Being- Recognizing The Light We Are

 

 

Namaste

I have been thinking a lot about being.  It’s something we do naturally. In fact it is the essential truth of who we are. We don’t do being. It just is. Yet it’s so hard to embrace sometimes. It’s so much easier to think that we have to do more. That we have to create action or be in action to be worthy, or to get things done. In our culture, our nervous systems are so frazzled that it’s easy to keep running this story and this energy.  This makes sense, when the nervous system isn’t settled how can we be?

It’s wonderful to have desires, to want to be of service, to connect with a purpose that calls us.  Yet at the same time, it can sometimes pull us out of the truth of our lives and our connection with nature. We overwork, overdo, and keep going past the point of what is nourishing. Fatigue and exhaustion are common imbalances in our Vata/Pitta aggravated society. In reality our nervous systems are in hyper overdrive from doing. I believe the root cause of this imbalance, is our disconnection with honouring our true innate power.  The power that we hold just in being.

 

 

I notice that the more that I settle in, the more ease there is in creating. The more I let go, the more flow there is in abundance. The more I AM, instead of do, the more pleasure I have being of service.  But it takes practice to “be”. Remembering that I can stop for my second meditation of the day, letting the dishes sit for a few hours, or even just taking the day off from emails, and paperwork.  Just a soft shift in perception, by giving ourselves the permission to stop, we can remember how in ourselves we are perfect, just in who we are.

Are you noticing these patterns? This undercurrent of overdoing?

A simple way to start to shift this energy, is to slow down and pay attention. Set a little alarm to go off a few times a day, and when it does, stop, take a breath, look around you, feel your body, and notice how you feel.  Often that is enough of a gentle reminder to shift something, even for a moment. And of course, time for yourself in a regular Ayurvedic Dinacharaya (Practice), and taking time in your day for meditation, yoga, dance, nature or any other practice that reminds you to tune in and connect, will support the flow and ease of “Be- ing”.

 


Nourishing Your Sacred Fire

I was inspired to create a short guided meditation on nourishing our centre of being- the sacred space of our essential divine worth, The Manipura Chakra. It’s a beautiful practice, one where we light our own sacred fire- connection with essential flame of our being. Enjoy.


Moon Temple

December Moon Circle

Monday, December 3

6-7 pm PST/ 9-10 pm EST

By Donation

Cycles, Rhythms, Nature, Consciousness, Exploration Of The Divine Within The Human Via The New Moon. November 5 – Worldwide on Zoom, with Aparna and Asrael. (Aparna is in Mother India, so will be joining us this month in spirit- and by a video recording greeting:) 

It’s time for a sacred Moon Temple- I would love for you join me this coming Monday December 3, for another beautiful Monthly Moon Circle. These circles are monthly gatherings of community, ritual and awakening. They are hosted on a site that has a forum that we will use as an altar for intention setting and sharing, as well as a place of connecting with our community.

By donation. All are welcome. Let’s go deep into the stillness and womb of consciousness, creating together in sublime energies.

Join Here


Thank you all for reading, and for being!

I so appreciate you-

Asrael

The Sacred Temples We Call Home


Namaste Dear Friends,

I have been thinking a lot about embodiment lately, not just in the “spiritual” sense, but about how it feels to be in physical form.  It’s not a new theme for me, it is something that is present in every moment.  As I live in this body every day, I can’t help but be aware of my connection to it and its place in my life.  In Ayurveda, the body is an ever present reminder of our reflection of spirit here on earth,  a manifestation of consciousness through the cells.  In my yoga classes, I often refer to our bodies as a sacred temple, a place that we have chosen to live in, and to support us on this earthly plane.

So the question I have been with over time is: Why are we so harsh to our bodies? So judgemental?  Why do we push them so much at times to keep them going when they are tired or want rest? And where do we get the idea that our physical form should be different from what it is?  Stronger, softer, sleeker, (you get the idea).  Where do we get the idea that we are not perfect exactly as we are?

I think as a culture, or perhaps even as a species, we over identify with these beliefs that if only our body was different then we would be happy. This identification constantly pulls us into the dream state of being separate, or not enough.  Even when we have pain, discomfort, or illness in our body, it is our home.  How do we care for our home? Usually with love, and attention.  What would it be like to give that same attention and energy to our bones, muscles, bellies, hair, all parts of us?

