"It is necessary for a man to go away by himself, to sit on a rock and ask, 'Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?" - Carl Sandburg
Last Thursday we entered into a time called Yama Damstra, a juncture period before Winter when it is said that all beings who are low on lifeforce need to take extra good care. In the ancient texts, Yama is the Lord of Death, and he would sweep in and take away the dying or unwell souls that were not healthy or would not make it through a tough winter (just some "light" material on the Brew to kick off a Monday morning!).
Without creating panic due to the origin of its name, realize instead that Yama Damstra might be the perfect time for the self-reflection that Carl Sandburg encourages. You might want to find a rock somewhere, but you do not have to do that to start the process. Practice deep nourishment with good food and rest, and spend energy only on your healthy relationships. Of course, it is extra challenging for many to practice this particular wellness regimen as it intersects with the holiday season of extravagant food, parties, and celebrations.
Still, Yama Damstra is an excellent time to start a yoga and/or meditation practice. Even finding a few minutes for deep breathing once or twice a day is beneficial and can lead to self-reflective thoughts. Take good care of yourself and go easy as we navigate this strange and unsettled period. The effects of this juncture vary for each person, so be patient with whatever comes up.
Always good to know we are in it together!
- TaraMarie Perri