Goddess Of Abundance & Wisdom

Goddess Lakshmi (pronounced LOCK-shmee) is known as the Hindu Goddess of Abundance and Wisdom.  Her connection to the lotus flowers, elephants, and water represents her absolute faith in the fertility and abundance available to everyone.  Lakshmi works with Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity, known as the “overcomer of obstacles.”  United together, they are an unstoppable team to help you release fear and accept abundance in your life.

Lakshmi Goddess of Abundance & Wisdom

Lakshmi manifested herself in the form of art and knowledge.  She is a lover of books and of the wisdom to be found in them and is happy to bring you a supply of knowledge and opportunity  She is known to have taught her followers to be truthful, philanthropic and sincere.  Amy Zerner & Monte Farber’s book, Goddess, Guide Me, give us the following:

Lakshmi Goddess of Abundance & WisdomLAKSHMI’S  RITUAL – GET WISE!

“Charge up” a glass of water with energy by placing a small, clean amethyst crystal in it and leaving the glass on a window sill in the moonlight (if possible) overnight. In the morning, remove the crystal and face the sunlight while drinking the water which has absorbed LAKSHMI’s wisdom. Now close your eyes and imagine a beautiful lotus opening up; from a bud to a mature open flower. See it unfolding in the center of your forehead between your eyes, the place where the mystical third eye is found. Recite the following words nine times:

Unveil my eye and let me see.

Reveal what has eluded me.

Let freedom, faith and honesty

Take me far on land and sea.

Whenever you need to rise above your situation or gain perspective, imagine the lotus blooming as you see your third eye opening as well. Be open to the answers you will receive.

Fearless Mudra Exercises

Fearlessness Mudra Exercises Abhaya Mudra

Meaning: In Sanskrit, “Abhaya” means “fearlessness”.

What It Does: This mudra symbolizes protection, peace, benevolence, and the dispelling of fear. It also is an ancient one, demonstrating that the hand is empty of weapons. It indicates friendship and peace. In Buddhism, it’s a symbol of the fearlessness and the spiritual power of the Buddha or bodhisattva.

How To:  Right hand raised to shoulder height, the arm crooked, the palm of the hand facing outward, and the fingers upright and joined. The left hand hangs down at the side of the body.Fearlessness Mudra Exercises

 Hansi Mudra

Meaning:  Courage Mudra (Hansi)

What It Does: This Mudra helps to evoke courage, fearlessness, and relieves anxiety.  It also can stimulate feelings of self-love, acceptance, and ease feelings of loneliness and isolation.

How To:  Touch tips of all fingers together except for the pinkie fingers. Hold hands out to sides in a cactus position with extended pinkies pointing upwards.

Practice Fearlessness Mudra Exercises

Fearlessness Mudra Exercises

•  Mudras can be practiced while seated, lying down, standing, and walking.  It is best to be in a meditative mood.

•  Gertrud Hirschi, author of Mudras Yoga in Your Hands,  suggests a good time to practice is a few minutes before getting up and a few minutes before falling asleep, before or after meals, and on your walks.

•  Pay attention to a symmetrical posture and your breath.  To calm yourself, remember to slow your breath.  To refresh yourself, remember to intensify your breathing.

•  Great masters do not agree on the length of time to practice mudra positions.  I recommend that you start with holding each mudra 1 to 3 minutes at least 2 – 3 times a day.   If you can only hold these positions for one minute and often during the day, you will benefit.  FEARLESSNESS FEELS GREAT!

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

“What is an AWE walk?  An awe walk is a walk within a place of meaning and beauty, where your sole task is to encounter something that amazes and transcends, be it big or small.”  This is from Mindful Magazine’s April, 2017, issue titled,  A Guided Awe Walk Meditation.  We all have felt those awe moments when walking in a wooded forest, a botanical garden, a blossoming desert, or on a sandy beach.  I believe we take our meditation walks with eyes, ears, and hearts open.  There will always be something that brings us to that ‘AWE’ moment.  It can be touching the bark of a tree, seeing a rabbit grazing or listening to nature’s surrounding choir.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

‘AWE’ Walking Meditation Practice

1) Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Feel the air move through your nasal passages and hear the sound of your breath. We’ll come back to this breath throughout the walk.

2) Feel your feet on the ground and listen to the surrounding sounds. Return to your breath. Count to six while you inhale and six as you exhale.

3) Shift your awareness now so that you are open to what is around you.  Notice things that are vast and unexpected; or things that surprise, and delight. Take a deep breath in. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

4) Let your attention be open in exploration for what inspires ‘AWE’. Your attention might appreciate vast spaces, and the sounds and sights within them. You might shift to small patterns, for example of the sorrel on the ground, or the veins on leaves, or a cluster of tiny mushrooms.

5) Bring your attention back to the breath. Count to six as you inhale and six as you exhale. Coming out of these experiences of awe, we often feel a sense of wonder. Wonder happens when we are delighted by that which surprises us, and we are moved to find explanations and deep meaning.

Take An 'AWE' Meditation Walk

 TREAT YOURSELF TO MANY ‘AWE’ MOMENTS!