Living with turbulence: listen with an open heart

Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible. ~ The Buddha Please take a brief moment – 30 seconds, perhaps – and sit quietly with me. Smile softly and breathe in through your nose, and gently out through your mouth. Soften your heart, your stomach, your throat. […]

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Ayurveda’s Affinity For Copper

by Nathan Platt Ayurveda has a certain appreciation for copper. It is an important metal present in the ayurvedic conception of the human constitution and it is found in a diverse range of ayurvedic applications, including the storage of potable water, the refining of minerals for supplementation, and the creation of yantras for focusing worshipful […]

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Crimes Against Wisdom

Prajnaparadha, Our Crimes Against Wisdom

Prajnaparadha is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “crimes against wisdom” (!). It’s a central concept in Yoga and Ayurveda, because it’s understood that doing things we know we shouldn’t is the cause of most disease and other suffering. Certainly, much of the suffering I have encountered personally and professionally has been the result of not […]

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Shiva statue in the Ganges at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, 2011

Effort and Awakening

Satchitananda “Knowledge of the truth of existence is bliss” Words can be so confusing. In our practice of postural yoga and meditation, terms from Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese or Japanese are often used because they describe more accurately than Western languages the deeper meaning of what one is trying to convey. One of these terms is […]

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The real nature of karma

With so much madness in our world it’s really hard to avoid being drawn into the negativity and dualistic thinking (good/bad, us/them…) that perpetuates it. We say we want peace but we attack others for their opinions, whether it be what food to eat (as in “go vegan to protect animals from violence, or else […]

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Holi Moly – Spring is finally here!

We’ve just passed spring equinox and this week’s full moon (also a lunar exclipse!) highlights big celebrations in nearly every major religion. Despite the superficial differences, all these traditions have so much in common! Holi is the South Asian festival of colours, which I love because – at least for one day – all people […]

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Redefining who we are

Freshly back from a month in India and I must admit I’m reluctant to jump back into the noise of connectivity, but with a very potent solar eclipse happening overnight tonight (Tuesday), I couldn’t stay silent. If ever there was a time to focus on your spiritual journey, this is it! This is a South-Node […]

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Clearing space for something new

We’ve just passed the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, known as a Cross-Quarter Day, and the shift in energy is palpable. Celebrated as Imbolc by old pagan tradition, and Candle Mas by old Christian tradition, this is a time of reckoning – taking stock of what needs to be kept and […]

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Untangling from the stickiness of emotions

As I write this, my neighbour’s house is on fire, on a sunny afternoon, just outside my window, one street away. I saw the dark billows of smoke almost at the same time as I heard the increasingly noisy sirens, and realised I knew this house. Unexpected things happen to us all the time, some […]

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Be your true to your Self

For many years (decades!?) I struggled with the sharp contrast between how I wanted to live and how I actually lived, trying hard to do the things that people around me seemed to enjoy or find important, yet generally feeling inadequate, frustrated and pretty much out of the loop because I wasn’t interested in those […]

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