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    Living according to Dharma

    This past weekend I attended a wonderfully inspiring workshop on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the central source texts of yoga. Its compelling story sets the stage for timeless spiritual guidance on how to fulfil one’s highest life purpose as well as how to determine the right choice to make in tricky circumstances. This is known as dharma, and it’s so fundamental it is the very first word in the text. Dharma has numerous meanings, depending on context and spiritual tradition. One of dharma’s primary meanings is universal law, or the right way of living, which is how it’s used in the Gita. This is known specifically as samanya dharma: the…

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    Life is a good teacher and a good friend

    “Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, nonaggressive, open-ended state of affairs.” ~ Pema Chödrön Welcome to the bustle of the autumn season! You might be in the middle of the back-to-school rush, or just caught up in the heavier traffic that this period inevitably entails. Either way, the current change in energy…

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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 you’re a murderous, ignorant scumbag”) or which religion to follow (“mine is the best” – including the religion of no religion!). While we (usually) censor ourselves outwardly for social acceptability, our thoughts can harbour judgements and hatreds that stretch back generations, as well as resentments and jealousies that spring from recent experience. In the true…