“The important idea to keep in mind is always to follow the inner feeling. This is one of the primary teachings of yoga.” -Erich Schiffmann’s Yoga the Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness (in the Balance section) This sentence showed up in the reading in class last week, and I’m repeating it this week.… Continue reading Following the Inner Feeling
Did you ever go through a hard patch of life, or a challenging event? Of course you have (maybe you even chuckled out loud reading that question). A student recently reached out to me for advice. She was having a very hard time in life and was not showing up for herself in the way… Continue reading Testing
FINALLY making it back to writing! Ahhhh….. Thank the Divinity! I’ve written a number of times already about the importance of having a spiritual practice, especially The Next Level of Weirdness, and also The Purpose of Yoga, Premature Surrender and have alluded to it in others. Most people reading a blog on this particular site… Continue reading Keep going! (aka Don’t STOP Practicing! Please!)
Last week in my practice, one day I was doing what I call “Earth-hugging twist.” In this case I was lying belly-down with the left arm extended, and reaching over to the left, I rolled over to the left to open the chest/shoulder/arm. This pose is one of my “self-created” poses that I only many… Continue reading “Guard the Heart.” or “What’s up with the left shoulder?”
“TIME TO WAKE UP!” -D.O.A., a punk rock band from the 80’s (song starts at 0:18) “It’s very easy to wake a sleeping person. It’s very hard to wake a person pretending to be asleep.” -Amma “Awake” -movie title, currently on Netflix on the life of Paramahamsa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi (I… Continue reading WAKE UP!
I’ve been going to be with Amma, my Teacher, twice a year for 19 years now and was with her in DC (Alexandria, just across the freeway from the Pentagon) last weekend. One thing hasn’t changed. She still gives darshan (hugs) for at least 10 hours a day the first day and night in any… Continue reading Reflections on this Time With Amma
Yesterday a wonderful woman student asked me this question. It was part of a longer conversation, but she was sincerely wondering about this question upon seeing her own sometimes unhealthy choices and actions that were against her own happiness and peace of mind, specifically the ways things that she did and the ways she… Continue reading Is There Satan?
On the retreat with Amma in Detroit this past November, there was a Question and Answer session. A woman asked her, “What guidance can you give us to stop the violence in the world and to make the world more peaceful?” She asked because there had recently been some kind of gun violence in her… Continue reading Do Good!
Amma (literally meaning “Mother”), my Teacher, (also known as Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, but don’t worry about that too much 🙂 is in the U.S. and has been since the end of May. Right now she is in Atlanta for the first time ever, and we will be going to see her in the DC… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Amma
I had a conversation a few weeks ago with one of Bodhi’s, our oldest son’s, friends from taekwondo. His family is fundamentalist Christian and is good friends of our family. We were talking about religion and our beliefs and views, and he shared that he loves Jesus because Jesus “did all the work” for us,… Continue reading Premature Surrender