Bees are master pollinators! During my week I walked into my room to find a loudly buzzing bumblebee come from under my bed to hide on my window sill. She was gripping in stillness for dear life and my heart simply melted at its very presence. I remembered my instructor from Seed to Supper Gardening class mention she had problems getting bees in her backyard garden and here in my tiny room a ladybug and now a bumblebee found their way into my life. Instead of being frantic, my heart raced with both acceptance, thanksgiving, and wonderment!
Bees have always been sacred to me, I’ve honored them for many reasons and having a small indoor container garden I was left with so many questions; How did this tiny creature find its way into my room? How was I going to get it out?
On a much deeper level, (as I always look into the hidden spiritual side of things), I wondered what ‘message’ the apidae was both showing and leaving me. And as I captured it in my dirty sea moss-water cup, I felt the power of its familiar buzzing mantra which immediately touched my heart. I felt the need and urgency to continue on the path of raising my personal vibration and personal healing. I felt its deep connection beyond space and time to ancient cultures and goddess traditions. The bumblebee’s buzzing was hypnotic and brought with it many healing remedies. I felt and saw my heart swell with intense healing vibration. I remembered the shamanic experience I had only a few months prior in a field of flowers and bees where the song enraptured my heart from left over past pain to surface for healing and alignment.
Bombus Bumblebees – Species in the Northwest Pacific Region
Bumblebees (Bombus) are master pollinators! They are diverse in their range of pollinating various plants, herbs, and flowers and thus play a central role in maintaining and balancing our ecosystems.The bumble bee has over 250 bombus species in the Apidae family which consists of over 5700 bee species.Other bees include the honeybee, orchid bees, stingless bees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees all of the apoidea family.Bumblebees are nectar bees like their honeybee cousins.Bumblebees pollinate crops and wildflowers and are vital to tomato plants.
I would add the movie The Secret Life of Bees but that’s about personal relationships, sisterhood, and healing color lines in America; staring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys,Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo, produced by the linked of Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith to note.
Bee Shaman Wisdom Message
The bee symbolises community, brightness and personal power. Follow the bee to discover your new destination. From ancient Kemet (Egypt) of the Nw Swt Bty [nswt-bjtj], to early Estruscan (Ancient Greece) Women’s Mystery Rites Systems such as The Eleusinian Mysteries (Goddess Demeter), to ancient Druid societies bees have symbolized the sun, the Goddess, community unity, and festive parties and events.
Bee Mantras and Yogic Pranayama
The buzzing of bees is an ancient Hindu healing mantra which effect the heart chakra and pineal gland. The Goddess of the Bees is a form of Shakti (Divine Feminine Life force) called Bhramari, goddess of the black bees also an avatar of Durga, Shakti, and Parvati. Sheis consort to Shiva andis simultaneously a warriors goddess as well as healing goddess.
There is abundant bee mythology including Native American and Indigenous animal totem, spirit animal, and spirit guide meaning while the Hindu have preserved their mythology and healing medicine in the form of not only stories but healing practices. Pranayama the science of the breath has its own yogic tradition of the bee breath that brings calm to the mind and senses, alleviates migraines, improves memory and focus, and brings sunny confidence in undertakings.
I plan to start not only a 30day Yoga practice but to include forms of pranayama including this Bhramari pranayama – Humming Bee Breath.
How to Practice the Bumble Bee Breath
Sit cross-legged or up on your chair
Keep your mouth during practice: Gently close the lips, keeping the teeth slightly apart, and bring the tip of your tongue to the space behind the upper front teeth
Cover and close the ears with your thumb while placing index fingers at at the mid part of your forehead (the middle fingers, ring finger, and pinky finger should press gently at the bridge of the nose
Take deep ujayi breaths from the belly
Begin making a low pitched “hummmmmm” sound at the back of the throat
Position the tongue and allow the buzz sound
Breathe through the nostrils
Start with 7 repetitions and increase with practice
each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number.
Chakras are the vibratory energy centers within the body and throughout the universe. The 7 main energy centers or wheels of radiating vibration can be used to awaken and balance emotions, actions, increase self-awareness and restore peace. In Sanskrit chakra means “wheel” as it is believed that the energy spirals and moves throughout the bodies of the human system. Chakras can effect the 7 bodies of the human energy body system. It is believed that each chakra is mapped or assigned to one of the 7 energy systems of the human body and can shift the human 12 auric energy fields.An aura is a considered an energetic ‘space’ field existing around your body. It can be felt when you see a person and are drawn to them or immediately turn the other way because you can feel their ‘bad’ or ‘negative’ energy. Chakras can be seen as channels that can be tuned up, activated, and balancedwith crystals, essential oils, sound, higher frequency thoughts, mediation, mantras, and more.
