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Imprinting The Sacred

Flower of Life carving

This past Moon cycle has spoken to me about the importance of grounding and rooting ourselves. Through the Chaos of this unpredictable human experience we can pause and befriend any moment. Belonging to the present and inhabiting ourselves fully. Rumi’s words are close to my heart: “So come, return to the root of the root of your own self.”

This mindful art form of carving my own stamps has been a great way of slowing things down and really bringing my focus on what I’m doing in the moment. I’ve received some interest from others to purchase my hand carved stamp prints and so I’ve created an etsy listing for those interested. This first pack contains prints of my Flower of Life, Kali Ma, and Hand Eye stamps.

As the summer begins to wane, I’m taking this time to slow down and listen with my other eyes and ears.

“Listen to the hidden sounds
Use your other ears.
See the celestial sights
Use your other eyes.
Perceive what cannot be measured by the ordinary senses.”
~ Alberto Villoldo

Imprinting the Sacred

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Holy The Small

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The sacred is exposed to us through the small. All the small things brought together make up the bigger ones. Nothing larger is ever accomplished on it’s own. It’s in the small that the infinite is revealed. Small stories, small steps, small braveries… Holy the small.

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Everyday Sacred {#2}

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“The heart is like a mirror. When we dust it off, we are able to see ourselves.
The dust is all our stuff – guilt, anger – this stuff is reflected back to us.
Practice removes the dust from the mirror of our hearts.” ~ Krishna Das

What’s a Sadhana?!

The word “Sadhana” is a Sanskrit term literally translating to “accomplishing something” in regards to spiritual development, and includes daily work through observing, reflecting and subsequent action with the goal of enriching ourselves. Traditionally, it entails disciplined practice in order to transcend the ego with its final goal being that of enlightenment. This is all true for me; however I would add that my Sadhana is also…

A prayer in action

A solid grounding in the Here & Now

A doorway to deeper experiences

A way to see past what’s right in front of me

And to connect with the whole…

It’s my daily sacred commitment to myself.

I practice to move beyond the pain and suffering of this world, to “remove the dust” from my heart, and to continuously re-connect to both the sacred and the magic that is all around and within — while taking solace in this interconnection. You could call it whatever you want really because it’s the dedication and intention behind it that counts.

When we take the time for our own sacred self-care, we feel a big difference in our day-to-day. At least I know I do. Cultivating this kind of practice is to further our journey inwards so we can remind ourselves that we really never left. We are already a part of the divine that pulses through the entirety of the world, both seen and unseen.

Most of the time, rather than having some grand expectation of hours spent in Sadhana devotion, I find what works better—and is far more realistic—is to carve out little moments throughout my day, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, and turn inwards. It’s important however to remember that finding what works best for each of us is something that we have explore a bit, making the proper adjustments until the practice clicks.

So, what do I do during these stolen Sadhana moments? Here is a quick list of the practices I might incorporate depending where I am and how much time I have:

Yoga
Meditation
Journaling
Reading from spiritual/inspirational texts
Art making
Chanting
Ceremony
Reciting a mantra (Japa Yoga)
Breath work (Pranayama)
Prayer
Healing work
Reflecting/Contemplating
Tarot card reading
Walk in nature

Some of these I do daily, some of these happen when I have more time and feel inspired to do so, but at a minimum I do something every day. And remember, this is just the sacred grounding work that speaks to me, which may not resonate for you, and that’s absolutely fine. What other practices would you have on your own list? I truly believe in the saying “To each their own”, so go with whatever truly speaks to your heart.

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Moving forward, we’ll begin to look into specific practices and I’ll share how I personally incorporate them. As always, I can only convey my own experiences, and I look forward to hearing about yours.

Until next time remember, you’ve already arrived, you’re already home. The Sacred is within and all around you… We already have all that we need.

Everyday Sacred {#1}: Practice Repeat

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Every Breath a Blessing

Sacred Smoke - Jenn Grosso

Divine Breath
{Poem by Jenn Grosso}

The wisp of Sacred Smoke
Calling me
To slow my world
Right down
And take a breath
And another
And yet another.

