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    How not to go crazy in a mad world

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurthi (1895-1986) It’s pretty hard to observe what’s going on in the world these days without – at the very least – shaking your head in wonder. The Internet and social media make it feel all the more urgent, and it’s a challenge to avoid getting drawn into agonising over the madness. But how real is any of this? I often remember what a delightfully calm Ayurvedic doctor told me when I sat down with him to ponder the insanity of the Kundalini Yoga Festival I was attending in Rishikesh a few years ago:…

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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 celebrate as equals, and enjoy the (mostly) innocent fun of throwing coloured powder on anyone and everyone around. Just like the pre-Christian Easter festival, called Ostara, Holi is also a celebration of the vibrant fertility and abundance of spring, marking a rebirth following the darker months of winter. This also mirrors the theme of resurrection…

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    Shoot for the Moon!

    Many people are experiencing a restless sense of treading water without progressing as quickly as (or in the particular way) they would like to, and there can be a pent-up desire for change that is frustrated by the need (?) to balance goals and dreams with everyday life. Part of this frustration comes from not daring to risk stretching and growing outside of the comfort zone – who could you be if you did so? Today’s full moon in Leo stirs this up along with the question of how we as individuals fit into and contribute to society (opposing Sun in Aquarius). Keep dreaming big, and practice patience along with…