“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!
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
“A body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an external force.” -Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion “Any excuse will do.” -Ti Harmony Though formulated for particle movement, it’s easy to see the applicability of Newton’s Law to our own… Continue reading Resistance and Excuses
I write this article while Christmas carols are playing on the radio (really; it helps us get in the “Christmas spirit”), the little white plastic Christmas tree beautifully shining with colored lights in the corner, already a small mountain of gifts underneath and around it and more to come. Nikki is making the traditional (Harmony)… Continue reading Christmas Encouragement
Last month I wrote about trying to balance family and work time. In our family and because of my particular job, fortunately there is some overlap of those two. We have had for [a few] years now, what we call “family practice.” That term could mean a number of different things, all of which in… Continue reading Family Practice
I like to write these blogs/articles. I like sharing my heart and from my experience, even when sometimes it’s challenging. And apparently some of you enjoy reading them. I even have a surprising (to me) number of people following my blog who I have no idea who they are. A few of them have even told… Continue reading Why Don’t You Write (Ti)?
Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu ("May all the beings in all the worlds be happy.") While with Amma over Thanksgiving 2013 in Detroit, in Amma's last talk before giving darshan (hugging people) all night long and then going back to India, she asked everyone to chant "Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu" for 5 minutes two times a… Continue reading Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu
Ti says, "This came through from meditation the day after Bodhi, [#1] was born in our yoga room." Enamored of the physical body, the Deepest Truth is lost. Enamored of this mind and its constant ramblings, the Spirit That Underlies is lost. Inside, quiet, deep, still, When were we ever separate? I've known… Continue reading The Truth Rests
There are a number of reasons you might [show up for this life], some of which are worship, healing, communion, and fun. You might be doing all of these at once, or having a different mood with each [moment]. Whatever you do, you can keep in mind that all these are possibilities and point to… Continue reading Helpful Hints for Life – Kirtan