- Today's suggested practice: Day 7 of this month's practice... (see below)
- My playlist while writing today's meditation: Deva Primal, Om Shanti Om https://music.apple.com/ca/album/om-shanti-om-peace/585876690?i=585876692
- My morning practice: 5am for 60 minutes of physical, yogic, and meditative practice, including the Creative Capacity for Life meditation
- My vulnerability practice: Remembering her subtle words of praise, trust, surrender…allowing them to be felt all the way through my body, welling into tears…
Hans Peter Meyer
Pay attention… She sings! My heart breaks!
I could hear the anger and pain in her voice as she spat out her contempt for how the world, our male efforts to measure and control the feminine, women, limits us.
Later, I told her that one of the things I love about her is that she refuses to —or is incapable of— bending to the will of our (men’s) efforts to control her. She is the Siren’s song that breaks me open to experience the wonder and awe that nourished me.
Broken open, I am still standing & breathing. I am so much more than enough. I am the husbandman to her dark truths, and I will listen to her song and brave her dark underworld, to find and know myself. Broken, and resurrected. Not as a warrior. No, as a husbandman. Remember this. Because to cling to the ways of the warrior is to cling to life as struggle. Born again, as a husbandman, life becomes a constant toil of witnessing Her blossoming. What suffering THAT is!
What did Odysseus hear, tied to his mast? What wonders and what awe did he experience, while he denied his men, forcing them to stop their ears with wax so that they might continue on their manly way, ignorant and unlistening to the Sirens’ magic?
Perhaps what he heard gave him wisdom, insight into his beloved Penelope and her passions —and her pains— waiting all those years. Abandoned.
And, perhaps this is the lesson for us, as men: to train and harness our masculine capacity to do what needs, and still keep our ears and our hearts open to what She sings? To dash our understanding of what is true and beautiful on our Siren’s rocks, yet maintaining the structure and capacity to hold the space? To hear and be obliterated, but not collapse? To allow myself to be destroyed, yet discover that I am not destroyed; I am made stronger, more powerful, more beautiful?
We fear Her. She is a mystery. Yet, She is our source. How we become men, not boys okaying at being men.
🌀The earth has music for those who listen. (George Santayana)
🌀 Your worth as a woman to a man is not about the tangible assets you provide. (anonymous, on Instagram @pvssyflowers)
🌀The Conscious Warrior practices the cultivation of wonder and awe. (John Wineland, Precept 7)
🌀You are beautiful. (My beloved. My Oracle)
TODAY'S SUGGESTED PRACTICE
Day 7 of this month's practice, take 8 minutes today to sit and listen to, or chant, the Ganesha Meditation... This meditation (Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha) brings our attention to our foundations, our roots, and invokes the Indian god Ganesha, a curious yet powerful character who removes all obstacles.
Please read through first, then ...
- Today, sit (or stand) in stillness with these questions…. Where is Her call to your fear, your love, your awe being felt in your body? Where is the depth in yourself that holds the space for all of this feeling, to feel it all and not be swept away? (Remember to breathe, to feel the ground beneath you.)
- Setup: your "setup" for this month's daily practice is how you "hold onto yourself" and receive...
- Begin by closing your eyes and aligning your body into its truest, most elegant posture, tucking your chin to lift your heart, tilting your pelvis to straighten your spine. Become still, more still than you've ever been. Your alignment is the physical training for trustworthiness. Bring your hands to your heart, right (masculine) over left (feminine).
- Focus on feeling the vibration. That is all.
- Set your timer for eight minutes or listen to the “Ganesha” mantra by Deva Primal here:
- As the timer signals or the mantra ends allow your eyes to slowly open. Take three, relaxed breath cycles, no pressing, no effort, and feel yourself full, without thoughts, open. Safe to receive. Then, step into your day, letting the mantra echo as a nourishing vibration whenever you become still. You don't need to DO anything. Let the world come to you with its demands, its complaints, and yes, its endless tide of gifts and blessings.✨✨✨
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