June 2015 – Achievement Category

  Next to our shoulders, one of the tightest muscles in our body is often our hamstrings. We spend a lot of our time sitting, causing these long, powerful muscles to atrophy. Some people are born with naturally flexible hamstrings, while the rest of us need to put in a bit of effort to keep the stabilizing gems long and supple. If you have ever taken a yoga or exercise class that included hamstring stretching, you likely know that there is no muscle that can bring up issues of frustrationRead More
Image credit: Erica Parée My spiritual teacher, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, lovingly known as Amma or the Hugging Saint reminds us of the true purpose of our lives. She says, “The goal in life is God realization. Strive for That!” But what is God realization? For many, the notion of God is an elusive force somewhere in the distance, be it a bearded man in the sky, or a mysterious force that is somehow beyond us. God to me is our true, essential nature (the deeper substratum that we are)Read More
Eamonn Forde is a colleague that I met while in the UK at a music conference a few years back. He is a music business and technology writer for The Guardian. On May 19th he wrote an interesting article about the role of managers in the music business. He explores the relationship between firing a manager after success and a decline in the artist’s subsequent achievements. Being a music manager myself, his article struck a chord with me and made me think about what makes it possible for artists toRead More

Posted On May 27, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn June 2015 - Achievement, Yoga

Yoga: Driven or Present, by Chantal Wade

Image credit: Milo Peng Achievement is a glorified term, as it is identified with strength, perseverance, intelligence, and success. We think of the triathlete who crosses the finish line, the successful entrepreneur, the advanced yogi who can handstand, the accomplished scholar. We imagine the finish line, the closing curtains during a standing ovation, the goal attained. In this light, Achievement is beautiful. However, any notion of achievement rooted in the belief that we can measure success by how much we accomplish, contradicts many fundamental principles of mindfulness and yoga philosophy: Acceptance,Read More

Posted On May 27, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn June 2015 - Achievement, News

Community: Climate Reality Leadership

Canadian environmental not-for-profit Parvati.org celebrates a fruitful participation in the Climate Reality Leadership Training, #CRinIowa, which took place recently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Darcy Belanger, parvati.org’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, is now a Climate Reality Leader. Belanger travelled to Cedar Rapids on behalf of Parvati.org to participate in the leadership training, which is one of the initiatives of former US Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. The Cedar Rapids training, attended by delegates from all over the world, was one of only four taking place in 2015; the other threeRead More
Image credit: Tec Estromberg Likely all of us have, at some time or another, felt “snowed under” at work. Tasked with so many projects that the thought of seeing the “light of day” and achieving the desired results or even succeeding at completing these tasks seems insurmountable. Usually the first thought is P.A.N.I.C. “Oh my goodness, this is impossible or I simply am not going to be able to get through this. I will fail.” From my own experiences, and working with many other people and projects I have comeRead More
Most of us have likely never contemplated the idea of thanking our socks or handbag when we get home from a long day’s work, but Japanese tidying consultant Marie Kondo suggests we do just that. If you think that’s a challenge, how about achieving a state with your belongings where you no longer have to do daily tidying? For someone with lifelong tendencies to accumulate clutter, the second statement seems even more magical than the first. But it is magic we’re talking about here. Marie Kondo’s strong and enthusiastic clientRead More
Image credit: Blisters and Black Toenails When I started running over 15 years ago, I was happy to just go out and run. Running was an outlet for me. It was my “me” time. I never thought of it as anything else. It was just something that I did to burn off steam. Then I started racing and running became more than just my “me” time. I started to think about goals and achievement. I was never fast enough to be really competitive but I was decent enough to consistentlyRead More
Image credit: Helga Weber I was recently in Panama to lecture about Ayurveda and skincare. While I was there, my friend and nutritionist hosted a weekend away by the beach. It was beautiful and I loved every minute of it. But one thing I did not love was the fact that my face broke out in a way that I haven’t seen in ten years. I don’t know if it was the sun, sand, or the residual stress I had left behind at home but these were stubborn, blistering blemishesRead More
Welcome to the special double issue of Parvati Magazine for May and June of 2015. In the busyness of our lives, we quickly forget to take pause and contemplate the meaning of our existence and interconnection, or to question our attachments to the stresses and worries we carry. We easily become identified with achieving as a means to feel valued and loved. Though life is fleeting, it is full of opportunities for deep inner wealth. As we learn to look slightly beyond our habits and humdrum, we discover jewels forRead More