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Full Moon Blessings

Monday, October 29, 2012
Dear Friends,

I hope you are in your fullness as we open to one of the last of the three full moons over the next six weeks till the Winter Solstice 2012. We have been in very steady and grounded practice here in Kerala - mantra, meditation, massage, kalari, prana flow in our 10-days of misty, cloudy, sprinkling, nourishing yet tropical warmth here - my favorite experience of Kerala yet. We went to the Shiva-Devi-Ganesh temple last night to throw coconut offerings walking in the misty rain. It has been so good for our sadhana.
With the Hurricane Sandy and election upon us in the USA, let us keep steady in our prayers, our tender human truths, remember our ancestors and stay clear in our actions as we show up and VOTE!

Howl for Halloween with the kiddies…

See you at Exhale soon if you are local for the New Moon and Diwali, the festival of lights.

So happy to welcome an incredible group.

Love all ways,

Shiva

Victory to the Mother!

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dear friends,

Victory to the Mother! The last day of Navaratri, Vijaya Dasami  was part of our initiation of new students  ceremony today in the Kalari!  Each student  sitting before the altar first wrote a Ganesh mantra
as a way of connecting to Saraswati, knowledge and the auspicious new cycle.

We then offered respect to the Gurukaal lineage and then some were introduced to new weapons.

I received unexpectedly the first steel blade weapon with great respect and learned the movements with my teachers. I am vibrating in a deep, settled and dedicated way and can see the transformation during these 10 days in my life as mirrored in through many people's lives in small and large ways:
We all have released some hinderances. We have all awakened to some deeper truths. We have all re-membered and activated a creative potency and are opening to a new cycle that will be given time for integration and then emerge in the coming months if we are able to follow the guidance we have received. We lost some great beings - freedom fighters - George McGovern and freedom dancer Gabrielle Roth. Victory to the Mother!!!

As we bring closure to our altars and this process, what is the samkalpa, dedication that can connect us to the deeper movement that we are all going to pass through for the rest of Fall into the new year. Let us write down all that we learned and rededicate ourselves to our individual and collective path with a sense of greater service to the source energy of life on our sacred blue planet as we voyage through the infinite space as a bead turning in the cosmic mala.

On Oct. 31st, it will only be six weeks left of the year.
Let us awaken now and forever to the deepest and extraordinary love that embraces every experience
we could ever have or envision. We are her sons and daughters - she dances through us. Jai Jai Ma!!!!

Love All Ways,

Shiva

India Pilgrimage and The Breath of Durga's Tiger!

Monday, October 08, 2012
Dear Friends,

I am here at home, being a Mama before heading out for Shakti pilgrimage to India next week.  

First we are heading to NYC to support the wonderful community through Sonic Yoga (Lauren Hanna, Twee Merrigan, Tracey Mohr, Jeffrey Duval, Elitza Datcheva and Lori McCalister) and initiate the upcoming Navaratri cycle (see below).

On Sunday, we then head towards Manali for Guru Padmasambhava and his consort Lady Mandarava's Cave where Demetri will stay for Dzogchen retreat with Lama Tsultrim. In this region, there is one of the 52 Shakti Pithas there called Naina Devi (the eye of the Goddess) where I will begin our the pilgrimage for Navaratri before heading to Kerala for the rest of the 10-day shakti fest and study Kalaripayattu with my teachers and support our Kerala Shakti Retreat with folks coming from all over the world.

This is a dream come true as it has been 20 years since I experienced Navaratri in India while a student. I will share all of this experience with you through our group and some post through the PULSE. Our beloved Maria Garre will be in India as well climbing Durga's peak.

May we stay grounded and inspired during this fertile transition to fall.
Love All Ways,

Shiva

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