Archive | Inspiration

About Blessing Counting

I grew up with a tangential relationship to church. We went to a Methodist Church (several different ones over the course of my school years in fact) in order to “gain a moral background” according to my parents who would gladly say that they do not believe in God. These Sunday morning outings usually involved […]

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Morning Sadhana

My name is Kelly. I am 45 years old. That is a difficult thing for me to say. I am not ashamed to be 45. In fact, I feel a little bit of wonder that I’ve made it this far and that the things I did in my 20s feel like another lifetime away from […]

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This morning my mantra was like water to a thirsty soul. There was no question I needed my cushion. Wanted it Loved it It was a compulsion as easy as a mountain stream flows to the sea. No effort, only lightness Each breath elixir Each moment a chance to awaken Each repetition a soft calling […]

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Grace Happens

About a week ago on a Thursday afternoon, I walked out my front door and at the end of the walk, there sat a peaceful Buddha meditating in my yard. He took me completely by surprise. And a funny coincidence, we were about to go see Jai Uttal, kirtan singer, at a performance sponsored by […]

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Trust and the Holy Science

Over the summer my most excellent acupuncturist, Don Diggs, recommended a book for me to check out, The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar. It is a collection of Sanskrit sutras that draw comparisons between yogic science and the book of Revelations. Interesting stuff, and the introduction contains a quite provocative explanation for why we […]

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I Feel Good… But Not *That* Good

When I left my day job at NPR ten years ago (gulp), I went on to Erik’s health insurance with his employer. When he left his day job two years ago to become a freelancer/entrepreneur/construction worker (gulp again), we had a big decision to make. Do we continue health coverage through COBRA? Way expensive. Do […]

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Durga Mahashakti

As promised a little sumpthin’ sumpthin’ about Durga. She has been my go-to girl of late. Her name means Tough Going or Difficult to Know or Hard to Conquer, many shades of a similar idea. Really, she is unknowable because she is invisible, but she is always ready for you when you call. She is […]

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Namaste Floyd Yoga Jam 2013

I just got back from my second year at Floyd Yoga Jam. This year’s meditation was on Durga, the Warrior Goddess and Protectress of all that is just and honest and good. More on her in another post. Again it was a great time and the music was even better with Donna de Lory, Durga […]

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Mantra Wisdom

Let’s diverge from Ayurveda for a bit. One of the things I like to do to entertain myself is, after my morning meditation practice, I’ll pick up a book, often a poetry book, and flip to any page and read what is there waiting for me. It’s entertaining because there is always something different to […]

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I Should vs. I Am

Ever do this? I should go clean the kitchen.  I should lose a few pounds.  I should be kinder to … I should study a second language. Not at all?  I didn’t think so.  Me neither. The list could go on and on, couldn’t it?  An endless litany of things that should be happening in […]

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