Om sarva mangala-mangalye shive-sarvartha-sadhike sharanye tryambake gauri Narayani namo’stu te
I salute the three-eyed Divine Mother, Narayani, who brings total auspiciousness and who fulfills the desire for liberation. Realization arises with her blessing. She is the world itself. Only through the experiences of life can the soul be perfected. Honor this gift, your life, bow to mother Nature.
– Commentary by Sharon Gannon
All beings in existence once had a day of birth when they opened their eyes to this experience we call life. To be born, we all had a mother, but we also all share a primordial mother – the essence of creation. As we approach Mother’s Day, we are reminded that every day is an opportunity to show gratitude for this precious gift of life with reverence to our birth mother, Mother Nature, and the primordial mother.
When we honor our creativity, we honor this primordial mother. Creative potential is our birthright. The process of life is an art, and we are the artists. We can weave, paint, choreograph, and compose a creative expression using the mediums we have been given: body, mind, and soul. Creativity asks us to be expressive, and there are many ways to do this. We can paint, draw, dance, sing, and write. We can build projects, homes, businesses, families, or even help others build. We can cook; we can teach; we can laugh and tell jokes. Every single moment that we breathe, we can create.
Finding the time to pause and become aware of the breath will awaken our creative powers of manifestation. We are the co-creators of our lives, and when we are mindful of our thoughts, words, and actions, we can actively co-create the world we want to live in. When we don’t leave time for meditation, contemplation, and creativity, we could fall into patterns that cause confliction and pain. Just like a young child that gets separated from its mother and becomes confused, lost, and sad, when we do not honor the cosmic feminine force of creation within us, we, too, can feel we have lost our place in the world.
To be empowered in your creative potential is to take responsibility for how your life--your creative expression--affects all things in existence. True innovators and creators need not tear down another’s creation, but express themselves in a way that uplifts others. When we honor the Divine Mother, we honor all of her creations, everything in this manifest world. Make time to creatively uplift the many different expressions of life we encounter. Take care of Mother Earth, the celestial being that contains the ingredients that make up our own precious vehicles in this life, our bodies. Embrace the maternal qualities within you: gentleness, kindness, and compassion. Treat others with respect and understanding. If you have a mother, or someone who has taken care of you at some point and shown you nurturing love, thank them. Allow every moment to be in reverence to this incredible gift of life.
We hope you will join us for our Yoga in the Gardens series at Airlie Gardens where you can celebrate the many gifts of Mother Earth, your body, the trees, incredible blooms, sacred waters, and the curious fauna. Nourish your mind and soul with our studio offerings: Meditation with Monica, Satsang with Eddy, Acro Yoga with Carolyn, and our next Restorative Soundbath.