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Makar Sankranti 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Dear Friends,

Makar Sankranti Blessings!

This Friday, January 14th is the beginning of the auspicious Uttarayana Cycle or the journey from winter solstice to summer solstice that is honored today throughout India (see article - click here). This Friday-Saturday is a time to connect to your own solar energy - creativity, core energy, radiance, ability to shine through surface obstacles and connect with the source. While in India, Makar Sankranti has lots of variations of celebrating this growing season from honoring and ritually decorating cows for Pongal to bathing in the Ganga in Bengal. The Kumbha Mela always begins on Makar Sankranti as it is now the time to initate your auspicious practices for the next six month cycle. Makar Sankranti is the time of honoring the emerging light and remembering the sunlight that we are come from, eat, and circulate our energy from as well as remembering your ancestors.

In our Tending the Sacred Fire: Living Yoga Sadhana group, we are focusing on the core solar bija mantra practices with surya namaskar, honoring the sunrise, noon and sunset sandhyas with, if possible, visible darshan of the sun's radiance. I have daffodil bulbs on my altar with Ganesh from Rishkesh, and photos of my ancestors and a seed pot that I brought from Costa Rica to care for seed intentions coming to fruition over the next six months.

So enjoy a special meditation in the next two days, feel the sun in your heart, eat Kitchadi (another part of Makar Sankranti), feed as many people who are hungry as you can and focus on honing your energy towards the next full-moon on Wednesday.

I am initiating the first stages of the Yoga Energy Activism (YEA) project this Saturday night at Yoga Journal Ignites with Dave Stringer and DJ Dragonfly.

Please see our call for activism through retreat and celebration to store and circulate our energy at the highest level. This is my seva project for this year and I reach out to all the energy activists out there to join in the open circle as we consciously live the wheel of the year. I would love your feedback.

Let us listen to the spanda, the creative vibration within the sun of our heart and in the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., begin as "faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase".

Hram Hrim Hroom Hraim Hraum Hraha!
Honor the inner and outer sun and move towards a renewable energy future together.

Love All Ways
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