Offer it Up! A way to access more of your Heart’s Wisdom

If you’re like me, having some reminders about ways we can navigate these times is helpful. Here’s a short video about the importance of accessing the wisdom our true Self for guidance. One way that has been super helpful for me is in saying a prayer and offering up any confusion or distress up to a “higher power” just as Arjuna does in the Bhagavad Gita.

“Awakening Heart Wisdom” Online Mini Retreat – April 11, 2021

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. EST

April 11

Email: info@brendamcmorrow.com to register

Join Brenda for this special “Awakening Heart Wisdom” Mini-Retreat.

In a time when it seems information is coming at us from every direction, many of us are feeling deeply called to return to the True Wisdom of our Hearts.

What do we know beyond what our mind may be telling us?

How can we cultivate a more accessible and clear line of communication with our deeper knowing?

Join Brenda for a morning of mantra, music, self-inquiry and meditation; practices that can support us in this exploration.

We will spend these 4 hours together sharing some specific practices and experiences that can help us put our Heart Wisdom in its natural spot as our main Guide, and to lovingly nudge the mind back to its role as a support to the Heart.

No music, mantra or yoga experience required. Just bring:

-An open heart and mind

-A journal and pen and comfy location where you will not be disturbed

Pricing is on a sliding scale depending on your personal financial circumstancesSuggested: $30-$60 CAD by Interac Transfer in Canada and PayPal outside of Canada

(no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

The retreat has limited enrolment and for more information and to register please email info@brendamcmorrow

“Sat Patim/Om Shrim” new single – Divine Feminine and Masculine

Yesterday I released a new song along with my friend and amazing Danish producer/musician, Jakob Weise.

You can click HERE for all the ways to find it!

This song contains two mantras calling to both the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine energies. To me it seems very timely. There is a lot of confusion and division on many aspects of life presenting in our world right now and it felt to us that a song that really honours two “polarities” – and is really about unity within ourselves of both these aspects – would be quite relevant and healing. The more integrated and at peace within we are, the more it will present in the outer world. My prayer and hope is that this song will nourish the hearts of those who hear it.

Here are some more words about the song:


“Sat Patim/Om Shrim”, a stunning collaboration between Copenhagen, Denmark based musician/producer/songwriter Jakob Weise and Toronto, Canada based musician/songwriter Brenda McMorrow, is a lush and soulful sonic journey into the profound interrelationship between the sacred Feminine and Masculine. Upon a rich, mesmeric soundscape, Brenda and Jakob’s sublime voices sing a powerful pairing of Sanskrit mantras (one that calls to the “perfect masculine principles” and the other to the feminine Shakti, the very power of the universe), weaving an exquisite tapestry which invites the listener into an experience of blissful freedom – a dance of divine Union.” – White Swan Records

“Sat Patim Dehi Parameshwara”

This is a Mantra calling in “a partner of Truth who embodies the perfect masculine principles”. If you are not calling in a masculine partner, chanting the mantra can help enliven these principles within yourself!

“Om Shrim Shriyei Namaha”

This is a Mantra calling in the Divine feminine: “Om and Salutations to the creative abundance that is the very form of this universe.” Whether you are calling in the Divine Feminine qualities in a partner or in yourself, these aspects are enhanced by this powerful sound formula.

What will see us through

I walked out just now at dusk, to be up close with the sound and sights of the waves and the large boulders of ice and snow that are floating and crashing against the shore. Reminding me of 4 years ago – 2017- on another shore of this very same Great Lake. When the words for the song “Falling Away” came through. This majestic lake Huron appears to be accompanying me on a journey of breathing in, letting in, opening, letting go, and breathing out in a long exhale. Tonight the lake had a message for me (for us): in this time of great confusion, of not knowing, of wishing to know, of wanting to have something that makes sense to hold onto; choosing Love over every other option is what will see you through. Love in every instance, whether it’s manifestation is gentle or fierce, quiet or loud. Just choose Love over every other option. It’s what will see you through.

Helping ourselves bring clarity in confusing times

I am not purporting to definitively know the answers to the great challenges being brought about by what is happening in our worldwide human society right now. But I do feel pretty darned sure about this: if we take steps to get clear and quiet; calm our nervous systems by moving, connecting, laughing, singing, immersing in nature; turning off the tv more often and honestly seeing where we turn to any forms of numbing agents that only leave us feeling worse in the end; our radiant spirit, which knows the steps to take, WILL shine forth, even through the deafening noise, the repetition, the hammering in of fearful and divisive messages. Then we have a chance to rise above the perceived madness, to see the truth of what is really going on here, where we, ourselves, may have contributed to it, and how we can now choose to envision and bring forth a manifest reality that is in line with love, health and freedom for all beings. If the dark points in history tell us anything, they ask us not to repeat them. An Evolution is happening, let’s open to it. Standing in the truth of your Being is vastly more powerful than can ever be described – Remember

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep.” Rumi

Wishes for the year 2021

May you be filled with peace and may love surround you and flow effortlessly from within you.

