Explore the mystery of our true self.

Where are we coming from ? Explore the mystery of your true self.

Saturday – March 9th – 1:30 – 4:30 • South Presbyterian Church • 343 Broadway Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Where are we coming from ? Who are we ? Where are we going ? Through yoga, meditations, dance and celebrations, Yogagaia guides us to the awakening of our Evolutionary Journey.

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Yoga vacation in Sant’Antioco, Sardinia, Italy

Yoga vacation in Sant'Antioco
Yoga Vacation in Sant’Antioco, Sardinia, Italy • June 29 to July 8, 2012

A Yoga vacation in Sant’Antioco, Sardinia, Italy. An island off the island, from the earth of Sardinia. Read more

Una vacanza Yoga a Sant’Antioco, Sardegna, Italia

Vacanze Yoga - Yogagaia, Sardegna, Italy con Yogagaia
Vacanza Yoga a Sant’Antioco, Sardegna, Italia • Giugno 29 a Luglio 8, 2012
Un’isola nell’isola, nella terra di Sardegna.
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Hope and guidance for the well being of all, a Yogagaia journey

Hope and guidance
Hope and guidance for the well being of all at the zenith of summer we invite you to Metta Earth for a wonderful weekend retreat…

Hope and guidance for the well being of all, a Yogagaia Journey with Hasita Nadai, who brings zest, playfulness, and reconnection to the wild intelligence of the cosmos. With yoga, the story of the universe, and the beauty of the gardens, farm, and land of Metta Earth Institute, Hasita inspires hope and guidance for the well being of all. Read more

Welcome to Yogagaia, now a yoga blog !

Yoga blog
Yoga blog, Yogagaia is now a blog !

A yoga blog born out of a static website. An organic evolution mirroring it’s philosophy !

Teachings of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme | Art Work: Yoko Shimizu
Mark Kelso the musician and Yoga teacher suggested the name Yogagaia
Conception: Agathe Nadai & Alex Beaulieu | realization: Alex Beaulieu
Yogagaia Copyright (c) 2000 Hasita Nadai

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Poetry, yoga and meditation

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Poetry, yoga and meditation.
Yogagaia contributions,
Words of love,
Thoughts of compassion, poetry and calmness

Poetry, yoga and meditation are the three legs of a stool.
In this section of Yogagaia, you will find beautiful verses, sayings and quotes.

These beautiful compositions are contributions and selections shared by Hasita.
Yogagaia welcomes you to read it’s section of poetry, yoga and meditation with an open heart.
May peace, joy and happiness invade you during the readings of those quiet lines.

Poetry, yoga and meditation is an ideal reflection of Yogagaia’s philosophy and everybody is welcome to contribute, especially yoga and meditation adepts.  Many people have gifted talent, may this space on Yogagaia be a way for those who handle the words with ease and please, a way of getting their skills known, a way of sharing beauty and love with those who ask no better than the opportunity of reading poetry.

A frequent parallel surfaces between poetry, yoga and meditation and Yogagaia, one that could be described as the need to express our existentialism, through the story of our evolution. A such obvious and vital need that the ways to manifest it through creation are diverse; yoga, meditation and poetry being some among so many others.

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” Each beautiful thing, a flower, the song of a bird, awakens in our soul the memory of our origin.
Learn how to listen to the voice of beautiful things,to make us understand the voice of our soul.”

Mevlevi Dervishes

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia poetry


I paraphrase Eckhart Tolle:
“Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning, just after sunrise:
The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun…
and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet
if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness…
The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness.”

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia

“We must make room in oneself for the immensity of the Universe”
– Teachers of South American Indians

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this Amazed soul I have.

Follow my tracks in the sand that lead.
Beyond thought and space,

Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs of fins.
In my sublime applause.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude For life.
I slip in and out of the Moon each night with a gracious ease
With the brilliant heart I have.

Hafiz

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


” Love is an infinite Sea whose skies are a bubble of foam.
Know that it is the waves of Love that  turn the wheels of Heaven,
Without Love, nothing in the world would have life.
How is an inorganic thing transformed into a plant?
How are plants sacrificed to become rich with spirit?
How is spirit sacrificed to become Breath,
One scent is potent enough to make Mary pregnant?
Every single atom is drunk on this Perfection and runs towards
It And what does this running secretly say but ” Glory be to God.”

