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
“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”
Asheville...driving in the car windows rolled down, breeze blowing, radio off. Mountain air. Energy. Pulsating. Blue sky. Clear mind. No-thought. No time. Boundless. Centered. Just the moment. Chanting. This was one of my earliest experiences of bhakti yoga- each month I'd immerse myself in 3 days of group chanting to my teacher’s guitar sing along … Continue reading Chanting & Altered States
Why is Bhakti yoga special? Hidden from the glamour of the modern yoga world, you won’t find it in the insta-famous posts of sexy bendy bods, and it isn’t intelligent or scientific. Except that it is. Because all yoga is experimental. And Bhakti lets us experiment with a phenomenon that we’re just waking up to … Continue reading What’s so Special About Bhakti Yoga?
When I was a teenager I survived an intense 3 day LSD trip which was more like an insomniac blur...it involved a spontaneous 14 hour drive to the east coast, parading nude in the streets, quitting my lifeguard job, and sadly at the end of it thinking I was a video game character. Such are … Continue reading My First Santsang (aka Sedona Meltdown)
I used to be very hard on myself with meditation. I put myself through a 10 day silent vipassana retreat, would set my timer for 2 hours a day and suppress my imagination entirely to just sit there hyper-focused on the breath and bodily sensations. I considered meditations that included visuals & sounds to be … Continue reading 18 Ways to do Japa Meditation
My first night in Mudhuban, India a deep emotion struck me. As everyone entered the room & gathered for kirtan, some people in the group sat far off to the left and a few others together to the right but no one had chosen to sit next to me. It was a familiar theme. Space. … Continue reading Meeting My Inner Parvati