October is truly kicked in and with it our Theme of the month and some beautiful offerings which I hope you can come together and hang out with us as a cOMmunity.
Unless you have been hiding from the world you know how divisiveness, cruelty, lack of listening and understanding one another has started to permeate our culture. Lately there are days I want to scream, ball up or dig into big bag of kettle chips without remorse, but I know these are not remedies to what is going on. K-I-N-D-N-E-S-S is. We are in this together and TOGETHER is how we will get out. It is my wish that Inlet be a “safe space” where we welcome, listen and at least for a few moments, inside our walls, the divisiveness falls away.
Theme this month: satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam
priyam ca nanrutam bruyat esha dharmah sanatanah
Briefly this translates as-
Speak truth in such a way that it is pleasing to others. Never speak untruth, which might be pleasant, This is the path of eternal morality.
Conversely this is the age of Kali Yuga- the age of unrest and darkness. Where people are as far away from God and light- that they only believe superstitions. This is a time of stripping away where ugliness is meant to rear its head. Just as Shiva is the god of destruction he is also the one who clears the slate. Remember Truth is Absolute but in our humanness we aim to live the best life possible.
How does this relate to life and our body?
As Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa states in her book “8 Human Talents”
“the words we say DO matter, they resonate powerfully within our bodies”
and beneath that quote she writes “sounds send messages to our brains that reinforce the positive and heal old wounds within our cellular coding, the human voice is designed to sing out our soul is a song in our hearts that must be heard”
How does this relate to an asana class?
singing is the vibration of the 5th chakra, singing is also the opening of the throat and lifting our voices (which for too long we have shuttered down) it connects us to our heart (4th chakra) these two vibrational places in the body connect the organs of the lungs, heart, as well as the thymus and thyroid glands. Look for shapes, verbal ques, dharma talk that help you to sweetly enter into your voice and perhaps work expand your chest, breath, side body and shoulders. Also I encourage you to ask what is it to be honest with yourself when coming to the mat, sometimes you will need more gentleness and care- do you deny this to yourself. How do you speak to yourself during class- be honest but be kind.