Without an appropriate flow of prana (energy), health is not possible. It is the carrier for communication. Once the communication gets stuck or disturbed the body-mind-heart gets confused and overwhelmed leading to illness.
All our cells are holding a cellular intelligence which is being transmitted between the cells through the right flow of prana.
When a yogi meditates she/he directs and controls the flow of prana and enters a higher state of intelligence or buddhi. When this state is prolonged the yogi enters samadhi.
Than the individual cellular intelligence merges with universal intelligence or Mahat.
True Health or Swastha happens beyond the mind, beyond what we know.
It happens in that field of unknowable unlimited universal awareness.
It happens when we surrender our mind to buddhi and diligently focus on only longing to know the truth.
Than the highest teaching is being revealed. Through direct experience. Crystal clear. Sattvic.
Artwork: Meganne Forbes
Creativity & The trilogy of Tantra, Ayurveda & Yoga.
Creation from subtle to gross is heard with your subtle inner ear while you embrace silence.
It is seen in the deer looking with infinitely loving eyes, captivated by a sound coming to him through the ether.
Being still while the inner wisdom sound manifests in his heart. Where did it come from, what was its origin?
The delicate deer allows himself to merge with ether, in a state of absolute quietness.
The deer anticipates the vibration of sound that is to come and resonate through him. Pausing in the glorious field of spaciousness.
The image of the deer reflects the unique quality of loving eyes while the lover and beloved merge and go beyond the physical Loka (world). He is listening with the inner ear to what is longing to be revealed, to what naturally has the desire to come into creation or dissolve into nothingness.
Any poet, painter, or musician imbibes this quality of trusting the inner sound. Any human being aligned with shabda (sound) experiences closeness with the Divine. Their naturally arising well of creativity is gushing beauty when they become timeless, merging with sound.They have a naturally arising gift to listen to the Divine and manifest infinite beauty through their voice, their hands, their hearts.
For healing purposes it is crucial to acknowledge these gifts in the human being.
The Ayurvedic healer imbibes the inner knowingness to acknowledge and encourage the unique and naturally arising expression in the human being. Those humans with a desire to create, are honored and guided to find their path of expressing this gift.
Their innate qualities of sensitivity, delicacy and love for aloneness or all-one-ness, is the path guiding them within, to the Source of creation. It is these beautiful qualities of akasha (ether) and vayu (air) that attune them with nature. When they create, their deeply balanced prakruti (nature) is being revealed and expressed. The deeper purpose of their life is being honored. The choice they made at the time of conception when the soul entered the womb, is being fulfilled.
It is a gift of the Ayurvedic healer to be able to attune himself and ask the questions: What is longing to be fulfilled in this lifetime for this soul? What is the highest dharma that leads this human being to evolving and living their full potential?
Human beings with vata prakruti are supported when their unique gifts are given space.
How can they connect to this Source when there is no time and space to support that? Their delicate dynamic balance is beautiful. At times they choose to be alone, into the woods, to sit close to the Divine. In silence. It nurtures their being. It allows them to expand and let prana to guide them home. It is the a cross point where Ayurveda meets and melts with Tantra.
Once these human beings understand and embrace their own nature, they shift. They move away from the perpetuating thought that something is wrong with them because they don't fit in, and can't be or live like what is considered normal.
They start honoring life choices that support their unique nature, and they finally feel there is no longer a need to push or adjust themselves to others.
They start being themselves. Sensitive, delicate and uninhibited. It nurtures their body, mind and soul in unexpected ways. They start writing poems, paint, chant as the well is gushing creativity through their body vessel. It is their meditation. It is a naturally arising Samyama, the threefold process described in the Yoga Sutra's of Sri Patanjali in Chapter three, the path revealing supernatural abilities and gifts.
Samyama happens when we follow prana, are captivated by prana and then come home within the Source of the Self.
"Samyama occurs when these three processes flow together harmoniously, integrating the full spectrum of the mind's potential. " YS III, 4 , Yoga Sutra's of Pantanjali as rendered by Mukunda Stiles
For the Tantrika, sound is the doorway to the Inner Beloved. It is a path of listening with the inner ear and touching the formless. And giving herself fully, without hesitation, to the unknown, unmanifested touch.