Muladhara Chakra – Root – The Etheric Body – First Layer –I AM– Red Jasper
Swadhistana Chakra – Sacral – The Emotional Body – Second Layer – I FEEL – Carnelian
ManipuraChakra – Solar Plexus – The Mental Body – Third Layer – I DO – Citrine
Anahata Chakra – Heart– The Astral Level – Fourth Layer – I LOVE – Green Aventurine
Vishuddhi Chakra – Throat– The Etheric Template Body – Fifth Layer – I SPEAK – Sodalite
Ajna Chakra – Third Eye (Brow) – The Celestial Body – Sixth Layer – I SEE – Amethyst
Sahasrara Chakra– Crown – The Casual Body or Ketheric Template – Seventh Layer – I KNOW – Clear Quartz
Chakra energy can be manipulated to magnetize or repel or draw energy inward or outward. They have a signature of encoded data that are specific to the energy centers of the body such as color, musical tone (note), mantra, planets, physical attributes, emotional characteristics including excessiveand deficient and balanced states, even deities, herbs, Kabbalah and tarot corresponding information.
Ancient Chakra and Yoga Wisdom
Our first people nations (indigenous aboriginals) understood that deeper connection with the stars, elements, earth, animals, the self and others determined wellbeing, fertility and prosperity. From the Twa pygmy the oldest humans on the planet also known as the little people who populated many parts of the planet their magical insight and higher societies such as the Olmec Mayan and Shang Xia dynasties were noted to practice forms of higher spiritual sciences such as yoga which later developed into forms ofmartial arts. It is noted that the ancient pygmy Twa from Africa (ancient Egypt – Khemet) crossed the Bering Strait into the Americas. Other ancient Africans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to enter the Americas at the Gulf of Mexico. Ancient aboriginal negroid phenotypes were the first modern humans on the planet dating back over 24 million years ago and older. These groups migrated out of Africa and became the first Indigenous groups to inhabit the Americas (South, Central, North) and other parts of the world.
Some of our oldest cave inscriptions and stone glyphs depict men in the lotus position in higher states of spiritual union with the elemental and animal kingdoms. The Pashupati Seal discovered in Mohenjo-Daro, dated to c.2300 BCE. This ancient stone sculpture depicts the Hindu deity Shiva as shaman yogi seated in a yogic posture called Mulabandhasana.
The moola denotes “the beginning” the “root” the “base” “origin” “source” where the kundalini (serpent) energy from the root begins to lift upward toward the spine upward throughout the chakras to the crown chakra. Here is where one perfects the Self from the lower nature (chakras 1-3) to the heart (middle) and upward toward self mastery and ‘dominion’ over the lower nature into a god-self and enlightened state or christ consciousness. This yoga spiritual system was practiced in ancient Egypt (Kemet “Black land”). The awakened serpent was known as Uadjet (Wadjet/Uatchet) and was paired by the goddess Nekhbet the winged vulture.
Ancient India is known as the home or birthplace to modern day Yoga and its branches. Although archeologist and anthropologist state that Yoga is 5000 years old, we know that the original man is much older than a mere 5000 or 6000 years old. According to Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race (Cremo, 1993) the modern human bones were found in limestone dated as far as 24 million years ago in the Americas, the Lady of Guadeloupe. found in Guadeloupe, FWI (French West Indies).
The Indus Kush indigenous Dravidian aboriginals of the pre Vedic civilization practiced ancient yoga predating the arrival of the Indo-European invasion and destruction of their ancient records and the subjugation of a color caste system. Still some statues exists on temples and other archeological artifacts. Harappan Civilization or the Indus Sarasvati (Matriarchal-Goddess) Civilization, flourished from 3300 B.C. to 1800 B.C. Like many ancient civilizations destroyed and forgotten by the coming of the dark ages (Kali Yuga). We can still see their heightened states of spirituality and enlightenment and we owe our gratitude, reverence and thanks for their contribution to the light of the world leaving behind the sciences of yoga, religions, and spiritual healing systems and modalities.
