Monday, May 14, 2012

The Wealth of Mother Earth

Together, we are wealthy! Our divine birthright is the abundance of Earth. Nothing is more valuable than the incredible, lush beauty of nature and Mother Earth... and it is all FREE. The bright colors, the sweeping skyscapes, the raw elements. The most incredible art form is the Earth itself, constantly shifting and morphing. Each day holds another surprising backdrop for my life. Beyond that, the value of having a true home and a sense of belonging can be felt just by communing with a mountain. The Earth our original home, like the womb. The Earth is receptive AND giving, like the mother's body. When we get in harmony with the creative nature of our mother; when we plant seeds, cultivate, and care for her, we are gifted with new life and become co-creators. By caring for the Earth we become creators just like her.

All we need to do to receive that richness is to take the time to be present to nature and commune with the Earth. Here are some tips:

Tree People has generous hiking and nature trails.

Huntington Botanical Gardens reminds of earth's natural beauty.

Practice your yoga outside, at a park or near the beach. 

Be in touch with the beauty that surrounds you all the time. 

Get grounded by laying down and getting close to the grass while gazing up at the beautiful sky!

Tadasana is called Mountain pose. It is the foundational yoga pose. It exists within each posture.

Remember that everything that is truly valuable cannot be bought, and cannot be taken from you. It is up to you to cultivate that glorious relationship to your mother earth. Creating security and having ownership is supported by our concept of value and the action of putting away a little bit each day. Re-creation on a daily basis is like money in the bank; it adds up over time. Your strength and flexibility is a cumulative result of your daily practice. Own your power. Claim the richness of your birthright which is your beautiful body. 

The following yoga routine is meant to be done slowly and thoroughly. Feel your body as you sink into a pose for a long time. Hold each of these for 90 seconds each (click here to download a PDF):

  • Chair Pose
  • Tree Pose
  • Temple
  • Warrior 2
  • Triangle
  • Half Moon
  • Standing Splits
  • Forward Bend
  • Squat
  • Cobbler's Pose
  • Pigeon
  • Seated Forward Bend

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