastrous.  A person feels more of the pain of the entire cosmos, and more of its joy, but rests in the neutral, sublime state of mind in the mastery of the Beloved Creator.  Compassion gives one a capactiy to forgive the unforgivable.

May I be humble and alert in my observation of my own consciousness through its relationship to the process of Sadhana, Aradhana, and Prabhubati.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, speak, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, speak, and repeat must happen?

 

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Six

This February I will delve into further yoga studies and practice by enrolling in a course called “Vitality and Stress” at Yoga West in Los Angeles.  The coordinators of the program have sent me some preliminary materials to get me eager for the course.  Within those materials there is a beautiful affirmation that I have memorized and have been repeating.  I hope this affirmation may serve you in some way, dear Friend.

I cultivate my core vitality to honor and use the opportunities that come with each breath–to receive them as a gift.  I recognize the value of my physical and energetic bodies and take steps to maintain them.  I thrive under stress and challenge; I am a spritiual warrior who leads, uplifts, and delivers effective decisions.  I practice a lifestyle that incorporates continuous habits that cultivate vitality and victory.  I have the mental and spiritual endurance to cross every crisis and be a beacon to navigate and excel in the Aquarian age.

Every breath offers us opportunities to choose thoughts, to speak words, to sing songs that support our radiance.  May we continue to focus our core vitality on choosing thoughs that support our radiance.  May we continue to focus our core vitality on speaking words that support our radiance.  May we continue to focus our core vitality on singing songs that support our radiance.  Oh, dear radiant ones, let us please keep this planet vibrating on the frequency of love and royal courage.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, share, repeat, and speak if I knew that whatever words I think, write, share, repeat, and speak must happen.

 

 

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Five

Haiku is radiant.

Here is an evening Haiku.

Earth turns, and sun sets.

A lone yogi sounds a gong.

Breathe.  Feel.  Check.  Balance.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

Question for reflection:

What words would I think, write, speak, and repeat if I knew that whatever words I think, write, or speak must happen.

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Four

When one is able to remain with her awareness fixed on the graceful poise of Infinity even as she drives through morning traffic, she can feel renewed confidence in, and connectedness to, the benevolence of all Creation .

May you be enveloped in many savory moments on this ordinary Thursday morning.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days:  Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

Question for reflection:

How shall I relate to words so that my expression pleases the Beloved Creator of All That Is?

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Three

The universe adores repetition.  So do I.

One simple truth a yogi learns from chanting mantra is how powerful words are when they are repeated over and over.  Words gain power through repetition.  Something can manifest into being simply because its name, its word, is repeated over and over and over and over.

I’ve been chanting the Ik Acharee Chand mantra so much that I caught my six-year-old daughter repeating it while we were driving over the Bay Bridge into Coronado over the weekend.  I joined in with her chanting, and we chanted nonstop through the whole twenty minute car ride.  Wind was blowing our hair.  Sun was shining on our faces.  We were looking out beyond the bay to the expansive horizon of the Pacific Ocean, and we were chanting with glee:

Ajai Alai Abhai Abai Abhoo Ajoo Anaas Akaas Aganj Abhanj Alakh Abhakh Akaal Dyaal Alaykh Abhaykh Anaam Akaam Agaahaa Adaahaa Anaathay Pramaathay Ajonee Amonee Na Raagay Na Rangay Na Roopay Na Raykay Akaramang Abharamang Aganjay Alaykhay

My whole being beams delight savoring this moment of spontaneous chanting with a joyful child.  I suppose we just never know when Beloved Creation is going to surprise us with Its unspeakable happiness.  May the intense sweetness and delight I experienced in this moment expand, extend, and repeat itself into every being that I have ever touched and every being I will encounter in all my days!

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body.

Question for reflection:

How can I write, speak, and think in such a way as to acknowledge and bless the blaze of light that is in every word?

40 Days of Radiant Words

Day Twenty Two

The purpose of this 40-day meditation and writing project was to help me refine my relationship to words.  I dove into this practice with the notion that I would be luxuriating in sacred words and their beauty.  I should have known that the practice would lead to confronting my consciousness and challenging the very foundations upon which I have based my life-long love affair with words.  I have lived my life as an American who has internalized the American value of the freedom of expression, but my practice over these past 22 days has led me to a radical shift in my understanding of the value of “freedom of expression.”  This is surprising to me and somthing I look forward to diving into more deeply.

Thanks to Lorin Roche, who encourages readers of The Radiance Sutras to write their own sutras, my personal sutras came to me this morning as I was meditating in the wee hours.

These sutras do not come from me but through me.  They are not mine alone but belong to the universe.  I am less an author of them than I am someone who has discovered them.

Sutra is a sanskrit word that means “string” or “thread.”  A list of sutras are aphorisms that provide guidance.  The idea is to repeat the sutras and meditate on them to forge a relationship with them and see how their truth weaves into your life and your being.

Here are seven sutras that can be used to guide a mindful practice of using words consciously.

Free Speech Yoga Sutras for Word Lovers

  1.  Speak words as if whatever you speak must  happen.

  2. You have great skill at speaking to inform, try speaking to uplift.

  3. Words are worlds, and words create and destroy worlds.

  4. You are skilled at speaking your mind, try speaking your soul.

  5. Upholding freedom of expression may be less essential nowadays than upholding truth of expression.

  6. Words are organic beings, use them so as to bless them.

  7. Free speech can also mean observing silence so that words can be liberated from humans’ misuse of their power.

Please join me in practicing this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days: Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body

Reflect on the Seven Free Speech Yoga Sutras for Word Lovers (above) or channel your own sutras and share them with me.