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
“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
“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
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?
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!
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)
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!
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
Part of the point of kirtan (or meditation or Yoga) is to transform our consciousness from being preoccupied with the little self, or even our preoccupation with our little ideas about God, to an awakening of a bigger Self or Truth or experience of God; pick how you say it, the end result is the… Continue reading Why Kirtan? (part 2)
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