Jaya Jagatambe he Maa Durgaa
“Jagat ambe means mother of the world. Jagat is world, ambe is mother. Durga means 'she who takes you across Durgati, the ocean of difficulties, the ocean of troubleWe cry out in wonder when we get a taste of something real.” ~ Krishna Das
Jivamukti Yoga Focus of Month ~ april
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
Radha calls to Krishna, as “the one who has captured my heart, mind, body and soul, my everything, my all!” Krishna affectionately calls Radha, his beloved, the name Rama, which means “my queen, my delight” – This is a love dialogue between the soul (Radha) and God (Krishna).
Jivamukti Yoga Chant Book Kirtan Chants (14)
JIVAMUKTI YOGA class focus and chant
patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ yo me bhaktyā prayacchati tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam aśnāmi prayatātmanaḥ
Whatever is offered to Me with a pure loving heart, no matter if it is as small as a leaf, a flower, a piece of fruit, or sip of water, I will accept it from one who’s mind is restrained.
Text: Bhagavad Gita XI.26
This month we look at intention behind our actions, and how little offerings like feeding the birds, or uplifting our practice can bring freedom and joy to other beings, and ultimately ourselves.
Jivamukti Yoga Focus of Month ~ February
satyam brūyāt priyam brūyāt na brūyāt satyam apriyam priyam anritam na brūyāt esha dharmah sanātanah
This Sanskrit verse is from the Manusmriti 4:138 and summarizes the crux of perennial philosophy or sanātana dharma. It translates as: “Say what is true, say what is sweet, but do not say what is true but not sweet, nor say what is sweet but not true, this is wisdom.” As yogis we know that when we use our speech to speak kind and positive words–we create a kind and positive reality. Violent, unkind and derogatory words are destructive. Words have power. - Sharon Gannon Text: Manusmriti 4:138
EMPOWERMENT BY AFFIRMATION MEDITATION
A study revealed that over 80% of our daily thoughts are negative in nature. This got me thinking about how much work we have to put in to bring our minds and our thoughts into a better state of balance - to tip the scale to a more positive framework. That's where affirmations come in....
One of the core practices of mindfulness is bringing more awareness and attention to the little tasks we do, like eating or showering. And also, our thinking! We need to fill the mind on a regular basis with thoughts and words that are not only positive, but empowering, fulfilling and soul-giving. We need to fill our cup with more self-love, compassion and kindness so that we are able to extend this outward to others as we move through life.
So here's my little humble DIY offering, may it uplift you in even the smallest way…. let me know what you think!