Rumi (Andrew Harvey “Light upon Light”)

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


” The reality of our own existence can be validated only in the context of honoring the larger communication that the natural world offers us in terms of wonder for the mind, beauty for the imagination and intimacy for emotions”

Thomas Berry

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


The little prince crossed the desert and met with only one flower, a
flower with three petals.
“Where are the men ?” the little prince asked, politely.
“Men? She echoed. I think there are six or seven of them in existence.
I saw them, several years ago.
But one never knows where to find them.
The wind blows them away.
They have no roots, and that makes life very difficult”

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia

“Can you find another market like this?
Where, with one rose you can buy hundreds of rose gardens.
Where, for one seed you get a whole wilderness?
For one weak breath, the divine wind ?”

Rumi

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


LOVE LETTER TO THE MILKY WAY

I want to tell you about love
There are approximately 1 trillion galaxies i want to tell you about
In the Milky Way there are about 100 billion stars
I want to tell you Love is the breath of the cosmos
I want to write a love letter to the Milky Way
Everything is an expression of the galaxy
My 30 trillion cells
The four noble truths
The eight – fold path
The five precepts
The seven energy centers of the body
Everything is the Milky Way
Including my lover,
and every kiss of every lover that’s ever loved

Your skin
the texture of the cosmos
the religion beyond religion
I want to know you like the wind knows the canyon
or the rain knows the rivulets
Lightening is continuously striking in 100 places every moment
The universe spills through our dreams
The future belongs to the most compelling story
Even the word “love” is not adequate
to define
the force that wove the fabric of space-time
If we could sense everything at once
like Krishna entering with all the memory of his past
incarnations, then I could tell you about love.

Drew Dellinger

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


CHILDREN MEDITATION

May all beings of all kinds,
in all directions
be happy and in peace.
Above and below,
Near and far,
High and low.
All types of beings.
Humans and non-humans.
Seen and unseen.
All the animals, birds, and fishes.
All beings and creatures,
With no exceptions.
May they be happy.
May they be free.
I open my heart
and accept the loving-kindness
of every being and creature
in return.
I let that love into my heart.
And I share the benefits of this
meditation with every one

Gregory Kramer

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


” There are hundreds of thousands of stems linking us

to everything in the cosmos,
supporting us and making it possible for us to be.
Do you see the link between you and me?
If you are not there, I am not there”

Thich Nhat Han

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“Every being exists in intimate relation with other beings and in constant exchange of gifts with each other.
But this relationship is beyond pragmatic use.
It is rather a mutual sharing of existence in the grand venture of the universe itself.”

Thomas Berry

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“SINGLE – CELLED ELEGANCE”

“Successful microbes mutate.
They see an evolutionary need, become the seed that spawns a different being.
They seize chance opportunities, try new paths, have no fear of changing appearances.
These single cells hold the keys to transformation.
They equate stagnation with death hand see that the releasing form is the only way to enter into essence.”

Danna Faulds

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia

TICKLED

This moment is a rosebud, and I am at the center of the bloom.
Petals open one by one until I am in full sun, tickled by the tongues of  butterflies.

Danna Faulds

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


” In the ever-changing presence of water,
In the inspiring presence of air,
In the transformative presence of fire in the nourishing presence of earth,
In the unifying presence of ether,
May all beings know their divinity.”

Russell  Comstock

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


BEAUTY

How did the Rose Ever open its heart ?
And give to this world All its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light,
Against its Being.
Otherwise, we all remain too freightened.

It felt Love

Hafiz

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“Every one of us can do something to protect our planet.
We have to live in such a way that a future will be possible for our children and grandchildren.
Our own life has to be our message”

Thich Nhat Hanh: From The World We Have

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


IMPERMANENCE MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE
(as Fall sets in and the New Jewish New year just started)


We are often sad and suffer a lot when things change, but change and impermanence have a positive side.
Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible. Life itself is possible.
If a grain of corn is not impermanent, it can never be transformed into a stalk of corn.
If the stalk were not impermanent, it could never provide us with the ear of corn we eat.
If your daughter is not impermanent , she cannot grow up to become a women.

Impermanence should also be understood in the light of inter-being.
Because all things inter-are, they are constantly influencing one another.
It is said that  butterfly’s wings flapping on one side of the planet can affect the weather on the other side.
Things cannot stay the same because they are influenced by everything else, everything that is not itself.

Thich Nath Hanh

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


INTERBEING


The sun has entered me.
The sun has entered me together with the cloud and the river.
I myself have entered the river and I have entered the sun with the cloud and the river.
There has not been a moment when we do not interpenetrate.

