• Scientists believe that all known matter and energy is approximately 4 percent of what actually exists.
• There are 20,000 species of fish in the world.
• Almost 10,000 bird species inhabit the earth.
• There are more than 3,000 species of mammals.
Ignite Your Health
We find ourselves in interesting times. The universe is showering us with magnificent abundance – opportunities for growth, joy, emotional freedom, expansion of our consciousness . . . yet we occasionally can find ourselves disconnected from our environment, feeling separate from each other, and giving so much of ourselves to friends, loved ones, and co-workers that there is often little left to fuel us.
This May Agni celebrates igniting your health – finally taking the time to take care of you. In many of the world’s spiritual traditions, the month of May celebrates renewal, growth, and the promise of new life. The month is believed to be named for the Roman goddess Maia, whose heat warmed the earth and allowed spring flowers and plants to blossom. In the ancient Gaelic tradition, May first is known as Beltane, celebrated with a festival in honor of fertility and abundance. In the Catholic tradition, May is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, mother of God. And in the U.S., those who gave us life or nurtured us with the feminine energy of love and receptivity are honored in May on Mother’s Day.
In these challenging times, it’s easy to dismiss these ancient customs, and their faith in the world’s regenerative power, as quaint but unrealistic. Each day the media broadcasts a dominant message of constriction, fear, and decline. We hear about new layoffs, or perhaps we have lost our own job, and we wonder what the future holds. Even if you’re sitting comfortably at your computer right now, your mind may be spinning off into frightening thoughts of what could happen, creating stressful scenarios that put your body into fight-or-flight mode.
When you find yourself in the midst of constriction and fear, you’re experiencing identify theft at its most painful level. In that moment, the ego mind has convinced you that who you really are is an isolated human being scrambling to survive in a threatening environment. But that is not who you are! You are divine light. You are a divine being who has come into this life to manifest in human form so you can experience emotions, give love, feel happiness, cry tears, laugh out loud, and open your heart and soul to other beings.
When we can detach from the ego mind, then we see our fears for what they are: false evidence appearing real. Then we can sense our oneness with the universe, God, or consciousness. We know that we aren’t limited but that the universe is flowing through us. We move from a state of constriction to a state of expansion. In that moment, we are experiencing our most genuine self.
In the event you feel this constriction or ego-hijacking – stop, close your eyes, and ask yourself, “What am I grateful for?” Try it right now.
This gratitude activity can help you reconnect to the universality that connects our 6.9 billion physical bodies. It can also help you to realize that your existence is amazing . . . you are pure consciousness, wrapped in DNA, wrapped in food, covered in flesh, for the span of a lifetime. In this Agni, we invite you to explore some ideas and tools to keep your physical form thriving, support your emotional wellbeing, and deepen your experience of who you really are. As you read, consider one small shift or practice that you can bring into your life this month – and give yourself permission to nurture your own true Self.