All she longs to do is to listen to the sound of the heart of her Beloved and give her heart to that One. To fulfill the natural longing over and over again, to be in the bliss of the poetry of infinite love, unconditionally being held and holding.
Where two become One.
© Chinnamasta Stiles
When you are not ready to look at the truth of your story, you are not ready to heal from it.
How do you heal the wounds of you story that has become your life?
Gently, within a tender embrace that allows you to be delicate and raw. That invites you to sit close to that which is difficult to look at.
Once you feel utterly safe, you can stop resisting.
Resisting what is blocking the uninhibited flow of life energy. Once you stop resisting and feel held without any need to change or do, you will stop doing. And you will start Being. Authentic and real. No more need to hide or hold back. Yet choosing to be brave, choosing to unburden your self from limiting patterns. Ready to unleash your story and disentangle.
TRAVEL LIGHT & HEALTHY
When I was a child we played a game: "I’m going on a trip and I take with me." Every child in the circle had to repeat that question with the growing list of wishes of all other children, adding on your own wish. It was so much fun, but of course finally the list got too long and nobody could remember it.
The same thing happens when I prepare for a trip. The list in my head grows and finally on the day of travel, it turns out to be too much to handle and I need to downsize to only the essential in order to keep the body light, the mind calm and the heart in a state of joyful anticipation.
I love the anticipation of a lingering unknown adventure and the sense of gratefulness of reuniting with longtime students, family and friends. Arriving at sacred places where I feel fully embraced and welcomed is like coming home. That is the most essential thing, a state of mind and heart that I experience.
Yet being practical and wise is the key to keep your body-mind safe, balanced and energized where ever you are or go. Here are some basics that anybody can benefit from.
Food is the key to radiant health and energy for me. The idea of "you are what you eat" is not only true on the physical level but also on a mental and emotional level. Foods that represent a balance of all tastes we know (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, salty, astringent) create a chemical balance in the body and with that, immediately effect your state of the mind and your emotional state. Sweetness connects you to love, pungent will fire you up, and astringent creates withdrawl.
Ayurveda, the Eastern Medical Science and Art of Health and Healing, pays a lot of attention to what you eat, in what combination, what tastes will heal and energize your body, when and where you eat. It is just fabulous and easy to do, for anybody. It's simple once you know the ground rules.
FOOD ON THE GO
I love to cook and love to share meals within community, yet food on the go can be challenging. This is what I pack and eat in order to feel grounded, energized and content.
Breakfast or travel meal: Miso soup
Miso soup as prepared here, is high in electrolytes (good for your adrenal-energy) high in minerals (good for bone metabolism, gentle on the kidneys, the source of prana and greens promotes an alkaline state of the body) and it promotes digestion.
The soup balances the vata dosha - ruling bowel movement, blood circulation/capacity to keep the body warm, nervous system/mind, vitality and free movement of the body. All these attributes get easily disturbed while you travel.
Here are the ingredients:
Dried miso (there are forms of gluten-free miso) or miso paste if you travel by car
Premier greens powder
Premier pink salt
Fresh ginger or ginger powder
8 ounces of hot (filtered) water
How to make it:
Boil water (or ask for boiled water during your flight), put 1-2 tsp of the dried mixture of greens, miso, 1/4 tsp pink salt and a slice of fresh ginger. Stir, ready. Eat the piece of ginger, it’s highly beneficial for your digestion.
Dinner meal: Kitchree
Kitchree is a nurturing simple recipe for anybody, any time. I even make it for my neighbor’s baby Loxton who is now 10 months old. He loves it! On the go you need a stove to prepare this. I book a B&B with a kitchen wherever possible.
Here are the ingredients for a meal kit for 5 days
1 cup of rice, 1 cup red or green lentils
2 tbs. spice mix of turmeric, coriander, cumin powder 2:2:1
Travel jar of ghee (clarified butter)
Premier Pink Salt
You will need a stove for this one.
How to make it:
I take 1/4 cup of this mix, add on about 1 cup of water, boil and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the liquid is almost absorbed but it's still moist and has a thick soupy consistency. Than I add on 1/4 tsp Premier pink salt and 1-3 tsp ghee. That is the frosting on the cake. Absolutely delicious, always, any time.
If you’d like me to help you with your travel essentials to keep you safe and happy let me know.