Harvest

Vegetable display

Harvest from the earth

Coming back to one of my favourite themes of grounding and strengthening this week. Letting go of the restless thoughts or anxiety to feel grounded on the earth. The nurturing earth energy giving us strength and courage. Practicing some lovely mudras for letting go and for courage.

We’ve just passed the Celtic festival of Lammas or Lughnasa, which reminds us to think about the harvest from the earth, and also to think about what we’re harvesting in our own lives so far this year.  Seeing the swathes of warm gold cornfields, reflect on what’s been golden in your own life. Do you need to let go, or to face up to something? Stand barefoot on the earth and feel that you belong. Know that you can reap your own harvest from being in your own unique place on the earth. Feel gratitude for who you are.

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,

but to be fearless facing them.

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,

but for the heart to conquer it”

Rabindranath Tagore

A mudra for friendship

Lotus flower

“Imagine the bud of a lotus flower in your heart. Every time you inhale, the flower opens a bit more – until it finally is completely open and can absorb the full sunlight into itself. It lets itself be filled with light, lightness, warmth, love, desire and joy” ~ Gertrud Hirschi, Mudras – yoga in your hands.

A mudra is (usually) a position of the hands and fingers that can recharge your energy reserves and make you feel better about yourself. Another of the yoga tools to keep in your toolbox for when you need it.

We’re focusing on the lotus mudra this week, which is an opening gesture: with the heels of the hands together, you imagine opening your fingers like the lotus flower opens its petals to the sun. With the hands held in front of the heart, you can imagine opening your heart to whatever comes your way. So a good mudra to practice if you’re feeling a bit isolated or lonely. It also helps to make you a bit more approachable if you’re shy or tend to close yourself off from life and other people.

Tip: a useful mudra to practice if you use a mouse and keyboard a lot as it keeps the fingers flexible and stretches them out and back.

Remove obstacles

Ganesha reclining

Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god, is the remover of obstacles. He has the strength and power of an elephant, but spreads a message of peace and tranquillity. He’s also the god of new beginnings. We can imagine his form and draw in the qualities of strength, calm and courage.

Ganesha mudraThe ganesha mudra “stimulates heart activity, strengthens heart muscles, opens the bronchial tubes and releases any type of tension in this area.  It opens the fourth chakra and gives us courage, confidence and openness toward other human beings”  – Mudras, Yoga in your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi