The Magic of the Dakini

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Tonight, I learned of being a Dakini:

“It is said that women make superior healers because they are able to dive into meditation much more easily than males, as males are afraid of dropping the intellect.  To be naked in the meditation experience is frightening for them, whereas women seem to be able to manage this naturally.

“A female embodiment of enlightenment is called a dakini in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit.  This translates, literally, to “sky-goer” or “space-dancer”,  indicating that these ethereal awakened creatures have left the confinements of our solid earth and have taken to the vastness of open space as their elusive playground. Dakinis embody a special female quality which has a quality of soft sharpness, and a fiercely radical, courageous yet gentle heart, and a clarity of higher mind that cuts through intellectual ossification by pure and cosmic intuitive force.

“On a secret level, this being is seen as the manifestation of fundamental aspects of phenomena and the mind, and so her power is intimately associated with the profound insights. In this, her most essential aspect, she is considered to be the formless wisdom nature of the mind itself. And on an inner, ritual level, she is a meditational deity, visualized as the personification of buddhahood. On an outer, subtle-body level, she is the energetic network of the embodied mind in the subtle channels of energy and vital breath of tantric yoga. Yet, even more so, she is also, temporarily a mortal, living woman.  She takes many forms and may be a mother, a guru, a yogini, a powerful teacher, or a woman who simply teaches directly through her own life example.

 “Dakinis are the most important elements of the Enlightened Divine Femine in Tibetan Buddhism.  They are the luminous.  Subtle, yet spiritually energetic.  They are, at once, the key, the gatekeeper, and the guardian of the unconditioned state. If we are unwilling to invite the dakini into our life, will simply will not and cannot enter these subtle states of mind on our own.

As such, in order to be awakened and enlightened, we need them, and they will appear to us as messengers, nurturers, protectors, lovers, and guides.

…Yet, no matter what form they take, they will appear, and they have one purpose and one purpose only:  To open your heart.”

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The Heart

The heart does not know time and space, and it does not know logic and reason.

It wants what it wants, and it will fight a fierce and noble battle.

So listen closely to its whispers, watch carefully its meanderings, and lean into its fingertips as it beckons you towards your own calling.

For whether opened by force or by will, an open heart is beautifully wild, yet peacefully untameable.

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Confessions of a Philandering Vegan

Confessions of a Philandering Vegan:

con·fes·sion
kənˈfeSHən/
noun
a formal statement admitting that one is guilty of wrong-doing

phi·lan·dering
fəˈlandər/
verb
gerund or present participle: philandering
to readily or frequently enter into casual sexual relationships

veg·an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
a person who does not eat, consume, or make use of animal products

…Over the past few months, I have been experimenting with a “plant-based” diet. And while I would love to say that I have been strictly Vegan since this experiment began, I cannot. And this is quite simply because, firstly, I am still learning about this lifestyle and, in doing so, have made several food-based “mistakes”, and secondly, and perhaps more importantly, because, sometimes I still want to indulge in the divine experience of treating myself to such delicacies as fresh seafood, ghee, and creme-desserts.
Yet despite these “plant-based diet imperfections”, I must say that, as a result of this plant-based diet, I feel absolutely incredible! My digestion has vastly improved. My skin looks and feels more vibrant than it ever has. I have gained healthy weight and lean muscle-mass throughout my body. My hair, nails, and lashes are growing like crazy. And, my strength, metabolism, and energy are through the effing roof!
So, given these personal results, as well as the impact my choices have on the environment and the humane treatment of animals, I can tell you with 100% confidence that this, in some capacity, is a permanent change for me.
And in honor of that, and my wild sweet tooth, here is my most fave homemade Chocolate/FoodSpa Recipe that I made up minutes ago:
Combine in the container of your choice:
Some COCONUT OIL (seriously. i eat this manna from heaven by the spoonful and keep it in almost every room of my house). Some GHEE. Some COCOA POWDER. Some Vanilla. Some VEGAN PROTEIN CAPSULE (optional) and if you are feeling extra sweet, SOME STEVIA.
Mix it up. Rub it on your bits. Share it with your loves. Put it in the fridge. Whatever. Just make love to it and with it and thank yourself later.
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