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Meditate for Spontaneity

Greetings of Springtime! Or is it? We just received about a foot of snow here in the Berkshires. The day after it snowed the sun was out, not a cloud in the sky. It was crisp and cool but so beautiful. I shoveled out my grill and bird feeder and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Then I gathered up more fire wood and stoked our wood stove perhaps for the last time of the season.

Anyway, the weather is a great excuse for being spontaneous. But are you prepared for spontaneity? That’s kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it? How do you prepare for spontaneity? The answer is meditation.

There are many benefits of a meditation practice. Being able to change on a dime and shift your plan spontaneously is a result of being in the present moment. This takes practice. Years ago before I started to meditate, I was challenged by my changing reality. I just wanted everything to stay the same. You can ask my wife, Ann. Changing me was like trying to turn the Titanic – attached to my plan, anchored in the notion that there’s only one way to do something – my way! Meditation has helped me let go of “me” and “mine” to see beyond my own limited perceptions. Meditation broadened my perspective on life which has allowed me more space to be happy. If I don’t get what I want, I don’t freak out about it. I just let go. When I was studying to become a monk at Kripalu Center back in the ashram days, I started to consider that I might want to be in a relationship. My relationship coach (who was also my triathlon/marathon buddy) used to council […]

You Are Here to Intervene

Greetings!

I recently taught Touch of Grace: Mastering Hands-On Adjustments in Lenox, MA and it was a wonderful experience. The students were so attentive and receptive. I experienced such a sense of connection, a flow of concentration, a vibratory resonance within the group that opened my heart and a vortex of love and wisdom began to flow through me.

I didn’t expect to offer any in-depth philosophical teachings since the focus was about the physical practice of adjusting asanas. But I was just back from being on retreat with Paul Muller-Ortega, my meditation teacher, and some of the most potent teachings spontaneously exploded forth.

The gift of our embodiment, our life here on earth, is that we have the opportunity to intervene. We can intervene with life and change our destiny. Fate is what’s given to you. Destiny is what you do with it. You have the capacity to intervene with your patterns, your habitual thinking, your relationships, your environment in ways that can shift your destiny. You can heal yourself and your relationships. It’s all possible in the here and now earth plane.

Tantra teaches that we are co-participators with life. There’s no pre-determined script or plan that God has and all we need to do is fulfill it. No. We are co-creating life with grace in each moment. Life is determined by all of the forces that interact with it, including past, present, future, nature, grace, and you. Your thoughts, words, desires, and actions cut a groove in the fabric of time/space reality. Quantum physics confirms this. Same is true in the Kashmir Shaiva Tantra philosophy. Grace requires your effort to be experienced. The winds of grace are always blowing but you have to set the […]

Refilling Your Well

Greetings!

I’m recently back from a three-week teaching tour in San Antonio, TX and CA that was totally amazing and wonderful! But upon my return I was exhausted. It wasn’t until I was able to let go, rest, and surrender to the bigger energy, that my energy naturally returned. It’s rare that I feel low energy and I had to learn how to not push myself.

I had just returned from California after a three-week teaching tour on the red-eye out of San Jose. It took me days to regain and refill my well. It was only after I let go, surrendered to the tiredness, and chose actions that were nurturing to me physically that my body began to regain energy. I’m grateful to my yoga practice that constantly teaches me how to balance self-effort and grace.

My tour began with an all-levels workshop in San Antonio, TX, followed by Part One of the Ashaya Yoga® In-Depth Study/200-Hour Teacher Training. The dedication and receptivity among the students was so inspiring. Together they created a closely-knit, conscious community of yogis who’ve chosen to bring their best selves forward and make a difference in the world. I’m truly grateful to be among them.

After the training I went to my Mom’s in Mission Viejo, CA for a family visit and work retreat. My sister and brother-in-law from Carlsbad, CA came for dinner one night. I offered a couple private yoga therapy sessions to my Mom and one to my sister. It’s a lot of fun to work with family and it’s so gratifying for me to be able to give back to them.

Then I traveled north to Big Sur, CA to begin my magical journey at Esalen Institute. If you […]

Discover Your Life Agenda

Greetings! Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016!

A few positive affirmations to start out your year: This is going to be a great year. You have a bright future ahead of you! You can have, do, and be anything you want! Reach for the stars! You can do it! Life is meant to be lived fully! Put yourself fully into whatever you desire. Do it wholeheartedly.

The purpose and goal of all of life is to engage with the world wholeheartedly from a place of worthiness and authenticity. Go forth and shine your unique light out into the world. The world needs you now.

The start of a new year is a wonderful time to create a new vision for your life. A window of opportunity opens where there’s a gap in the cosmos – a space in the fabric of time/space reality where all of the energy on the earth gathers to create a powerful vortex of possibility.

I want to share with you a little contemplation I’m doing at the start of this New Year. The contemplation is this: What is your life agenda? Everyone has a life agenda – a unique gift to offer, a purpose for living, a desire to fulfill, someone to serve, a cause to support, a longing to fulfill. We all have one. What is yours? And how could you bring it forth more fully in 2016?

When you discover your life agenda, you come into resonance with the universal energy. You create the optimal coherence between your individual nature and your divine nature. Suddenly your individual will aligns with universal will and you step into the flow of life. You step into the current of grace that assists you in co-creating […]

Three Stages to Open Your Heart

On November 8th, in Portland, Maine, after 7 months of dedicated study and practice, 22 radiant yogis graduated from the Ashaya Yoga® 200-Hour Teacher Training. I am so proud of them and know that this world is brighter and better place because of all of the work they did on themselves.

I want to share with you the teachings from the final morning sadhana practice in Portland that flowed with such elegance and deep meaning for me.

The essence of yoga is love. Love is accessed in the heart. But the heart is so tender and vulnerable that it quickly protects itself against pain and closes down. Although it’s safer to live with a protected heart, the protected heart isolates us from others and, more importantly, from our own self. This is the pain that increases pain and suffering. We need to learn how to open our heart in order to experience the flow of grace. Grace is always flowing whether we are open to it or not. Living with an open and vulnerable heart is also painful since we feel everything more fully – both pain and joy. But this is the pain that heals the pain.

Yoga is the practice of learning how to “tenderize” the heart such that we know how much to open up and how much to maintain our boundaries. In Tantra we learn that in order to unbind ourselves we need to bind ourselves. That is, we need to create healthy self-boundaries and know our limits in order to maintain and sustain our freedom.

We live in a universe of “cosmic forgiveness”. The universe is constantly forgiving you. Forgiveness is its nature. But it’s difficult to get to forgiveness due to the […]