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 💜
Week 1 - Brahma Muhurta
Day 7 Brahma Muhurta
My morning ritual challenge is done.
Today was glorious as it has been every day even on the days I did not get out of bed.
The sunrise was amazing. Even brushing my teeth was a mindful process of greeting each tooth sending all my teeth gratitude for all the chewing they do. Then I focused my attention to my tongue and gave it thanks for all the tasting and pleasure it gives me.
I took my sadhana to the third floor where I was followed by 3 cats. Meditation with furrballs being upchucked is a whole other experience. I guess it would be equivalent to the commotion created by kids. LOL
This early morning pracrice gives me great peace. As I sat breathing in sattva I could feel every cell of my being lapping it up. It was glorious!
Moments of true bliss!
I will continue Brahma Muhurta as in a week I feel it's benefits. Look forward to all other health balance it brings me.
Day 6 Brahma Muhurta
I am opening a door to the centre of my being. Deep inside my being dwells a silent presence,
My true Self
I acknowledge this presence as my divine Self
Stillness, Peace, Tranquility.
Limitless Existence, Infinite Knowledge, Unbounded Bliss
Up at 5:50 am
Feeling peaceful and wonderful.
Blessing you all with love!
Day 5, Brahma Muhurta
Awaken by a huge thunderstorm at 5:05 am. No sattva from the sun this sunrise. Do you still need to get up early to greet the sun when it is nowhere to be seen?
Truth is I went back to bed. I had no sleep all night , wrestling with stomach spasms as I got very aquainted with the toilet bowl. I spent many days complaining about indigestion, constipation and general malaise. It is one of the reasons I started my Brahma Muhurta practise.
Our bodies are rythmic and in 24 hours go through a very specific cycles. Each cycle playing a role in our overall health.
Honestly, summertime is a challenge for the richness of food you choose. If you treat yourself to those chocolate sundaes and fresh fruit deserts you risk upsetting your digestive fire.
Day 4 Brahma Muhurta
Eyes opened at 5:59.
Glorious sunrise. Ahhhhhh how blissful!
You can notice the small minut things in the morning like how your plants literally seek to follow the sun followed by my cat who selectively positions itself on the floor in a sunny spot. It's the little things that life shares with you that are all the blessings you need.
Have a glorious day 💜
Day 3 of Brahma Muhurta and I was up for a short moment to say hello to the sun. I was so entangled in the web of night that I slipped right back into bed and awoke at 9:18 am. I was so wrapped up in the inertia and my mind made me believe this is what my body wanted. I was able to observe my mind and the conversation went something like this;
Mind: oh come back to bed you need your sleep you were up very late...12:30
Body: Yes I feel a little groggy now but after our sadhana I will be good.
Mind: Look at you, you are so so tired, how can getting up with the birds be so good for a tired body.
Body: You think you know what is best for me but you really don't.
Mind: I know what is best and you will choose to remain in bed.
Day 2 of Brahma Muhurta. Eyes open naturally at 5:38 am and body standing vertical at 5:56 am. I understand how the night can tangle you in it's web and lure you back to sleep. I resisted the vertical position of my body.
In my sadhana, I decided to make it my own early sun greeting ritual and lit a candle followed by chants that always move me to the core and then smudged. How beautiful to honor my divine self in this manner.
Later, I was blessed by the light of angels. All this would have been missed if I let the night wrap me back up in it's web
Day 1 Brahma Muhurta
Never been a morning person. I love to sleep in. Don't usually get up till 8:30 or 9:30. And consequently I'm tired, groggy, sluggish, sleepy and feel the inertia.
I've been studying Ayurveda for a couple of years now. Much of my knowledge comes from books and my beautiful soul sister @purnima_chaudhari . Changes are slow on those habits you know are hurting you. I've committed myself to the practice of Brahma Muhurta this week to see if it makes a difference. Initially, my crazy mind said I was insane. Why would you get up before sunrise and then I read this: "Waking up during brahma muhurta not only allows you to savor the sattvic sunrise, it also gives you time to perform valuable lifestyle practices...we are eternal and infinite powerful beings. We are connected with a universal spiritual source, both outside and within us, and it is important that each day we remember our divinity. We are advised to reach our hearts every morning and grab a handful of divine powers to recall the truth that we are not beggars of well being, but royal beings infused with the spiritual power to be always abundant, knowledgeable and healthy and always in an authentic " inner power seat"". Acharya Shunya
Breathing in the morning sun fills you up with sattvic energy. Light my friends! I'm on the path to recover my true divinity.
#Ayurveda #feedyoursoul #yoga
When I get into my deepest thoughts and contemplation this is when the most beautiful words flow