Saraswati goddess of Learning

I’m a week back from #Bali where while there this time I had numerous teachers and seers ask me about my dedication to #Saraswati. In many conversations I was encouraged to invoke her as learning is the root of all dharma. And so I bought a #mala where I’ve only meditated to her.

And what I ask myself is “what did I learn that I can apply right now.”

The literal meaning of the name Saraswati is the one who gives the essential knowledge (Sara) of our own Self (Sva). The goddess Saraswati is also considered the Goddess of #Learning, or of education, intelligence, and the arts. As she is the consort of Brahma, who is considered the source of all knowledge, Saraswati is knowledge itself. Thus, many students or even scholars may worship her for her blessings.
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She is often depicted sitting on a #lotus, which symbolizes that she is founded in the experience of the Absolute Truth. Thus, she not only has the knowledge but also the experience of the Highest Reality. She holds in her four hands a vina instrument, a mala (prayer beads) in the right hand, and a pustaka (book) in the left, which represents the knowledge of all sciences.
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Holding the book in one hand also indicates that this knowledge alone can bring us to the Truth. The vina shows the beauty of learning the fine arts. Playing her vina, she tunes the mind and intellect with her knowledge, and thus the seeker can be in harmony with the universe. The prayer beads represent all spiritual sciences, like meditation and japa (chanting holy names), and, being held in the right hand, that it is more important than the secular knowledge contained in the book in her left hand. Her four arms represent her unrestricted power in the four directions. She also represents creativity, or the combination of power and intelligence, the basis of creativity.
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Her name literally means the one who flows, which can be applied to thoughts, words, or the flow of a river.
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She is also occasionally shown with five faces and eight hands, representing her additional powers. Other objects that she may hold include the pasha (noose), ankusha (goad), chakra (disc), padma (lotus), trishula (trident), and shankha (conch). Sometimes she is also seen riding on a swan, the carrier of her spouse, Brahma. At other times she is seen riding on a peacock or sitting with one nearby. The peacock represents the worldly beauty, which can distract the spiritual aspirant. The swan signifies the acquisition of wisdom and knowledge because of its ability to separate milk from water when eating, and thus acquire only the milk.
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Saraswati is also the shakti or power and consort of Brahma, the secondary creator of the universe. Thus, she is also considered a #motheroftheuniverse. In this way, she is also connected with fertility.

Awake Dreaming I’ll Meet You There

“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
–J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
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The blue sky and perfect fluffy white clouds are a beautiful dream in your heart. The colors are so vibrant, whether they are the golden yellow rice ready to harvest or the bright green of the new rice, you feel like it’s all a lucid dream. Maybe you’re awake and maybe you’re still asleep.
This is where you’ll find me waiting in Bali.
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How You Treat Yourself is How You Treat Others

#HappinessRx: The we treat ourselves will be the way we treat others.
“We would never purchase a can of red paint and expect it to be the color blue when we apply it to our walls. The “color” of how we treat ourselves is the “color” of how we treat others. If we can’t be safe with ourselves, others can never be safe with us, and the world can never be a safe place to be.” – Yamas & Niyamas, Deborah Adele
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#shoulderstand is a great practice of #ahimsa towards ourselves. As a teacher how you treat yourself, staying safe in your own body, is an indicator of how you’ll help keep others safe in your classes.
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Practice of shoulderstand takes time. This variation took me ten years to lovingly create in my body.
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Lens Kubu Bali Baik Villa, Ubud. #bali

Life as a Roller Coaster

“Life can be like a roller coaster… And just when you think you’ve had enough, and your ready to get off the ride and take the calm, easy merry-go round… You change your mind, throw you hands in the air and ride the roller coaster all over again. That’s exhilaration…that’s living a bit on the edge…that’s being ALIVE.”  #staceycharter

Standing in the water and receiving healing at water purification ceremony yesterday in #Bali I was blessed with the clear download of where to move. The answer was so obvious. It was always there. All I had to do was throw my hands up in the Air and ride the roller coaster again. 

Now the challenge is to listen to the advice of spirit and move thru the fear of resistance.

Lens Goa Gajah #meditation temple with 7 goddess fountains. Favorite sarong wearing #ganesha 💕 in #lakshmi colors

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“…we all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking.”
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Can I be as Kind to Them as They are to Me?

Happy Galungan and Kuningan day in Bali!
As was explained to me by a friend, this is “the day Balinese will celebrate kindness of humanity.”

Everyday living here I wonder “can I possibly be as kind to them as they are to me?” You see, the beautiful humble people here are all gold medalists at being kind. Whereas in the rest of the world I’m considered a kind person, here I’m still in training because the Balinese raise the bar so high. Their kindness knows no bounds. Deeply grateful as I celebrate all my Balinese friends and hope the world is inspired to celebrate kindness of humanity. 

Learn about Kecak Fire Dance

Going to #kecak fire and trance performance tonight! Here’s who I ran into today. The king that stole Sita! #ogohogoh Jai Hanuman!

About KECAK
The impressive traditional Bali Kecak and fire dance is inspired by the epic of Ramayana. Learn about the history and culture of the island through dance performance. Normally music plays a vital role to accompany the dancers movements. But in the Kecak Dance, the music generated is from a combination of sounds by the 50-100 or more men sounding like “cak.” They sit in concentric circles, swaying, standing up, lying prone as the story develops. A person will act as a leader who gives the tone early, someone else acting as a suppressor in charge of high or low tone, someone else acting as a solo singer, and someone else will act as the mastermind behind all of that to deliver the story.

