In the story of the Ramayana, Hanuman is the monkey who leaps from India to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita from Ravana the demon king. Hanuman represents super human strength and intellect. When Ravana attempts to light Hanuman’s tail on fire, Hanuman lengthens it. Finally he decides to just let it burn. With his burning tail, Hanuman jumps back to India, destroying much of Lanka along the way.
This story reminds me of most Americans mid-week. A sense of frenzied urgency, sort of like having a tail on fire. Our culture supports this. Encourages this! For most of us, completing all we have on our to-do lists by the mythical weekend requires Herculean strength. The reality is, most of us now use the weekend to catch up on things we couldn’t cram into the week days. From my informal poll, most people have abandoned the idea of rest and play in favor of running to the grocery store and the dry cleaners.
What if we, like Hanuman, could just let the fires burn. Trusting that they would burn off the impurities, those seemingly “urgent” things that don’t really matter in the long run. What if we could turn our focus to the things that matter. Health, love and being of service to others.
This morning I honored my health by taking time to nourish my body before heading to my office to tackle a mound of “must dos.” I made “Hanuman’s Elixir.” A perfect blend of protein, banannas, greens and coconut oil. The protein provides low-glycemic, long lasting energy. The bananas add tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin, the feel good, happy neurotransmitter. Greens add a healthy dose of antioxidants and coconut oil is a MCFA (medium chain fatty acid) with too many benefits to mention. Check out all the benefits here.
Okay, here is to a weekend when you really can “relax.” I invite you to do something to support and strengthen your well being. Come to a yoga class, go for a hike, drink some wheat grass… whatever it is, just do something and let the fires burn. Give it a go and then report back and let us know how it goes.