Practical Mystic’s Toolbox: The Five Elements as Cheat Sheets to Well-Being

Practical Mystic’s Toolbox: The Five Elements as Cheat Sheets to Well-Being

The yogi, or sadhika, is asked to purify, strengthen and refine her unique alchemical vessel, composed of the five elements- Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Space- to stir them together in varying degrees depending on the situation and imbibe this alchemical brew to invoke her own transformation. The concoction usually taste something like wellness, balance, ease, love, truth and power. Yum, de-li-cious!

This article gives you the raw materials of this process- the practical mystic’s tools of the trade. To the skilled yogi, the applications are endless. We can use them to cool the flames of anger or focus our burning passion with precision, to stimulate the watery flow of creativity or channel a storming torrent of challenging thoughts or emotions towards the highest possible outcome, to inspire ourselves and others like the cool freshness of a deep, slow inhale or to navigate the winds of change with the ease of a bird floating through the endless immensity of the sky, we can use them to ground ourselves in the face of anxiety or to plant, fertilize and harvest the stability of financial security.

While the elements may seem theoretical in their raw form, they aren’t meant to be simply mused upon. Yoga offers an infinite number of practices to create balance inside of ourselves that immediately or eventually translates to our outer environment through our interconnection with all things via what the yogis called the anandamaya kosha or interconnected matrix of all things.

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Embodiment Conquers Hate

Embodiment Conquers Hate

Physical tension limits our ability to embody peace and therefore, to create social change. When we live from the neck up, our body creates tension. Tension is a lead wall blocking the experience of our interconnection with people who who are different from us. Instead of embodying acceptance, we unconsciously embody fear. Hatred is the product of unchecked fear.

To be present inside of our bodies in a culture that threatens those bodies is a radical act that sharpens our swords for action. To be present in this moment, with all of it’s tenderness and horror, is a radical act. To deepen our breath and to relax in the midst of collective anger and hatred is a radical act.

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We Are All Leaders Now: How We Treat Our Bodies Is Deeply Political

We Are All Leaders Now: How We Treat Our Bodies Is Deeply Political

As we begin to organize to cultivate clear-seeing and big picture vision, how we treat our bodies serves as the framework for how we treat each other and our country. Our presence is our greatest resource. We must redouble our effort towards equality by starting with ourselves. A quiet nervous system is the only way we can begin the hero's journey of creatively imagining the yet unimaginable, the world of our great grandchildren where walls are torn down not built up, where diversity is strength, where the earth is the sovereign and our leaders take their authority from her.

A new world is coming. We must strengthen our vessels.

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Don’t Confuse Yoga with a Workout, Yogify Your Workout: My Experiments in Embodied Integration

Don’t Confuse Yoga with a Workout, Yogify Your Workout: My Experiments in Embodied Integration

The more I've embraced yoga as a physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically transformative lifestyle, the more I've stopped demeaning it by confusing it with a workout (despite the increased strength, muscular balance, the sweat, the sensation of empowerment and the delicious booty that are often lovely side effects).

Since I've stopped confusing yoga with a workout, I've been yogifying my workouts, meaning I've been wedding my playful, self-imposed booty kicking with conscious breathwork (pranayama), meditation, intention, big picture goal-setting, positive affirmation and dedication to the benefit of others.

And, guess what- this marriage feels good. I mean, REALLY, REALLY good. 

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Strength on Purpose: Tools for Awakening through Mindful Fitness

Strength on Purpose: Tools for Awakening through Mindful Fitness

 Can we bring meditation and fitness together?

The body is an alchemical vessel. Everything we do with our physical body affects our energetic body. Therefore, taking an hour to workout is a huge dose of potential transformation that is often underutilized! In our culture right now exercise one of the main ways that people disembody and move away from the experience of the moment. A workout that makes your world a better place is a practice of intentional, focused awareness of mind, the merging of breath with movement, and dynamic alignment of the body.

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