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25 09, 2017

Shadows and Light

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Four years ago today I got a call that saved my physical body. I can rely only on my fading memory to travel back to that time when living day-to-day was a mental practice in both holding on and letting go; when acceptance wasn't a choice but a but integral to my own physical and

1 05, 2017

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, May 2017 by April Dechagas yad-yad ācarati śreṣṭhas / tad-tadevetaro janaḥ / sa yat pramāṇaḿ kurute / lokas-tad-anuvartate A great person leads by example, setting standards that are followed by others all over the world. -Bhagavad Gita III.21 The streets of Calcutta were dangerous and dirty. Thousands were infected with

29 01, 2017

freedom in action

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Over the past week, Donald Trump's first week as US president, I have been feeling my psoas muscle firing up at the most unusual times. It is as if I'm waiting for the next terrible thing to happen, but in fact, it already has. In the moment it takes to sign pen to paper, Donald

5 01, 2017

Landmarks and Pendulums

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Life provides us with the opportunity to be fluid and mobile, or rigid and fixed. This is as true in the body as it is in our mind. Hips that remain in a fixed seat, a clenched jaw due to stress, or tight shoulders from hunching over a computer can pin us down and prevent

1 12, 2016

Putting the Holy in Holiday

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Every year the marketing of the Christmas holiday seems to inch closer and closer to the marketing of Halloween. It seems to be less and less about kindness, true generosity and gratitude, more and more about the Black Friday sales and consumerism. Here's my list of the top five ways to sprinkle divinity into our

31 10, 2016

Staying True

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With the US elections in the near future, uncertainty about Brexit and complexity in the political area of the US and Europe, and with wars waging in the Middle East and unrest in many other parts of the world, it is easy to get lost in understanding the foundation of our own belief system. What

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

1 06, 2016

Passages

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I recently took a trip down memory lane in the form of a trip to Amsterdam, a city I called home for a tumultuous and transformative seven years of my life. Included in the trip was a visit to my storage unit, a veritable time capsule of that life, nearly ten years ago. For many

1 09, 2015

The River

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  A few days ago, I spent an afternoon by the river. Walking alongside of it, I marveled at her twists and turns, the variety of sounds and rhythms she produced, and her innate ability to balance rapids and depth with meandering trickles through branches, leaves and pebbles. While it rarely may seem this way,

26 05, 2015

Remembering Goodness

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PYS II:33 Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam “When disturbed by disturbing thoughts, think the opposite.” We all communicate in a variety of ways throughout our day with differing levels of awareness; seldom do we think about our tone of voice, choice of words or facial expressions as we speak. Related to this is our individual and