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
“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
Sorry I haven’t written in the better part of 2 months! 😦 It’s not from not wanting to. The rest of this article might clarify a little. I hope you don’t resonate too much with it… but you probably will. I was sick last week for the first time in about 4 years, to the… Continue reading Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!
(If you’ve had enough of the election AND have already voted, feel free to skip to the 5th paragraph, noted below. If you HAVEN’T voted yet and are not sure if you are going to, read it all, and then vote!) Of course, early voting has begun and you can vote now through Nov. 5… Continue reading VOTE! …but not JUST in the election!
(Note to the reader: As much as I tried to be inspired to write about something other than politics, I failed, and this writing is political in nature. It is the season, I guess. If you want to avoid that, feel free to just stop reading now. I write this piece primarily for those of… Continue reading The Lesser of Two Evils
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)
“Freedom is responding completely to the challenges of the living moment. … Yoga is the process by which I find out the nature of my binds and keep in touch with those aspects of life that limit freedom.” -Joel Kramer from “A New Look at Yoga: Playing the Edge of Mind and Body” from January… Continue reading Keep Yoga Weird
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)
"In this materialistic age, more concentration can be gained through kirtan than through meditation. Today, the atmosphere is filled with so many different kinds of sounds. Because of that, concentration will not come easily and meditation will be made more difficult than ever before. These obstacles can be overcome, however, if one performs kirtan. Not… Continue reading Why Kirtan? (part 1)
Recently Amma was invited to attend a climate summit entitled Protection of the Planet in Paris. She was not able to attend because she was concluding her North American tour, but she sent a video address to the summit. You can watch or read the speech here. You may have also read about Pope Francis… Continue reading Yoga of the Environment