But before the sun entered me,
The sun was in me-also the cloud and then river, I was already I it.

There has not been a moment when we have not inter-been.
Therefore you know that as long as you continue to breathe, I continue to be in you.

Thich Naht Hanh

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


Join me in the pure Atmosphere

I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this Amazed soul I have.
Follow my tracks in the sand that lead beyond thought and space,
Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs of fins,
In my sublime applause.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life.
I slip in and out of the Moon each night,
With a gracious ease,
With the brilliant heart I have.

Hafiz

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


Keeping Quiet Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still.

This one time upon the earth, let’s not speak any language,
let’s stop for one second and not move our arms so much.

It would be a delicious moment, without hurry, without locomotives,
all of us would be together in a sudden uneasiness.

The fishermen in the cold sea would do no harm to the whales
and the peasant gathering salt would look at his torn hands.

Those who prepare green wars, wars of gas,
wars of fire,victories without survivors,
would put on clean cloth in gand would walk along side their brother sin the shade,
without doing a thing.

What I want shouldn’t be confused with final inactivity:
life alone is what matters,
I want nothing to do with death.

If we weren’t unanimous about keeping our lives so much in motion,
if we could do nothing for once,
perhaps a great silence would interrupt this sadness,
this never understanding ourselves and threatening ourselves with death,
perhaps the earth is teaching us when everything seems to be dead and then everything is alive.

Now I will count to twelve and you keep quiet and I’ll go

Pablo Neruda,
From Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon
(Translated by Stephen Mitchell)

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


Last night the rain spoke to me slowly,
saying
what joy to come falling out of a brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way on the earth that what is said as it dropped,
smelling of iron, and vanished like a dream of the ocean into the branch sand the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing under a tree.
and there were stars in the sky that were also themselves at the moment
at which moment my right hand was holding my left hand,
which was holding the tree which was filled with stars
and the soft rain – imagine ! Imagine ! the long and wondrous journeys still to be ours.

Mary Oliver (What Do We Know)

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“Listening to the bell, the wind, then water, the insects and all living things is part of our practice.

When we know how to listen deeply and how to breathe deep lying mindfulness, everything becomes clear and deep.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away from wherever you are, to look for your soul ?

Quickly then get up, put on your coat, leave your desk!
To sit down, like a weed among weeds, and rustle in the wind !

Mary Oliver (new and selected poems)

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


Treading the path that leads  to the moon,
I look back and can’t stop marveling.
I see a bubble of water on the immense ocean of space.
It is the Earth, our green planet,
Her sumptuous beauty sparkling and proud,
Yet, oh so fragile.
In her , I discover myself.

Thick Nhat Hanh (Morning of Peace).

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


OCEAN LIGHT

The moon at dawn stooped like a hawk and took me and flew across the sky.
Traveling insight that light, so close, My body turned to spirit.
I saw nothing but light.
The secret of revelation came clear with my ship submerged in that.
As it moved, consciousness rose into being,
And the voice of consciousness made every foam fleck a new bodying.
Matter receives a signal
From the sea it floats in.
But without the sun, without the majesty of Shams,
no one would see the moon or ever dissolve in ocean light.

Rumi

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


John Charles Earle says:
The Body is not bounded by its skin;
Its effluence, like a gentle cloud of scent,
Is wide into the air diffused, and, blend with elements unseen, its way doth win
To ether frontiers, where take origin
Far subtler systems, nobler regions meant
To be the area and the instrument
Of operations ever to begin
A new and never end.
Thus every man
Wears as his robe the garment of the sky so close his union with the cosmic plan,
So perfectly he pierces low and high
Reaching as far in space as creature can, and co-existing with immensity.

” Each beautiful thing, a flower, the song of a bird, awakens in our soul the memory of our origin.
Learn how to listen to the voice of beautiful things, to make us understand the voice of our soul.”

Mevlevi Dervishes

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


I paraphrase Eckhart Tolle:
“Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning, just after sunrise:
The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun…
and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet
if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness…
The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness.”

I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this Amazed soul I have.
Follow my tracks in the sand that lead
Beyond thought and space,

Join me with your hands, wings, hoofs of fins In my sublime applause.
Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude For life.
I slip in and out of the Moon each night
With a gracious ease
With the brilliant heart I have.

Hafiz.

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“ Love is an infinite Sea whose skies are a bubble of foam.
Know that it is the waves of Love that turn the wheels of Heaven,
Without Love, nothing in the world would have life.
How is an inorganic thing transformed into a plant ?
How are plants sacrificed to become rich with spirit?
How is spirit sacrificed to become Breath,
One scent is potent enough to make Mary pregnant ?
Every single atom is drunk on this Perfection and runs towards it
And what does this running secretly say but “ Glory be to God.”

