At the Sun’s Zenith

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Elemental Immersion

the earth of my body
at rest upon the Earth
the fire of the Sun
alights upon me
radiant flesh
pulsating star-stuff
basking in the radiance
of a younger star
breath of the forest
cool breeze wafting
from the shade
of sheltering leaves
laden with mist
and the soft kisses
of dew drops

awash
in the unrelenting percussion
of plunging waters
cascades through being
purging anything
that resists
and all that remains
is the pristine void
dwelling within the tender shell
of glistening skin

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A Taoist story tells of an old sage who accidentally fell into the river rapids leading to a high and dangerous waterfall. Onlookers feared for his life. Miraculously, he came out alive and unharmed downstream at the bottom of the falls. People asked him how he managed to survive. “I accommodated myself to the water, not the water to me. Without thinking, I allowed myself to be shaped by it. Plunging into the swirl, I came out with the swirl. This is how I survived.”

parable

Accommodating myself to the Sun…

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Left Eye Moon ~ Right Eye Sun

Happy Solstice, Everyone!

Driving to my usual spot to observe the Sunrise on the Summer Solstice, this post from 2 years ago was called to mind. Once again the full Moon was setting in the west as the Sun was rising in the east. But it was all the more auspicious having the full Moon coincide with the Solstice itself.

As I stood this morning with the rising Sun to one hand and the setting Moon to the other, a small nuance was added to my experience from two years ago.  This time, with my arms and hands outstreatched to east and west, I quite unconsiously found my hands forming the gyan mudra – the tip of the thumb touching the tip of the index finger. Thus forming small circlets that felt the exact size of the two orbs.  So holding this mudra, while visualizing the Sun and Moon inhabiting the circlets of my two hands is a new meditation that I have gained through my observance this morning.  If anyone feels so moved, I encourage them to play with this mudra and imagery…

I’m off to do a medicine walk to further immerse myself in this longest day of the year. Hope everyone is able to take a moment out of their day to honor this holy day of the Earth and drink in the energies of the Sun at its zenith. And to my friends in the southern hemisphere – Happy Winter Solstice!

Ethereal Nature

Sun-Moon

For the third month in a row, as part of my Sunrise Sadhana, I made a brief sojourn to an undisclosed hilltop location this morning to watch the full moon set in the west as the sun rose in the east. I did not at all expect that this morning’s observance would revivify my past experiences with the Egyptian God Horus…

The sun and moon are frequently in the sky together, but it is only for a moment each month that the full moon (from our earthly perspective)  is in the sky with the sun.  For only a moment each month our two orbs balance each other, poised in opposite directions, one rising in the east as the other sets in the west.

Yesterday evening I was sharing this at a small gathering and as I described this celestial event I was going to observe in the morning, I unconsciously…

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