In the bear’s cave of winter bubbles start to rise and pop in the dream space. The abyss is close by. The bear is sleepy, yet awake. The mind has dials set to meditate and welcomes symbols and messages that will give directional guidance. That bear is me, and the symbol that came was the Makara Mudra, as I set intention on India, and the spiritual practice of the body. As a teacher and a parent I have married the seasons, nature, Creator, my Self and the subjects in right-relationship. Our children came through me, so being a hollow bone during this time for them, as well as working on how I get in my own way is paramount. It’s contradictory, and the struggle is real.
I try to remain open to the messages that become my teachings. Mudra’s are hand gestures that can influence the energy of the body. The Makara Mudra is a blessing, as it activates a resevoir of energy. Winter is a time when we may activate that reservoir of energy to pull through a time of low energy, depression or overburdened tasks. Makara is the name of a crocodile in Indian mythology. Crocodiles are known for their strength, which can be mobilized very quickly. Sometimes, many times I need access quickly to a reservoir of strength or energy as a mama. Don’t you?!
January and February, as well as a few months into the school year are times when I have spread myself thin, or perhaps have not received the proper rest it takes to teach and parent and own a business. When I looked into the Mudra that I intuitively chose I knew immediately Creator wished for me to know the gesture. I am learning so much, and in doing so I am planning out the year for the boys. We are starting to embrace yoga more daily and I am researching some dancing, so we may bring our teachings to the body. The whole child.
Here is a link if you would like to look further into the Makara Mudra.
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After weeks of hard work and memorizing lines, we culminate tonight and tomorrow watching Robin Hood! Little Eagle plays Will Scarlett, a very Merry Man.
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Our Little Bear bundled up and walked a big circuit today. This is one of the first times he hasn’t had to be pulled, pushed or carried. A new season of movement! A season of feeling his feet on the land and looking up at the sky, the trees, and the winged ones in new awareness.
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I solemnly swear to create, teach and heal.
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Snow day! A day we have been given permission by nature to S_L_O_W down and do things peacefully. We were inspired to make a chicken avocado soup, with this bread for dinner! Full bellies will sleep warm and cozy tonight. Prayers for two sick boys.
Photo by Little Eagle.
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Soon we will hear the story of The Festival of Stones, by Reg Downs, and its winter stone magic. If mama wants to sing around the house, while washing dishes, or folding laundry, here is a recording to go by. Include drums if you have them!
It is winter, but here in Kentucky we have only had a light dusting of snow and mild temperatures so far. My duty is to Remember my Self through the seasons. In winter, all the energy goes inward. Into the roots of the trees, into the stones and bones of the earth. Stones are our libraries of the past. Pick one up and see if it has a message or story for you. If you listen, or keep it on your altar long enough, you might pick up some of it’s wisdom and healing intention. Are you drawn to any particular stones right now? Do you have a mantra for this winter season?
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“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” ~Buddha
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