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Kundalini Awakening: Inspired by Rumi’s Poetry and ‘The Tree of Heaven’ (Ailanthus excelsa)

Kundalini Awakening Chakras Rumi Leaf Art Journaling

This Day 24 leaf art has left me enlightened – despite the fact that I had to be content without colour, with a black and white sketch. Again – due to lack of time, and some important personal commitments.

The rising of the Kundalini or the 7 chakras that I have portrayed here – I’ve been reading about it for a few months now. Especially, ever since Avie (hubby) has been very serious about yoga, and I have taken inspiration from him. We’ve been doing pranayam for years now. But, doing yoga in its true essence is something that Avie has been really focusing on for sometime.

What I loved about this art is how my current reality of yoga, kundalini and the wisdom of Rumi has come together. And how beautifully the leaves of the Maharukh (Ailanthus excelsa) have supported me in portraying my vision.

So, read more about Kundalini Awakening and check out some pics.

Kundalini Awakening leaf art journaling Tree of Heaven

The seven chakras that I’ve shown in the art (in the top-most leaf), are the seven energy centres of the human body. Through yoga postures and meditation, one can activate these energy centres – and that’s the essence of yoga. Some call it ‘Kundalini Yoga’ but basically that is the fundamental principle of yoga – no matter Kundalini Yoga, Ashtang Yoga or any other Yoga.

So, raising your Kundalini to activate the top chakra or the Crown Chakra means awakening of the mind, body and soul.

Now see – how beautifully this agrees with what Rumi conveys in these verses:

“Doing as others told me, I was Blind.

Coming when others called me, I was Lost.

Then I left everyone, myself as well.

Then I found Everyone, Myself as well.” 

Like, I wrote in a previous post, I feel there’re no coincidences in life. Every moment seems part of a bigger divine script. How we’re living our lives in the moment reflects in the environment and messages around us. If we’re alive to our inner calling, we’ll receive signs from everywhere. The whole universe conspires (inspires) to help us fulfill our mission.

The Maharukh (tree of heaven)

It’s amazing that I should meet the Maharukh tree where I live, for I hadn’t seen any in my area, until yesterday. Avie and I went out to purchase my art supply and also to find some new trees that I haven’t done yet. Suddenly, we spot this lone tree – so gorgeous, it’s artistic leaves dancing in the wind!

According to Trees of Delhi, my field guideIt’s a large deciduous tree with a neat, dome-shaped crown. The main branches typically emerge at right angles to the massive trunk before sweeping upwards.

The leaves are very large, feather-compound, and strikingly similar to Neem leaves but on a much bigger scale (hence the name ‘mahaneem’ – meaning giant neem). They can grow to a metre or more in length. Leaflets 8-14 pairs, sometimes with a solitary leaflet at the apex, all coarsely toothed and softly downy.

Kundalini Awakening Chakras Rumi Leaf Art Journaling

Here’s the Day 23 leaf art, inspired by Rumi – third day in a row! I told you, I can’t have enough of Rumi’s poetry.

Who’s your favourite inspirational writer/poet?


Leaf Art from Day 1 to Day 23:

Day 1: Inspired by Saptaparni Leaves

Day 2: Inspired by Gulmohar Leaves

Day 3: Inspired by Banyan Leaves

Day 4: Inspired by Peepal Leaves

Day 5: Inspired by Yellow Bells

Day 6: Inspired by Jadi Leaves – Ficus amplissima

Day 7: Inspired by Kassod Leaves – Senna Siamea

Day 8: Inspired by Kashmir’s Chinar Leaves

Day 9: Inspired by Frangipani Leaves

Day 10: Inspired by Kaniar (Bauhinia purpurea)

Day 11: Inspired by Ashok Leaves (Indian Fir)

Day 12: Self-portrait – Inspired by Sheesham (Indian Rosewood) Leaves

Day 13: The Story of Mulberry Leaves, Silkworm and the Indian Flag

Day 14: If Leaves Evolved Into Birds (Karanj or Indian Beech)

Day 15: Gaia – the Goddess Earth (Rai Jamun leaves)

Day 16: Positive Affirmations Leaf Art (‘Putranjiva’ or child-life tree)

Day 17: Elements of the Earth (Inspired by the Shaving Brush Tree)

Day 18: The Dreamcatcher – Inspired by Neem Leaves

Day 19: The Scent of Gratitude – Inspired by Maulsari (Indian Medlar)

Day 20: The Story of Shabari and Ram – Inspired by the Ber Tree (Indian Jujube/Cherry)

Day 21: An Eternal Journey – Colours of the Universe (Inspired by the Pilkhan/White Fig)

Day 22: Dance of the Soul – Inspired by Rumi’s Poetry (and the Pomegranate Tree) 

Day 23: The Deep Pull of What You Truly Love: Rumi Inspired Leaf Art (Frangipani) 

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  • Sunita August 26, 2013, 7:33 pm

    Beautiful! I love the parallel you have made between leaflets and chakras. I just learned that my favorite poet, Robert Frost, was homeschooled and homeschooled his own children. Your observations during this Leaf Challenge have been a very Robert Frost-like awakening! I will miss the Leaf Challenge when it’s over. I now have my own copy of Trees of Delhi. :)

    • Rashmie August 27, 2013, 10:55 am

      I love Robert Frost, too, but never knew he was homeschooled or that he homeschooled his children! That’s definitely a positive affirmation for me. :-) So, thank you for sharing.
      Yes, dear, the lessons I have learned and the connections I’ve made during these last 26 days have been revealing and powerful and infact – life-changing, if I may say so, without exaggeration. :-)
      Glad you got your copy of Trees of Delhi. We can now exchange notes, eh?!

  • Sunita August 26, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Here is a Frost poem that goes well with the Leaf Challenge – you have put your own head together with trees!

    “Tree At My Window”

    Tree at my window, window tree,
    My sash is lowered when night comes on;
    But let there never be a curtain drawn
    Between you and me.

    Vague dream-head lifted out of the ground,
    And thing next most diffuse to cloud,
    Not all your light tongues talking aloud
    Could be profound.

    But tree, I have seen you taken and tossed,
    And if you have seen me when I slept,
    You have seen me when I was taken and swept
    And all but lost.

    That day she put our heads together,
    Fate had her imagination about her,
    Your head so much concerned with outer,
    Mine with inner, weather.

  • Rashmie August 27, 2013, 10:57 am

    O my- thank you, thank you for sharing these beautiful verses. I can so relate to these thoughts. Loved these lines especially –

    That day she put our heads together,
    Fate had her imagination about her,
    Your head so much concerned with outer,
    Mine with inner, weather.

  • Miquela August 27, 2013, 2:27 pm

    I see I’m going to have to read Rumi. The quote you shared here is so simple and profound.

  • Rashmie August 28, 2013, 7:48 am

    I’d love for you to read Rumi, for then you and I can exchange notes and discuss. :-) I love it when I find a ‘reading partner’ to share the joy with…!