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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How can we cultivate trust in life?

“We must let go of the life we had planned to live the life we are given.” ~ Joseph Campbell Earlier this week, a student wrote to me with this profound insight: “Sometimes I have the impression I can accept what is, but I still feel fear or moments of panic when I think about […]

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A plea for mindfulness in mindless times

If we are truly mindful, we can see that nothing is at it appears to be. Looking deeply, as all sages have taught, shows us that the root cause of our suffering can be traced back to our thoughts, and acts of violence that promote further suffering can themselves be traced back to earlier suffering […]

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Shedding light on our darkness

Om asatoma sat gamaya | Tamasoma jyotir gamaya | Mrtyor mamritam gamaya || Lead us from untruth to truth (from the unreal to the real), from the darkness of ignorance to the light of awareness, from a fear of death to the knowledge of our immortality ~ Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.3.28) In India, Wednesday’s new moon […]

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Learning from Pain

“Only this actual moment is life.” Thich Nhat Hanh I have been in relatively intense pain for most of the past two months. It started out as the dull, nagging pain that briefly rears its head a few times a year, the mild twinge of an injury caused by a misguided and over-zealous therapeutic “adjustment” […]

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Learning how to surrender.

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~ Thomas Merton Dear students and friends in yoga, Our society is built on the flawed premise that the more you do, the more you are worth, and the parallel assumption that the more you earn or possess, the more worthy […]

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Time to clean up the house, time for a fall detox

by Katariina Bastos Consider your body as a house. The house your self is living in. As any house, this one needs regular cleaning and fixing to stay well and functional. Couple of times a year a thorough, all-covering cleansing is needed, and the rest of the year simply dusting and keeping the corners tidy. […]

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Peace is an inside job.

Happy International Day of Peace! Given our current global situation, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow at this ill-fated UN Day of Peace, celebrated each year on the 21st of September since 1981. Let’s leave aside the sad truth that the world is considerably less peaceful now than it was in 1981, and take […]

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