Awakening predawn, I am motivated to crawl out from under my cozy sheets with the inspiration of my dear friend Turi Hetherington. She is one who, regardless of the season, is often on the trail in the darkness of dawn to receive the gift of witnessing the splendor of the sun rising over the mountains to greet the day. You may have caught some of her beautiful photography she shares on her Instagram page.
It is this time of day between 3.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. that the yogis call Brahma Muhurta. It is known to be the most suitable time for meditation. After a good night's sleep, the mind is refreshed, calm and serene. There is the preponderance of sattva or purity in the mind at this time, as well as in the atmosphere.
Brahma Muhurta means the time of the creator. You can look at it this way: it is the time when you can create yourself. The entire body is in a certain conducive atmosphere, and there is a natural production of what is called melatonin, which is a secretion of the pineal gland. We want to make use of this because the pineal gland is secreting at its maximum during Brahma Muhurta, which means you can stabilize your thoughts, emotions, and intentions. These ambrosial hours are emphasized as being the best time for meditation and prayer.
Seek the grandest version of the greatest vision of who you choose to be.” - Neale Donald Walsch
When we develop clarity of mind in what we call the third eye, we become keenly aware of how things are, how life happens – not the mundane tasks of day to day activities, but the fundamental life as you, as a basis of your existence. The third eye represents not our intellectual thinking mind, but our collective unconscious as well as our intuitive wisdom. Once you have a clear vision of this then your perception rises above the physical and the way you function and the way you conduct your life is very, very different. You will see more clearly that which is beyond the physical.
This morning I thankful to be looking out across the green on green of Kauai (my second home) . The roosters are crowing – there a lot of roosters on this island – and the world is soft, the air, the colors, the breeze, and the rain that lightly falling. I do feel at peace in the magnificence of the morning light. I also feel inspired to create the grandest version of myself so I can more fully serve others. I shall meditate my way through some yoga asanas, pranayama, chanting, prayers, and a gentle walk upon the earth. This is my way to embrace the new day.
Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins? ~ Rumi
I found the following teaching from Kirpal Singh Maharaji to be a lovely reminder of our own divinity. This is the path of yoga for devotion - Bhakti Yoga - Awakening to our Divine nature to live a life of peace, joy and love.
"O, children of Light, awake! You are asleep. Being under the control of mind, your attention is diffused into the world and identified with it. You are awakened outside and are asleep from within. The God-Power is already within you, waiting for you. Your true home is the True Home of your Father, that is, of all-consciousness and all wisdom. Why are you stuck fast in this material world, in the outside things? These are only temporarily given to you. The body, being made of matter, is changing every moment of life. This is the golden opportunity which has been given to us to realize ourselves, to know ourselves and to know the Controlling Power which is controlling us in the body and is controlling the entire universe.”
And my own most special prayer, I share with you.
May we be at peace.
May our hearts remain open.
May we live by the light of our own divine nature.
May we be healed.
May we be a source of healing for all Beings.
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Expanding Insight is the focus of YTT Module Six
Here is what else we explore:
- Integrating Intention into your Yoga Practice
- Develop Keys to Communication
- Application of Healing Touch
- Your Voice as an Instrument of Ease
- Clarify the Scope of Practice as a Yoga Teacher
- Creating Ritual in your Life and on your Mat
- Best steps for a Restorative Yoga Practice
- Deepening your Meditation