Wednesday

How Mantra Helps the Downward Spiral


Japa

Wikipedia defines the Sanskrit term as the "meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name. It is a practice found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism.

The mantra or name may be spoken softly, enough for the practitioner to hear it, or it may be spoken within the reciter's mind. Japa may be performed while sitting in a meditation posture, while performing other activities, or as part of formal worship in group settings."

"A Mantra being "a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed to have psychological and spiritual powers. The earliest mantras were composed in Vedic Sanskrit by Hindus in India, and are at least 3000 years old".

A mala is a string of beads, which is used to chant the names of God. It is similar to a rosary. A mala typically has either 108 beads (a sacred number in Hinduism) or 27 beads (which is one-fourth of 108). Additionally, the mala generally has an additional bead, called the “Guru bead,” which hangs at the connecting points of the mala.

A Hindu mala is used by the right hand, generally. The mala is held with the thumb and middle finger, avoiding the index finger. The index finger represents the Ego. The right hand, and the beads are brought toward you, one by one, using the thumb. Each bead counts as one repetition of your mantra. When you get around to the Guru bead, you don’t count it, and you don’t pass it; you stop there, mentally bow to the guru.


This process is called Japamala.

If your mala is 27 beads long, you will flip the mala around, and start going back the other way, 3 more times. Each time you come to the guru bead you awaken once more, then you turn around and head back home, until you hit 108.

Type of mala is up to you. There are so many options out there! My first piece of advice is to get them from a good source. 

What does that mean?

Try and get them from a correct lineage, such as SRF (Self-Ralization Fellowship) or the Hare Krshna Temple. Most of my malas come from a Temple. I like that they come infused with good vibrations and prayers via the hands which made them. 

After discovering the perfect mala, for you, it's time to find a mantra. Quite honestly, the mantra finds you. So don't give up if you aren't resonating with one, make it up. I did.

My first mantra was, "I am happy, healthy, wealthy and wise".

After that, I found my mantra, and many others! Traditionally, the mantra is given to you by your Guru (Teacher) when initiated into Bramachary. 

But the mantra can also come by way of a song, or meme, or conversation. 

We should not limit how we receive God, but focus on staying open, and accept the message. 

My mantra depends on my situation, but primarily it goes between "Om Namo Narayanaya" and "Om Namah Shivaya".

These are both names for God. 

My first Hindu mantra ever was a Maha Mantra, a great mantra. The Krshna mantra, is powerful mantra in guiding love into your own being, evolving Self love within, expanding one's being to unbelievable heights. 

I found my spouse while chanting to Krshna. 

But I wasn't even looking for one, just looking for God.

When I begin to hear the voices telling me I'm not good enough.
When I hear the voices say I'm not doing enough.
When I hear I am not worthy of love.
When I hear I am a waste...

I chant my mantra. I cling to it, like a man climbing rocks who just had a slip of hand. 

I chant louder than the thoughts.

Slowly, they subside. 

Sometimes I use the mala, sometimes I don't. 

I usually use my mala for morning and evening prayer, but I always have them with me. 

That's how powerful they are for me.

Just like with everything else, it's all experimental. Listen to what resonates within. It's always ok to say no, "this is not for me".

Remember to use your breath, deeply.

Enjoy this epic journey!

Namaste 

Tuesday

My GoT Name

Today the prompt is to name our Self. We are to name ourselves just as one of the GoT character does for herself. I’ve never watched GoT so I have no idea who this character is, or does, however Tara gave a great explanation of our intended purpose. 

The goal is to name who we want to become, not who we currently are, or who we have been. A new name, a new perspective. 

This seems easy enough today, especially after being at Bhakti Festival recharging my Self with other Light Beings for almost a week.

While I was a Bhakti Festival I had a lot of revelations, or moments of enlightenment. I rarely share my internal discussions with others, because they are my message, my download. Most people wouldn't understand them anyway, as they are being accepted under my perception, to answer my questions, not someone else. 

But I will share them here today, because they are valid in today's prompt. Which is to name our Self.

