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November 22, 2019

It happens and will continue to happen - someone says something to us, or about us, and we feel the emotions rise. We get ‘bent out of shape’, can’t stop the replay in our mind, and practice all kinds of imaginary ways to respond to it. This may go on for days, weeks, o...

November 9, 2019

       This morning I watched the sunrise and marveled. What a blessing to see it and experience awe. It should be a daily tonic - to stand and soak it in, this moment of majestic movement. One could call it living yoga, feeling deeply connected to the source of light,...

October 20, 2019

I sit with my japa meditation in Autumn

and the mantra arrives softly like leaves

falling to the ground. Each one making

a journey down. Each mantra landing

in my head and heart.

As I listen to the Name I too become

softer, the mind shedding cares like

the falling leaves. 

And...

October 12, 2019

We are about to begin a journey into the month of Kartika (Oct 13th to Nov. 11th), a month that can sweeten and deepen our relationship with Krishna if we choose to take advantage of it. 

My suggestion for this month is to ‘travel light’ so we can be more available and p...

September 12, 2019

When I was young we spent time at our aunt’s farm in the south of Ireland. She had 5 milking cows, all had names, and when she sat and milked them in the morning and evening, great conversations would be had. With the cows that is. 

It was there I learned to milk a cow,...

July 23, 2019

At a recent meditation retreat, I learned two very helpful concepts - “it’s about connection, not concentration” and “be a receiver, not an achiever”.

When chanting japa (meditation with beads and a soft repetition of the maha-mantra), being attentive is the key. In fact...

June 19, 2019

It can happen at any time

especially if we find ourselves

beneath a vast starry sky

or sitting with our beads

in the early morning hours

and sense ourselves

as tiny sparks of life

part of this extraordinary

gathering of existence

this pulsing aliveness

of material and spiritual e...

March 2, 2019

Spiritual life is an invitation to opposites. It’s the acceptance of both matter and spirit, it’s the notion that less is more, it’s the experience of being in control and not.

Growing small is not about being small. It’s about recognizing our place in the great scheme o...

January 31, 2019

Out beyond the mind and intelligence, lies the soul. It can be touched by sacred sound. One only has to listen well.

Listening can be hard. The mind, intelligence and false ego get in the way. Arjuna wasn’t joking when he said the mind is ‘harder to control than the wind...

December 11, 2018

Chanting Krishna’s name in mantra meditation is a concentrated effort. Although we remember Krishna here and there throughout the day, japa is a focused and full immersive experience in hearing the holy name.

The invitation to japa is to listen. To listen to the sound of...

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