How to Change your Life with Sadhana

The Hindu concept of Sadhana is not something that can be described with absolute precision, because it is often different for each person who experiences it. One definition of Sadhana is given as spiritual practices or disciplines which lead to perfection, these being contemplation, asceticism, worship of a god, and correct living. Not aspiring to perfection or being a big worshipper, I tend to prefer the straightforward Wikipedia take on Sadhana, which is defined simply as: a means of accomplishing something. This means can include practices from a variety of disciplines in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain... Read The Rest →

Love – A noun or a verb? Valentine’s reflections.

Love was in the air! Valentine’s Day came and went and we turned our thoughts toward love for a day, and perhaps, that someone our lives. I have a someone in my life that I’ve loved deeply for 32 years (my wife) and usually find the pressure of this day a little challenging.  Should I take her out to dinner? Buy her a dozen roses? Or, go big and take her to Paris for the weekend? I ask myself, “How do I express the depth and extent of this significant... Read The Rest →

Groundhog Day: Embracing transformation and change.

According to the Buddha, the three things that prolong suffering in life are greed, hate, and delusion. In my own experience, these are not that easy to shake. However, the Buddha offers us a way out of this suffering – the Eightfold Path. This hit home for me last night as I watched the movie, Groundhog Day, with my wife and friends. I’ve seen it before, so I was very reluctant to go. I don’t much like going to the movies, especially ones I’ve seen before. But, our good friend, Ditte’s... Read The Rest →

Anger and Peace

Anger is a great emotion. So much power lies within it. It stirs our entire being and is like a climax of energy when released. And like everything powerful it comes with it holds the power to create and to destroy. Creatively, anger can transform us. If we understand its source and seek a way to manifest the purity of the energy dwelling there, it is a vital force of empowerment. Anger always has something underneath. Most times when I’m angry it’s because of feeling powerless, feeling disappointed, or feeling... Read The Rest →

A Wish on the Womb of the Mother

It had been a long and rainy day on my self-guided tour of the shrines and temples of Kyoto.  I had heard of Kiyomizu-dera and had saved it to last. In Zuigudo, one of its “halls”, I descended a set of stairs that was to take me into the womb of the mother of the Buddha – Bosatsu (a female bodhisattva with the ability to grant a wish).  It was dark like I’d never seen dark before. My hand reached for the next round wooden ball on a long thread... Read The Rest →

Are you up for a life changing adventure in Maine this summer?

My thoughts journey towards the shore of a quiet pond Where the mystical voice of a distant loon Calms my inner soul and softens me spiritually. ~Barbara Jean Veilleaux~ I know of a place like this, and I want you to join me there for a life-changing adventure in Maine. Are you in? This place I’m referring to is in Northern Maine, a very special part of my world. (In other parts of the world, one might refer to it as a summer cottage on a lake, but for those... Read The Rest →

What Should I Do About My F’d-Up Life?”

The question that Colin Beavan just had to ask his Zen teacher is one that’s on the tip of everybody’s tongues.  We live in uncertain times.  And from time to time we have glimpses of how things “should be”.  And then they disappear.  A recent article in Lion’s Roar tackles the question that Colin and many of us are asking head on.  And I like the answers.  In the past years I am noticing that more and more people coming to Yoga Therapy are trying harder than ever with the... Read The Rest →

Bloody Valentine’s

No I’m not using the word “bloody” like an Australian adjective because I have mixed feelings about the day.   The original Valentine’s holiday, long before it was named after the Saint, was indeed a bloody pagan ritual in ancient Rome. Originally known as Lupercalia, and celebrated on the ides of February (Feb 15th not the 14th), the day was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, along with the honoring Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. You may recall learning that Romulus and Remus as babies... Read The Rest →

Meaningful New Year

Mindful steps on this one minute video will help you set your New Year on track! To download a printable PDF of the steps, click this link: meaningful-new-year-printout

PILGRIMAGE

Recently, Michael had the opportunity to realize a long-held dream, following his dharma to participate in a retreat with a teacher that he has admired for several years.  Here, he chronicles his journey, along with the thoughts, reflections, and lessons that he experienced along the way. DAY 1 As I settle in to my airplane seat to embark on the first leg of my journey, I don’t exactly feel like a pilgrim.  Nevertheless, I am on a pilgrimage.  The flight will take me across the country, to Redwood City, California, to... Read The Rest →

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