Love swaysBubbles up fromAn unknown sourceInvited me into a Gigantic hugWarm and wetTears flowedThe river keeps flowingThis river is strongLove is flowing to meAround me, by my sideAt every angleStraight through meAnd in meI flow as loveOpeningSubtly or wildlyOpening.
One of my favorite pastimes is reading sacred books, underlining passages that speak to me, then going back and re-reading them later. Here are some of my favorite words from saints, lovers, poets, yogis and mystics. They've helped me understand boundless love and bhakti so I hope they'll do the same for you: As faith … Continue reading 10 Beautiful Bhakti Quotes
"Reshape yourself through the power of your will; never let yourself be degraded by self-will. The will is the only friend of the Self, and the will is the only enemy of the Self."The Bhagavad Gita I love this verse of the Bhagavad Gita because it gets me thinking about why I go after the … Continue reading Bhagavad Gita- Willpower
Years ago I worked at a daycare in the toddler room. I put a lot of energy into it.First thing in the morning I'd get the kids dancing & jumping to a record or playing Simon Says. But my weakness was a little 2 year old girl named Adiena. I knew we weren't supposed to … Continue reading The Divine or Chocolate?
“Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without, lead it within; train it to rest in the Self.”The Bhagavad Gita (26) I decided it would be wise to break away from social media for a few weeks and start turning my phone off more often. So far my phone has … Continue reading Phone Off, Social Media Gone
The word "Namaha" is often included at the end of Sanskrit mantras. It beautifully translates to 'not mine.' I've been reflecting on what that means. It's funny, I can easily detach from material/ physical things. I'll adapt to sleeping on a floor or couch no problem, let a friend 'surprise' dye my hair bright blue … Continue reading Namaha- “Not Mine”
Visiting India was rough. Aside from the horrors of seeing a third world country for the first time, I got sick for nearly half the trip, felt alone and left out of a group of folks more worldly and wealthy than me, and had to fend for myself during two harassment scares. However, India showed … Continue reading RIP Babaji/ The Lost Art of Presence
Last year I lived in a tiny room at my mom’s house w/ family for 8 months. As undignified as it felt, I made the most of it- minimized my belongings, slept on a couch, and set up a little altar to pray & meditate. During that time a little mouse frequently visited me. Usually … Continue reading Ganesha’s Mouse
When I launched my crowdfunding campaign to record a kirtan album I received two auspicious messages about leadership. The first was a tarot reading given by my friend/ coworker Claude who has been reading tarot cards for 10 years. The reading revealed that the campaign would be a success if I led by serving and … Continue reading Ramayan & Leadership through Service
There’s a simple joy in bringing ourselves into the present moment. In the Sikh/ kundalini tradition it’s believed that this joy/ mindfulness can be amplified to the point of creating a protective energy field around the physical body. I once heard a Sikh master tell a story about how she was riding in the car … Continue reading Samadhi & States of Consciousness