“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell 

 

Truth is not just one thing. There are so many truths that co-exist. The truth of what you are feeling. The truth of what you are thinking. The truth of what is happening. The truth of what someone else is thinking and feeling. The truth that existed in the past. The truth that you were unaware of. The truth that is no longer true. The truth of your opinion. The truth of what someone else is experiencing. We have an opportunity to navigate our awareness and understanding through what is true for us only, the truth that exists for someone else, and the truth which connects us all.

Just because something is true also doesn’t mean that it’s understood or even known. We might not recognize a truth until someone else’s truth is spoken. The truth of privilege, the truth of love, the truth of pain, the truth of conflict, the truth of connection. Truth is witnessing the essentialness of  reality. Sometimes that feels scary because it forces us to examine if our truths are actually just beliefs. Are we holding space for at the whole truth or just our side of things?

When we wake up, we don’t know whether we’ll miss a phone call, be nearly bumped by a girl on a pink scooter, fall in love, find out our great uncle is in the hospital, be serenaded by a musician with a questionably tuned guitar, help someone in need, hug a friend, or even what we’ll have for lunch. But we do know we will think a lot, make assumptions, seek attention, have questions, have our patience tested, be misunderstood. We’ll be given opportunities to connect, help, learn, pause, smile, frown, engage, wonder, and feel. The only thing we can do is build the endurance and acceptance to handle everything that comes our way; holding space to discover whether we are leaning into the wisdom of the moment, to illuminate the true nature of our reality, or projecting our personal truth onto someone/ something else. That is what yoga gives us the tools to do. It will all happen. The question is, are we preparing ourselves to shut down or show up?

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Meditation for Protection and Projection from the Heart

This meditation gives you an enchanting, magnetic personality and many unexpected friends. The Mangala Charn Mantra surrounds the magnetic field with protective light.

 

Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose with a light jalandhar bandh.

Mudra: Place the palms together at the Heart Center in Prayer Pose. The thumbs are crossed.

Mantra, Breath & Movement: Chant the Mangala Charn Mantra:

Ad Guray Nameh,

Jugad  Guray Nameh,

Sat Guray Nameh,

Siri  Guru  Devay Nameh

Inhale at heart center to begin. Chant the first line as the  arms move up and out to a 45 degree angle.

Inhale as the  hands move back to the heart center. Continue 3 more  times to complete the mantra.

Each time the arms move up and out as you chant, then return to the heart center as you  inhale. The full extension of the arms is timed to the chant.

Proiect the mind out as you chant.

Time: Tne repetition of this Mangala Charn pranayam takes 15  seconds. Continue for 11 minutes, adding 5 minutes per day up to 31 minutes until you perfect it.

Translation:

Ad Guray Nameh
(I bow to the Primal Wisdom)

Jugad Guray Nameh
(I bow lo the wisdom through the Ages)

Sat Guray Nameh
(I bow to the True Wisdom)

Siri Guru Devay Nameh
(I bow to the great unseen Wisdom)

Music: Simrit

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