First, yesterday was a bit of a roller coaster for me. It is challenging being alone on Valentine’s Day and seeing all the lovey-dovey pictures on Facebook. With that said, I went to a strenuous Pilates class that worked me. I left feeling curmudgeonly yet good – like I had worked through something big.
Then I gave a passive stretching session – in massage school I learned over a 100 passive stretching techniques. I am thankful I was able to practice them for an hour on a co-worker before I lose some of them (I use about 20 – 30 when I do reflexology or during massages but some of the other stretches I haven’t used in months!).
Next it was off to give a Shamanic Hot Stones treatment to a friend. That in exchange for a beautiful painting (will load picture later). She loved the treatment.
Then later, I went to a sound bath healing – a beautiful, kind-hearted musician played singing bowls, gongs, chimes, a unique instrument I had never heard of before – I need to ask her the name of it again. It was like a long mandolin except there were strings on both top and bottom! That was quite a radiant experience. I set my intention to be in my heart and boy did that ever happen. I felt myself wanting to write love poetry to my recent ex… thankfully I caught myself before sending any. Gotta make sure both of my feet are on the ground!
If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you would recall that last Saturday I went to visit a secret yogi. They impressed upon me the utmost need to do the bare minimum of spiritual practice for a Vajrayana practitioner: to do at least 28 Dorje Sempa mantras daily (preferably before going to bed) and to do the two Tsok feast offerings on the Guru Rinpoche Day and Dakini Day – the 10th and 25th day of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. This is the bare minimum, but they also said that if possible, I should also do some of my main practice daily.
So guess what today is? Guru Rinpoche Day! I did not get to the grocery store yesterday, so I soaked some yellow lentil beans over night, added spices and at 4 am this morning, I awoke for no apparent reason, and put them on the stove on low. Then when I awoke to my alarm at 7 am, I turned up the heat, put quinoa on, cut up a pear and an avocado and put some ginger snaps on a nice plate. I arranged the offerings and did the Tsok feast offering practice!
Wow this is a powerful practice. You know, it is interesting. The yogi friend of mine (spiritual friend is more like it) told me things that mostly I already knew, but they reinforced it in such a way that I heard the vitality of maintaining those practices.
I had already heard that doing the Tsok offering feast is THE MOST potent practice a yogi can do. It purifies aeons of negative karma – not to mention the negative karma I have created in the past two weeks! DISCLAIMER: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!: My spiritual friend said that if I were to have a month or two off of work, and offered five Tsok feast offerings / day, I wouldn’t get to 50 Tsok’s before I got sick – it purifies that much negative karma (hence having a lot of time off of work just in case!).
In my case this morning, I did not attempt to accumulate crazy amounts of the mantra – just 108 – and yet I was already sweating as my body cleansed and purified something… just saying! And yes, it might be too much info!
Therefore, I am feeling quite solid now, more stable as the blessings of the lineage have at least somewhat permeated my mind. May that continue and may sentient beings know happiness and its causes!
Thank you for reading,