A Beautiful Verse From The Radiance Sutras

Bathe deeply in that ocean of sound

Vibrating with in you, now as always,

Resonating softly,

Permeating the space of your heart.

 

The ear that is tuned by rapt listening

Learns to hear the song of creation.

 

First like a hand bell,

Then subtler, like a flute,

Subtler still as a stringed instrument,

Eventually as the buzz of a bee.

 

Entering this current of sound,

The Listening One

Forgets the external world, bcomes

Absorbed into internal sound,

Then absorbed in vastness,

Like the song of the stars as they shine.

Yukti Verse 15 – The Radiance Sutras (Lorin Roche)

This is one of the verses I have used at the beginning of the yoga class this term. The Radance Sutras are a volume of verses set out in a conversation – a seeker asking a knower the way to find peace. It is a compendium filled with practices to integrate into everyday life – just thoughts really to help weave stillness and meditative qualities into the fabric of your life.

If you have enjoyed the readings why not get your own copy? Creating your own personal yoga practice is often considered only to be rolling the mat out and physically exercising… it can be laying in Shavasana and doing a breathing practice, reading a verse from a book – or, in the case of these sutras, you could take just one verse and recite it or do the suggested practice for a week or two.  Variety is the spice of life and you can make your personal practice of yoga whatever you want!

Inspirational Poetry for Meditation over the Sunny Summer months…

Why not steal five or ten minutes over the summer to simply sit and read a poem?

You could even read it on a visit to a beautiful place – some local suggestions – Rutland Water, Launde Abbey or Burghley Park…

You fill my soul with sunshine 

You fill my soul with sunshine
my heart with tender care.
You fill my world with happiness
knowing that you are always there

Every waking hour
is filled with your love
that I feel I’ve been blessed
with an angel from above

There are no words enough
to express the way I feel
knowing that this heart
will never feel no ill.

This old world may go on,
being crazier every day.
However, I have the inner warmth of knowing
you fill my soul with sunshine each and every day.

David Harris

A Gleam Of Sunshine – Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
And summon from the shadowy Past
The forms that once have been.

The Past and Present here unite
Beneath Time’s flowing tide,
Like footprints hidden by a brook,
But seen on either side.

Here runs the highway to the town;
There the green lane descends,
Through which I walked to church with thee,
O gentlest of my friends!

The shadow of the linden-trees
Lay moving on the grass;
Between them and the moving boughs,
A shadow, thou didst pass.

Thy dress was like the lilies,
And thy heart as pure as they:
One of God’s holy messengers
Did walk with me that day.

I saw the branches of the trees
Bend down thy touch to meet,
The clover-blossoms in the grass
Rise up to kiss thy feet,

“Sleep, sleep to-day, tormenting cares,
Of earth and folly born!”
Solemnly sang the village choir
On that sweet Sabbath morn.

Through the closed blinds the golden sun
Poured in a dusty beam,
Like the celestial ladder seen
By Jacob in his dream.

And ever and anon, the wind,
Sweet-scented with the hay,
Turned o’er the hymn-book’s fluttering leaves
That on the window lay.

Long was the good man’s sermon,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,
And still I thought of thee.

Long was the prayer he uttered,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For in my heart I prayed with him,
And still I thought of thee.

But now, alas! the place seems changed;
Thou art no longer here:
Part of the sunshine of the scene
With thee did disappear.

Though thoughts, deep-rooted in my heart,
Like pine-trees dark and high,
Subdue the light of noon, and breathe
A low and ceaseless sigh;

This memory brightens o’er the past,
As when the sun, concealed
Behind some cloud that near us hangs
Shines on a distant field.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

I Will Be Your Sun

 

You carry a whole world with you.
A planet rests upon your shoulders.
You may not see it, but I do.

There is a Universe Within that you carry wherever you go.
Ecosystems of passion and romance. Warring nations of worry and fear.
A billion living ideas, stories and experiences that make up a whole history named You.

Wherever you go, I promise to be your sun.

It’s not that your life revolves around me.
Think of it like this:
Whenever you come to me,

I will do my best to be quiet and still
and shine nothing but kindness and light upon you.

 

Dave Ursillo

Mantram CD by Rajesh David

We have been listening to the wonderful music and chanting of artist Rajesh David at the beginning of our sessions this term. The CD (titled ‘Mantram’) is available from his website here and contains several mantras set to haunting melodies which are ideal for relaxation and meditation. All of the tunes are famous mantra chants. The one of particular interest to us has been the Gayatri which we have listened to a variety of versions this year.

The Gayatri chant is from the Rig Veda  one of the oldest known written works.  It has been sung from the very beginnings of time.  Why not join in and hum or sing along?  It has a calming and uplifting effect and once you know it you can do it anywhere. There are many benefits to chanting the Gayatri including helping you breathe more slowly, stimulating the subtle energy centres in the body and improving concentration. For 10 benefits of chanting the Gayatri see this site

There are many translations, here is one by Deva Premal:

Om bhur bhuvah svah

Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargo devasya dhimahi

Dhiyo yonah prachodayat

 MEANING:-

Through the coming, going, and the balance of life

The essential nature illuminating existence is the adorable one

May all perceive through subtle intellect

The brilliance of enlightenment

Be Yourself

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The following inspiration comes from Eileen Caddy – in her book ‘Opening Doors Within (365 daily meditations)’

Be yourself, and do not try to be like anyone else. It takes all sorts to make a world. I do not want you all alike, like peas in a pod. I need you all different, each doing your specific job and playing your specific part, blending in perfectly with the whole. It does not mean that there need be any disharmony or discord because you are all different. There are many different musical instruments in a full orchestra, and each has its rightful place in the whole and blends in perfectly when working in harmony with the whole. It is when individual souls go off on their own tangents with no thought or consideration for the whole that discord and chaos are created. When your heart is in the right place and you are living and working together for the good of the whole, only the very best will come forth. Therefore cease struggling and let go. All you have to do is to be, and let everything unfold.