These past few years, I have made a focused intention to bring more love and gratitude to the form that I am in. Every day I wake up grateful for the strength of my body, for the support of it, for its health, and for getting me this far.  When there is pain, or discomfort, I ask-What are you trying to share with me? What do you need?  And then I listen. It has been almost 44 years on this planet, and my vehicle for the most part has served me very well.  I still have my underlying story that will pop up from time to time, the “not good enough” one, but in general I have enjoyed taking time honouring the parts of me that are in my perception weaker, or squishier, or tighter, or more brittle.  As I age, grow and change I can wonder at the transformations in my outer self- and know it is part of the beautiful gift of being alive, here on earth.

I find that daily practices support this connection with the truth of my innate beauty; Yoga, Chi Kung, Meditation.  Perhaps the most powerful ways of honouring my self is, just touching my body, in my daily self massage practice. I also love placing my hands on my belly and feeling its softness and space, letting them rest there and holding this creative space of my being (male or female this is the space of our creative womb, the water essence, emotions, and the seat in many ways of our consciousness).

I thought I would share a video with you-Gentle Body awareness with our belly (the seat of our 2nd chakra).  Soft massage, and hip circles.  Short, sweet yet very nourishing. I hope you enjoy, and I invite you to take time to truly open to and honour the magic of your form in this world.  You ARE BEAUTIFUL, just the way you were made, in every moment, at every age, and for eternity.


Upcoming Events


Healing Light Yoga-Awakening Into The Energy Body-Starts This Saturday!

A Six Week Journey Into The Essence Of Your Being

Starting Saturday, November 3.

8:00-9:30 am PST/11-12:30 am EST.

$108 USD + tax

Online Via Zoom

All classes are recorded if you can’t be there live.

Register Here-

 It’s time to awaken to your pure potential.

In this powerful and awakening 6 week series we will open the doors to our expanded truth, and connect with our innate power to heal body/mind/emotion/spirit. This is an opportunity to experience deep surrender, great opening, and to deepen our awareness of the energy body.
Live Online- And All Classes are recorded in case you can’t be present. There is also a beautiful community forum for questions and sharing.

If you have any questions about the course, or this modality at all please don’t hesitate to connect. I would love to share with you.

More Information and Registration Here

And if you are interested in what Healing Light Yoga is, I invite you to watch this short video.  It may inspire you to find out more.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

 


NEW- Monthly Moon Circles

Monday, November 5

6-7 pm PST/ 9-10 pm EST

By Donation

 Cycles, Rhythms, Nature, Consciousness, Exploration Of The Divine Within The Human Via The New Moon. November 5 – Worldwide on Zoom, with Aparna and Asrael.

It’s time for a sacred Moon Temple- My colleague, Aparna Khanolkar and I would love for you join us this coming Monday November 5 for our first Monthly Moon Circle. Our intention is for these circles to be monthly gatherings of community, ritual and awakening. They are hosted on a site that has a forum that we will use as an altar for intention setting and sharing, as well as a place of connecting with our community.

By donation. All are welcome. Let’s go deep into the stillness and womb of consciousness, creating together in sublime energies.

Join Here


 

Thank all again so much for your time, your sharing and being part of my community.

In light and love

Asrael

Autumn Reflections


Namaste Beautiful Beings Of Light,

I hope you are well.

I thought I would share a bit about what was going on in my world these past few weeks. The seasons are changing and as we begin our transition into darker nights, cooler temperatures and a more inward cycle of being it’s a potent reminder to remember that life is beautiful in all its shades.

Gratitude- The sun has been shining beautifully, it’s been golden and warm during the days, and crisp and clear at night. Grateful for this nourishing light before the west coast winter begins. Grateful for my garden and it’s bounty. Grateful for the earth and it’s never-ending support.

Transitions- Chela, my sweet, orange lion is in the midst of crossing over- transitioning back to the stars. It’s been interesting to hold space for him, to just give love and nourishment, and to accept it is his time (could be today- could be a week from now). His big beautiful heart has given so much, that it is running out of energy. Witnessing his slow movement, his deep rest, and his purrs and trusting he will go when he is ready (or let us know if he needs help). Lots of emotion of course.. pure, alive and intense at times.. But most of all deep, deep love.

Inspiration- Subtle, yet sweet- listening to the energy that wants to flow through me. Feeling its invitation and opening to it’s movement, and creative flow. Interested to know how it will express itself into the world

Rest- the need for deep rest, as the days shorten noticing my bedtime gets earlier and earlier. Allowing myself to lie down, to surrender and to go inward. My meditation practices too- so valuable and needed now.

How are you?


Recipe

It’s been a while since I shared a recipe- And autumn is a beautiful time to do so.  The time of year to dive deep into a warm bowl of soup or stew, to luxuriate in tender, well cooked vegetables, to eat something that feels like a nourishing, supportive hug.

