December 2014 – Consequence Category

Welcome to the December 2014/January 2015 edition of Parvati Magazine! This special New Year’s edition is a double issue on the themes Consequence and Beginnings. These themes are fitting as we look back at what we have learned from 2014 and towards the newness of 2015. It has been an exceptionally busy fall as we prepare the launch of a new website for early 2015, complete with an online TV channel. (The site looks amazing and I can’t wait to share it with you!) In the midst of this, theRead More
Image credit: Stuart Anthony We are constantly held within the perfect whole. An integral part of the fabric of the universe, we are never separate from anything that exists. However much we may feel that life is against us during difficult times, we are always loved by the compassionate and wise presence of life itself. Consequence is one of life’s best teachers. When we were children, we learned that fire burns when we tried to touch it. The physical pain taught us to never again reach into the flame. AsRead More
In Vedic myths of Creation, the Supreme Consciousness, which is beyond experience, wished to experience itself. In consequence, this desire gave birth to the world of form as a means of experience. The world of form is the visible form of the Supreme Reality, Shakti or the Goddess. She is the kinetic expression, the absolute vehicle of transformation, and the keeper and implementer of the laws of consequence. Consequence is the first child of the Divine realm of all possibilities. She offers us an infinite treasure trove of gifts inRead More
It would have been easy to feel sorry for myself when I became paralyzed from the waist down due to a spontaneous spinal cord injury. Yet, as I share in my Positive Possibilities article Consequence: The Great Teacher, I know that there is nothing in life that is “against me”. All that happens supports my spiritual growth in some way. Instead of undergoing the medically recommended spinal surgery that would give me a 50% chance of walking again, I chose instead to dive into my inner healing cave and trustRead More
I first started meditating in 2006 during my solo travels throughout Southeast Asia. At that point I had been practicing yoga for six years, was newly vegetarian, and felt that meditation was a practice that would lend itself easily to my new lifestyle. I soon found myself on a monastery in northern Thailand, all dressed in white, sleeping in an empty khuti (hut) with only blankets and a plastic patio chair as furniture, and a meditation schedule that had me practicing up to 15 hours (sometimes more) each day. AfterRead More
Many of us live in societies where we are sold on the culture of convenience, anything we want at any time.  Much of this is driven by our hardwired human desire to have things we think we need for survival, but convenience is not about survival, it is all about consumerism, and the consequence is waste.  It has become evident that the choices we make for convenience and consumerism are having profound consequences on our environments and on our own health and wellness.  Everything produced has an ecological impact, fromRead More
Today, I invite you to make a conscious decision to improve your overall health, release negative mind patterns, improve the quality of food you eat, and/or decide to be more consistent in showing up to work out. There are many avenues to do this. Here are a few ideas to improve overall health: Stop eating fast food. Make and eat more meals at home. Drink more water. Reduce your sugar intake. Eat more veggies, and alkaline foods. Start a daily meditation practise. Breathe deeper with purpose. Start hanging around positiveRead More
Buddha said, “My actions are my only true belongings: I cannot escape their consequences. My actions are the ground on which I stand.” When people use the word consequence it usually implies an action or inaction with a negative outcome. Most of our actions involve getting something we want or think, we need. Based on the fact that that we are bombarded with messages to buy, buy, buy for almost fifteen hours every day, we are not a culture that acts like  we spend much time considering the consequences ofRead More
Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield may be best known for his book “A Path With Heart: A Guide to the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life”. But you might not know that eight years after “A Path With Heart” he published a book called “After The Ecstasy, The Laundry: How The Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path” that merits a place on the bookshelf of any devoted spiritual seeker – or, indeed, of anyone who has had an opening experience and has discovered that life doesn’t just become blissful afterRead More
Normally when long periods of time pass over the course of a movie, actors are made up to look younger or older, or are replaced by younger or older players as needed. The film itself is shot over the course of weeks, perhaps months for a more involved production. But the film “Boyhood” sets all of that practice on its ear, taking the daring approach of shooting a film over the course of several years and allowing actors to naturally grow and age. We see the story of Mason (EllarRead More