Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual’

Today’s Spirit Animal and Asana: The Blue Heron

September 13, 2010

I’m having a trying day today.  Nothing too horrible going on in my life, but there are a few crazy things happening that have gotten under my skin lately.  I went to the Reading Museum Park during my lunch break, to relax and find some peace.  I was lucky enough to see this majestic Blue Heron.
(at least I think it was a Blue Heron)
Animals offer guidance and help with the challenges of our daily lives.

The Blue Heron:

Herons are solitary animals that teach us to stand on our own.

They show us the wisdom of standing still.
Through them we learn patience to wait; what we need always comes to us.
Herons teach us to walk with deliberation.
Often standing on one foot, Herons show us balance.  They are power animals.
They help to awaken your soul.
They teach you to assert your self in the face of others discouragement.
The Heron brings self-reliance and helps you gain independence.

So today through the Blue Heron.  I will be strong, confident and I will assert myself.
Today I will find Peace and I will relish my ability to stand alone.

Every year I pick an asana or two to try and master by the end of the year.  Ironically, HERON POSE (Krounchasana) was on of my chosen postures to work on this year.

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Ishvara Pranidhana – Celebration of the Spiritual

March 29, 2010

Ishvara Pranidhana – Celebration of the Spiritual

Ishvara pranidhana surrender to god, or a higher power. Ishvara pranidhana requires that we set aside some time each day to recognize that there is some omnipresent force larger than ourselves that is guiding and directing the course of our lives. Ishvara pranidhana provides a pathway through the obstacles of our ego toward our divine nature—grace, peace, unconditional love, clarity, and freedom. Ishvara Pranidhana is to live an ethical lifestyle of non-harming, honesty, charity, purity, contentment, and discipline. All we have to do is let go.

Things you can try to practice Ishvara pranidhana

Do something meaningful

Set aside time to get quiet, clear and centered

Notice how a glass of water tastes

Try to feel before you act

Affirmation for Ishvara pranidhana

I see the divine in all beings

I am one with the universe

I am filled with light

Journal Writing Exercises:

When and how do you feel connected to the universe?

When do you feel separated from the universe?

How well do you honor all creatures?

How do you already practice Ishvara pranidhana?

Yoga Posture for Ishvara pranidhana:  Padmasana, Lotus pose

Posture perfect for Meditation since you can sit straight and be absolutely still.

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