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25 09, 2016

Introducing….the Survivors Club

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It has been three years to the day that I had a liver transplant. This day will forever be imbued with meaning for me, and around this time of year there is always pause for celebration and reflection. The months before the surgery and the years after have shifted the focus of my life and

2 09, 2016

Tomatoes and Carrots in Onion’s Perfume (a Tuscan soup)

Having spent three weeks in Italy over August, I have been inspired and plumped up! This soup was served as a small offering from Locanda del Teatro in Montefalco, and it blew my taste buds away. As soon as I came home, my plight was to make it vegan! Light but filling, make it as

2 09, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month: August 2016 – What is the Use, by Rima Rani Rabbath

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shariram surupam tatha va kalatram yashashcharu chitram dhanam merutulyam 
manashchenna lagnam guroranghri-padme tatah kim tatah kim tatah kim tatah kim Even if you have good looks, a beautiful lover, great fame and mountains of money, if you are unable to bow at your teacher’s lotus feet—What is the use? What is the use? What is

28 08, 2016

Remembering Ilona: Life Lessons Learned

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A few weeks ago a very dear woman whom I was privileged to know passed away. Her death was sudden, within a month of being diagnosed with malignant melanoma she was gone. In the last weeks, she tended to the garden of her life with the support of her dear friends and family making intentional

1 08, 2016

Focus of the Month, August 2016: Krishna, Buddha and What Is Universal Compassion?

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Shri Krishnah sharanam mama I take refuge in the all-attractive Lord who is the true identity of all being. Sharanam means refuge. This beautiful initiation mantra from the Pushtimarg tradition in India invites us to seek refuge, particularly when we are driven by strong emotions. Anger, hate and fear close us off to love and

1 08, 2016

Practice Tip : August 2016 – Listen to the teacher.

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Listen to the teacher. So many times in class when I am teaching yoga, I see people doing all kinds of things that were not a part of the verbal instruction. Whether it is a simple cue to step the right foot back and a student steps the left foot back, or whether I specify

1 08, 2016

From the Archive: We Must Listen To Our Own Voice (Jivamukti Focus of the Month, 2008

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We Must Listen To Our Own Voice God is always present in the formless and He speaks to us in the soundless sound. Blessed indeed are those who are able to see Him. Love and listen to Him everywhere and in everything. Apart from our helping a limited number of people materially, there are two

26 07, 2016

I’m ok, you’re ok

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For those of you growing up several decades ago, you may remember the book entitled I'm OK, You're OK. I never read it (I was a little young for self-help), but I sure remember seeing it in airports, and whatever talk show was popular at the time. My mom may have even had a copy

30 06, 2016

Jivamukti Focus of the Month: July 2017. The Guru Mantra, by Sharon Gannon

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Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara, Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction

26 06, 2016

Spinning around the sun

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Someone recently told me that I should visualize taking my head off of my body to see the world differently, implying that I over analyze aspects of life. She might be right. Nonetheless, if we would only pause to consider the magnificence of us tiny earthlings spinning around in outer space at 1000 miles an