 

The brilliant image is by Dianae Diviantart 

How to receive more Joy into your Life

pushan-mudra

Pushan mudra is a symbolic gesture designed to fill you with energy to give and receive joy. With the right hand bring the tips of the index and middle fingers to touch the tip of the thumb. With the left hand bring the tips of your middle and ring fingers to touch the tip of the thumb. Stretch out the fingers that don’t touch the thumbs. Hold for 5 minutes twice a day – or as and when required.

This mudra is for accepting as well as giving – you will feel the energy in the hands, it is quite a work out for your fingers. Benefits of this mudra include aiding digestion, can help with nausea and seasickness.

The term Pushan means to prosper, to grow and to thrive. Enjoy working with this mudra!

You can’t beat a good OM

I like to chant OM 3 times at the beginning and end of all my classes.  I’m sure over the course of my teaching this might have put some people off coming to yoga – it is a bit weird to the Western ear. But I still like to do it even for people at their very first class. It makes me feel very calm and ready to teach the class. Everyone has the choice to chant or just listen.

It also helps students become ready for their class too. There are may theorised benefits about chanting or listening to OM  –

  • helps to elongate the breath – this has many benefits including fully oxygenating the tissues of the body and gentle massaging of the heart by the diaphragm.
  • The sound vibrations help to calm the nervous system.
  • The single focus helps to clear the mind of daily clutter.

How to chant a good OM

Sit comfortably with your back straight.  Lift the ribcage and elongate the spine.

Breath quietly and calmly for a few breaths.

Take a lovely, long deep inhale – expand you ribcage out to the sides of the room.

On the exhalation begin chanting OM – there are 4 distinct parts –

ah

oh

mmm

silence

Pause.

Inhale.

Chant twice more.  (3 oms a day help you work, rest and play!)

There was an article recently published in the FT about how OM chanting affected the brain waves and is very good for your mental health – you can read it here – but again, more theory!! I think as with most things in life you have to suck it and see for yourself.

Try it, you might like it!

Our day with Buddha Maitreya

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One Saturday in the summer a group of us went up to the Purelands Meditation gardens and spent a wonderful day with Buddha Maitreya a Buddhist Monk of great experience. He spoke gently and kindly to us all, seeking to know what we did in the world and proceeded to explain that all we needed to meditate and be happy was here with us – there was nothing to learn, no goal, no achievement but simply to be here now and relax.

I have visited Buddhist Monks before and been led in meditation, but none had got to such a point. It seemed with the other practices that there was actually very much to learn (recitations going on for hours). But with Maitreya the words and the way in which he showed us to hold our hands and arms was so simple and effective that I truly believed I did have all that was necessary to relax into the moment.

“Meditation is not trying to stop thinking. It is the moment of quiet appreciation of the inner truth”

For more information about the Purlands garden and events see their website here

Summer Trip to Pureland Meditation Garden

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6th August 2016
SUMMER TRIP TO PURELANDS
Japanese Garden  Meditation Day
Near Newark
10 .30 – 4.30


Lunch & Afternoon Tea Included
Join us to learn the simple approach to inner peace and self-realisation with meditation master Buddha Maitreya. Beginners welcome for a relaxing and enlightening day.
Take your own transport and meet at the garden. I will book us in and let you know the payment details.

Have a heart…

heart in chest pic

The Yoga and Meditation classes will have a focus on the heart for the last term this year. We’ll be working to improve our circulation and our understanding of the anatomy of the heart. Following on from last terms work on the rib cage we’ll work with practices that transform the ribs from a cage into more of a ‘basket’ – working on a theme of ‘nesting’ or ‘nestling’ the heart at the centre of our physical and emotional body like a small egg in a nest.

Underpinning our asana, pranayama and nidra practices will be developing our knowledge of the heart. We’ll have a look at the actual make up of the heart – where it is, what exactly does it do and the main things that can go wrong.

If you would like to join us for these informative and enjoyable sessions please do get in touch with me to see if there are spaces.

Classes take place

Tuesdays – Preston 6 – 7.30

Wednesdays – Ryhall 10 – 11.30 and 7.15 – 8.45

The cost for the term of 7 weeks is £49

A Beautiful Summer-time Practice

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AKASA – is Sanskrit meaning space – a wide, free, open space. We can use it to describe the ether, sky or the atmosphere.

When a sunny day arrives, enjoy it and make the most of it… lie on your back out in the open air, gaze up at the sky.  Allow your mind to wander and the eyes to soften. Let the breath be slow and smooth. Feel as though you are connecting with both the whole world around you and your soul within. It is an opportunity to let go of the feeling of isolation;- let go of the feeling of being an individual and join in with the flow of the universal cosmos.