THIS MONTH WE ARE Tapping into Tapas
Currently taking a lot of HALE PULE on-line courses. Would highly recommend for all things Ayurveda & Yoga, in terms of learning the principles and so much more! There is a lot of information out there and it can become confusing.
" Myra from HALE PULE WRITES:
"The word discipline might not sound like a lot of fun, but if you think of it as a daily commitment to honor your desire to live a fulfilling life
then you can see how discipline could become your greatest ally.”
“Look at why you want to do it - what is it that’s motivating you? As you answer your question, practice satya - self-honesty. Then look again at how you’re going about making the change. If you find that you’re not following through like you said you would, then make an adjustment and see what happens”
Show up for yourself each day. That's tapas.
Like all of the Yamas and Niyamas, tapas is a practice for daily life - on and off the mat. If you’re practicing Ayurveda, tapas is definitely helpful for making changes to your diet and lifestyle so that you can feel better in your body and have a greater sense of connection to your spirit.”
Excepts I found on-line via research to go deeper
Tapas is a Sanskrit word that means “to heat.” Tapas is at the core of the Niyamas, which are the five principles of self-observance and internal disciplines outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
We can think of Tapas as the internal, motivating heat that sparks initiative and progression within us. It is the deep, inner drive that forces us to get up in the morning, and that brings us to the yoga mat every day. More than this, Tapas is the basis of all things in existence and is reflected through the most important aspects of Yoga including abhyasa (steady practice), svadhyaya (self-reflection), and the three internal, meditative limbs of Ashtanga Yoga (dhyana, dharana, and Samadhi).
Tapas is not to be confused with pitta-driven self-restraint and severe discipline. Tapas is the continual progression of movement towards awareness. It is the ability to remain consistent in development, despite discomforts or “growing pains” that may arise.
Tapas is vital because it acts as the continuous driving force that allows for the bearing of fruits. It pushes you through discomfort, lethargy, apathy, and doubt, allowing you to reduce the vrittis (mind fluctuations) and develop refined Soma – the internal nectar and vitality (similar to Ojas) that brings pleasure and good feelings to your body and consciousness. Like Ojas, Soma corresponds to Kapha dosha, and has the elemental dispositions of water and earth. When considering the Gunas, Soma also has an oily quality about it.
FROM A LOVE AFFAIR WITH THY SELF PERSPECTIVE: THESE PRINCIPLES ARE PERFECT AND WE LOVE:
Svadhyaya or self-study
The word itself is made up of Sva, meaning own, self, or the human soul, and Adhyaya, meaning lesson, lecture, or reading, and can imply the practice of studying scriptures, as well as a practice of studying the Self.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra says:
“Study thy self, discover the divine”
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It's pretty cool to witness so many younger women opting for cycle eating to accommodate their natural rhythms. Although that wisdom has been around a very long time, these things get lost sometimes. Lately though, I've been witnessing couple's enjoying cooking together and I've even seen husbands creating amazing meals for their wives in alignment with her best medicine cycle wise in mind. It's really cool because this also offers men who enjoy feeding women in that way (the actual food part) the opportunity to learn a lot about how to put it all together to make masterpiece meals that taste amazing too! I LOVE WITNESSING THAT!!!!! because what comes with that is: Happier people!!!! I mean if you are going to live and breath with one another and you're going to eat anyway, why not make it work at all the levels for wellness. Additionally witnessing a man human honoring his own wife, partner and her unique needs-that's a pretty big turn on!
Anyway, that's not my reality at this time but it still makes me happy. Over here in Honolulu I'm in a different stage of life where the four phases aren't what they used to be. The clock work and being able to count on the four phases eventually turns into something very different. Sleep becomes this game I am playing and right now, I'm digging.......
Dark Chocolate Turmeric Night Cap!
I wanted to try this flaxmilk and it's my first try with it. Typically I do like the organic whole milk while also trying different milks at different times. I find though, the organic whole milk taste the best and it also makes me feel the best. The other night time remedy is sometimes honeycomb. Still in the "comb" the honey is incredible and I just chew on the comb until it has no flavor then it goes in the trashcan but that is also a very good sleep remedy for me. It depends on the day though.
The Chocolate Turmeric Night Cap:
Any milk, Dark chocolate, Turmeric, black pepper and due to my desire to be cool vs hot throughout the night, I use cardamom instead of cinnamon because one is cooling and the other is heating. I prefer the cooling element and also, I love the flavor as well.
The black pepper helps activate the power of the turmeric.
It's like the best drug on the market. Sip slowly, savoring, allowing.......ah....so wonderful
AND HERE IS THE NEW DISCOVERY/DEVELOPMENT IN MY LIFE!!!
Someone had purchased one of these cooling gel foam bed tops for their company but didn't ever use it simply because they didn't like the look or something to that effect. Therefore I was asked if I would be interested, I thought it was a generous gift and I would like to try it. What is the worst that could happen? I don't really know all that much about these things. I like my bed and it sure is comfortable however, I woke up the first morning after placing this thing on my bed and two amazing things had happened. The first thing was, I slept two hours longer. That's a win. The second thing that happened is I noticed how cool my body felt. Right away I had to thank this person again and share the benefits I was already noticing as my unexpected deeper gratitude rose higher and higher. I'm like wow! This was incredible luck! I've been sleeping like that ever since, longer and cooler.
So I just wanted to mention this in case there is anyone else out there who may have the desire for these things but it has to be a certain kind of foam bed top because in my research I learned a lot of them can make you hot. Which, I suppose if you are in a cold weather winter climate, that might be a good thing. You never know what will make people happy!
Okay, take care and
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