"Beltane is the Celtic festival that celebrates outer growth, fertility, new life and the essential energy of manifestation and creation. It is the final stage of the active Yang cycle of the Sun before it reaches its fullness at the Midsummer Solstice. All of life is manifesting now as the rampant growth period and the summer fully begin. Beltane is a celebration of the Life Force, of the abundant fertility of the Earth and of ourselves."
Glennie Kindred Earth Alchemy
"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, "I'm with you kid. Let's go.""
"One purpose of ceremonial dance was the same as that of ceremonial sex: to imitate the process of cosmic creation, to renew the world by influencing divine powers to conceive, gestate, and bring forth yet again.
Ancient worshippers of the Goddess attributed the initial creation of the universe to her magic dance over the waters of Chaos, or Great Deep (Hebrew tehom). With rhythmic movements she organized the as-yet-unformed elements, making orderly patterns that the Greeks called diakosmos, the Goddess's ordering. She is still found even in the Bible, as the spirit that "moved" (danced) on the face of the Deep before God came along to talk the universe into being.
Many primitive people thought women could churn or curdle the magical moon-blood in their wombs, by means of rhythmic movements, causing the blood to coagulate and form a foetus. Hence, the dances of primitive women used- and still use- many pelvis and belly motions as baby-making charms.
The rhythm of the primal female dance was the same one continuously heard by every foetus in utero, the basic heartbeat rhythm underlying nearly all human music, which automatically seems the most satisfactory accompaniment to dance. Tantric tradition called this the Nada, the sound of Power or Heartbeat of the Absolute, made manifest in the human heartbeat, perceptible to the yogi when he "plunges deep into himself." "
Barbara G. Walker "The Woman's Dictionary of symbols and Sacred Objects."
“Yoga is not mechanical, and proper breathing will bring an increasingly creative sense to your practice. It should always feel as though you are learning something new. Be glad you have the time and inclination to practice. Be thankful you have discovered Yoga. Be grateful. Celebrate your realisation that the energy, enthusiasm, and attention you bring to your Yoga now will benefit all other moments of your life as well. Practice with passionate calm.”
Erich Schiffmann from: "Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving in to Stillness"