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Shuni Mudra for June

June 6, 2012

Shuni Mudra

Shuni, Saturn in Sanskrit, is the Seal of Patience.
(Saturn represents the taking of responsibility the thumb is ego)

This mudra can bring calmness and commitment.  Shuni Mudra helps with insomnia, depression and nausea.

How to:
Bring the tip of your middle finger together with the tip of your thumb.  This forms a circle.  This Mudra is like creating the ‘OK’ symbol with your middle finger (instead of your index finger).  You can keep your hands upright or rest the back of your hands on your knees.

Make the Shuni Mudra more active, bring your thumb to the nail of the index finger.

Shuni Mudra is used in various pranayama techniques as well as meditation, but try it in some other asanas:

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

Try using Shuni Mudra  during centering at the beginning of your Yoga Practice & during Meditation & Pranayama.

 

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Mandala Coloring Meditation 3

September 29, 2011

Mandala is Sanskrit, loosely translated to mean circle.
Mandala Meditation is a powerful, cathartic technique that creates a circle of energy for natural centering.  After coloring your Mandala, meditate on it’s center

Posture:  Sit straight in Easy Pose. Hands are resting on the knees.
Eyes:  Eyes are open and meditating on the center of the Mandala picture.
Time: Start with 5 Min and progress for longer periods over time
To End:  Inhale deeply, exhale and relax.

Mantra:
Har Har Har Har Gobinday, Har Har Har Har Mukanday, Har Har Har Har Udaaray, Har Har Har Har Apaaray, Har Har Har Har Hareeang, Har Har Har Har Kareeang, Har Har Har Har Nrinaamay, Har Har Har Har Akaamay.”

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Mandala Coloring Meditation 2

September 26, 2011

Mandala is Sanskrit, loosely translated to mean circle.

Circles are a powerful symbol found in every culture. We see them in halos, prayer wheels, and other religious symbols, architecture, and nature. Mandalas are sacred circles that have been long been used to facilitate meditation in the Indian and Tibetan religions. People create and look at mandalas essentially to center the body and mind.

1. Take a long look at the Mandala, feel it’s good effect.
2. Begin from the middle to release hidden energy.
3. Color from the outside to the centre.
4. Keep the direction you have begun.

 

People who color mandalas often experience a deep sense of calm and well-being. It can be soothing and nourishing. Mandalas  focus your attention and help find your center

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Tibetan Monks-Sand Mandala, Closing

February 25, 2011

Yesterday was the final day of the Tibetan Monks visit to Penn State Berks Campus.

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After three days of construction, the Mandal was breathtaking.

The destruction of something so beautiful and painstakingly created is hard to watch.  The Ritualistic demolition ceremony is lovely and melancholy.

The monks conclude their creation of the mandala with a consecration ceremony.

The Beginning of the Closing Ceremony (Video Here)

During the closing ceremony, the monks dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. When requested, half of the sand is distributed to the audience as blessings for personal health and healing.

 

 

The remaining sand is carried in a procession by the monks, accompanied by guests, to a flowing body of water, where it is ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world.

Amazing Chanting (Video 2 – 4:16)

Chanting (video 3 1:02)

 

 


Instruments and Chanting

(video 4 0:59)

 


Flower Drop

(Video 5 0:33)

 


Mandala Destruction (video 6 1:39)

Mandala Destruction (video 7 1:27)

 

Channel 69 News Story Here:
Art Made, Destroyed At Penn State Berks

Reading Eagle Story Here
Striking, and spiritual, images in sand

See Monk and Mandala Post Here

Mystic Art of Tibet Pose Here

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Mandala Coloring Meditation 1

February 23, 2011

Mandala is Sanskrit, loosely translated to mean circle. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

Coloring a mandala is a combination of active meditation and color therapy.  It’s a blend of spiritual insight and mental healing that has been used for thousands of years.

1. Use crayons, pencils, chalk, pastels, paint, or markers in a variety of colors.

2. Find a quiet and comfortable place.

3. Start coloring.

4. Don’t think about your choice of color too much and don’t worry about matching colors. Let your instincts guide you. After you’ve begun with the first color, the rest will follow.

The Circle represents the wheel of life.  The circle is whole, it represents everything & nothing.  There is no beginning and no end.  It represents NOW.  It is  Universal Consciousness, creation & unity.

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Monks and Mandalas

February 23, 2011

Mandala Sand Painting:  Tibetan monks hold mandala sand painting exhibition
Penn State Berks
, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Free and open to the public.

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“From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks is one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibet, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of colored powders.” Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.”

I love Mandalas.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to see “Healing the Earth: A Sacred Art by the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery” at Penn State Berks Campus.

See a short video clip here.

The outline of the mandala is drawn on a wooden platform. Sand is held in a chak-pur (traditional metal funnel) and a metal rod is grated on its surface.  Symbolizing life’s impermanence, the mandala is ceremoniously destroyed after completion.

The 10 Monks, who live in India, have been traveling for a year in the United States.
View the tour schedule here.

Tomorrow brings an end to the llamas visit to PSU-Berks.  The Mandala will be completed around 6 PM (2.24.11).  A ceremonial dismantling of the Mandala follows.

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