Nightly Review

Last week I reintroduced the practice of writing a nightly review to highlight key points of my day. In the past I have found that putting pen to paper and acknowledging daily behavior can be very beneficial for spiritual growth ✍🏼. Every night I ask myself if there was any time during my day I became resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid. If anything comes up, I write it down. From there, I am able to thoughtfully recognize if I owe an apology to anybody 🙇🏼‍♂️. By doing this practice daily it becomes easier to see if I have been kind and loving towards all, or if I have been mostly thinking of myself ⚖️. With the purpose of spiritual growth in mind, I ask myself if there is anything I could have done better 🤔. Did anything come up that I have kept to myself, which ought to be shared? Lastly, what acts of service did I selflessly perform today which contributed to the stream of life? By acknowledging these behaviors daily it has become easier to see where I have made progress and where I have fallen short. As with all spiritual practice, this daily inventory aims to clear any emotional blockages which may stand in the way of being able to help others 🌎. May all beings be happy, may all beings be free 💓. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu 🕊.

Mayurasana

Mayurasana, or peacock pose is said to be one of the most important postures in all of Hatha Yoga. This posture turns on the abdomen, strengthens the upper arms, and develops tremendous focus! Oppositional forces help make this posture possible 💁🏼‍♀️. Think of pulling your lower gut in, while pressing two palms down and squeezing elbows tightly together. Lengthen through the back of the neck, while contracting your thighs and pointing your toes. Shoulders down, chin up, eyes out in front of you in one spot and keep them there 👁. Although this posture may be challenging at first, when practiced daily you will be flying in no time ⏳.

Gayatri Mantra ॐ

While most mantra has been created by man, the Gayatri Mantra is said to come from Brahma himself. The Gayatri mantra provides a relatively short path to self-realization.

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Om bhur bhuvah swah

tat savitur varenyam

bhargo devasya dheemahi

dhiyo yonah prachodayat

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ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः

तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।

भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि

धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

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The eternal, earth, air, heaven

That glory, that resplendence of the sun

May we contemplate the brilliance of that light

May the sun inspire our minds.