The story is a fragment from the #Ramayana, the Hindu epic which finds its expression in many forms, not only in dance, but also in painting and carving. Prince Rama, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ayodya, and his wife Sita have been banished from the kingdom by King Dasarata as a result of trickery by Rama’s stepmother. The story begins with the arrival of Rama and Sita accompanied by Rama’s brother Laksmana in the forest of Dandaka.

The trio have been observed by the demon Rahwana, King of Alengka, who lusts after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana sends his prime minister Marica to try and isolate Sita so that Rahwana can kidnap her. Marica’s magical powers turn him into a golden deer and he enters the forest and when the Sita sees the golden deer she is so enchanted by it that she asks Rama to capture it for her. Rama chases after the deer leaving his brother Laksamana behind with strict instuction to protec Sita. When Sita thinks she hears a cry for help from Rama she forces Laksamana to go after Rama by accusing him of cowardice and he goes off to help Rama with great reluctance after drawing a magic circle on the ground and telling Sita the she should not under any circumstance step out side the circle.
Sita, left alone in the forest becomes an easy prey to the trickery of Rahwana who has disguised himself has an old priest and begs Sita for some food as he is cold and hungry. Sita falls for his trick, she steps outside the circle to give the old priest some food and rahwana grabs her and takes her to his palace. Once back in his palace in Alengka, Rahwana tries everything he can to seduce Sita without any luck.

In the palace of Alengka, Sita pours out her heart about her cruel fate to Rahwana’s niece Trijata, when Hanoman appears telling her that hi is Rama’s envoy and proving it by showing her Rama’s ring. Sita gives Hanoman a hairpin to show she is still alive and sand him back to Rama with a massage to come to her rescue.

In the meantime Rama and Laksamana accompanied by Tualen are wandering in the forest looking for Sita when Meganada, Rahwana’s son, appeares and engages Rama and Laksamana in Battle. Meganada uses his magic powers and shoots of an arrow which magically turns in to a dragon which overpowers Rama and Laksamana and they are trussed up in ropes.

The bird Garuda, King of all the bird, a good friend of King Dasarata, has observed trouble Rama is in from high up in the sky and comes to the rescue freeing the brothers from the ropes. Rama and Laksamana continue on their way to rescue Sita and are joined by Sugriwa, king of the monkeyes, and his monkey army.

This fragmen of the Ramayana come to an end with the bittle between Sugriwa and his Monkey Army and Meganada and his Demon Army which ends with the defeat of Meganada.

Happy New Year Nyepi in Bali

I love how every culture has its own way of celebrating the new year. ❤️Nyepi Day in #Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali’s celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence.
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The unique day of silence marks the turn of the Saka calendar of western Indian origin, one among the many calendars assimilated by Indonesia’s diverse cultures, and among two jointly used in Bali. The Saka is 78 years behind the Gregorian calendar, and follows a lunar sequence. Nyepi follows after a new moon.
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Local communities known as ‘banjar’ build bamboo and papier-mâché effigies called ogoh-ogoh, built throughout the weeks before new year. Every Balinese household starts the evening with blessings at the family temple and continues with a ritual called the pengrupukan where each member participates in ‘chasing away’ malevolent forces, known as bhuta kala, from their compounds – hitting pots and pans or any other loud instruments. These ‘spirits’ are later manifested as the ogoh-ogoh to be paraded in the streets.
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However on Nyepi Day, complete calm enshrouds the island. The Balinese Hindus follow a ritual called the Catur Brata Penyepian, roughly the ‘Four Nyepi Prohibitions’. These include amati geni or ‘no fire’, amati lelungan or ‘no travel’, amati karya ‘no activity’, and amati lelanguan ‘no entertainment’. Some consider it a time for total relaxation and contemplation, for others, a chance for Mother Nature to ‘reboot’ herself after 364 days of human pestering. No lights are turned on at night – total darkness and seclusion goes along with this new moon island-wide, from 06:00 to 06:00.
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The day after Nyepi, referred to as ‘Ngembak Geni’
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Here I am with an #ogohogoh
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#Nyepi  #meditate #silence #bali #ubud

I Got a Monkey on My Back

Ah I’m back with Hanumans!
Thank you to Hannah Muse for capturing this perfect moment when I had monkeys pulling at me everywhere. One was tugging on my strapless dress! That’s me trying to keep it up and not flash people at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud 😊
Lens #Bali #hanuman
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Our #yogaretreat starts tomorrow! 🙏❤️

My Life My Choices

My life is the result of the choices I make.
I hold this power in the palm of my hands.
Everything changed the moment I accepted responsibility for the quality of my life.
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For me it was a conscious choice to give up even the most subtle aspects of #blamestorming. I make my life. I am the queen of the kingdom of me!
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My acceptance of responsibility makes me engage in life in a bigger way. I feel big. I am mahima!
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Now have I always made the best choices? Yes.
Even my choices that weren’t made for my highest good offered lessons. Everything is for the education of our soul. The way I’ve gotten smarter is not to repeat those choices that limit my growth.
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I will not waste any more time in my life by choosing actions that take me out of alignment.
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The most important choice I make each day, is I choose me. I always love myself, my day, my life.