Why doesn't constant trampling defeat the dandelion? The key to its strength is its long and sturdy root, which extends deep into the earth. The same principle applies to people. The true victors in life are those who, enduring repeated challenges and setbacks, have sent the roots of their being to such a depth that nothing can shake them - Daisaku Ikedae
I love the wisdom and guidance of the dandelion. During spring thaw, dandelions appear instantly with their mass of yellow florets and by summer they're ubiquitous and free covering lawns, prairies and any stretch of soil they can summon. Dandelions possess a variety of healing properties, but unless we are in the habit of working with dandelions, we can easily forsake the powerful insight these healing plants (beings) can teach us about our own true nature and the greater rhythms of life. After a few days in bloom the yellow flowers close (literally turning inward) preparing for their next transformation. They emerge as a puffy bundle of seedlings eagerly awaiting the gentle winds of autumn to carry them away. Accessing this wisdom from the land is a blessing. This is indigenous land. And there is so much this land can teach us to bring us closer to that which we seek; freedom, peace, and wellbeing. As we embark on a new season pay close attention not just to the falling leaves, but everything around you changing, transforming, releasing. We are not outside of this movement and transformation, but instead deeply interwoven (tantra) to these rhythms, they are within us.
What I love about my yoga and ayurvedic practices is the immediate recognition that I am connected to the earth, the dandelion, the water and the wind.
How often are we aware of the fact that the earth is constantly supporting us even amidst transition? Is it only when we set out into retreat or have you had this experience in the city? What are you offering yourself and the planet right now? I ask all of these questions from a place of love and healing justice. This is such an important time of year to commit radically to our dharmas, our life’s greatest purpose, our vitality, wellbeing and relationship to the earth. Yoga (meditation) and Ayurveda are the oldest sciences in the world. As a spiritual practice they allow us to see our vision, purpose and highest calling in life. My highest calling is accessing these teachings from the rishis (the seers) my people’s tradition and my teachers and pass them onto others for the purpose of liberation, vitality and love. When we go on retreat to study ourselves more closely we are given time and space to discern what we need to call in for more balance and steadiness in our lives. Taking time away from daily life to call forth that which we seek is shakti, power and moksha freedom! That is why I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be a leading a once in a lifetime retreat: Rest and Liberation February 9th through the 16th in Troncones, Mexico!
This immersion will include Dharma talks, two practices a day, time in nature (ocean and mountains) to unwind from the fullness of city life, warm weather and an ocean to indulge during Minnesota's crazy winter and coldest month of the year, AND the biggest part of all, practices with a teacher who has had years of experience and intuitive knowledge and insight from the ancestors, rishis, sages and teachers of the yogic and Ayurvedic traditions. There will be a sacred circle to make our altar on opening night and we will close with a bonfire and ritual on our last night together to seal in this work with protection and shakti (power).
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