Saturday, October 2, 2010

Yeah, baby!!

Pranaaaahhh!
Prana (प्राण, prāṇa) is the Sanskrit for "vital life" (from the root prā "to fill", cognate to Latin plenus "full"). It is one of the five organs of vitality or sensation, viz.  In Vedantic philosophy, prana is the notion of a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings and vital energy, comparable to the Chinese notion of Qi.  (wikipedia)
In prana, a great big "Oh, baby!" sits in your throat ready to come out.
"Oh, baby!" just wants to come out.  It can happen when...
You are in perfect alignment during a Yoga pose.

You run a race

You set a perfect table for dinner with your favorite people

Maybe your hair  looks good today.  Or  your herbs are happy.

That counts.   Creating, writing, sailing, hugging, praying, dancing, looking in the eyes of a loved one all let prana flow.
It is accessible to all of us all the time, we just have to learn to cultivate and harvest it.  It makes us alive and as long as we have breath, we have prana.  Yeah, baby! 
In Yoga, we are taught to notice Pranic moments and let them  imprint.  We are trained not to react but let it be.  Soon it will be woven within us and we may feel the urge to "Yeah, baby" much often.  I like that prognosis. 
I must go feed my dogs who are circling me like they've never seen food.  If they could, they bark out a big "Yeah, baby" whenever they see their full bowls.
What fills your bowl?

2 comments:

Prairie Mother said...

Pranah!! Oh, Pigeon Pose is usually where I find it or a good run through the country. Cuddling with my kids and hubby or gazing at a beautiful sky! Ah, the little things...Yeah, baby!!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Awesome post!
Hearing my boys laugh, snuggling under a blanket with them reading a book, running on my favorite trail, watching the fall leaves turn colors, spending quality time with my husband...all of those make my bowl full!