May Truth rise to the top in your world and may you have courage and a knowing that your true nature holds you always and forever.

May the illusion of divisiveness and stark separation be seen through and may the recognition of unity, compassion and deep listening be your “go to”.

May you always ask questions even in the face of pressure to not do so.

May the Light Of Love be your beacon and may you receive this into your heart: “You are Held in Love- and Love is Who You Are!”

Love, Brenda

Supporting Musicians you love at this time..

Hello Dear Family,

Thank you for your love and support of this music. I hope that it enriches your life in ways that bring peace and joy! I realize that we are living in unprecedented times and that all of our usual ways of being and of working are shifting. At this time, with so many cancellations of events, I, (like many other musicians), am looking at various way of generating the income that I require for paying rent, buying food, paying bills etc. If you feel that my music has value to you that you would like to acknowledge by making a contribution, you can do so here:

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/BrendaMcMorrow

Much love and many thanks!

Brenda

Why do I go to South India? Join us in February 2020


WHY Join us in SOUTH INDIA

There are countless reasons why I return to South India year after year after year. Here are just a few: India is a heart home to me – the beauty and the vibrancy always nourishes me and brings me joy – the way in which SO many people live in relative harmony together is a great testament to the loving nature of the culture and quite a thing to behold – the food, the food, the food – the ancient temples that hold such richness and peace and devotion amidst the clanging of bells, the bustling of bodies, the seeming chaos – the kindness of the people – the opportunity to share kirtan and yoga in a beautiful setting at Verite guest house in the remarkable international city of Auroville – the beautiful cows – the peace and inspiration of Ramanashram in Tiru and the great power of the Holy Mountain Arunachala – experiencing the wisdom, presence and talents of my co-facilitators Matthew Andrews and Corinne Andrews – the South Indian culture: dance, music, art, always stunning – getting to be in warmth at a time of year when it is cold in Canada – I could go on and on… Here are some scenes from South India to inspire you to take the next step of contacting us to join us! https://www.yogacenteramherst.com/southindia/ 

A Prayer: May I Open into Truth

May I open into Truth and may I be of service to the One.

May I see the places in me that are unconscious or wounded,
and may I face them and feel them truthfully and with courage.

May I not take things personally and may I be in allowance
of others having their own experience.

May I have love and joy and affection in my life and may I share this with others.
May I have health.

May I follow my own nature with ease and an open heart.

May I take responsibility for myself and my choices and may light shine on the places where I have been in avoidance and untruth.

With full abandon, may I radically open into WHAT IS.

May awakening to the Truth of Who I Am be something that is not only possible for me, but something that I come to know is who I have been all along.

– Brenda McMorrow

South India Bhakti Yoga Pilgrimage 2020

In addition to visiting ancient temples, sacred sites, and exploring Tamil culture, we will learn about the roots of yoga and Auroville as a yogic city, chant together, practice Embodyoga, and explore pranayama, meditation, and prayer; we will share in the healing and uplifting practice of Kirtan. This trip offers you an immersion into the spiritual and cultural life of South India and Auroville, as well as a journey into your own depth.

Matthew has been visiting Auroville and South India since 2000, and serves on the board of directors for Auroville International-USA. His depth of experience and relationships in the area provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience the depth and beauty of this unique region. And Corinne is the lead teacher for the Embodyoga 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Center Amherst, and founder of Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga and Wellness.

Are you wondering if this is the right trip for you?
Auroville is many things, but at its heart it seeks to manifest humanity’s highest spiritual aspirations toward truth, beauty, and goodwill. This retreat will bring you in touch with the real-life field where those aspirations are being worked out.

While most of the trip will be spent in Auroville and the surrounding villages, we will spend 4 days in Tiruvanamalai, a vibrant South Indian city nestled in the lap of the sacred Mount Arunachala.  Sri Ramana Maharshi lived most of his life on this mountain, which has been revered for millennia as an embodiment of Lord Siva.  The 8 mile circumambulation of Arunachala is a profound yogic practice, and meditation in the caves where Ramana Maharshi lived is a transformative experience.

