I wrote a version of "Wahe Guru, Wahe Jio" as part of the Aquarian Sadhana mantras I often perform at Yoga Phoenix in the early morning hours. I played them in front of a crowd for the first time in Sedona for Sangeet Kaur Khalsa's "Brahm Prakash" retreat over 11/11/11. This was the first time I'd sang it front of hundreds of people though! What a high to have everyone chanting together.
I am so blessed to re-unite with my family each Solstice and create music like this!
I learned a lot this Winter Solstice in Florida... though I didn't realize I signed up for the class.
Operation Failed Expectations:
On the day after I arrived, I contracted what most people would call "sickness."
-congestion, -sore throat, -aches and tiredness, and -difficulty breathing.
This was not how I had expected to spend my vacation.
A Blessing In Every Tissue:
I spent about half a day feeling really sorry for myself. How could this happen to me? I was supposed to have fun, sing, meet new people, stay up late and get up really early... just like last year.
Completely unprepared in terms of "get well supplies", I decided to contact the resident doctor. I had a beautiful conversation with him, which forever changed the way I will see "illness."
Everything is New:
He explained, the terms "sick", "ill", "cold", "flu", or other ways we describe our dis-ease are too generic. They reinforce the illusion that each experience is exactly the same as our previous ones. When we generalize our "illness", we have a particular idea about how much time it will take to get better, what we have to do to get better, and what caused it. We are ignoring what is actually occurring.
Instead, he encouraged me to notice the particular sensations that made this experience unique. What elements we at play? Was it dry or wet? Was it hot or cold? I answered that it felt sticky, damp, and dirty.
He asked me something that no doctor has ever asked me before:
"What other parts of your life feel sticky, damp and dirty right now?"
You Get What You Need:
While I did spend much of my time in Florida experiencing not-so-sensational sensations, I know now it was an opportunity to transmute old ideas and stored emotions around "sickness", into the fertilizer for radiant health—mental, spiritual and physical.
This year I experienced a lot of change, and this minor inconvenience gave me what I needed: quiet time to myself, deep introspection, and true grit.
On Friday I head out to Lake Wales Florida for Winter Solstice... one of my favorite times of the year!!
I just heard today that I will be leading MorningSadhana with my friend and sometimes-musical partner Sat Darshan Singh.
I am so excited!
Only a few more days until I get to see friends from all over the world, chant along with fantastic musicians and yogis, take amazing workshops and classes, help out with the sound team (that's my karma yoga this year!), and experience three of White Tantric Yoga.
"Bliss" (from The Music Within) is the featured song for the KRI vide "Facets of the Master", which will be playing during White Tantric Yoga events throughout the year... all over the world!
I'm interested to see how that is integrated into this year's festivities as well!
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