Rumi  (Andrew Harvey “Light upon Light”).

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


Rain I feel like earth
Astonished at fragrance, Borne in then air,
Made pregnant with mistery, From a drop of rain.


Rumi

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

 Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“Since the moon is full tonight, let us call the stars in prayer.
The power of concentration, Seen though the bright, one-pointed mind, Is shaking the universe.

Compassion springs  from the heart, as pure refreshing water,
Healing the wounds of life.


Thich Nhat Hanh  (from Love Poem)

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


SOULSTICE

Every ounce of matter is frozen light roses, clouds, bones, tearsall slowly moving light
Everything is shining in glory everything singing a story
Every second in the universe a supernova is exploding every second a star is shattering
and flames  leaping off the moon last night like binary stars we circle each other
and the more I see of you the more I love the view
let me be a fierce clear mirror in a cosmos made of passions
If love is a language then I am still learning to spell while there’s a story that the stars have been burning to tell.

Drew Dellinger

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


THE SUN NEVER SAYS


Even After All this time
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”
Look What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.

Hafiz (trans. Daniel Ladinsky)

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“The Sun incandescent sphere permanent explosion,
its core pouring itself out for us source to a hamlet of planets asteroids and comets,
human trajectory unfolds in this orbit between wandering stars and the invincible Sun”


Drew Dellinger

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“Every being exists in intimate relation with other beings and in constant exchange of gifts with each other.
But this relationship is beyond pragmatic use.
It is rather a mutual sharing of existence in the grand venture of the universe itself.”

Thomas Berry

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia

“As humans awaken to this wonder that stands before us.
We must discover our role in the grand spectacle”

Thomas Berry

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“ The human emerges not only as an earth link, but also as an world link.
We bear the universe in our beings as the universe bears us in its being.
The two have a total presence to each other and to that deeper mystery out of which both the universe and ourselves have emerged.”


Thomas Berry

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“When we are truly alive, we can see that the tree is a part of Heaven, and we are also a part of Heaven.
The whole universe is conspiring to reveal this to us.”


Thich Nhat Hanh

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Poetry, yoga and meditation - Yogagaia


“ Your eyes are beautiful.
I am aware that they are impermanent.
But what is wrong with impermanence ?
Without impermanence, could anything exists at all”


Thich Nhat Hanh  (from Love Poem)

Poetry, yoga and meditation – Yogagaia

Meditation, yoga and science

Some practice meditation since ever, some just started, some eventually will. Nonetheless, many want and many plan to start one day…and time passes by. Being that, pretty much all meditation adepts will notice they cannot do without it, it’s a life habit, a need, a benefit, an easy and unlimited reward. But still…what is meditation ?

It’s everything. It’s medecine for your mind, it’s taking care of your body, of your spirit and it’s…easy. It’s easy because you kind of do nothing but waiting until you meditate.
When do you know if you are in a meditation state ? Well, you just know it, mainly after. You know that you know it, because you want to do it back, anytime, almost anywhere.
And then if you try to put words on it, you get to tell yourself: Well, it’s…everything.
It seems like it’s just a matter of being alive to fit with meditation, it’s as intrinsic as eating, sleeping, moving, thinking. It becomes so necessary, you get to wonder if it’s not addictive.

White open lotus flower meditation

Redacted by Alex – Yogagaia contributor, co-creator of Yogagaia

Considering the positive aspects of mediation, it is not surprising to realize how the  practice can be well integrated in most culture, it is also intuitive and accessible to everyone. Culture being what it is, lots of us feel drawn to understand in a rational way. Lots of us think of meditaton as an abstract concept. It may seem like it when we try to understand it, it stops being so when you experience it. But hey, what better than science to rationalize things ? Although the quest should not aim at measuring the benefits in a  tangible way especially on a short period, lots of studies have been run about meditation and these are very interesting. As a result of this cultural aspect, those studies are and were held over the past decades and are demonstrating these benefits in a…tangible way !

Meditation as far as your health…

Meditation can improve your health by enhancing your immune and behavioral responses to psychosocial stress , by supporting modulation of pain.
Mindfulness training, compared to a well-matched control condition, is a better buffer of the effects of psychological stress on neurogenic inflammation.

