Archive | Meditation
16
Mar

22 Hearts and 44 Eyes

This is the third year that Rimmi Singh, her sister Pammi, and I have taken a group of yogi travelers, yatri, to India.  Each time the trip is to somewhat different places, and this time 22 of us had an amazing tour of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.  South India is quite different from north India […]

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06
Apr

Absorption

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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21
Nov

Dealing with Distraction

I am currently teaching a Meditation For Stress Relief course at Willow Street Yoga Center in Silver Spring. We are cultivating a state of witness consciousness in which we can sit and accept whatever thought or feeling arises as it happens by observing without passing judgement. Recently a student asked me about how she can […]

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13
Jun

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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25
Jan

Five Acts of Shiva

…Creation An unexpected songbird greeted me On Monday morning as I went out To meet the day. Martin Luther King Day, the second Inauguration of our first black president. Unexpected in the chill of winter. Tuesday was colder still As I watched my students move Through warming backbends To shake off the crustiness Of January. […]

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29
Oct

Sadhana

Sadhana is one of the first Sanskrit words that I ever learned.  Practice. “Tantra Yoga is 1% theory and 99% practice.” – Sri Anandamurti “Practice and all is coming.” – Sri Patthabi Jois Last Friday night I completed teaching a six week special course on Meditation for Stress Relief.  One thing I tried to impress […]

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04
Sep

Full Circle in Floyd

Floyd Yoga Jam at Burnette Farm this past weekend was a rocking good time. We arrived on Friday with our tiny backpacker tent and camped by a little creek for the weekend.  Some highlights for me: Friday night’s Melody of the Moon class in the Buddha Tent with Sierra Hollister that included a healing circle meditation.  It […]

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27
Oct

Eyes Open Meditation, Part V

By mid-morning, we had returned to the temple grounds for the culminating event of the festival, darshan. Shiva Nataraja was waiting in the Raja Sabha, and even though we arrived early for this ritual, there were many already assembled there. It was clear that it would be difficult to get up close to Nataraja without […]

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21
Oct

Eyes Open Meditation, Part IV

The morning of the tenth day of the festival began at 1:30am. My roommate at the hotel and I had missed the wake-up call to be at the temple, and we had to rush to get dressed to be there in time. If you did not grow up dressing yourself in a sari, it is […]

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10
Oct

Eyes Open Meditation, Part III

Later that day when the parade began, the streets surrounding the temple had become the temple itself. Shiva Nataraja was at large in the outside world, with Shivakamasundari following closely behind him. The dikshitars had carried the large murtis up five flights of stairs in an outdoor loading dock built specifically for the purpose of […]

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