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    Happy New Moon, Happy New Year of the Ox!

    Think of this lunar cycle as the beginning of a roughly 28-day period and look to see some of the effects of what has been planted in the Aquarius Full Moons (there will be two!) of July 24th and August 22nd. We saw two Full Moons in Cancer in 2020, now in 2021 it is Aquarius’ turn to really focus…

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    Groupthink as spiritual practice

    Since launching in 2008, my website contact page has regularly received communications from fundamentalist Christians. Their basic message is that I am engaging in sinful practices – meaning yoga – which are antithetical to my salvation, something they see as uniquely possible through Jesuschristourlord. Many of these messages go on for several long paragraphs, although I seldom read beyond the…

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    What’s next?

    I’m glad you’re still here with me in these strange times! For me, the past few days were spent enjoying quiet contemplation, away from social media and making the most of solitary time (or almost, as Metta is at my side) while I recharge and renew myself for the longer days ahead. Fifteen years ago today my baby son Victor…

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    Grieving and believing our way to healing

    We are currently in a moment of our collective experience that lends itself very well to such profound contemplation, and there is no better time than now to clarify what we believe so we can go forward through all of the urgently needed adjustments on the horizon.

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    Conscious choice

    The paradox of our lives is that our dysfunctional “reality” is maintained by the massive denial of our current reality. We are cheerfully consuming and destroying our own support system, a slow suicide, but not wanting to acknowledge this unbearable truth. There’s a lot of news currently about potential vaccines stopping the pandemic. Many have been hoping for a vaccine…

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    Āyurveda for health and happiness

    Now more than ever we need to know how to take care of our health and do our best to stay well in the face of multiplying health challenges. On Sunday November 8th I will be offering an online workshop where I’m delighted to share with you my long-time passion and personal saving grace, Āyurveda! Not only will you have…

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    What to say…

    Humans are odd beings. We all know that one day we will die, yet we all live by the assumption that it will certainly not be today! We can never know our time of death until it arrives, and we never know what will be the last thing we say to another before their death. October always has me reflecting…

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    Contrast and connection

    We don’t live in a peaceful world, not because this is impossible, but because we are not at peace in our minds. Peace stems from true inner silence, which is is the result of training the mind away from its mad theories and assumptions, and towards this moment, where change and connection with life are (instantly and eternally) possible. Understand…

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    Meditation for our Parents and Ancestors

    Follow this guided meditation for a deep practice in honour of our parents and ancestors. Thich Nhat Hanh’s original meditation practice is below. Healing Relations with our Parents Seeing myself as a five-year-old child, I breathe in.  Smiling to the five-year-old child, I breathe out. (Breathing in) Myself, five years old. (Breathing out) Smiling. * Seeing the five-year-old child as…

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    Grounding before taking off

    More than ever, our spiritual practice is vital to sustaining us every day, and in every moment in every day, without exception. When we can be with ourselves without anything added for several moments a day, perhaps gradually extending that to longer periods of time or more frequent moments of stillness and pure being-ness each day, we are practising living…