Savory Pumpkin/Winter Squash Vegetable

A recipe from- Chef Mosa at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts

Serves 5

Ingredients

5 cups of pumpkin or winter squash of your choice, peeled and chopped into 1- to 2-inch cubes (feel free to add in carrots, Brussels sprouts, or any other local fall vegetable)
1½ tbsp. ghee
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 to 4 bay leaves
2 Tbsp. grated ginger (fresh)
¼ tsp. asafoetida
½ tsp. turmeric
¼ tsp. gharam masala
½ tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. brown sugar

Directions

Steam pumpkin cubes for 20 minutes.
In a saucepan over medium flame, heat ghee until hot and add cumin seeds.
When cumin seeds are brown — stirring constantly — add ginger, bay leaves, asafoetida, and (last) add turmeric and gharam masala.
Add steamed pumpkin, stir, and cook for 5 minutes.
Add salt, coriander powder, and sugar.
Stir well, and then cover for 5 minutes.
Remove from flame and serve.

 

Enjoy

 


Healing Light Yoga- Awakening Into The Energy Body

A Six Week Journey Into The Essence Of Your Being

Starting Saturday, November 3.

8:00-9:30 PST/11-12:30 EST.

$108 USD + tax

Online Via Zoom

All classes are recorded if you can’t be there live.

Register Here-

As many of you know I love to embrace healing on the very energetic level of being. In life we are so much more than the body (although the body is an essential part of our experience here on earth).  I also believe that if we can come into greater connection with our own ability to heal and connect with all parts of ourselves, that we can truly expand in our health, our wellbeing, and our light.

Healing Light Yoga is a beautiful and powerful consciousness based modality,  that taps into our full potential of healing- body, mind and spirit.  In this upcoming series, we will be embracing the energy body and opening to the deep and subtle flows, awakening to the power with in.  I would love for you to join me.

More Information Here

 


Thank You Again for your time, and presence in my life

Wishing you all a most beautiful and wonderful day,

Asrael

 

 

 

 

Gratitude

Gratitude

One of the keys to connecting with the inherent light of our being.

What are you grateful for today?

 

 

I am thankful for so much. Both the things that fill me with joy, and the things that challenge me. Thankful for my friends, family and community, and grateful for my pets and for the work I am supported to share. I am grateful for my teachers, and for my home. I am especially grateful for the earth, and all the nature in it. Plants, Animals, Minerals, Wind, Air, Rain and all the way it comes up. And I am grateful for all that that challenges me, that allows me to grow, the things that I may not understand or like. I am grateful for these more difficult things both that well up inside of me and outside of me. I am grateful for the experiences. I am grateful for being here at this powerful and crazy time.. I am grateful for so much more than I can express here. I am so grateful….

 

 

 

 

Shedding The Skin

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Namaste,

I hope you are all well.  I am.

We are enjoying a very early and sudden autumn here on the west coast of Canada.  It’s a mixed blessing, as I am feeling deepest gratitude for the rain and at the same time, deep longing for more sunshine. It does feel good to get into the flow of September, back to routine and a more committed focus in general.

It’s been a while since I have shared and I am hoping I will write more this year. I just figured out how to connect my website blog to my email server, so intend to share shorter emails more often as I become inspired (think guided meditation, mudras, recipes, creative channellings). Today, I just wanted to share a little bit about what I have been experiencing and exploring in my field of consciousness this summer. Thank you for taking the time to tune in and to read.

 

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Endings and Beginnings

It’s been quite a summer, full of intensity and growth. A potent time of fiery endings and powerful beginnings. There has been lots of change and discomfort, as life seems to be pushing us to the edge for greater evolution.  It’s as if the universe is saying that it’s time to be who you are meant to be. There are no excuses, you are here for a reason so move forward- NOW.  While at times it feels like there is no movement happening at all, I feel like the snake who has been shedding it’s skin, although this skin has moved from the inside out. Does this feel like a common theme for the past 6-7 years? Or is it just me?  It seems to intensify each year though.

For me, it’s been all about letting go of responsibility, and in a greater sense, about embracing more of the Divine Feminine in my life and less of the Divine Masculine. I have always blamed (yes blamed), my over-responsible nature on an imbalanced third chakra, but it’s come to my attention these past few months, that it’s really more about the role I have chosen to take on since a young child, of active doing. I don’t think it is just me, I think much of our western culture has taken on that ideal, and it’s not necessarily something that makes us stronger.