Mediation can make you happier…

Praticed daily, it increases positive emotions, which, in turn, produced increases in a wide range of personal resources, improving life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms. At the same time, it helps decreasing ruminative thinking or depression and benefits was also demonstrated for mood and anxiety disorders.

It fuels our needs as far as the social animals that we are…

Although many will appreciate meditating in group, meditation is often exercised solitarily. One way or another, it improves our social connectedness, and our emotional intelligence. It contributes in feeling less lonely and it enhances compassion.

Increases self-control and has you look within…

By regulating our emotions, mediation helps calming the mind, it leads to a very important aspect: introspection. We often think about paying attention as the observation of things around us, but how about within ? Meditation is your tool for your inner mission, it’s the kind of habit which makes people feel happy even when stucked in traffic !

Mediation and your brain…

It’s weight lifting for the brain. Although much more could be demontrate as far as meditation making you smarter, as far on, all leads to think that it can. Meditation practice has been shown not only to benefit higher-order cognitive functions but also to alter brain activity.

Is doing nothing really worthy ?

Meditation could seem like it’s kind of doing nothing…it’s not very far from it ! So if meditating is doing nothing, there are lots of benefits to pull from doing nothing.
It improves your productivity by helping you focusing and enhancing your attention spam as mindfulness training modifies subsystems of attention.

Mediation, stress and memory…

As meditation lowers levels of stress and improves memory for the tasks to be performed; it can also help switching tasks less often therfore remaining focused on tasks longer. Meditation practice promotes executive functioning and the ability to sustain attention by reducing fatigue, anxiety, and increasing mindfulness. For this reason, it significantly improves working memory, and executive functioning.

All things considered, meditation helps to clean up your house and getting somewhere. It’s a tune-up for the brain, it unes your consciousness. It increases your ability to exploit your talent and your creativity. We don’t have much control over dynamics surrounding ourselves as much as we have over those in ourselves.

Meditation through the teachings of Yogagaia…

Yogagaia is the practice of meditation, through yoga. It is the yoga of earth and Kosmic counsciousness. Meditation is everything symbolizes Yogagaia. Yogagaia has you step out of the box and realize the link between your inner selves and the ecology surrounding you, it reminds how deeply we are connected to the planet. Once we get a grip over this immensity, we therefore realize the meaning of: it’s everything.

Yogagaia invites you to connect to the earth by embracing different meditation sessions. Following the teaching of Yogagaia, you can connect to the earth, consciously.

The following meditations are proposed to you graciously and much more is provided through the teaching of Yogagaia.

MEDITATION • THE KOSMOS CREATES

I am the Kosmos, I am made of out of the stuff of the Universe, matter, mind and spirit. I began to manifest with trillions of particles out of emptiness: time and space manifested. The particles that sprang out expanded fast. A trillionth of a second faster and we would not be here..A trillionth of a second slower and we would not be here. Is it a coincidence that we are here? We are made out of the dust of the first stars…, I am made out of star dust…

by Hasita

 

 

MEDITATION • THE KOSMIC CURVATURE POSE, THE KOSMIC EMBRACE

Come to a comfortable seated position. Pronounce the curvature of the lower back. Inhale and open the arms to shoulder level. Exhale, round the arms and bring them in front of you. It is a wide embrace where the fingers do not meet. Inhale and open the arms… exhale, embrace…Continue opening and closing the Kosmic embrace. As Kosmos created time and space, the Kosmos curved. The Curvature is the Kosmic embrace. The opening of this curvature is where the Kosmos creates. The Kosmos evolves through care and play. The conscious care and play is the dance of Shiva, the dance of transformation

SUNSHINE OF AWARENESS

THICH NAHT HANH | Excerpts • The Sun My Heart

Meditation is a guide to inner peace. We can simply sit and bring a smile to our faces, and breath in and out slowly and deeply. Our thoughts and feelings flow like a river. If we try to stop the flow of a river, we will meet resistance of the water. Life is smoother when we flow with it.

Yogagaia-meditation
SUNSHINE

When the sun shines on a flower and leaves, it shows its shape and color and it is the natural manifestation of plants.

When the sun shines on a wave, the wave sparkles, it is the natural expression of the ocean.

When the sunshine of awareness shines on our river of perceptions feelings, and thoughts they are the natural expression of the self.

We cannot suppress them, because they exist!

The sun of awareness originates in the heart of self.
It enables the self to illuminate the self.
It lights not only all thoughts and feelings present.
It lights itself as well.
Elements of awareness are concentration and understanding, together they are both the intensity of awareness and the fruit of awareness.

