Meditation Category

Most of us live busy lives with overbooked calendars. We carry lengthy to-do lists in the hopes of conquering them sooner than later. Yet, every time we cross an item off, it seems as though more items appear to take its place. It is as though we spend our day on a leaky boat, bailing it out with a bucket just to keep from sinking. We end up exhausted and feeling no further ahead. We may ask ourselves, when will this struggle end? Though stress and speed are indeed signsRead More
I recently saw a Facebook post that read: “You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” The wise friend who posted this beautiful sentiment added below, “and they never know who you are… Nothing as dangerous as ‘spiritual’ pride!” This made me think about the shadows along the spiritual path that may arise when we feel inspired to serve others. Until we wake up to realize our divine self, we look for opportunities to feed our wanting ego and its projectionRead More
“A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. That is why the Buddhas and the bodhisattvas are always smiling. When you smile, you realize the wonder of the smile.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Freedom and joy are found when you rest into the whole and flow in harmony with the rhythm of life. My teacher, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), says that happiness is a choice. In every moment, we have the ability to choose howRead More
Meditation is very dear to me as it fuels my life and is the foundation of all I do. It is a deepening, ongoing process that continues to teach me the true value of life and love. In the speed of modern living, meditation helps me step out of my busyness into a bigger picture. I like to say that meditation is my medication: it’s my way of healing the neuroses of my mind. Our minds wander. They want. We can feel spontaneously happy then suddenly unhappy. Yet enlightened teachersRead More
No matter what your personal belief system or unique soul expression may be, relationships are generally governed by a few fundamental spiritual principles. To me, they are: That which I do to myself, I do to all beings. The way I treat another is the way I treat myself. When I choose the highest good, that which feels rooted, vital and expansive in the moment, everybody wins. When I serve the creative flow, that which is beyond my ego, I support evolution in myself and in all beings. What areRead More
“At the root of all power and motion, there is music and rhythm, the play of patterned frequencies against the matrix of time. We know that every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies, its singing. Before we make music, music makes us.” – Joachim-Ernst Berendt, The World Is Sound The notion of art as a means to express our relationship with the divine is as ancient as the first people that walked the Earth. From cave paintingsRead More
To live in peace is to live free from any fear of violence, conflict, hostility, tension and aggression. In the presence of peace, there is no sense of againstness. When we live in peace, we live in Shanti Om, in unity, wholeness, rooted in our interconnection with all. We understand that we are one with the essential fabric of the universe. Againstness is understood as a self-imposed illusion, a reflection of our ego which only knows to separate and divide. In Shanti Om, there is reverence for all living things,Read More
Image credit: Tim Geers, Flickr I have experienced violent assault more than once. One almost cost me my life. While I lay pinned to the floor, unable to breathe, my attacker’s arms tightly braced around my neck, I saw with hyper-real clarity through the words he shouted in my face: “I know there is a demon in you!” At that time, I was practicing Tonglen, a Tibetan Buddhist technique where one breathes in the suffering of others and exhales a wish for happiness to all beings. In the moments thatRead More
The other day, as I was quietly enjoying my walk to the gym where I work out, my husband noticed a brawl that was taking place in the park up ahead. A group surrounded someone who was being beaten up. As soon as I noticed this, an energy arose through me that led to me running at top speed down two blocks, right into the center of the fight consisting of five men and one woman. A fierce presence, like a karate cry, arose through me as I commanded everyoneRead More
In order to not get entangled in things we like and dislike, we need to cultivate the skill of witnessing. This requires practice. Witnessing is foreign to the way our mind usually works. The mind is driven by the ego, which can only exist in separateness. Our ego and mind thrive on resistance and againstness. We habitually get so involved with what we think, that we fully believe our thoughts to be absolute. In essence, we are used to buying into the illusion that our thoughts are permanent. Meeting thisRead More