In my life these patterns of responsibility run deep, woven within my subtle energy body. In my day to day life I am great at surrendering, taking it easy and allowing inspiration to rise up.  I don’t stress, I trust in the abundance of life and it’s flow, and I have a happy life with my family and my beautiful community.  Yet underneath all of that easy and sweet energy, there has always been a gnawing sense of needing to do, keep busy, figure things out and get things done- very subtle yet very powerful. Chains that I have been holding onto for lifetimes. I believe that this is what is dissolving, not just for me, but for many of us. As the earth awakens, and  consciousness continues to rise, I believe that this has no place in this being, or world any more.

These past few months, an awakening has taken place within. A divine knowing that I no longer can carry the burden of taking care of everything. There is no purpose to these mental patterns, to this driving sense of movement. I have felt this through pain and discomfort, mostly in this body (that’s when I really start to pay attention- physical discomfort),  but also in the mind and in the emotions.  Yet within it all there has been a deep knowing, a deep trust and a deep surrender.

I believe that we used to listen to the intelligence of nature. We attuned ourselves to the energies of the seasons, and the patterns of the day. Time wasn’t always so limited or pressing, and life was for living, not for doing.  I believe this from my deepest heart. I believe that it will once again be so.  Things are cracking us wide open, so this can be so.

 

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Affirmation

This is an affirmation I have been using alot this summer, and sharing with many of my clients as well.

Very simple, yet very powerful

I let go of every person, problem, thought or thing

that is no longer part of the divine plan for my life

&

I open to all of the wonderful things that the divine has in store for me

 

 

 

Just Because

A beautiful expression and reminder of the truth of being.

Watch and read the words, and then listen again with your eyes closed.  Just amazing!

 

Upcoming Events

I just wanted to take a few moments to share some of the beautiful offerings that will be shared in the next month or two.

Blessed Feminine

It’s finally here- A Divine Temple to hold space for the powerful and transformative workshops held by Aparna and I.  

Our intention is to create space for women to gather, to share and to grow together. We will be holding Monthly Moon Temples, and also offering some beautiful courses over the year.

The website is – www.blessedfeminine.com 

and we have also started on online temple on facebook to create a community for people to share and be inspired. Join us here- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1858847674191009/

And here is a beautiful short (about 20 minutes long) interview that Aparna had with me about our new website.

 

 

Ayurveda And The Emotions

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October 2, 2018

4:30-5:30 PST/ 7:30-8:30 EST

It is my honour to present this workshop through the Ayurvedic Association Of Canada. It’s free if you are a member, and $40 CAD if you are not.

Ayurveda embraces health and wellness on all the levels of our being, from the most dense to the most subtle. Emotions are a big part of this life, and they can often be the root cause of imbalance or disease. As we identify with and attach to our emotional patterns we are pulled away from the essence of our true nature. Ayurveda offers the tools and the wisdom to open to emotions in a new way, creating space for deep healing for our body, mind and spirit.

In this powerful, informative and experiential workshop Asrael Zemenick will explore the relationship of emotions to our health, wellness and embodied consciousness, as well as share tools to create a healthy flow of emotional well being.

Some of the things we will explore are
Emotional Ama- Is there such a thing? What is it? How does it manifest? Where do we notice it the most?
Emotions and The Doshas- There are certain patterns that resonate with different Dosha’s and common imbalances.
Emotions And The Energy Body– Emotional energies flow through the subtle body in different ways- Chakras, Koshas and Nadis.
Digesting Emotions- Proper digestion is essential for vibrant health- emotions, like food need to be assimilated and digested.
Tools For Emotional Flow– Daily Practices that support emotional intelligence and the awakened self.

Register Here- https://manjirinadkarni.lpages.co/ayurvedaemotionswebinar/

 

Devi Rasa- The Essence Of The Goddess

 

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Oct 9-11, 2018

9-10:15 PST/12-1:15 EST

This transformational 3 day course creates space and holds the intention for us all to open into the beauty of our divine hearts. In this supported journey of heart centered awareness, Asrael and Aparna will guide you through a gentle awakening of the energy body, inviting you to connect with your bright heart and your true consciousness.

Each day we will meet in sacred space, coming together as a group of women, to honour the goddess that lives within us, and to open to the awakened heart.

During this time, we will support you into connection with the courage, strength, joy and radiance of your blessed heart. Ultimately guiding you into the “Sattva” or pure essence of your being.
We would love for you to join us:
www.blessedfeminine.com/essence-of-the-goddess/

 

Gratitude

Thank you all so much for all that you do.  Every moment we spend caring and connecting with ourselves, is a moment of healing for the entire world. I am grateful for your presence in my life. I am grateful for your essential energy that is part of the evolution of consciousness. I am grateful for you, in your humanness.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

Namaste

Asrael