When I first started on my path, my teacher, Mas Vidal, always said we are to be nameless and formless. 

This really resonated with me.

Nameless. Formless. 

For a very long time I had no name, not even a spiritual name. Even when I was initiated into Bramacharya, many moons ago, my Guru didn't assign me a name. 

Which was strange, because everyone gets a new name. It's significant to your spiritual life. At least I thought it was. 

But not when you want to be nameless and formless. 

So I wondered without a name. Until a beautiful girl named me Eh-Jah back in 2010. 

That name was accepted and tied to my future spouse, who praises Jah Rastafari. 

But after that, I had no spiritual name. Until last week at BhaktiFest. 

Now, just for backstory, you should now - NO ONE REMEMBERS MY NAME. 

Ever. 

I don't take offense because just like Jim Morrison says, "When you're strange 
No one remembers your name". 

So I tell people my name is Ma. Like Mother. 

People definitely remember that, because I am big Mom energy.

At Bhakt, I was inititated with 2 names. The first was by Erin from Banyon Botanicals. She blessed me with the name Leela Ma. Which I absolutely love! Leela means "Play". I am the playful Mother. Although I never really embraced this part of me, and felt that playing was juvenile, I really resonate with this new name I was given. 

Leela Ma

The other name which was bestowed upon me was Maha. Chase Iron Eyes gave a talk about Standing Rock and how they are being treated unfairly. It resonated deeply within and I could not keep the tears out of my eyes. It was a very emotional talk. I received some serious downloads, and reconnected to my Indigenous Roots. I connected with Chase on a very universal and energetic level. I even felt the presence of my Nana there!! I have been praying to connect to my Indigenous Roots since she passed in 2005. 

After Chase spoke, I met with him and asked many questions, which were overwhelming. He then gave me my name - Maha. I was wearing my "Maha Seva" badge and he took that as my name. Maha means "great". I just wanted him to remember me, so I could have someone to reach out to, in the Indigenous Community. I am so very desperate to reconnect.

After that incident I was able to meet the amazing Mary Magdalene in meditation. Her download was so powerful, that I am unable to put into words, just yet. 

I did my Seva in the Women's Tent and met many excpetional women!! I will be bringing these women to you, in time. 

But, for today, we focus on my name.

I am Elizabeth Baby Peregrina, Energetic Mother, Independant Indigenous Goddess, Master Manifestor, Lover of All Vegetables and Fruit, Family Soul and Face, Yogini From the Beginning of Time and Space, Spice Guru and Creator of Art you Eat, Superb Transformer by way of Shiva, the First and Only of her Name. 


Namaste

Monday

Meet Tara-Nicholle Nelson



I came upon Tara earlier this year when I signed up for her 30-day Writing Challenge for Conscious Leaders. I wrote many blog entries, including this one, which was very cathartic and healing.

It is no wonder why I signed up again, since the first time around was very transformational, and this round's focus is "Transcend the Chaos and Spark Bold Transitions".

Honestly, who couldn't use that?

I like Tara because she is relatable, and offers great insight into every prompt she offers. It is a very thought out project, to which is evident by how many women join and transform within their own lives!

Check out this video and join us!


Today was the first day of prompts and I am so excited!

As I enter this next decade of my life, my forties, I am ever so ready to conquer all the bullshit that is holding me back.

Holding me back from my own greatness. Fear is losing it's grip, if not most by now, and I am ready!

I AM READY TO HEAL!!

Ready to receive, give, be open, forgive, be honest, be raw, be authentic, be healed, be empowered!! To own my glory!

Writing has always been a very freeing method of de-stressing for me. I have journals that date back to the time I was in junior high school! The last time I did this, I bought a journal and pens to prepare. This time I did nothing. I decided to use the tools I have and go with it. Better and easier to accept and work with what I have, as opposed to focusing on what I don't have.

If you feel like this resonates with you, head over to the Facebook Page for the 30 Day Writing prompt and check it out.

I'll see you there.

Namaste

PS - I plan to post some of my writings here on the blog. More than likely I'll post those writing prompts on Tuesdays and Thurdays.

