A Hanuman Story


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This past Sunday, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Sunday service at my church, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.  Along with speaking about the Spirituality of Embodiment, I told the Children’s Story – a wonderful Indian tale of the time Hanuman jumped over the sea (greatly abridged, of course).  So, grab your teddy bear and a cup of cocoa, and let me tell you a story 🙂


Air Attunement


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As part of my Reiki & Restorative classes on Thursday nights at The Shala, I include a guided meditation.  I call many of these meditations Attunements.  Here is today’s piece, which I will read tonight as my students drift into relaxation.

Air Attunement

You float in a vast sea of air. Swirling eddies, currents and tides all move within you, through you. A deep breath in becomes a wave, frothy edges reaching up the shore until the tide again rolls out. The gentle currents linger over your skin. They sink into the spaces between your fingers. They settle in the strands of your hair. Moving softly, those swirls of the endless ocean trace the surface of your arms, legs, face, then slip away, carrying a memory of you along with them.

They build and strengthen, dancing like the morning mist, unseen hands shaping them into curls and ribbons. Those dreamy shapes pour out into sunlit clearings, gathering the precious dew the night kissed onto leaves and blades of grass. The currents wrap those diamonds of moisture around them like so many strands of pearls, and begin the long journey to carry their offering to the sun.

They gather together, growing in strength. The breeze that tousles your hair as you walk beneath the trees. The invisible fingers that rustle leaves along the path and toy with the pages of your book as you read outside. They journey. Down winding streets and up the back stairs, across the crest of the hills and into the mountains, along the edges of cliffs and the quiet paths beside rivers and streams.

They rise, carrying feathery messengers on the upward currents, tumbling and spinning as they go, lifting their precious cargo ever higher. At last, among the clouds, a great gathering of their brethren. Winds whip the collected moisture into fantastical shapes – cloud castles, drifting feathers, dragons of mist and vapor, faces and forms familiar and not. Memories and pieces of journeys that took the little currents to every corner and cranny. Desert winds, rainforest songs, echoes of stone and culvert, all here gathered.

And then the long descent, holding tight to droplets tumbling toward the earth. Returning, falling, sinking. To once again become a gentle breeze, a pattern of ripples in a lake, or a deep breath. The ocean of air moving around you, within you, breathing you. And remembering.



It waits for you
just outside your thoughts
Like the damp mist hanging in the trees
That you walk under but do not really see

It lingers
Like the last light of day
Turning the blades of grass to gold
As the flowers begin to draw their petals closed
And turn their faces inward

You can hear it, if you listen
The space between words
The hush of the midnight sky
The comforting quiet that wraps you in slumber


Smooth and blue and unchanging
The surface of an endless ocean
That in the distance becomes the sky

In its sacred shadow
The scattered pieces slow their dancing

And sink

So many pebbles at the bottom of the sea
Growing smooth

It holds you
If you let it
In those unguarded moments
When your hands open and turn to the sky

To feel the mist in the trees
To cradle the illumination of the sunset

And to sink

Like a pebble growing smooth

Into the deep blue
Of Stillness

Into the deep blue

Of Stillness

yogaIrene is a Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and Musician based in Western Maryland.   She’s an Ordained Minister, a Labyrinth Apprentice of the New England Labyrinth Guild, and a High Priestess of the Tradition of the Witches Circle. Irene has been reading Tarot for 22 years and practicing Paganism for 19 years.   She currently teaches weekly yoga classes, facilitates monthly Labyrinth walks, and performs Readings and Healings.