Positive Possibilities Living Category

overcoming obstacles, creative thinking, creative process, trusting self
From the creative cave of my music studio, where I am completing five new albums to help raise awareness of MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary), I was reminded the other day of how the creative process is cyclical, with many ups and downs. As a yogi, I often reflect upon the wise words in the Bhagavad Gita, which says a yogi is one who acts without attachment to the fruits of his actions. I am blessed with regular reminders of this understanding, which is at the heart of myRead More
emotional pain, mental pain, psychic pain, healing emotional pain, parvati devi
Getting to the Root of Emotional Pain We all have moments and periods in our lives when we feel stuck. When life is not quite flowing the way we want it to be, we need to pause and look within. Once we direct our awareness inward, we will likely find outmoded ways of being that we are holding onto that no longer serve our greatest good. Most of us hold onto the past, stuff it away in the recess of our psyche and hope it will go away. But itRead More
humpback whales, humpback whale song, humpback whale behaviour, humpback whale altruism, harmony
My jaw dropped recently when I found out all humpback whales, in a given region, sing the same song. The song evolves over time, but it evolves for all of the whales at the same time. Though each may sing a different part in the moment, all give voice to one collection of sounds like an oceanic choir. Being part of several choirs as of a young age and into adulthood, I was always touched by the transcendent feeling of being part of a much greater body than my ownRead More
Compassion more powerful than pity
As we evolve spiritually, we cannot help but feel moved by the suffering we see in the world. The impulse to help alleviate it is a natural reflection of our inherent humanity. Our spiritual practice often gives rise to a greater sense of how connected we are, and as such, that our compassionate actions can serve the world. We must remember, however, that compassion is a sophisticated state of being. It has what the Buddhists term a “near enemy” in pity, which is very different from compassion. Along the roadRead More
Positive Possibilities Creativity
Before I committed to a full-time musical career, I had trained as an architect. I graduated from the highly competitive co-op program at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and had begun a promising career before I realized that my heart and soul urged me to go in a different direction. Today, though my work is in a recording studio rather than on drafting boards, I am deeply grateful for all I learned as an architect. It informs what I do as an artist—both practically, in terms of theRead More
Positive Possibilities-stress relief-connect with Joy
Every day, as soon as I wake up, I wash up and head downstairs to my cushion to start my day from a centered place. When I arrived at my meditation seat the other day, all I could feel was my pounding head. I had not had enough sleep, and woke up with a headache. For most of us, our knee-jerk reaction to pain is to either try to push it away with denial, medication or temporary pleasures, or run towards it by projecting judgment or anger at it, asRead More
Positive Possibilities-"I am"
When you unearth yourself from the burden of your limiting thoughts, you begin to live in “I am” presence, that is, in the flow of pure consciousness arising. This is not dependent on thoughts like “I am a doctor,” “I am a mother,” or “I am a yoga teacher.” You are simply “I am.” To add descriptions after that simple truth is to add an I-dentity, a label, a story over what is. You become identified with your actions, rather than rooted in surrendered being. You are a human being,Read More
Positive Possibilities-Creative Process
From the creative cave of my music studio where I have been completing new albums, I was reminded the other day of how the artistic process is cyclical, with ups and downs on the way to completion. I often reflect upon the wise words in the Bhagavad Gita, which says that a yogi is one who acts without attachment to the fruits of his actions. I am blessed with regular reminders of this understanding, which is at the heart of my life’s work and purpose. The tendency may be toRead More
Spiritual awakening-Parvati Devi-Positive Possibilities-'
Enlightenment is a part of everyone’s destiny. As you let go of your perceptions that tell you that you are separate, you come to experience that you, and everything within and around you, are one with infinite consciousness. Then, you realize your divine nature and are able to love and see all equally. Often through a break of your ego’s grip due to the weight of your own suffering, you awaken to a life beyond the pain of a divided “me”. You realize that there is more to life thanRead More
Stand your ground. You may hear the phrase often. Sometimes it is expressed as encouragement to one who too readily gives in and passively allows others to have their way. Other times, you might speak of standing your ground when you feel shaken by adversity or attack. You may stand your ground to defend what feels like your own, to lay claim to territory and assert your sense of propriety. Yet, you live in an unconditionally loving universe. So what is a positive possibilities expression of standing your ground? WhenRead More