PPS - I'm hosting a Kichari Detox on Facebook. Head on over if you're intersted in joining.

Tuesday

Meet Tuesday May Thomas


This is Tuesday May Thomas. I met her back in 2008, when I managed the Dancing Shiva Healing Center. Tuesday taught yoga and did many Reiki workshops there as well. I was blessed to join her during a Reiki Healing Circle and I was instantly hooked! A week before I was to sit in on my first circle, I discovered the first Reiki symbol (Cho Ku Rei) within me, as I drew a spiral over and over. After I had my first initiation, it wasn't long before I was receiving my final and Master Level download. Tuesday is a very sweet and kind soul, with Mother energy, which makes me feel safe. I had every Reiki initiation with Tuesday while I was pregnant! All 3 of my daughter's are Reiki students as well. I had many trying moments during each of my 3 pregnancies and Tuesday was so understanding and patient with me. So much so, I sent my sister to her for healing. As well as my cousin, and my friends!

Tuesday also has weekly Tarot readings on her YouTube

They are always on point for me and my path!


Find Tuesday on Instagram, where she shares her many talents, including her practice with a Ratan Staff! 

Just look at her light energy!

Below is a photo of 2 inspiring souls. Tuesday, and Baba Ram Dass! Ram Dass is a Master, who has changed my mind, and life forever. Tuesday has done the same, by holding space and allowing me to be.


Both have excellent books to ponder! 
Be Here Now, by Ram Dass is a beautiful meditative book, with inspiring visuals and text. 

The Reiki Apprentice is Tuesday's first book about her Spiritual Path. It is filled with mystical tales, and trials of her first encounters on the path. I often peruse it's pages for messages when I need, or to remind me that I am not alone on this path. We all experience what we need, as we are ready.

You can also find Tuesday on Twitter

Leaving you with this excellent crystal bowl aum meditation, guided by Tuesday.

Stay blessed my friends. 

Breath allows Flow and you THRIVE.

Namaste.

Wednesday

Embody with Hemalayaa


Welcome to Wellness Wednesdays, where I bring you all things geared towards wellness of mind, body and spirit. 

Meet Hemalayaa Behl, inspiring yogini who is focused on shifting the internal paradigm of women everywhere, including myself.

I met Hema around 2010, while managing the Dancing Shiva Healing Center. I was automatically drawn to her warm and inviting nature. I've been intrigued ever since. I've taken a few programs with Hema, including Bhakti Festival in 2015, and every year since then. The first year I took her program, I had the most amazing re-awakening of my femininity.

Last year at Bhakti, I had a spontaneous re-alignment during her class. That night I slept like a baby, and have blossomed even more, in the 364 days since then. It's knowing I can let go safely, with her, which allows me to grow. Evolving is a part of life, and embracing every moment is crucial. Hema honors and respects the journey and brings her best self, for our healing.

I'm ready to embody the next stage of my journey. I'll be attending this event at the new Mandala Center in Santa Monica on September 30th. I plan to head over early to enjoy the beach.

Maybe plan a meet up for tea?

Not sure.

All I know is, I'll be ready. Journal in hand, ready to download the next level of evolution for my spirit. 

Other Thought Leaders joining Hema are Katie Brauer, Zöe Kors, and HeatherAsh.

Register here, don't wait any longer!

Namaste

Monday

Racoon Sighting at Green Valley Lake


Green Valley Lake, known as the "Hidden Gem" is nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. The closest towns are Arrowbear and Running Springs. The community is set at 7,200 feet above sea level. It is a quaint town and recreation area for families and couples alike. The lake was man made in 1926 with the construction of the Green Valley Dam and is not connected to any stream or river. It is fed by rain, snow, and underground springs, and freezes in the Winter. It is 28 miles from my house, which is a bonus! The campground offers single-family sites for tent, which we did, and RV camping. Cabin rental is also an option. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and a campfire ring with one grill. We were close to the super clean bathrooms, and drinking water was everywhere. One car per site, which is all we had. We turned onto Green Valley Lake Road and headed up. At one point, we thought we were lost, so we pulled over and asked a local at the General Market. We were advised to keep going up, to the end. Upon arrival we drove through both campsites, which has a few available spots on a first-come, first-served basis. We found one open spot that was near the bathrooms, spot #10.


