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22 10, 2019

Sometimes we sink, and sometimes we swim…

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...but the real winning is in having the courage to get wet. Bhagavan Das once told me 'Life is messy, you've got to roll your sleeves up and get into it!" It was all I needed to hear at the time, to dive back in to living. I'd been in Amsterdam for seven years, and

2 10, 2019

The Harvest

The autumn time of year is a delight for witnessing change. Down here in Surrey, the chestnuts are opening up for the taking; fungi of all shapes and color dot the trees and mossy landscape. As the jays and squirrels duke it out for their share of fallen acorns, the song birds queue up at

2 09, 2019

The Secrets We Keep Inside: Jivamukti Focus of the Month, by Maria Macaya

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YS 1.11 - Anubhūta visayāsampramosah smritih Memory (Smrti) is the calling up or retaining of past experiences. The Yoga Sūtras of Patanjali The reasons for holding a secret – a kept and unspoken memory or piece of knowledge – are many: to surprise a loved one, to not hurt someone’s feelings; we keep secrets out

9 08, 2019

Standing in the face of change

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A childhood memory: It's 3am, pitch black and freezing outside. A few of us huddle together in my aunt's barn, blankets around our shoulders and holding cups of no-longer-hot cocoa. The lanterns hanging off the dark wooden beams frame our eyes to the main event; our attention is fixed to the hay-lined corner where a

5 08, 2019

The Divine Qualities of Krishna, Jivamukti Focus of the Month August

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Ōm Namo Bhagavatē Vāsudevāya Invocation to Vāsudevaya, the one replete with all Divine virtues, the granter of liberation. Ekadashaksara Mantra Krishna who is known as the all attractive one, is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. An avatar is one who descends from the spiritual universe into the material universe by his own will. Lord Vishnu

29 06, 2019

What I’ve learned from Snoopy

When it's a Dark and Stormy Night, you're in a touch of bad weather. As a girl I was a Snoopy fanatic, in fact, one of my great parenting joys has been in passing off my complete (now vintage) Peanuts collection to my son. We share a common language of substantive humor through Schulz's works.

29 06, 2019

With Time, Magic Arises: by Sharon Gannon (Focus of the Month, July 2019)

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abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tan nirōdhah (PYS 1.12) Identification with the fluctuations of mind is stopped by practice and non-attachment. In our relative world, growth, transformation and the rearranging of elements occurs where there is time. Sadhana (spiritual practice) involves discipline— a process over time—a steady, repeated application in order to attain results. We can think of

29 05, 2019

L E A P.

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Most of us have regular opportunities to break out of our comfort zone, a chance to try something new. Whether that is waking up a little earlier to go for a walk, changing what is at the end of your fork, reconnecting with an old friend or reaching out to a stranger, the truth is

28 05, 2019

The Light of Knowledge: JFoM by Anja Kuehnal

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om. asato mā sad gamaya tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya. oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ. Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. Om peace peace peace. from Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad Most human beings act as though the purpose of life is to seek happiness derived

6 05, 2019

Our Interconnectedness and the Environment, by April DeChagas

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oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ bhargo devasyadhīmahi dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt Earth Space Heavens. We meditate on the Divine light of the radiant source. May that inspire our hearts and thoughts. – Gayatri Mantra, Interpretation by Manorama D’Alvia In an essay posted on audubon.com entitled ‘What Do Birds Do For Us’, Barry Yeoman writes about