What is your morning ritual to cultivate clarity and grace (self care must do’s)?
I usually wake up around 6, next to my daughter. She usually comes into our room after my partner gets up for his Sadhana at 4am. I kiss her, or touch her soft youthful cheek + whisper a little blessing. Now that my daughter is older, I have adapted my morning practice to be more solitary, when she was younger - it would be I was just with her + would chant mantras.
I sneak away and go boil spring water for tea. I have an outdoor space that I sit at for tea + meditation, if its cold - I bundle up, but if it's raining it can get wet, so then I would sit inside. I chant 5 sacred warrior seed syllables - tibetan sound healing, while my water boils. Once my water has boiled I sit for 3 bowls in meditation. I pay my respects to the rising sun + give thanks for the birdsong. I meditate on the elements and how I can embody positive aspects of the Tattvas as I move through my day ie: (strength, inspiration, creativity, conscious communication, devotion etc) On my 4th bowl, I pull a card, and sometimes I'll free write, but often times my daughter has joined me and will snuggle up under the wool blankets as I finish up my tea. She stays quiet and waits to draw animal cards with me, she loves that. My morning rituals do fluctuate with family life - if I have time after my tea I will do a few kundalini exercises to wake up my pranic body, then I do kundalini meditation (sodarshan chakra kriya + mantra for the divine feminine) otherwise, sometimes I have to wait to do my sadhana in the afternoon.
Who do you believe is your spirit animal and why? (optional)
I feel a kinship with the Deer. I journeyed once to find my spirit animal + met a deer in a dense forest. At first I had wished a more "powerful or exotic" animal came through to me, but after some reflection, I felt the deer was perfectly right! Although they are generally common animals to see out and about in the Canadian wilderness, I often come across them on my own, when I'm walking in nature with my daughter and it warms my heart + feels like I'm on the right path! The deer is a symbol of the mother, intuitive, gentle + compassionate. A deer is highly attuned to nature + their surroundings to protect themselves + their young. Deer Medicine is about unconditional love, and to walk the path of love with grace + awareness requires we love ourselves and know how to protect ourselves and our energy. The Deer is intuitive + watchful, never forcing she nurtures the beings around her through love + acceptance.
Radiance + Ritual is in essence is an ongoing evolving collaboration of women so that we may reflect each other's light + learn from each others strengths, culture, creative gifts + wisdom. In the Kundalini tradition, we have 10 bodies, not just the our physical one-- which there has been such a strong fixation on in media etc, and therefore led to much disconnect + suffering in our feminine lineage, as we have felt shame, discrimination + unworthy by this association of the physical body fitting into a certain mold. Our 10th body, our Radiant Body, is our projection of courage and grace as we rise together in facing the break down of these old ways of being and aim to come into greater harmony as a society + create a more sustainable way of living on our planet. Ritual, gives our lives meaning - which is how I have viewed my spiritual practice since I was a girl. My mother encouraged us to watch the seasons + celebrate these changing cycles with little rituals we would create. There was no set way - but there was always reverence, respect and heartfelt gratitude. Every woman, every family, has little rituals they observe to bring meaning + sacredness to everyday life. Some may be rooted in deep ancestral cultural ritual and observed to keep that connection to their lineage + past. Other rituals may be based on personal beliefs or self-care, I feel any act of devotion done with presence is a ritual and I encourage all women (beings) to dedicate some time to pure presence + honor what lives in their heart.
Name one muse that continues to inspire you?
My daughter! Her innocence + purity give me hope and purpose. She inspires me to set the vibration of my future in a positive + creative way, to set an example. Its important to me she see me practice, being kind, choosing high vibration language, collaborating with women + building community so she can be a leader among the next generation of young women.
What is your daily ritual to stay connected and in the creative flow?
Moving my body in a non-linear way, dance + flowing on my mat. Observing nature, singing + chanting, keeping up with my practice, cooking nourishing food for my family.
What makes you feel Graceful and Victorious?
In my tea practice I am aiming to be as graceful as I can, savouring moments of stillness + perfecting the art of placement. I am aiming to have this graceful feeling + placement in my home AND its a work in progress! I feel victorious when I accomplish my to do list on any given day + have time left over to spend time with my partner to do something spontaneously romantic.
What are your rituals in regards to the New Moon and Full Moon phases?
New Moon I hold a monthly gathering at The Dharma Temple. It is unique every month where a new woman is invited each new moon to share their Radiance + Rituals. We learn from each other, even when (especially when...) we are different. There is always something to learn from other women, the way she approaches her practice, her rituals, we see ourselves in each other + it is through this reflection that we grow. There is something so special about being in sacred sisterhood under the new moon, which is most potent for setting of intentions.
Full Moon - I usually need a good shake out! I take time to dance in my home, practice Kundalini Yoga + meditation and prepare a meal for my family to celebrate the fruits of this moon cycle. I'm planning on organizing some upcoming Full Moon Meditations for Mamas at the Dharma Temple very soon - stay tuned for La Luna Mama!
What is your current Mantra, Prayer or Affirmation that you pull up for support? (when you feel lack, depleted or low)
Ang Sang Wahe Guru is an important mantra to me when I find myself in times of doubt, fear or lack I vibrate this sacred sound current that means: "The dynamic, loving energy of the Infinite Source is dancing within my every cell, and is present in my every limb. My individual consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness."
What are you really excited about for 2017 and what were you grateful for in 2016?
I'm so excited to be building this community at The Dharma Temple in Vancouver and am so grateful for this past year of moving through some really hard times to come out where we are now. I feel very supportive by the growing community of women and mamas that is La Luna Social and Radiance +Ritual, it's an amazing time to be alive! The sacred space we are cultivating in our neighborhood (Mount Pleasant) is where we are sharing the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Dharma Yoga + other spiritual technologies from the mystic's + wisdom traditions that really inspire + serve people. That feels really good.
In 2017 I'm looking forward to launching some new programs for women and more collaboration + travel! I'm super excited about the growing boutique at the space, which has a collaborative energy to it as well. We have ritual items, aromatics + adornments to enhance your spiritual growth/practice that I curate much like the moon temples. I provide different local artists a chance to house their wares in a prime retail space on main street for specific cycle. In this way, people know where they can find these goods + people practicing or who are in the space get a chance to experience new products all the time. I'm excited to expand on relationships with local artists, yogis, women + visionaries as we grow The Dharma Temple.
Love, Sara Jade
SJ will be in Banff on October's New Moon for a beautiful New Moon Ceremony Gathering. Click here for more info..