Colors: Blue Element: Ether (Akasha) Function: Communication, Creativity Basic Rights: To speak and to be heard Symbols: Circle surround by 16 petal lotus Central Issue: Communication, Self Expression, Self Discipline, Speaking Ones Truth Demon: Lies
Orient to Self: Self – Expression
Development Stage: 7 and 12 years old
Glands: Thyroid, Parathyroid Power: Choice Yoga: Mantra Strength: Faith, self-knowledge Shadow: An obsessive need to control relationships and events Life lessons: Personal expression, active listening, power of choice Main Issues: Communication and self-expression Area of body governed: Throat, mouth, nose, neck, teeth Associated Spinal Area: Superior cervical sympathetic ganglion, 1 cervical spinal ganglion Life Issues: To harness your will, express your highest truth & to live creatively Physical Ailments: Obesity, difficulty putting on weight, sore throat, trouble hearing, hearing loss, tinnitus Crystals: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, celestite, sodalite, aquamarine, blue lace agate, sapphire Shape: Inverted pyramid Plant: Gardenia, Himalayan Blue Poppy Musical Note: G Seed Sound: Ham Ruling Planet: Mercury Incense/Aromatherapy: Benzoin, Bergamot, German (blue) Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense Tarot Card: Wheel of Fortune, Judgment, Hierophant Tree of Life Sephiroth: Binah (understanding) Hindu Deities: Ganga(river goddess related to purification), Sarasvati Other Deities: Hermes, the Muses, Apollo, Grigit, Seshat, Nabu Astrological: Gemini or some believe Taurus. I lean towards Gemini as it is ruled by Mercury who is the communicator, and this is what this chakra is all about. Archangel: Gabriel
Element: Inner Sound Sanskrit name: Ajna (to Know) Location: The centre of the forehead, brow Symbol: A circle surrounded on each side by two large lotus petals ( or a lotus with 96 petals ), and inside it a triangle
Orientation of Self: Self Reflection
Glands: Pineal Central issue: Intuition, imagination, ability to see one’s life clearly, use of the mind/intellect Color: Indigo
Seed sound: OM (Aum)
Vowel Sound: Mmmm
Musical Note: A
Developmental Age: Puberty Essential Oils: Geranium, lavender, rosemary, spearmint Crystals and Stones: Amethyst, azurite, fluorite, lapidolite Stars and Astrological Signs: The planets Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury, Neptune and signs Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces Sound or mantra: Ham-ksham Sense: Intuition (the sixth sense) Body: The high mental body Orientation to self: Self-reflection Goals: Psychic perception, imagination, clear seeing, accurate interpretation Rights: To see Developmental stage: Adolescence Identity: Archetypal identity Level of relationship: Our relationship to knowledge, wisdom and vision Element: Light Hormonal glands: The pituitary and the pineal gland Organs: The brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, face, the pineal and pituitary gland Excessive: Hallucination, nightmares, obsessions, delusions, difficulty concentrating, headaches
Sephiroth: Binah, Chokmah
Planets: Jupiter, Neptune
Gemstones: Lapis Lazuli
Aromatherapy: Balsam, Tolu, Lavendar, Gardenia, Rosemary
Sanskrit name: Sahasrara (thousand-fold)
Energy State: Consciousness
Right: to Know
Psychological Function: Understanding
Identity: Universal Cosmic Identity Location: The crown of the skull
Yoga Path: Jnana Symbol: A lotus with thousand petals Central issue: Awareness, spiritual search for meaning, issues of karma and grace, grace bank account, spiritual awakening, divine discontent Color: Purple, white, gold, silver, violet Essential Oils: Jasmine, frankincense
Key/Musical Tone: B
Vowel Sound: Ng
Seed sound: none Crystals and Stones: Diamond, clear quartz, moldavite, selenite, pyrite Stars and Astrological Signs: The planets Saturn and Neptune, the signs Capricorn and Pisces Sound or mantra: Om Body: The soul, the karmic, causal body Orientation to self: Self-knowledge Goals: Wisdom, knowledge, spiritual connection, consciousness Rights: To know Developmental stage: Throughout life Identity: Universal identity Level of relationship: Relationship to our life’s true purpose, relationship between the ego and the higher self, relationship to God and spirit Demon: Attachment Element: Thought Organs: The muscular and skeletal system, skin, central nervous system
Gemstones: Diamond, Amethyst
Incase: Myrrh, Gotu Kola
Aromatherapy: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Carnation, clove
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing my niece, Allison Tellez, age 8, compete at The Royals Invitational at Stafford High School.
