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Wholeness Is LimitingPossibilities Emerge When We're in Pieces
Everyone experiences brokenness at some point in their livesa romantic relationship fails, a job ends, a dream dies, an illness emerges. During these times it is easy to focus on our human frailty and to want nothing more than to be whole again. But what are we missing when we overlook the ugliness, fear, anger and vulnerability of being in pieces? The Nityas, or the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses of Tantric philosophy, teach us that we miss the empowerment of the full human experience and the growth that comes from renewing ourselves again and again.
This introduction to Tantric mythology as a contemporary resource for personal and spiritual growth guides you to reach into your pain and ask the larger questions about your relationships, not only with your lover but also with your community and with yourself. Each goddess prompts you to explore some aspect of relationship, such as loneliness, true love, equality, instinct, learning from the other, and learning to be alone. In seeking answers to these questionssupported by yogic wisdom, modern research into psychology and sociology, and nightly meditation and journaling practicesyou will find empowerment in discovering who you are and what you truly desire.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Julie Peters is a yoga teacher and writer on topics of yoga and wellness. She is a biweekly columnist for Spirituality & Health. She has represented Vancouver twice in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is co-owner and operator of Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Lying BrokenIntroduction: NityasThe Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses
Part One: Desire First Night Kamesvari NityaThe Goddess of Loneliness: Discovering Loneliness as a Source of Power Second Night Bhagamalini NityaThe Goddess of Disruptive Desire: When Desire Ruins Everything (and That's a Very Good Thing) Third Night Klinna NityaThe Goddess of Embodiment: The Healing Power of Sex, Sweat, and Tears Fourth Night Bherunda NityaThe Goddess of Vulnerability: The Hidden Power of Vulnerability Fifth Night Vahnivasini NityaThe Goddess of Choice: A Call to Action: Learning to Make Our Own Choices
Part Two: Connection Sixth Night Vajresvari NityaThe Goddess of Intoxication: The Intoxication (and Danger) of Passionate Love Seventh Night Shivaduti NityaThe Goddess of Equality: Loving the Self, Loving the Other: Communication in Relationship Eighth Night Tvarita NityaThe Goddess of Instinct: Tapping into the Secrets of Our Own Wild Instincts Ninth Night Kulasundari NityaThe Goddess of Learning: Learning the Love Stories (and Learning to Love) Tenth Night Nitya NityaThe Goddess of the Death Light: Life Lessons from Death
Part Three: Separation Eleventh Night Nilapataka NityaThe Goddess of the Blue: The Nectar of Adversity Twelfth Night Vijaya NityaThe Goddess of Ugliness: The Value (and Power) of Ugliness Thirteenth Night Sarvamangala NityaThe Goddess of Freedom: Finding Freedom in Boundaries Fourteenth Night Jvalamalini NityaThe Goddess of Breakups: Fiercely Protecting the Treasures of Being Alone Fifteenth Night Citra NityaThe Goddess of Storytelling: Becoming the Artists of Our Own Lives
Part Four: Play Sixteenth Night LalitaThe Goddess of Playfulness: The Dance of Connection and SeparationEpilogueAcknowledgmentsNotesSuggestions for Further Reading