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?
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
I used to write a lot of songs in minor chords & blues scales, wailing from a place of desire...a hungry heart. It seemed music was the only way I could tap in and communicate this longing. That longing was a big ache that encompassed the most uncomfortable cravings- neediness, loneliness, and even desperation. As … Continue reading Mystical Longing as a Spiritual Path
Discernment on the spiritual path is different than judgment. Judgment is a reaction or belief about something external. Discernment takes stock of the external thing and sees how it assimilates internally- it’s experiential. It asks, “Is this true for me, given my experience?” Judgment detaches us coldly & closes our hearts. Discernment lets us detach … Continue reading Discerning Illusions in the Spiritual World