It was my first-ever live gymnast meet and to be honest, I’m rather hooked. I wish my kids were still young enough to learn and join in the fun. At the age of four Allison and her younger sister were proving to me that they could do every yoga asana I showed them. But this weekend it was Allison who asked me if I could do the Natarajasana, full splits and Padmasana! I was embarassingly sore from that morning’s body sculpting session and did a poor attempt at “Cosmic Dancer” leaving a cracking sound in the air which drew giggles and ridicule. Of course, a flexibility challenge has ensued where all 3 yogi poses will be accomplished by yours truly per our next gymnastics meet. (I better be ready, cause this cutie is brutal! lol)
Congrats to Allison who won 5 medals at the Royals Stafford Invitationals. Unfortunately, she refused to wear her 3rd, 4th and 5th place medals because according to her mother, Faja Tellez, “she’s used to winning 1st and 2nd place medals, this is rare!” I, however, thought she did a fantastic job representing her team, gymnastics school and family! Goo Allison!
21 Mudras for Meditation ~ this is absolutely on my 2016 List” in fact I haven’t named my 2016 list just yet but its fast being created as a ‘goal’ ..a 21 Day Mudras Challenge is going in there somewhere so its already out into the Universe under this Capricorn (Sagittarius, Tehuti) New Moon (chuckle) …peace, wholeness, unity, divine love and creative abundance family! ~ Ria (aka Daria)
So I will be en route this weekend and excited to see my baby girl who’s just been accepted into college this year while a sophomore in high school. YESSS! The red in me comes out…
From the outside looking in one might then think I’m not a very assertive or aggressive person (pause). This is hardly from the whole truth! These past few years certainly haven’t been very career oriented like others before! In fact, I’ve been having more of a ‘New Life’ crisis – a season of letting go (of my old identity). One that includes a huge awakening and shift in reality, goals, values, you name it! It’s been anything but simple, or easy- but that’s because I resisted so hard and avoided the truth. I think for the most part I’ve been living a lie – a mix of twisted perception of Self and allowing a kind of dormancy of Self. Perhaps this is for another blog, article, or short story! I say that because although I’ve been ‘telling’ myself for years that I am calm and green and turquoise colored in nature, recently I found that there is a greater part of me expressing herself in bright red tones, force and nature! Being an outwardly ‘shy’ person since childhood it still shocks me when this ‘giant red energy’ comes from within me! Maybe not shockingly, but learning to accept this powerful energy within me! This red energy shows herself in athletics and in academics! (and when I’m fighting for Mother Earth and Her Children!) So naturally when my baby girl says I have a B in Honors Chemistry and I reply encouragingly, “That’s great! Why not an ‘A’?” I only say and do what I myself would do and have done in my own academics! I push her like I push myself when I’m in school. I push her to be better, in life! Congrats Baby Girl!
I recently saw this video on a search for finding the best and or worst yoga poses to do when on you menses. I dont have cramps, Im not out of sorts, quite the contrary Im high vibration and high optimistic and moving forward with big energy. I can admit my periods had become a night mare once I hit my mid 40s! Prior the winter of 2012, I had the over 30 years of serene almost non existent periods – sans cramps, or discomfort, sans wild mood swings, or symptoms, in fact, being vegetarian seemed to help me through those years. There were times when my period was almost non existent or lasted for 2-4 days tops! I used to brag on it. But then as I hit 40-ish and through diet changes I guess my periods were less kind. The last few years especially I suffered quietly. Now, they are much lighter. Not to my almost non existent state of yesteryear but showing a much healthier improvement. I have no cramps, very little almost-non-existent bloating, and my emotions are steady, balanced and clear.
I usually have to shut down for a week while on my menses but so far my energy is fine, and I’m honestly ready for sprinting, planks, sessions et al.
During yoga I mastered a crow pose with little effort. Then I found that the most important pose for women on our menses to do is Savasana (the Restorative Pose) to take Sacred Time for ourselves as needed. To be intuitive, to be still and restful. “Deeply connecting to our Souls and Intuition” Sara Avant Stover, yogini and best-selling author of The Way of the Happy Woman.
She further asks:
What are the Dominant Emotions that I’m feeling during my cycle this month?
What issues are coming to light through situations in my life?
Through my relationships, through my emotions, that need my attention?
What feels really hard right now, feels really challenging?
And what Am I needing to know and to learn from those challenges?
So yesterday I did the Crow Pose in my Yoga practice! You can imagine how stoked I am right now!!