To remember this place
Dwelling inside
That never leaves me.

Breathing in
I am
Breathing out
I have already arrived.

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Inner Winds

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Listening to the inner winds, to this New Moon, and to Black Elk speak.

“All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.” ~ Black Elk

And I remind myself to breathe like I mean it. Prana is medicine.

“And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.” ~ Black Elk

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Everyday Sacred {#1}

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Practice Repeat

Life can sometimes feel like it’s slipping through our fingers. Rushing through our days, I’m sure everyone at some point has exclaimed “where the hell did the day go?!” and next thing you know it’s a new season. I mean it’s kind of inevitable as time here only moves forward, but when this becomes the status quo, life’s enjoyment slips away too.

It has been through cultivating my daily spiritual practice (or Sadhana) that I learned I could slow things down. In this conscious choice to savor every day a little more, I found a deeper grounding experience within, because it’s in these stolen moments that I remind myself to fully inhabit the here and now; I acknowledge myself, and the care that I need to be happy, healthy and yes, holy. After all, we’re all connected and each of us is an integral part of the sacred current of all things.

When I put the brakes on the motions and commotions of daily life, and calm the monkey mind which is continually jumping from one thought to another, I can, if even just for a few moments, bear witness to the sacredness pulsing throughout my entire essence of being. I can honor my inner self, my heart, my Buddha nature. I make room to appreciate all things, to soften when I’d rather harden and to open up rather than shutting down.

I’ve heard people say over and over again that they don’t have time for a daily practice, or that they started but “life” happened and then stopped. I assure you that I’m not talking about hours here, or even a solid hour. It’s definitely awesome if you do have that time to dedicate to your practice, sometimes I do, but on most days, between work, raising my daughter, and life in general, I just don’t. I try my best to steal a bit of time upon waking, maybe a bit of time after work, and then a bigger chunk of time before bed, but it all depends on what’s going on and has to be taken day by day… and I honor that.

It’s life and we just gotta flow with it and be flexible. I know that if I’m too hard on myself, say about doing an hour of yoga every day, that I’ll get discouraged when I don’t. That practice then becomes a burden and actually a source of stress, which is totally the opposite of what it’s supposed to be right? So I’ve learned to let it be what it’s going to be for however much time it’s going to be. As long as I show up for that sacred time every day—whether it’s five minutes, ten, fifteen, half an hour, or hell, even a full flippin hour! I’ll take what I can get, and it’s way better than not showing up at all.

For all these reasons, this column will pop up sporadically. I can’t say with what frequency because I just gotta go with the flow. Just like my practice. But I’ll show up here and share with you some of my favorite practices, little glimpses inside my own Sadhana and inspiration that invites us all to tap into the sacred around us and ultimately back to ourselves.

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A gentle disclaimer: I’m eclectic, like mega diverse. I gather inspiration from wherever my heart leads me, from whichever culture, style and time in space that tickles my fancy. If it pulls me, I follow. With that said, not everything that I’ll discuss during the course of this column will necessarily resonate with you, and that’s totally cool. Like me, follow your heart. You are cultivating your own practice right? Keep what inspires you and leave the rest.

I’d love for you to share your experiences with me too! Or, if you have any questions or insights or general feedback, I want to hear it! You can either do so by commenting in the posts themselves, or you can email me at perilsoftheliving@rocketmail.com. Who knows, maybe your questions and/or comments will become the topic of a future column (without naming names of course). So let’s get interactive with this, and help and encourage each other to see the sacred in our everyday lives!

Everyday Sacred {#2} coming soon…

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Chaos & Cosmos

I’m excited to be embarking on a new art series that I’m calling “Chaos & Cosmos” where I’ll be exploring the mandala, the alchemy of self-transformation and our interconnectedness. Check out my beginnings here on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenngrosso/sets/72157642364976294/

“There is a thinking in primordial images, in symbols which are older than the historical man, which are inborn in him from the earliest times, eternally living, outlasting all generations, still make up the groundwork of the human psyche. It is only possible to live the fullest life when we are in harmony with these symbols; wisdom is a return to them.” ~ C.G. Jung

Primordial Spiral Mandala

 

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