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    Come back home.

    I have arrived, I am home In the here, in the now. I am solid, I am free. In the ultimate, I dwell. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Lately, unrelated to my work, I’ve been coming across a lot of people who are feeling overwhelmed by social or personal circumstances, and trying to find a way forward. As my teacher says: They way out is in. We urgently need to come back home to ourselves; to stop running and find our inner peace. We need much less than we imagine, and certainly much less than we want, because what we’re really craving is our own wholeness. Coming home from our delusions…

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    Mutual Respect, Mutual Learning

    “To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You yourself are the one who must decide. You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World. Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger? Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Understand both the blessing and the burden…

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    The Highest Mantra

    Like lots of people, one of my favourite daily practices is chanting Sanskrit mantras. Even my most sceptical students quickly feel the benefits of chanting once they get over any initial embarrassment at using their voice. Anyway, it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing well because Mantra chanting is not intended to be a musical practice, even though many people these days make beautiful music with mantras. The real benefit lies in the vibrations created by the sound of the voice, and the calming, peaceful energy that arises from silent repetition, which is profoundly healing. All ancient languages are powerful in this way, so chanting in Hebrew, or Ancient Greek…