I had only planned on ‘stretching’ out better to make up for missing my Warm ups, cool downs and stretches the day before my HIIT morning practice! Since I was sore, I really just went into the practice completely open-minded and found myself pushing, stretching and breathing into the yoga teacher’s poses and my own simply because my body seemed to want to go in that direction (i followed what my body wanted). Bending and breathing into poses with a kind of thankfulness and lightness. This is little huge personal milestone for me. I’ve done a crow pose before but not with such ease and feeling of body control to be honest before it felt more of –(pause) — doing a physical exercise.This felt so different!!!
This time mastering the Crow Pose felt cohesive! It is as if my physical body AND strength are coming together in unison. I know that may not seem to make sense – or perhaps it makes perfect sense. But I feel more in tune with my Body when I exercise whether I’m doing sprints, planks, hill drills, and yoga! There is a different feeling I’ve never felt before this ‘all encompassing experience’ I have surrendered to lol. In my early days of yoga, I had this feeling of ‘oneness’ with my Body, Mind Soul and Spirit. But I lacked the Strength that my body could have had, although I was very flexible and ultra spiritual!!! There was still something missing in my ecstatic state of love and being!
Today is not merely physical or spiritual, there is a kind of “Call and Response” my Body is doing that I have never felt privy too. Beyond the duality of my past understandings. It’s beyond the mindset of grabbing some protein, shakes or meals, hitting the gym with the guys, sweating and hurting like crazy, bulking and prizing my new muscles, then heading to another meal, etc. I didn’t know what I was missing until it was gone and I had to create another way.
If you would have told me a year ago or even 6 months ago that Squats and Push ups with Planks would change me dramatically I would have thought no its the gym and pumping Iron that can do that – ONLY! But then I’m not after The Arnold Look, I don’t want to be Swole. I’m not eating what Arnold ate to get those muscular results and gains either. Being Vegan and Vegetarian has its rewards.
I’m after ‘feeling AND being the MOST Fit I’ve ever been in my Life! Not to simply look aesthetically pretty to the eye, but actually be stronger in my ability to do things (simple exercises and poses I could not do before) those that are REAL AND FUNCTIONAL as I define them:
Can I Sprint? And How fast?
Am I Flexible and Agile?
Am I Strong AND Confident? Can I lift my Body weight and beyond?
Can I do the splits, pull ups, push ups, headstand with ease?
Do I feel and look sexy to me (and others)?
Am I happy and living the Best of What (Who) I am?
Am I aligned with Earth and Purpose?
Am I psychic, radiant with higher energy, in tune with my vibration and in synchronicity?
Am I in the ‘Right’ Direction? And using the Tools available to me to keep me at Balance in this journey?
Nothing feels more powerful than starting your rising with breathing, intention and Yoga! Surya Namaskara Sun Salutations helps to balance out my emotions, bringing clarity and aiding in my spiritual development. What I bring to the mat I can release on the mat and rejuvenate myself with higher vibrations, inner joy and empowerment.
Benefits of Practicing Sun Salutation
1. Turning your Focus inward into your Body and strengthening the Breath – Improving Circulation
2. Strengthening the Digestive System -Digestive Organs
3. Stimulates the Glands
4. Improves Lungs and Respiratory System
5. Relaxes the Central Nervous System against stress and anxiety
6. Increases libido and sexual function including Reproductive System
7. Decreases Kidney issues and restores balance
8. Strengthens Immunity
9. Increases flexibility and youthfulness
10. Keeps you physically strong and mentally agile
I am doing my best to introduce my daughter to the wonderful healing gifts of yoga! It’s a sacred movement that becomes a spiritual practice and heals the body, mind and spirit in the process. She showed me Janelle Monae’s Yoga video last night and I could only chuckle. It was only two weeks ago I was showing her Villa Lewaro, the shack to mansion hair-care business legacy of Madam CJ Walker (b.December 23, 1867) aka Sarah Breedlove from the cottonfields and washrooms aka “The First Female American Millionaire”; the Mother of “I got my start by giving myself a start!”All during the most terrorized decades of Jim Crow she and others like her prospered to achieve and give back to their community, providing employment, education, homes, beauty, culture and way to make it out of slavery consciousness.
Kudos, fist pumps, Ase’s and more Love to Ms. Janelle Monae! Artists like these are needed for the consciousness of our children, to help shape their lies and perceptions of Self and their World. Let the rebirthbegin…