Greetings Moonbow Friends!
Here’s what I have been musing about lately…
I Will Be Your Sun
By: Dave Ursillo
You carry a whole world with you.
A planet rests upon your shoulders.
You may not see it, but I do.
There is a Universe within that you carry wherever you go.
Ecosystems of passion and romance.
Warring nations of worry and fear.
A billion living ideas, stories, and experiences that make up a whole history named YOU.
Wherever you go, I promise to be your sun.
It’s not that your life revolves around me.
Think of it like this:
Whenever you come to me, I will do my best to be quiet and still and shine nothing but kindness and light upon you.
I discovered this poem last month while planning for one of my weekly yoga classes at BlissBlissBliss. For the past four years, every April I have selected the theme of “April Abdominal Awareness Month: Your AAA (Triple A) for Health and Wellness”. Many may assume this theme carries with it a focus on abdominal exercises for core strength and six-pack abs. I won’t lie, I definitely integrate the abdominal muscles, but I also use the month to shine light on the other amazing facets of “Core Power”.
So why this poem for Abdominal Awareness? Energetically, our abdomen is the home of Manipura, our 3rd Chakra, the Solar Plexus. Manipura is a vortex for generating one’s will-power, sense of self and purpose, and ability to digest life. This solar power is just one lens to view the story of you, and it can serve as a bright reminder of the eternal, omnipresent, and pure light that nourishes and sustains the wholeness of YOU – mind/body/spirit.
In the ancient poem, The Bhagavad Gita, Krishna explains to the warrior, Arjuna, the strength and grace of this pure light:
“The sharpest sword will not pierce it;
the hottest flame will not singe it;
water will not make it moist;
wind will not cause it to wither.
It cannot be pierced or singed,
Moistened or withered; it is vast,
Perfect and all-pervading,
Calm, immovable, timeless.”
(2.23 – 2.24, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
One way that I interpreted the I will be your Sun poem for my classes is congruent with the Bhagavad Gita wisdom of the everlasting, all-pervading light. The voice in the poem is that light and promises, “Whenever you come to me, I will do my best to be quiet and still and shine nothing by kindness and light upon you.”
Another way that I was moved by the poem was by relating the voice to that of a mother. I shared the poem in this way during my Prenatal and Mommy/Baby yoga classes. In this light, the mother is making a blessing of unconditional love and support to her child/children.
Mother May I?
As we near Mother’s Day this weekend – may I offer another interpretation?
To all moms-to-be, mothers, and grandmothers – may you all read the poem as a blessing of Gratitude. A mother tends to “carry a whole world” and “ecosystems of passion and romance; Warring nations of worry and fear,” as it relates to the care, support, and love she emanates towards her children and family. At times, the journey is effortful, tough, and sometimes lonely. Other times, delightful and filled with ease. So moms-to-be, mothers, and grandmothers - May you read between the lines to hear, “Thank you, thank you for all you do!”
As the weather heats up for summer - make plans for a COOL autumn!
Kindness is Key: An Ireland Yoga Retreat
September 29 - October 4, 2019
We will gather on the western shore of Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher Retreat center. The Co. Clare region is rich with classic Irish countryside, charming towns, and dramatic cliffs. Start and end each day with a yoga class, and then fill your afternoons with adventures or pure relaxation. Lodging and all meals are included.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana) is a wonderful posture to integrate into your yoga practice. Begin by stepping your feet comfortably wide and turn your toes to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock (as if a big clock was on your floor). Rest hands on your hips, and then bend your knees until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor and maintain a neutral spine (ie: resist the urge to lean the torso forward or sway the tailbone far behind you). Now, bring the palms together at the center of your chest (heart center). Take a moment to nourish a quality of relaxation and cultivate a smooth, rhythmic breath. After 3 breaths, open the arms out to the side while creating a 90 degree angle at the elbows. Breathing here, embody the essence of the Goddess – bountiful, brave, beautiful, and beaming with unconditional kindness. You may also wish to move your Goddess dynamically by lengthening the legs on an inhalation and bending the knees on an exhalation. Enjoy the following affirmation with your Goddess Pose: With confidence and grace, I shine light and kindness throughout the universe within and around me.
ESSENTIAL OIL MUSING
Abdominal Awareness is not complete without a nod to the digestive system! Beneath the layers of abdominal muscles are the vital organs of digestion – stomach, liver, pancreas, small intestine, colon, etc. When our digestive system is optimally functioning, our overall quality of health is also optimal. In addition to these vital organs, the whole digestive system plays closely with the immune system, since approximately 70% of the immune system is located within the greater gastrointestinal tract. DoTerra now has a great way to soothe your digestive woes and recharge your immune system with their sweet and spicy Ginger Drops. The ingredients in the Ginger drops can help ease nausea associated with movement, as well as comfort an upset stomach. Add these drops to a Mother’s Day gift basket! They are Moonbow Mom approved!