I am deeply moved by the living fire of Sacred Activism with the key voice, teacher and light in this emerging consciousness, Andrew Harvey. He has founded the Institute for Sacred Activism to implement a vision for "a new world founded in universal compassion and sacred passion for all life". (www.andrewharvey.net) My experience of sacred activism began when I was 17 and spent a year and a half doing volunteer work in Kenya before I went to college. That experience has transformed my life as well as the incredible teachers that I have met on the path and beautiful people who are serving life in small and extraordinary ways. I bow to your heart. I bow to the transformation of suffering and the re-birth of a green culture for the future.
My personal sacred activism projects have been quietly gaining momentum. Through God's grace and the power of community much can be accomplished with joy, steady focus and the spirit of service. We have planted over 350,000 trees through Trees for the Future and the Global Mala Project now happens in over 50 countries with over 800 events around the world for the Fall Equinox weekend, UN International Peace Day. Let us all become Energy Activists and commit to move towards non-toxic fuel sources our bodies and the earth, consciousness and the earth. Thank you for your unwavering spirit.
Global Mala Project
Founded by Shiva Rea in 2007 and now in partnership with Yoga Month and Yoga for Peace, the Global Mala Yoga for Peace is a seed of a world-wide experiment into the power of meditation in action. This event is offered in conjunction with worldwide celebrations of the Global Mala project in over 50 countries, uniting the global yoga community from every continent, school, and approach to form a "mala around the earth" through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108. The intention is to join thousands of planetary rituals that are raising consciousness on Fall Equinox and UN International Peace Day.
How to Offer Your Own Mala - see below
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Practice Offering a Yoga Mala: 108 Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations
THE POWER OF 108
The number 108 has long been considered sacred in yoga and many other spiritual traditions around the world. “Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number representing the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the sun, the moon, and the earth: the average distance of the sun and the moon from the earth is 108 times the sun’s and moon’s respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.” There are 108 chapters of the Rig Veda, 108 Upanishads, and 108 primary Tantras; 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body; 108 classic dance postures; even 108, seen in the number of steps leading to the Devi Chamundi Hill in Mysore.
In 2007, the Global Mala Project was started as a way to bring people around the world together to work with the collective heart field by synchronizing breath, intention, and global awareness in yoga practice connected to 108 (from surya namaskar, to mantra japa), to raise consciousness and funds for good causes. It has since traveled around the world through more than fifty countries and continues every year on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, which takes place around the fall equinox, and at any time ritual activation is needed.
Offering a collective yoga mala practice is a powerful experience of heart entrainment as people move together for eighteen to 108 rounds of collective movement around the breath pulse we all share. Empower yourself in your own practice first, on ritual holidays, before leading a group.
Krama One—create a sacred space for your practice
If possible, bring everyone into a mandala circle to practice around a community altar. The circle empowers the community and is symbolic of a mala, but not all spaces lend themselves to a circle—if yours does not, don’t let this deter you.
Krama Two—create mala counters
Create two bowls to count from. In Bowl One, place twenty-seven seeds, and leave Bowl Two empty. Ev- ery time you go into a forward bend, put one seed into the empty bowl. If you choose to do the full 108 rounds, then reverse, taking seeds from Bowl Two and placing them into Bowl One. After four cycles you will have reached 108.
Krama Three—introduce the yoga mala
Unify the group by chanting an invocation of Om or by chanting a mantra. Some communities may want to include a talking circle in which everyone has the opportunity to offer a dedication before you begin. Allow the first three rounds of the mala to be about getting everyone in synch around the power of their breath.
Krama Four—offer dedications and rounds of the mala
This step is done during the first position of the namaskar when the hands are placed in front of the heart in anjali mudra. Open your inner ears and listen to your heart teacher—an offering of a ded- ication will emerge spontaneously as a revelation. Meditate on this dedication as you move with your breath in heart-brain synchronization. Circulate this dedication through the whole round of the namaskar until your hands return back to your heart for the next round.
You can offer the complete mala of 108 namaskars in four rounds of twenty-seven, or six rounds of eighteen. Over the past twenty years, I have adapted a four-round process that moves from the microcosm within outward to the Source
> Round One—Dedications for personal transformation and realization. This round is for you: prayers for your own personal activation, healing, and fertilization, and for the manifes- tation of the potency of your life.
> Round Two—Dedications for family, friends, and “precious jewels” (anyone you have unresolved conflict with).
> Round Three—Dedications for the world. This is the bodhisattva round in which we pray for what we care about in the world and actively participate in transforming the world, whether we want to end war or global warming, to focus on healing of a disease, or to serve our own community’s local needs. This is a very powerful round.
> Round Four—Dedications to the Source. This is a moving prayer that can be filled with nonverbal praise, gratitude, and joy for your feeling-connection to the Source.
When all four rounds are complete, move into shavasana (relaxation) and meditation. Read sacred texts or poetry aloud if you wish. Complete your yoga mala with a closing heart mandala dedication and the mantra Om shanti, shanti, shanti, and bathe in the radiance and empowerment of this practice.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."