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Easter Detached From Religion

Easter for me means color, vibrancy, rebirth and springing into new things. This colorful lotus mandala I photographed in Nepal during Diwali, represents just that. Because the lotus rises from unclean water to blossom as a pure, uncontaminated flower, it is a symbol of purity and resurrection.     Unattached to organized religion, the idea of… Continue reading Easter Detached From Religion

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How a Fellow Yoga Teacher “Screwed” Me, But It’s OK Because, You Know, Namaste!

Recently, I have not been inspired to write. In fact, I know the reason why. As the number of days have gone from single digits to the double digits since I’ve returned to “real life” from my four-month travel, I am realizing how easy it has been to fall into the cycle of negativity.  I have… Continue reading How a Fellow Yoga Teacher “Screwed” Me, But It’s OK Because, You Know, Namaste!

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Cold Showers and No Electricity in Nepal: ‘Tis the Season to be Grateful and Compassionate

It’s been about 3 days of freedom from the monastery routine and regime, and life as it used to be seems to be creeping in. Sure, I still find myself waking up around 5am to the cold and bells from nearby monasteries, but things are changing (naturally). Of course, I’ve tried to make sure some… Continue reading Cold Showers and No Electricity in Nepal: ‘Tis the Season to be Grateful and Compassionate

Philosophy · Psychology · Travel · Yoga

5 Conclusions on Fear and Doubt Over Morning Coffee with Mama

In conversation with my mother this morning regarding my recent decisions, the topic of fear, which in turn causes and cultivates a state of doubt and uncertainty came up. Living in fear is a human condition as security is one of our highest needs as a living being. However, it is quite easy to fall… Continue reading 5 Conclusions on Fear and Doubt Over Morning Coffee with Mama

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Budapest Days: The Act Itself is Creepy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.” The Daily Post WordPress Photo Challenge theme is “CREEPY”. This photo and what is represented in it is NOT creepy. The act itself is.  Please continue reading. . . . . A passion of mine is travel and the learning of history through the means of… Continue reading Budapest Days: The Act Itself is Creepy

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Reflections on the Charleston Shootings: Compassion Through Ahimsa

Through yoga we practice to “meet our inner darkness impartially and compassionately, so that it can be transformed without being acted out in the world. We practice how to meet our inner violence nonviolently and how to express our negativity without hurting anyone, including ourselves.