Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bhavana and Shri

Shri - Sh ree "life-affirming energy," "that which diffuses lights," the essence of spring!

Bhavana- the active resting in the natural unfolding beauty of being.

This weekend's yoga classes have a theme set around Shri and Bhavana. How can we carry the life-affirming energy of spring into each of our deeply set, personal intentions while living with both the necessary will and much needed Grace (no pun intended)? It's a process that takes practice, on and off the mat. To begin...

The mantra for starting any new ventures or undertaking any good and new works is:

Om Shri Ganeshay Namah

I came across this mantra when exploring the website of a new yoga studio that has recently cropped up with in northern RI. Yes, another yoga studio in little RI! Shri Studio in Pawtucket.

My own community yoga studio is still in the process of unfolding (in Matunuck at Broadview Yoga Barn or maybe elsewhere- we'll see!). It's still in the seed germination stage, and I must continue to put every thought, word and action toward it's bloom, while remaining patient. I must resist rushing the fruits of my passion, but rather have the patient unfolding, or Bhavana, along with Shri.

There is no need to rush the unfolding of a flower, to be in the beauty of the process, is to live life at its fullest.

Imagine seeing consciousness, our heart, mind and soul, our entire being, as a flower that is unfolding. Bhavana is taking an active role in one's opening, to consciously involve oneself in the process.

How does a flower open?
It opens when light, water and nuturients in the soil nurture it.

But why hurry to open?
Why hurry towards the so called end of flowering?

Bhavana is the active resting in the natural unfolding beauty of being.
Alan Clements,
as shared with me by my first Anusara Yoga teacher and dear friend, Hanneli Francis back in 2001

Om Shri Ganeshay Namah

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