Be Still and Know that I am God. That Psalm speaks right to my heart.

When asked which is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'The second is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

These teachings are so simple we often gloss right by them. Simple enough for even a child to follow, right... or are they at times so difficult, that only a child can follow...

~ Meister Eckhart
from “Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart”

These teachings and principles - to Love, Trust, Be Still - we have all heard, and we may even strive daily to abide by them.

But becoming still inside, still enough to KNOW God, and to cultivate Love, to really LOVE God with your whole heart, soul and mind - all day every day - is easier said than done.

Our minds are often restless, our hearts find other things to long for, and people can be so hard to love and so easy to judge.

What to do..... the mystic in me has always loved the season of lent, as much as the season of Christmas.

Lent is the season, for journeying through the desert with Jesus, for letting go of what stands in the way from knowing, loving and serving God and our neighbors, and for increasing our devotion and commitment to our spiritual path.

This year I am feeling the call to go with in and journey deep into the stillness, into God. And i would like to invite you come along with me.

How many Lenten seasons have you watched come and go, without making or realizing significant advances towards embodying Christ Consciousness? I encourage you to spend time reflecting on how and where YOUR spirit is guiding you to this year.

Would you like support and community in your efforts this season towards becoming more faithful, more compassionate, more loving, and more centered? Towards cultivating stillness, enjoying a clear mind and an open heart. Towards living connected to God, and in turn feeling less stressed, worried, anxious, foggy minded. Would you like to experience fewer feelings of being separate, unworthy and incomplete and more moments of love and compassion towards all.

This year for Lent, I am - GULP giving up alcohol and facebook scrolling - 2 things that disconnect me from my center of stillness, and I am adding a morning devotional practice of Bhatki Yoga to aid in stilling my mind, and filling my heart with love, for becoming closer and more focused on God.

And I would like to invite you all to join me for this early morning Bhatki Yoga Practice in the studio.

This Bhatki Yoga practice will entail:
* A short devotional reading
* A few minutes of breath work
* Several rounds of sun salutations, I will get us started, then we will continue at our own pace
* 15 or so minutes of Kirtan
* We will end with 15 minutes of silent meditation / prayer time

This will not be a formal class structure, you are welcome to come for part of or all of this practice.

I hope you will find this to be a deeply meaningful, uplifting and centering practice. You may join me for as many mornings as you’d like and continue on at home as you wish. This is also a wonderful way to build a foundation for an at home practice.

What is Kirtan?... Great question!!

Kirtan is the singing of God’s name with feeling. Such singing has a benign effect on both the physical and subtle bodies. It is an excellent method of soothing the nerves and directing the emotions to a positive goal”.
– Swami Sivananda in “Bhakti Yoga”

“Chanting kirtan is a devotional practice to uplift the mind, open the heart and bring inner peace. It is the fastest, easiest and most joyful way to achieve peace of mind. The mantras are mystical universal sounds that resonate with our chakras and remove negative energies. As we chant we benefit from this powerful healing energy.

Yoga teaches it is important to express - daily our devotion to something higher than ourselves to open our heart. We need to open our heart daily to the Supreme so that we can live in peace and compassion with all. "

You may read more about this practice here:

We will end with silent meditation / prayer time. I will share with you a few traditional mantras you may want to practice centering your awareness on during meditation, including the mantra Jesus is said to have given his disciples - Ma..Ra..Na..Ta

Or you may simply center your awareness on God, Love or your breath.

If you are interested in joining me for this special practice, this Lenten season - please message Christy!
We will start this week - as tomorrow is Wednesday - Ash Wednesday ❤

This is a free will donation offering. Your donation will be offered with love to our local Swimmerships Program and the Gnu Foundation.

You may make an offering as you come or make one donation for the entire season.

If you feel inspired to join me, please do! Do not make it about the money. In fact you will place it in an envelope in private, there is no record keeping.

May all who seek love, peace and a deeper relationship with God this season, find many blessings along their way!