We set up camp and headed right to the lake. It is a private lake, each person 11 years and older pays $5 each. Children under 10 are $3 each. You pay for all day, with the option of coming and going as you please. We were annointed with a wristband of admittance.


The water was clear, and crisp. I did not go in, because I'm always cold, but the kids loved it! They have the lake broken into three sections. A small wading area for those who don't know how to swim. A middle section for swimmers only, and a third section for kayaking and canooing. All the kids jumped in, including Matt, the Mister. With his glasses on. Mhmm. They were gone, of course.


The lifeguard was so nice. Absolutely compassionate and understanding of the loss. Glasses aren't cheap, after all. Matt looked for them, the lifeguard looked, and our second oldest looked. To no avail. We even went the next day and had no luck. After losing his glasses, Matt was left with his one back up lens, a monocle, if you will. The Mister was blind without that monocle, and it was quite a sight (not captured), and fun. Back at camp we explored and realized our campsite was rife with baby lizards!! The girls proceeded to catch and release lizards, which they named, obviously. This little guy below is yogi. He's doing Gyan mudra.



We went hiking on a nearby trail, and returned to camp ready to eat. Made some simple quesadillas with hummus and koolaid to quench our thirst. As twilight hit, we started the fire in the pit. I bought a bundle of firewood earlier at the General Market and even grabbed some kindling.
Bellies and hearts full, we headed to bed as the darkness crept in. At about 3am I hear rustling outside the tent.
Terrified, I lit up the flashlight, pointed it outside the tent, and exposed 2 beady little racoon eyes. I shooed it away and went back to bed, er, sleeping bag. Oh, did I mention I was sharing my sleeping bag with my second youngest, Elia, who is a 5 year old budding yogini. We were scrunched, but oh so warm! As sunrise approached we started a morning fire, and made pancakes. The girls and I packed up and headed home. I had to drive because Mr. Monocle couldnt see without his glasses. Off we went, with fond memories (provided by Matt, mainly), and a new favorite camping location! Can't wait to go back.


There are many things to do at Green Valley Lake, but the best for me was enjoying my family under a gorgeous blue sky. 
Should you want to enjoy Green Valley Lake there is fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and much more during Summer! They also have tons of activities to do during Winter! 
*This is not sponsored. I paid for everything out of sheer desire to bond with my family. All opinions are mine*

Namaste

Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday


What up fellow thrivers!

On Wednesdays I'm sharing all things to do with Wellness.

What does that mean?

It means things that make me feel good.
Things that make me feel confident.
It can be anything, as long as it brings me joy and makes me feel well. Well enough to thrive!

Everyone who knows me, knows I love yoga! My family and friends send me awesome yoga and health related material often, so when my cousin sent me this yoga app, I immediately downloaded and tested it!

DownDog is an interactive yoga app which allows you to practice at home, and at your own pace. I did a 45 minute practice, at a beginner level, and actually broke a sweat! Elia, my middle child, even joined in! It is based on Vinyasa, so there is a flow, but it wasn't too fast, or intense, at the beginner level.


You can choose the type of practice, length of time and level. Additional options include type of music, pace and focus of practice, as well as vocal instructions. 


I love the option of choosing a focus, or a "Boost" to improve upon. I did the core boost, to fortify the strength in my back. I can't wait to try them all! In addition to that, you can opt for 4 different types of practice, and various lengths of time




The other cool thing is that every practice is tracked by the app! It's a great way to stay on track and motivated. I need this, as I am terrible at being consistent and on track. 

The only thing I would recommend is getting to know the names of the asanas, as it makes it easier to flow with your own breath. 

After doing each sequence a few times, it will become like second nature, and every practice will expand your Self into more freedom. 

Overall, I like this app and recommend it to beginner and advanced practitioner alike. 

Please note this is NOT a paid review, but my own opinions, and crazy thoughts. 

Namaste