Week 3 - Brahma Muhurta
Day 23, 24, 25, 26 Brahma Muhurta
Yes what a wonderful world it is.
Just spent the last 4 days immersed in the knowledge of #Ayurveda and #yoga with a flare of #shamanism with 4 amazing beautiful souls.
How blessed we are by each of our journeys in life, sharing and laughing.
Love, love my life and all the gifts that come with it
Day 20 Brahma Muhurta
Up at 6:05 AM
Today I honored my incarnation into this temple of mine. 52 years ago my mother pushed my little body out of her creative womb. I took my first breath!
I honored her in my heart for breathing life into mine.
I honored all spirits born on this day. In special recogntion to have come to bless the earth with our unique gifts.
Day 19 of Brahma Muhurta
Wake up time 6:45 AM
Today I was joined by Minou and Leila for my morning sattva intake. Cats know where it's at. They seek the only streak of sunlight on the floor, position themselves to take it all in. Minou rolls onto his back exposing his heart while Leila stands tall eyes squinting taking the sun in like a Sphynx in front of a pyramid.
Demonstrating 2 asana poses: corps and hero's pose. I followed their lead in my morning practice. Cats are some of the best teachers
Day 18 Brahma Muhurta
Hmmmm wake up time 8 AM
Not quite sattva time.
Nevertheless, I came upstairs to meditate in full sun exposure. It was still just as blissful!
My mind had a few moments of criticism; thoughts of what are you doing? Can't you stick to waking up early? You're soooo lazy?
Then my wisdom popped in and said: remember be impeccable with your word. Impeccable means without sin. Without sin means not doing any harm to self. Not doing harm to self is any action that is harmful to self and to others which is equally harmful to oneself. So criticism, is words harmful to oneself.
Solution...I raised my hand with the middle finger up and said to mind. Buzz off you are hurting me!
Have an amazing day!
Day 17 Brahma Muhurta
5:15 am absorbing sattva.
After a few sun salutations I brought my attention to bringing the water element into my sadhana with flowing movements in my asanas. There are salutations for all the elements. In the hot summer months it's important to bring in a water namaskar to ease the fire of the season. Pay attention, and intuit what your body needs. It's really early in the morning and you are present to honor your temple. Don't waste time doing what the book tells you to do or how you learnt something a certain way. Simply step into your being and listen to your wisdom. It knows what it needs and knows how to do it.
Breathe in, breathe out!
Day 15 and 16 Brahma Muhurta
The last 2 mornings the sun has been high in the sky by the time I pulled myself out of bed. Although it was still early around 6:30.
I've been given the gift of time to reflect these past couple of days. And I have made an observation. Is it the truth? Not sure yet. My eating choices have been less desirable in the last couple of days; choosing chocolate and chips.
I've noticed a connection of boredom to making unhealthy food choices. Could it be that the food we eat impacts are ability to wake up with the sun? Could it be that what we put in our mouths affects are very willingness to honor ourselves wholeheartedly? Of course there is a connection. I've spent a lifetime of eating chocolate. Could it be that it is the very thing that keeps me in bed in the morning, feeling tired? Truth?
Sometimes it takes us a lonnnnnnggggg time to connect some dots.
I think I will go have another piece of chocolate and ponder some more
Week 2 - Brahma Muhurta
Day 14 Brahma Muhurta
I no longer need an alarm clock to wake me. My body innately knows.
I'm up between 5am and 5:45am.
Part of my morning practice was applying my new infinity meditation techniques that I learnt in Toronto with #theartofliving and the other was #abhayanga also known as #dailyayurvedicmassage.
At our #feedyoursoul yoga and ayurveda retreats we teach this technique. It feeeeeeeelllllllllsssssss amazing! A beautiful practice of self love. It's like spreading love all over your body.
In India, oil massage is as much part of a daily physical hygiene as bathing, shaving and shampooing are in Western culture. In fact not long ago there were not too many massage therapists as there was no need.
Benefits of this daily practice are numerous: slows aging, counteracts fatigue, improves eyesight, increases strength, lengthens life-span, supports sleep, nourishes skin, increase resistance to disease, helps prevents injuries and enhances beauty.
Day 13 Brahma Muhurta
Sometimes you can't get your whole practice in. Do the best you can. That's all. Show up for yourself in the best way you can. That's it. No self criticism, no judgements, no excuses. Just do your best.
I'm home! Last Toronto sunrise for awhile I imagine. I sure have enjoyed drinking it in from these heights
Day 12 Brahma Muhurta
I've been getting up quite regularly at 5:15 am these days, but today I slept in and awoke at 6:24. I guess I slept in ha! Ha! That is so funny because 12 days ago I would have NEVER said that.
So what has shifted for me in the last 12 days? Three things: Sleep, Bowel Movements, energy.
I sleep like a rock. Now those of you who know me know I have had insomnia for many many years. And if I sleep it is light and easily awaken. I'm in one of the noisiest cities and all the sounds are lullying me to sleep and in a deep deep sleep. Wow love it!
The second thing I noticed is a change in bowel movements. Yeah I'm going to talk about shit for a few moments. I have suffered for years on irregularities from diarrhoea to constipation and there is suppose to be a time of day this should happen, preferably before 8 am. This regularity has rarely ever happen for me. So I'm noticing a shift in an actual rhythm and regularity.
The third is energy. YES YES YES much more energy. It feels amazing!
When I started this journey of Brahma Muhurta 12 days ago it was for all these reasons and more. This practice brings your body into a balance of health, guiding it into its natural state
Day 11 Brahma Muhurta "...the divine exists in the depths of your own being through this ritual, and once connected with your inner divinity, recognize the same divinity in the Self of every being you encounter. Your day will be lit up with the light of a thousand suns by this recognition. Move through the living present with this constant divine awareness guiding you." Acharya Shunya
Beautiful Ayurvedic wisdom in this guide. What a gift to the world.
Day 10 Brahma Muhurta
To be high above the trees and breathe in this beauty is beyond special! What a glorious day 💜
So much gratitude for my being. I'm so filled with sattva and prana.
Be mindful to not get attached to your morning sadhana ritual. Be open to being flexible. Up at 5:30 and the only time to get caught up with my host, one of my favorite family members through my husband's side, Paul. The yoga, pranayamas and meditation can wait.
No I'm not in Kansas anymore....ha ha or should I say La Broquerie. I'm in Toronto a city that does not sleep
Day 9 Brahma Muhurta
The beauty of this practice is that anywhere you are in the world the sun rises. This morning I find myself in Winnipeg at my soul sisters living room with Bentley (the puppy). We are both absorbing sattva to begin a glorious day.
Day 8 Brahma Muhurta
My rug is not just any rug. It's a time piece. Every piece of fabric had a life purpose at one time. They were sheets that have wrapped and covered the very young and the very old. Kept humanity cool in the summer months and warm in the winter months. Perhaps their previous life witnessed sickness or the blissfulness of love making. Whatever their history they have found transformation into a rug.
This rug was woven by a woman who struggles with life and living. Through these threads she finds peace in her mind and is able to crack her heart open little by little. Weaving her love to re-use and care for the earth mirroring her own inner process. No this isn't just any rug.
I placed my rug in my bathroom. The first place where my feet lay while I greet my teeth and mouth and eyes in my daily morning practice. I can feel the love oozing through those woven sheets now called a rug. How incredibly special it is to have this love at my feet to start my morning ritual of Brahma Muhurta.
No this is not just any rug 💜
When I get into my deepest thoughts and contemplation this is when the most beautiful words flow