May 26, 2011
What man is any good until he has been tempered by age and hammered at the forge of mortality? As a young man he walked upward, climbing the mountain every day, but it is the downhill walk that puts him to the test. Like an army in retreat, he tries to hold himself together and meet his fate without making a fool of himself.
– william bonner
May 26, 2011
In India when we meet and part we often say, “Namaste,” which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.. “Namaste.”
May 26, 2011
” …a cloud gathers,
the rain falls,
men live ;
the cloud disperses without rain, and the men and animals die.
In the deserts of southern arabia there is no rhythm of the seasons, no rise and fall of sap, but empty wastes where only the changing temperature marks the passage of the year.
it is bitter, desiccated land which knows nothing of gentleness or ease.
Yet men have lived there since earliest times.
Passing generations have left fire-blackened stones at camping sites, a few faint tracks polished on the gravel plains.
elsewhere the winds wipe out footprints.
men live there because it is the world into which they were born; the life they lead is the life their fore-fathers led before them ; they accept hardships and privations; they know no other way.
Lawrence wrote in ‘seven pillars of wisdom’ ” Bedouin ways were hard, even for those brought up in them and for strangers terrible: a death in life.’
No man can live this life and emerge unchanged.
He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad: and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature.
for this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.
prologue – arabian sands – wilfred thesinger
May 26, 2011
The Moon stands for the feminine energy and has a close association with human life and lifestyle. It is seen as a female symbol associated with mystery, empowerment and psychic skill, and as such was worshipped in ancient times as a powerful force of transformation. It is considered to be deeply linked to our unconscious and is therefore seen as magical and mysterious.
The lunar month consists of two halves of 15 days each. The first begins with the New Moon (amavasya), while the second half begins with the Full Moon (purnima). Fasting or detoxifications, intake of special food, exfoliation and salt baths are common during the waning moon moving into the new moon as the energy is considered to help cleanse and refresh.
Pampering of the body and soul is done when the moon is waxing up to the full moon. It is the time to replenish, repair and rejuvenate through deep body massages, essential oils, aroma therapy and special dhyaan (meditation). The ancients understood that the human system-body/mind/soul was more absorbent at this time of the lunar month.
Chandra Namaskar or the Moon Salutation is a flowing vinyasa sequence where the practitioner salutes the feminine consciousness, or the Devi energy. It is a set of moving postures encoding the waxing and waning apects of the moon. Starting with the full moon the postures flow into the new moon and then back into the full moon. When done in conjunction with the breath, it works on all body parts, every organ and every system. It is one of the most effective practises to extend the spinal muscles, strengthen the back and open the hips. Energetically it is a very grounding and centering practice.
The Chandra Namaskar is designed to calm, cool and renew the body and mind at the close of the day. It should not be viewed as a physical exercise workout. If the moon salutation is done at a fast pace it defeats the very purpose for which it is done and that is to wind the body and mind down, promoting a deep inner quietness and complete restfulness.
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