Spirituality

Vaastu: The Science Of Sacred Space

Vaastu Shastra, the ancient Vedic science of construction and architecture is a pre-Feng Shui, traditional Indian practice derived from knowledge dating back some 5,000 years. In Sanskrit, Vaastu means dwelling, Shastra means scientific treatise. Vaastu teaches us how to live in harmony with nature and influence nature for our benefit. The principals of Vaastu inform [...]

By | September 23rd, 2010|Spirituality|0 Comments

Not Perfect, But Present

My teacher, Erich Schiffmann, said it best, “If you want to push yourself in Yoga, push yourself to show up often.” With a chuckle, he would add “Once you’re there, there’s no need to push yourself. If you do, you get hurt. Then you get mad at Yoga, and it’s not Yoga’s fault. [...]

By | August 28th, 2010|Spirituality|0 Comments

Science and The Sacred: Mirrors Of Compassion

While teaching a workshop recently, I tried something I had never done before: I demonstrated a sequence without speaking a word. In the hushed movement of our shared breath, the participants observed my modified sun salutation and organized themselves into pairs to take turns witnessing one another. I was hoping to engage a recently identified [...]

By | April 2nd, 2010|Spirituality|0 Comments

The Awkward Journey Of A Tibetan Language Student

I had made all the excuses I could think of to not learn Tibetan – I’m entering menopause and my hormones are erasing my memory; I don't have time; I’ve never had a propensity for languages. (I took five years of French at school and can remember about three sentences and have only some broken [...]

By | April 1st, 2010|Spirituality|0 Comments

The Wheel Of The Year

Can Ancient Ritual Heal Modern Separation Anxiety? Two hours after sunset in the mountains outside of Ojai on the Winter Solstice, the longest, darkest night of the year, I lost signal on my GPS. Even though I am a country girl at heart, I still felt disconcerted blindly navigating a landscape without streetlamps, without gas [...]

By | February 22nd, 2010|Spirituality|0 Comments

Tell A Vision, Create Community

Twenty-Three Years of Forming Fellowship And Promoting Possibility The word agape has its origins in the Greek language, in which it means love. One of the meanings of agape in English is love. Not just any kind of love: Unconditional love, compassionate love, brotherly or sisterly love, love of God and even the [...]

By | November 27th, 2009|Spirituality|0 Comments

The Hero’s Journey

Around The World And On The Stage ONLY FIFTEEN MINUTES into the practice and we knew we were in over our heads. Guru Kal, (short for Kali), a powerful lion of a man, was barking out commands in a rapid and incomprehensible (to us) dialect of Malayalam. Following his direction, we awkwardly threw ourselves to [...]

By | September 28th, 2009|Spirituality|0 Comments

Seen And Heard

Self-Realization Annual Convocation in LA August 2 - 8, 2009 There’s something eminently both powerful and inspirational about sharing an enormous room with nearly 4,000 people, all poised and sitting silently, creating a meditative space that vibrates far beyond the walls. This was the setting of The Self-Realization Fellowship’s Annual Convocation. The organization [...]

By | September 28th, 2009|Spirituality|0 Comments

Either Orb

A Family Photo Album Sometimes you're born into a family, sometimes you marry into one and sometimes you find your family in a room filled with sweaty headstanders. But whether you are bound by blood, love or belief, family means family photos. Usually the family comes first. But recently I discovered a part [...]

By | July 23rd, 2009|Spirituality|0 Comments

The Rhythm Of Motherhood

Everything in life has a unique rhythm. From our heartbeat, to the cycles of the moon and the length of each season, everything follows a pattern or tempo reflecting the cyclical nature of life. As a mother, I am learning to become more comfortable with the rhythm of motherhood and the balance between being a [...]

By | May 26th, 2009|Spirituality|0 Comments