The Mystical Songs of Lalla

Lalla’s poetry is always an inspiration for me.   She was born in Kashmir in northern India in 1320 and died in 1392.  She was both, a mystic of the Kashmiri Shaivite sect and a Sufi saint. Her poetry are some of the earliest compositions in the Kashmiri language.  She is the Kashmiri equivalent of Germany’s Hildegard of Bingen.

Lalla married at age twelve and moved into her husband’s family home. She was mistreated by her mother-in-law and  her husband. In her early 20s, she left left her marriage and became a disciple of a respected saint in the Kashmir Shaivism tradition of tantra. She dedicated her life to Lord Shiva. Lalla was called to wander from village to village,  nearly naked, and singing songs of rapture. Her short, simple, and direct songs spoke to common people. Her words  open a window to the soul and allow Truth to be seen.

Read her poetry at the link below.

https://www.poetseers.org/spiritual_and_devotional_poets/sufi/lp/

Tantra Tip of the Day- Namaste’

Namaste is a Sanskrit greeting, which means I see the Divine in you as a mirror for the divine in myself. We use this greeting in Tantra at the beginning of a ritual. It is called a Heart Salutation; sitting or standing across from your partner bring your hands together in the prayer position pointed towards the Earth, inhale inform the Earth as you raise your hands to your heart, with a soft gaze and an open heart, look into each other’s eyes, as you bow, exhale, acknowledge the Divine in your partner as a mirror of the Divine in yourself, inhale, and exhale your hands back you the Earth.

As you move through your day look into peoples eyes and say,”Namaste,” either aloud or silently and see if you can experience the Divine within them. This practice can also be done with animals, trees, rocks, mountains or anything else, as we are all Divine Consciousness in form. Notice how this practice makes you feel? Connected. Alive. Silly. Alone. Present. Or…

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Awareness Resists Nothing

“Awareness resisits nothing.” I read this quote by Adyashanti yesterday and it really touched me. In Tantra we express this same understanding, by saying Yes! to what is.

Last night I gave an free introduction to the weekend I am teaching called, Awakening the Ecstatic Body, 16 people came, many were new to Tantra. Over the course of the evening, it was wonderful to watch people let go and stop resisting the moment, allowing themselves to be seen. As the evening progressed I guided a ritual, called a puja, where we move around the circle looking into each other’s eyes and acknowledging the divine in each other. I am always amazed at how this simple ritual tranforms people. By the end of the evening the room was full of sparkling energy and open hearts.

When we let go of resistance magic happens. I love teaching Tantra. It is such a gift to offer this path for awakening to others. The power of the work is so accessible and immediate. More to come…