THE PRACTICE

As you sit allow these phrases to flow with the in and out breath.

Breathing in, I calm my body 
Breathing out, my body is at peace.
Allow the sunshine of awareness to shine on the inner river of thoughts, perceptions and emotions.
At the end of this meditation:
Open the eyes and look at the blue sky and say:
“This is me too”…becoming aware of “inter-being”.

THE WONDER OF INTERBEING IS EMPTINESS:
It means to be full of everything, but empty of a separate existence.

Inspired by Thich Naht Hanh • The Sun, My Heart
REFLECTIONS ON MINDFULNESS, CONCENTRATION, AND INSIGHT
The Art of Living

Yoga journeys, pictures of Cheneil, Valley d’Aosta, Italian Alps

Take a look at pictures of Cheneil…

Yogagaia invites you to have a look at pictures of Cheneil taken during a few of our journeys. Cheneil (wikipedia/italian) is a locality belonging to the municipality of Valtournenche (Valle d’Aosta). It is a place of particular naturalistic beauty, landscapes of mountains, larches and broadleaves, located in the italian alps. There is the Sanctuary of Clavalité, from where you can enjoy  the stunningly beautiful view over the Matterhorn and the Grandes Murailles as well as over the adjoining peaks. These mountains have many stories to tell us about their origin and evolution through millions of years. They harbor many human dramas as well. One of these, the story of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, is a human drama with heroes and victims. Meet the inhabitants of Cheneil and get to know their lovely families, and all their pets, including horses. The homemade food is exquisite Northern Italian Cuisine. It is one of the few Valle d’Aosta villages not reachable by car.

For centuries, there was no real village here until the beginning of the 20th century, with the construction of two hotels. Finding itself along the trail that leads to the summit of the Grand Tournalin, Cheneil was crossed and remembered by the great names of mountaineering, like Edward Whymper.

Images worth thousands of words, pictures of Cheneil tell about how much of a magnificent environment it is for relaxing, meditating, hiking, practicing yoga and so much more. Over 200 kilometres of hiking trails, from those at high altitude to those for families or walkers who just want to stroll and relax, surrounded by countryside and silent woods, following well-signposted trails featuring breathtaking views, just a stone’s throw from Cervinia and Valtournenche town centres. The Cheneil valley (which can ‘only’ be reached on foot or with the help of a lift) offers tourists a timeless natural environment, characterised by the unspoilt countryside of this valley, featuring dense fragrant woodland and the scent of verjuice.

Gallery of pictures of Cheneil… 

The task of Yogagaia

The task of Yogagaia is to moving from from an anthropocentric to an ecocentric view of the world.THE TASK OF YOGAGAIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY:

The task of Yogagaia is to heal us from our cultural estrangement from Earth and its Life Community. For this reason, its aim is to guide us toward a new paradigm: moving from an anthropocentric view of the world toward an ecocentric view.

The naming of geologic eras marks irreversible planetary catastrophes that threw off the living balance of Earth, notably meteor impacts and the volcanism likely triggered by such impacts. As a result,  now is the first time that a single form of life of ours has acquired the power to inflict a catastrophe at a geologic scale and that is already affecting every part of the planet: ocean, atmosphere, soil, and life. As a matter of fact, no human community, and no ecosystem will be spared from such menacing effects, as this is truly a global phenomenon.

However, there is a choice, as Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme affirm: If we humans continue passively along the course we are on, we will effectively have chosen to move into a Technozoic Era. Therefore we will rely exclusively on technological innovations to keep saving us from ruination caused by previous technological innovations. Or we can actively, spiritually, choose to move into an Ecozoic Era, in which humans will live in a sustainable and mutualistic relationship with the full community of life.

The Ecozoic Era (as named by Thomas Berry) begins when we start to experience the planet not as other but as me. It begins within each and every individual who lives with the full and heartful awareness that their actions, no matter how mundane, how minor, deeply affect the wellbeing of the planet, and that these actions ripple out into the very Kosmos.

The Ecozoic Era is birthed in those who know that nothing is separate, that we are all interdependent, that our skin is not a boundary but an interpenetration in space. The Ecozoic Era begins when the Yoga Teachings are integrated in our daily life, when body, mind and spirit are experienced as one with the Universe.

Given these points, absent support from the wider culture, none of us allured by the Ecozoic will be perfect in our actions. Until a cultural transformation ensues, none of us can fully live in harmony with the full community of life. With this in mind, it is important to always be mindful of our Divine Self.