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Spiritual Practice is Self Love

I love spiritual practice.

Yes I know, some cringe thinking about the dreaded D word (yes, discipline..) having had too many authority figures telling us what to do.

But we can also view our commitment to practice as self love. It is a commitment to that which truly nourishes us.
We feed the practice, and then the magic begins to happen when the practice feeds us back.

I have been dedicated to the Women’s Temple and the feminine embodiment practices for many years already,  and  the depths of beauty that begun to reveal themselves to me just this last year, are something I could never have imagined was even possible.

I am in with both feet. I am on fire. I am helplessly in love.

Sometimes the practice is juicy, sometimes it is flat, sometimes we feel heavy, other times we are soaked in bliss. And just as any meditation practice… our job is simple to get our glorious behinds down on that cushion.

It takes surrender, it takes commitment, it takes devotion, and then maybe, maybe, if we are lucky She reveals herself in a fraction of a second, as a scent, a breeze, a rhythm…and nothing is ever the same.

Our  practices arise out of an ancient lineage of yoginis (feminine spiritual practitioners, wild women in its truest meaning) and they invite us to move fluently between the esoteric and the highly practical realms.

We are asked to challenge the truth of any duality between spirit and body, between the holy and the mundane. Where is the red dotted line?
The focus of the practices are embodied awakening, embodied love, to be an instrument of awakening in this world.
For real.

Oh, how can I contain this. I think I will have to go and bow down for a while.

 

On my knees showering rose petals at your feet,

 

 

Image Bibbi Friman

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2 Comments

  1. rafhara says:

    ahh with great joy I received your YouTube of today Thank you Chameli for coming in my living room. You are deeply received with your invitation. How you describe in  s l o w   m o t i o n  the practice, is brighten the fire that I am. Awake I am. Yes exactly like this, is my experience. Yes, it IS self love. THIS IS true and each and everyone of us can only really perceive this truth in living it itself in the moment, it is not really something we can learn and yet we can remind each other. The practice is something that we ARE. It is love itself. It is also not something that we can learn from each other by honoring each other. And of course this helps. And yet it is something that I didn’t perceive as Self love at the beginning and it revealed itself as self love and once this happens it is easy and a lot of time it happens by grace. I am totally passionate, that all of us find ways even in challanging times, where the practice that has worked doesn’t work anymore – with strong feelings for example or with threatening situations of live with loved ones, here I am passionate about the practice showing itself, revealing itself by grace, this is the heartfelt wish I have for all of us. Yes, we ARE love and it is leading us miracolously, it is simple, not easy, but simple and often I looked somewhere else.Your teachings and practices, and the way you transmit them, are Self Love (I like that) and they are feeding me in many many ways, and the practise is inventing new ways to making me practice, to making me love myself, always more, always deeper. I am totally passionate, that this emanates in the world and that you are offering this FREE calls for Temple Groups and Feminine Leadership, so that each and every being can be living this selflove in the midst of hurricane and find simple ways in their life to be this change.
    In practicing, Self love, love is happening very subtle, yes Chameli I love that, it is true and then out of that Self love – love for the world is emanated and each and every person is included in that, and all harmfull behaviors too. So happy to follow this, what you propose.

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