Deep dive into the spirit and ongoing work of Auroville
Kirtan and bhakti practice with Brenda
Embodyoga® with Corinne
Accommodations at Verite
Delicious, organic, local vegetarian meals
Explore Pondicherry and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Guided tour of Arunachala and the massive Annamalai Temple
Guided tour of Irumbai Siva Temple
Experience local village life with guides from Mohanam Cultural Heritage Centre
Workshop with Awareness Through the Body founder Aloka Marti
And much more!!!
Testimonials from prior pilgrimages:

“It was impressive how much we got to experience, see and do while having a little rest in between activities. How easily Matthew, Corinne and Brenda adapted together to meet the needs of the group.” – Surya 2019

“I am So grateful ..so blessed. It was transformational life changing and spiritually rejuvenating and so sacred and experience. The timing was perfect, food amazing and every day was better and more sacred!” – Ellen 2019

“I think if you are ready to live your yoga, take this trip. I went to see firsthand what I have been studying all of these years. What I received was a direct experience in my heart, not my mind, of what it is to be devoted, to love, to get cracked open in the best way.” – Pam 2019

“If you’ve been curious about India and want to experience the richness of the culture as well as the beautiful spirit of its people, this trip will meet and exceed your expectations.” – Kathleen 2018

“I could not imagine a better experience. I have come away with an in depth picture of south India. You provided a complete  spiritual experience and held that space for us by your caring.” – Evelyn 2017

“This was possibly one of my best trips.  We were able to see a side of India that most tours could never touch. All our activities were so well orchestrated and went with the flow of the group’s energy.  The workshops and yoga allowed me time to explore my inner life.  Matrimandir, the temples, circumambulating Arunachala…all go beyond words to explain their spiritual effects on me. Everyone should want to do this trip.” – Susan 2017

Please send us an email to matthew@yogacenteramherst.com with any questions or to find out more details.
Come with us to South India in 2020!
https://www.yogacenteramherst.com/southindia/

Join Brenda, Matthew Andrews and Corinne Andrews of Amherst Yoga Center!
Feb 17 – Mar 2, 2020

In addition to singing kirtan, visiting ancient temples, sacred sites, and exploring Tamil culture, we will learn about the roots of yoga and Auroville as a yogic city, chant together, practice Embodyoga, and explore pranayama, meditation, and prayer. This trip offers you an immersion into the spiritual and cultural life of South India and Auroville, as well as a journey into your own depth.
Matthew has been visiting Auroville and South India since 2000, and serves on the board of directors for Auroville International-USA. His depth of experience and relationships in the area provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience the depth and beauty of this unique region. And Corinne is the lead teacher for the Embodyoga 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Center Amherst, and founder of Birthing Mama Prenatal Yoga and Wellness.
Are you wondering if this is the right trip for you?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!
Auroville is many things, but at its heart it seeks to manifest humanity’s highest spiritual aspirations toward truth, beauty, and goodwill. This retreat will bring you in touch with the real-life field where those aspirations are being worked out.
While most of the trip will be spent in Auroville and the surrounding villages, we will spend 4 days in Tiruvanamalai, a vibrant South Indian city nestled in the lap of the sacred Mount Arunachala.  Sri Ramana Maharshi lived most of his life on this mountain, which has been revered for millennia as an embodiment of Lord Siva.  The 8 mile circumambulation of Arunachala is a profound yogic practice, and meditation in the caves where Ramana Maharshi lived is a transformative experience.
Deep dive into the spirit and ongoing work of Auroville
Kirtan and bhakti practice with Brenda
Embodyoga® with Corinne
Accommodations at Verite
Delicious, organic, local vegetarian meals
Explore Pondicherry and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Guided tour of Arunachala and the massive Annamalai Temple
Guided tour of Irumbai Siva Temple
Experience local village life with guides from Mohanam Cultural Heritage Centre
Workshop with Awareness Through the Body founder Aloka Marti
And much more!!!
Testimonials from prior pilgrimages:
“It was impressive how much we got to experience, see and do while having a little rest in between activities. How easily Matthew, Corinne and Brenda adapted together to meet the needs of the group.” – Surya 2019

“I am So grateful ..so blessed. It was transformational life changing and spiritually rejuvenating and so sacred and experience. The timing was perfect, food amazing and every day was better and more sacred!” – Ellen 2019

“I think if you are ready to live your yoga, take this trip. I went to see firsthand what I have been studying all of these years. What I received was a direct experience in my heart, not my mind, of what it is to be devoted, to love, to get cracked open in the best way.” – Pam 2019

“If you’ve been curious about India and want to experience the richness of the culture as well as the beautiful spirit of its people, this trip will meet and exceed your expectations.” – Kathleen 2018

“I could not imagine a better experience. I have come away with an in depth picture of south India. You provided a complete  spiritual experience and held that space for us by your caring.” – Evelyn 2017

Please send us an email to matthew@yogacenteramherst.com with any questions or to find out more details.