Earth: ROAR!!!! I have hunger!

The element of Earth is about being grounded and being centered. It is about having needs and getting our needs met. 
If we don’t get our needs met we cannot be centered.  If we get our needs met, we can be centered. “The moment a person says they have needs, 90% of the healing begins.” – Thea Elijah

In our culture it’s hard to have needs, having needs can feel shameful,  weak, or like we are inconveniencing someone else. Just last week a good girlfriend of mine said that she never wants to express her needs in a relationship because she feels like her needs inconvenience the other person.    

You will find below:

  • Having Needs Creates Nourishment
  • You Can Never Get Enough of What You Don’t Need
  • Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
  • Core Strength Yoga Sequence
  • “Wild Geese” Poem by Mary Oliver

Having Needs Creates Nourishment:
When we were in Utero we didn’t even know that we had needs, everything was just taken care of.  Then when we were babies we still didn’t know what our needs were, we just screamed out and our needs were fulfilled. When we got a little older we actually had to use our hands to feed ourselves. Then we moved forward, recognized the need and actually got up, went to the refrigerator, got out bread, peanut butter and jelly, and did what it took to fulfill that need. Then we get older and we start to realize that we have needs that NOBODY ELSE seems to have, and that NOBODY SEEMS TO REALLY CARE if we get those needs met or not. So we have to completely fulfill our own needs.  For example, say we need some kind of food that doesn’t exist where we live, so we start to grow a crop that is completely different than anything that exists where we are.  Now, not only are our needs met, but we have something to GIVE to others. By recognizing and fulfilling our own needs we not only get our needs met but have something to offer the community and now have the strength to help.  

Sometimes we want to help so much that we sacrifice our needs to fulfill the needs of others. If we continue to sacrifice our needs and we are not fulfilled, then our strength and centeredness dwindles until we don’t have the strength to give others. Here, in this example, we can see how having needs actually creates nourishment for ourselves and for everyone around us.

You can never get enough of what you don’t need:
When we don’t know what our needs are, or if we deny them, we still feel the hunger.  We are in touch with the hunger but not with the need.  If we are actively trying to deny them, we are often not in touch with what they really are. Addiction can stem from this.  It’s like… NO AMOUNT OF ICE CREAM will EVER fill this need. 

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra:

oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe 
sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam 
urvārukam-iva bandhanān 
mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt 

Word-by-word meaning of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra:-
 oṁ = is a sacred/mystical syllable  
tryambakam = the three-eyed one (accusative case)
yajāmahe = We worship, adore, honour, revere,
sugandhim = sweet smelling, fragrant (accusative case)
puṣṭi = A well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, fullness of life
vardhanam = One who nourishes, strengthens, causes to increase (in health, wealth, well-being); who gladdens, exhilarates, and restores health; a good gardener, the one who nourishes someone else and gives his life fullness.
urvārukamiva = like the cucumber or melon (in the accusative case)
bandhanān = “from captivity” {i.e. from the stem of the cucumber (of the gourd), bandhanān means bound down. Thus, read with urvārukam iva, it means ‘I am bound down just like a cucumber (to a vine)’. If you read it with mṛtyormukṣīya it means ‘liberate from the bounds of death’
mṛtyormukṣīya = Free, liberate From death – mṛtyuḥ + mukṣīya= from death + free (Vedic usage)
mamrtat =can be translated in a number of different ways:
1)  = mā + amṛtāt = not + immortality, nectarTranslation would be: (Free me from death but) not from immortality.
2) = mā (short form of mām) + amṛtāt = myself + immortalityTranslation would be: Give me some life rejuvenating nectar
3) = mā (short form of mām) + amṛtāt = myself + sure, definitely, translation would be: Free me from certain death.

Note: (There are many different translations, this one is from Wikipedia. I chose this one because it is really clear.)

Yoga Sequence:

Core Strength: A sequence to take you to the CENTER of your being. 
Working on core strength can be very centering because it literally takes you to the center of your being. 

  1. Supta Tadasana laying on Blocks. One block under head and one under chest. Place one block the long way at medium height underneath the thoracic spine and one block on medium height underneath the head.  Breath into the center of your heart. Breath circumferentially so that you are breathing from the center of your heart out to the periphery, breath up, down, side to side, front to back, equally in all directions. Inhale and expand outward circumferentially and exhale and move back to the center circumferentially.  Remember that all of this is to serve the heart. Ultimately every need is there to serve the heart. 
  2. Virasana – Aum
  3. Down Dog –> Handstand –> Pinchamayurasana X 3 (work on balance and finding the center)
  4. Sun Salutation A – work planks and chaturangas, be straight as a staff, a “Danda” and pull navel towards spine
  5. Sun Salutation B – work planks and chaturangas, be straight as a staff, a “Danda” and pull navel towards spine
  6. Hasasana Paschimottanasana Rolls
  7. Navasana
  8. Ardha Navasana – eyes and toes level, only sacrum on floor, no part of ribs or back
  9. Ubhaya Padangusthasana – From Navasana hold toes, then let go of toes without letting your legs drop at all!
  10. Navasana –>Ardha Navasana x 3 (up and down quickly)
  11. Halasana Paschimottanasana Rolls – inserting Navasana,  Ardha Navasana, and Ubhaya Padangusthasana
  12. Flow: Utkatasana, with each breath sink closer to the floor until you are hovering your buttocks 2 inches above the floor, very lightly set your buttocks on the ground (do not let yourself fall back) and immediately shoot legs up into Navasana    –> Ardha Navasana –> Ubhaya Padangusthasana –> Navasana –> Lay back like Baddakonasana just holding your feet –> do an “air” Bakasana by tucking your shins up into your armpits and doing crow pose, just laying on your back, only let one vertebra touch the ground…round your spin a lot so it’s like a crunch, try to touch your forehead to your toes (impossible btw!) –>Halasana holding toes overhead –> rock up from Halasana straight up to Ubhaya Padangusthasana –> rock forward into Malasana, one rocking motion that takes you, with momentum, straight up to your feet, Bakasana, jump straight back to Chaturanga from Bakasana, take a vinyasa and repeat 3 times. 
  13. Urdhva Prassarita Padasana x 3
  14. Setu Bandha – place brick under pelvis and let abdomen open and expand and stretch after all that contraction
  15. Salamba Sarvangasana 
  16. Supta Baddakonasana
  17. Savasana

Wild Geese – By Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
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