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Keep going!  (aka Don’t STOP Practicing! Please!)

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!)

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Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu-again

I had written on this prayer/mantra over 4 years ago.  It seems important to revisit it, given the state of our world, being more and more divided and seeming to have no meeting place between sides. Everyone is anxious, afraid, convinced that they are 100 percent right, and believes the “other” side is just totally… Continue reading Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu-again

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Resistance

“Looking at resistance can reveal the nature of mind, for what we are resisting is often the very thing we say we want.” -Joel Kramer The past month plus in class, the topic of the reading has been resistance (under “Mental Aspects” of yoga practice. About two weeks into the reading (reading a paragraph each… Continue reading Resistance

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I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, part 2

“I love you. I love you. I love you.” - you to some part of you (or you to someone else) “It works best if you DO it.” -a student It’s December and as many of you know, this is the month that I lead what I call the “I Love You” practice, and you… Continue reading I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, part 2

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Ignorance…or Implementation?

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras II.3: The lack of awareness of Reality, the sense of egoism or “I-am-ness”, attractions and repulsions toward objects and the strong desire for life are the great afflictions or causes of all miseries. (Taimni’s translation) The Sanskrit word translated usually as “ignorance”, but above as Taimni’s more complete translation of “lack of… Continue reading Ignorance…or Implementation?

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I Love You, I Love You, I Love You!

December is the month when in classes I lead the practice of “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” i.e. saying that silently inside (or outside) to whatever (or whoever) is getting your attention at the moment.  What does that phrase mean?  Here’s an attempt to clarify and offer some possibilities, whether offered… Continue reading I Love You, I Love You, I Love You!

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Gun Control! More Thoughts on the Violence in the World (and in ourselves)

I wrote last time about doing good and it’s effects in the world, inspired by some of Amma’s guidance and teachings in November in Detroit.  Toward the end of her answer to the question posed about what we can do to decrease the violence in the world, she did say (or maybe it was just… Continue reading Gun Control! More Thoughts on the Violence in the World (and in ourselves)

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Do Good!

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!

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WORLD/UNIVERSAL Peace

When we were with Amma recently, and for the past year, at the end of the talks and meditations, she has said, “At this time Nature and human minds are equally agitated.”  Sounds true, right?  She continues saying that Grace is the only thing that can help us in the current situation.  I hear this… Continue reading WORLD/UNIVERSAL Peace

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The Next Level of Weirdness: Have a Spiritual Practice!

“Practice becomes firmly grounded when it has been cultivated for a long time, without interruption, and with earnest devotion.” -I.14, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Last time I wrote about “Keep Yoga Weird.”  Now for the next step, making yoga your own! Some of you have been coming to yoga classes for years, for which I… Continue reading The Next Level of Weirdness: Have a Spiritual Practice!