Tune In to the Power of the Solstice

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As the season shifts from fall to winter, I feel that I too am changing. I have been busy in my role of director for Parvati.org, as we volunteers continue to spread the word for MAPS all over the world–most recently thanks to my dear friends Vandana and Darcy at COP24, the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland. I have also been editing eight inspiring full-length books that I have been writing, dedicated to MAPS, from self-help to fiction. I really look forward to sharing them! Now, I am about to dive deeply into the world of sound to wrap up the five albums I have written and produced for MAPS over the next month. Before I immerse myself in my music studio, I wanted to make sure you saw this guided meditation from this month’s Parvati Magazine. The beautifully transformative energy held expressed by the winter solstice occurs this week, so please give yourself the gift of being present for it.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice is a turning point as the sun reaches an all-time low. This is the longest night and shortest day of the year. While Nature is at its darkest and most introverted, we often find ourselves at our busiest. Despite the merrymaking and socializing of the holiday season, this is a soulful time to go within so we can be present for the return of the light.

Within the darkness, Nature moves quietly towards spring. The winter solstice reflects the second stage of a cycle that began with the fall equinox. It involves planning and designing for the year ahead.

Having always felt deeply connected with Nature, I find it rejuvenating to honour the winter solstice. This year, it occurs on Friday, December 21 at 5:23 p.m., Eastern Standard time, or 10:23 p.m., UTC. Fifteen minutes before that time, I turn inward and become aware of what is about to take place in Nature, so that I can allow myself to feel a part of the shift.

Give it a try. On December 21 at 5:08 p.m., find a quiet place where you feel safe and undisturbed. Close your eyes and lie back, or sit comfortably with a relaxed gaze. Take several long breaths. Allow your awareness to move inward. Feel anchored in your body and let yourself settle.

As you come into this quiet space, thoughts and feelings will likely arise. Give yourself permission to feel them. Do your best to meet whatever arises without judgment. Welcome your whole self into yourself. In the presence of Nature, you are safe, loved, connected, seen, just as you are.

As you do this winter solstice practice, consider that Nature is an intelligent, living whole. It is an aspect of the universe of which you are an integral part. It is evolving just as you are. Whether or not you choose to connect with it consciously, you cannot help but be in a constant state of co-creation with Nature, as you are an inherent part of it.

In the quiet, feel receptive to Nature’s plans and designs in your life. Whether or not you sense them on a conscious level, your willingness to be present for them will help align you to make choices that receive them optimally in the coming months.

You may also consider how the environmental crisis in our world today is an opportunity to connect more deeply with Nature. It is the call from the planet herself, our mother. She is teaching us how to become more compassionate and make wiser choices based on understanding our interconnection. What I do affects you. What you do affects me. What we all do affects the planet. We are not isolated islands but one Earth family.

When we understand that choices made in disconnection from our true nature only lead to unhappiness for ourselves and others, we become lighter and more enthusiastic about the power we have to choose. When we see with absolute clarity what we are choosing and why we are making those choices, our decision-making process will become more effortless.

As stewards of the Earth, we are called to live in harmony with ourselves, others and our planet. As we choose the light of our nature, we light up the world.

Wishing you rooted, vital and expansive joy this solstice.

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
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I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
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Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
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