June 2016 – Live in the Light Category

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of Parvati Magazine. The summer solstice is a time when the vitality in nature is at its highest. Not only is this the longest day of the year, it is also when nature infuses the soil with the greatest amount of vitality. It is the most vibrant time of the year. Our human bodies are a part of nature. For this reason, the more receptive we are to the vitality that is freely given by nature, the healthier we become. When soil is vital, itsRead More

Posted On May 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn June 2016 - Live in the Light, News

It’s Time for MAPS

Canadian environmental not-for-profit Parvati.org welcomes the decision by Shell Canada to relinquish decades-old permits that have long been delaying the creation of a national marine park in Canada’s East Arctic. Last fall, Parvati.org conducted extensive research questioning the permits’ validity and shared its findings widely with Canadian NGOs, including WWF-Canada and Greenpeace who leveraged the information as part of their ongoing work to protect the Arctic. Parvati.org commemorates World Oceans Day by underscoring the importance of the Arctic Ocean and the unprecedented opportunity to help stop climate change through theRead More
We all have stuff — and a lot of it! Do we really need all we have? Similarly, do we really need to be doing all we do? Could we not do, and have, and possibly find more joy with, less? Most of us are plagued with a deep, pesky thought of “not enough”. We want more stuff to try to fill an inner void we cannot place or satisfy. We try to do more to impress others, unconsciously still seeking approval from our parents, teachers, or caregivers, afraid thatRead More
I was only 23, fresh off the plane from Canada. It was my first time in India. Though I felt like I was right side up for the first time in my life, I had no idea what was in store for me. They say the guru appears when the student is ready. I suppose I was ready. For nearly a year, I traveled from temple town to ashram, often with sadhus (wandering aesthetics) or other fellow seekers. I spent six months in the South of India, then six inRead More
The practice of meditation involves drawing our awareness inward. As we learn to let go of our attachments to passing thoughts, we develop a sense of internal space. Eventually we rest into the field of pure consciousness that lies behind our thoughts. This clearly takes practice. Meditation is a discipline cultivated over time. Even a few minutes a day is valuable, like putting money into your evolutionary bank account. Our ego, where most of us place our attention, is attached to feeling separate and in control. It is not interestedRead More
There’s no worse feeling than dragging the past behind you without knowing how to shake it off. Fears, limiting beliefs, and other traumas can take years to heal—if it’s possible even then. Almost as bad as emotional baggage is the feeling that you’re not quite living up to your full potential. If you can’t quite see yourself succeeding, an internal sense of “stuckness” can make it hard to move forward or to claim the victories that are nearly within reach. Emotions are no simple matter, but therapists and laypersons aroundRead More
The warmer weather for me always starts a change in my eating habits. In cooler temperatures, I love a great bowl of hot soup loaded with tons of veggies and quinoa. I truly could live off soup when it’s cold outside. The change in season brings with it not only the heat but a change in what I like to eat. This is a time to lighten up my meals. I crave leafy greens, cucumber, grated Kohlrabi, radishes, and grilled zucchini – anything quick to prepare, and easily digested. EvenRead More
Most nutritionists (especially holistic nutritionists) include lemons in their daily practice. For me, my day hasn’t started until I am sipping on a 1 litre mason jar filled with warm water and freshly squeezed lemons. Lemons provide us with an abundance of nutritional value and support. 10 Top Health Benefits of Lemons 1. Lemons are alkalizing for your body; when you eat or drink the juice of a lemon- the ‘acidic’ properties of the lemon enter your body, which stimulates a series of responses that create a more alkaline balanceRead More
Sometimes we go through life like a person who is carrying a heavy burden all the time, to the point where he is no longer even aware that he is carrying it or that he could set it down. The burden of our egoic attachments, our fears and doubts and wanting and stuckness, is a heavy weight that we carry for years or even lifetimes before it occurs to us that we could drop the weight and live more lightly, celebrating the freedom to be our true selves. This lightnessRead More
At first glance, the 1993 movie “Little Buddha” seems too far-fetched to succeed. Razzie-nominated rock musician turned actor Chris Isaac as the father of a tulku (a child believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama), and Keanu Reeves (closer at that time to his “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” than his “Matrix” days) as Buddha? Whoa, dude. But by the time the closing credits roll to an orchestral setting of the Heart Sutra, something beautiful and inspiring has taken place in this movie. “Little Buddha” weaves together twoRead More