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July 21, 2020

I spied it on the side of a box I opened that said “Don’t throw away a chance to recycle.” What a great tagline! And of course it got me thinking. 

What other chances am I missing? What other opportunities am I throwing away by being casual, unthinking, lazy?

This quote s...

July 3, 2020

Life is often defined in the Bhakti teachings as ‘a struggle for existence’. The daily grind, the showing up, the making it to the end of the week in one piece. Verse 14 in Chapter 2 of the Gita sums it up: “O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and d...

June 2, 2020

On the altar of humility

If our desires are serious
Never blind to our efforts
His mercy is mysterious

Charmed with compassion
Our eyes feel His presence
And like the rising moon
Realize the divine essence

His causeless mercy
Melts us right from the start
When we feel grai...

May 25, 2020

What I remember most was how quickly I was able to accept what was happening.

An eastward swing down Porter Street, a long residential mediary between two busy thoroughfares, offers an easy and enjoyable tree-lined descent to cyclists with a modicum of common sense....

May 16, 2020

There is a lot of talk about resilience these days - the capacity to recover from difficulties. Since Covid-19 landed among us, we have had to respond, adapt, and adjust in various ways. 

I came across the following paragraph which I found helpful: 

“We often talk about t...

May 3, 2020

Darkness creeps in when the sun goes away

And fades away when the sun returns

Our internal darkness also cannot stay

In the presence of the light

Of Krishna's name

Which is like the sun for our soul

For our interior pieces and places

To keep them warm, happy and fearless

When w...

April 20, 2020

There is a great verse in the Bhagavad-gita that speaks to balance. “He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.” Ch.6.17

And we know from practical experience that when things...

April 17, 2020

“Grief and gratitude are kindred spirits, each pointing to the beauty of what is transient and given to us by grace.” (Patricia Campbell Carlson)
 

We’re living in a time of paradox. The pandemic has trespassed all national borders. Tragically, thousands have died, and m...

April 13, 2020

How far am I from that place 

Which I hold sacred 

And dear to my heart?  

It is said, "where there is 

A will, there is a way." 

And I am on this way, step by step.  

This way is manifested by time, 

space, life air, and conviction. 

And is made of the soun...

April 6, 2020

I’ve been wondering how, aside from staying home, I can be of service to those for whom the coronavirus pandemic has become an all too reasonable source of dread.

Jess, a good friend and fellow yoga teacher who’s been studying the Bhagavad-gita with me for a long time, r...

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