Bhuvaneshvari The Queen of the Universe

Your theme for April is Bhuvaneshvari The Queen of the Universe. In January, I introduced you to Tantra and the 10 wisdom goddesses. As you may recall, tantra uses different techniques to connect you to your True Nature.

Bhuvaneshvari means the Queen of ruler of the Universe. She is known in the Vedas as the cosmic womb. The Goddess represents space, the field in which all things grow. Bhuvaneshvari represents space, creativity and possibility. Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti shares that "Bhuvaneshvari is prakriti. But she is also way beyond prakriti... That's what makes her so mysterious. She both contains the cosmos and transcends it." In the Samkhya philosophy, prakrit represents the material world. David Frawley adds that she is, "the power of love that envisions the universe as creative play."

3 Benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet

The U.S. is in a health crisis. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, "chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs." In addition, childhood obesity is on the rise. Furthermore, the CDC states that behaviors such as a diet of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to the obesity problem. What if there was a way to prevent & reverse chronic illness that was good for all beings and the planet? There is; a whole food plant based diet. Let's, now, explore 3 benefits of a whole food plant based diet.

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

While mindfulness is the latest buzz word, it is a vital component to living in today's world. In the book Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, you will journey into the heart of mindfulness. You will uncover what it is and isn't and how to integrate the practice into your daily living. According to Kabat-Zinn, "mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Since you learn to sit with whatever comes up, you, ultimately, lean in to the full experience.

Tripura Sundari The Beauty of the Three Worlds

Your theme for March is Tripura Sundari the beauty of the three worlds. In January, I introduced you to Tantra and the 10 wisdom goddesses. As you may recall, tantra uses different techniques to connect you to your True Nature.

First of all, sundari means beauty. Secondly, tripura means of the three cities. Hence, the three worlds refers to the three bodies- physical (matter), astral (energy), and causal (thought). In addition, they also represent the three states of consciousness as waking, dream and deep sleep. Sundari represents the ability to move beyond the material world and connect to that place of wholeness and innate perfection (purusha).

The Importance of Sadhana Sangha and Seva

Several of the main yoga texts teach the importance of sadhana sangha and seva. They help in terms of spiritual development. First of all, sadhana translates as daily spiritual practice. Secondly, sangha is the sanskrit word for community. Finally, seva means service. Hence, the question becomes how do these three tools help you stay focused on your path towards Self-realization?

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