Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sattvic Strength…

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So I recently read a lovely article by Sally Kempton on a meditation on the source of our strength & it set me thinking…you can read it for yourself here

I have a tendency, when I stray from a regular yoga & meditation practice, to be dominated by rajassic and tamasic energy…those who know me will attest that I have a slightly passionate disposition (or fiery…apologies to those who have ever witnessed one of my indignant rants)…my lovely husband will confirm that I love nothing more than spending the odd day in my pajamas slobbing around the house, curled up with a good book or some old familiar film on the TV (or American Chopper…I can’t help it, perhaps I am drawn to their rajassic tendencies)…

The thing is, I recognise that both the rajassic & tamassic aspects of my nature are vital parts of me…they are those shadows that mean I can be driven to succeed when the odds look tough, to be strong in the face of unfairness, to feel strong enough to protect my children, to keep up with them…tamas allows me to rest when my body needs to recuperate or my emotions need to settle and to enjoy the cosy snuggles at bedtime instead of resenting time that could be spent in more *productive* pursuits…

My sattvic energy is drawn from several sources, yoga not the least of them…

Sattva is abundant in my children…time spent outdoors with my children, watching them dig in the garden, tending their muddy patches, making mud castles & create miniature worlds for dinosaurs or knights & horses; seeing them climb, swing, slide and clamber in the park; drawing in the sand on the beach and throwing stones into the breaking waves; and the times they spend curled around each other on the sofa smiling at Pooh Bear or belly-laughing at Despicable Me (seriously, if you don’t know the film, check this out…I don’t condone violence but I cannot stop giggling at the teaser trailer) or baking cookies that we eat before they’ve even cooled, barely managing to save a few for Daddy to taste when he gets in from work…Each moment that I truly allow myself to be with my children (yes, I am too often distracted by chores/facebook/phonecalls/work) floods my reserves of sattvic energy and leaves me feeling wholly me…

Gardening with Portsmouth Yoga, Southsea, Hampshire

Out with the old!
Best of both worlds…my gardens & my sons

And then there is my garden…back to Nature, open sky, fresh air, and there is nothing so beautiful as the smell of flowers grown in your own garden, just now fragrant hyacinths are embracing the recently returned spring sunshine to scent the air with a delicate aroma that lifts my heart each time I venture to the compost bin…I love the secret of seeds newly sown, no outward sign of life in that dark soil, and yet there is so much potential just crowding to be unfurled as the roots and shoots begin to take form and unfurl to reveal themselves…oh how my mouth waters at the mere thought of the very *peaness* of fresh pea shoots in a couple of weeks…I like that the latin name of the humble pea is “pisum sativum” derives from sativa meaning “to sow” , so close to “sat” and “sattva” meaning the ideal, pure and true essence, nature, Spirit, soul…I wonder if there is a link there that I spent the day sowing what I would like to reap…I certainly felt alive with calm, gentle, sattvic energy after a day of honest, hard work in the garden with my children playing nearby & helping with various aspects of removing a dying shrub to replace it with a new apple tree that I hope will produce fruit to help us feast on the most sattvic of apples as we eat them newly picked from the garden…one day, we must be patient, in the meantime I anticipate the pretty bloom of apple blossom to soften the wait for maturity…

Malus Estar - Eating Apple Tree

Our newly planted Apple Tree *Malus Elstar*

To me, sattvic energy is a soft, warm light, like the gentle sunlight as the day dawns or draws to a close, warming, soothing, indescribably beautiful…what better to cultivate in my garden…

OMx  

Sattvic Sunlight in the garden with Portsmouth Yoga, Southsea, Hampshire

Sattvic sunlight – a well deserved rest with rose petal tea at the end of a gorgeous garden day