Show Notes for Episode 186
She is the mother of Skanda or Kumara Kartikeya in his infant form who would later lead in the war against the demons. She is worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri and on this day the devotee moves to the fifth chakra, vishuddha chakra. The fifth chakra is about speaking and living your truth in the world and Skanda Mata gives the gift of differentiation of right from wrong to the world. Its said, by the grace of Skandmata, even the fool becomes an ocean of knowledge.
Skanda Mata holds Kartikey in his infant form in her lap. Skanda mata rides lion. She has four arms and three eyes. In her upper right arm she holds a lotus baby Skanda and in her lower right arm she holds a lotus flower. In her left arm she raises her lower hand to grant a boon and her lower hand holds a lotus.
As the mother of Skanda she is known as Skanda mata. Skanda is the son of Shiv and Parvati. She is the motherly form of Durga. She is benevolent. This week we will focus on offering ourselves mothering and nurturing energy. Some of us have been blessed with nurturing and attentive mothers. Others of us have had to learn to cultivate those qualities within us.
One of the cornerstones of my sadhana, personal practice is loving kindness meditation. From the original phrases of Loving Kindness of Metta Meditation in the Sacred Texts the teachings tell us: As a mother would risk her own life to protect her child, her only child so toward all beings should one cultivate a BOUNDLESS heart, with loving kindness for the whole world should one cultivate a BOUNDLESS heart.
In today’s practice we will focus on nurturing our own selves so that we may go out into the world with a boundless heart. We will fill ourselves with loving kindness and nurturing mothering energy so that we in turn may share the love of our boundless hearts with the world.
And so we will begin with the phrases of loving kindness for ourselves
May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May I be well in body and mind.
May I be at ease and happy.
2 blocks or a bolster
supported backbend, metta meditation/loving kindness meditation, neck and shoulder release, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana/Bridge pose, Marjaryasana/Cat pose, thread the needle, Simhasana/Lion’s Breath, 4 movements of your neck, Vriksasana/Tree Pose, mudra for preventing exhaustion, Sarvāngāsana/Shoulderstand, Matsyasana/Fish Pose, Bharadvajasana/Sage Twist, Kūrmasana/Tortoise Pose, Mudra for Emotional Balance
lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu