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Earth From Mars: Can You See Me Smile?

Do you see your grief or joy? Do you see the Taliban or global warming?

On any given day, this is how we look from space. When Julius Caesar was murdered in the street. When President Obama was elected. When my dearest uncle died. When Jesus, or Muhammad, or Buddha was born. This is . . . → Read More: Earth From Mars: Can You See Me Smile?

The Body is What You Wear, Not Who You Are

And yet, it is also a piece of conceptual sculpture made out of the stuff of the universe. There is stardust in these bones and in this blood — no matter the raw shape that is birthed into the world. The shaping of the sculpture is a collaboration of will and of society, of yearning . . . → Read More: The Body is What You Wear, Not Who You Are

I Want to Live in a Nurturing Society Too!

Mario Vitali took a week with his family to live on the amount of food a family of four could purchase on food stamps. This is his final word on the final day of the experience: the chew – ABC.com.

Two Spirits for Everyone

What makes us unique?

What makes us the same?

I just read part of a thesis (which was inspired by Zuni two spiritedness) by a transgender man about his life journey to becoming who he truly is.

Zuni Two-Spirits: We’Wha

As I was reading I realized that many of us experience similar . . . → Read More: Two Spirits for Everyone

A New Experience

The yoga of a separated shoulder.

Initiated by a fall in the tub the three graceful curves that come together in delicate (but strong) balance have been released from their habitual relationship and I cannot do any yoga that requires physical symmetry. I must cultivate balance by using my mind to imagine the symmetry. Surprising . . . → Read More: A New Experience

What Get’s Us Into Yoga: Asana & Pranayama

These are the two limbs of yoga that the West attributes the most value to. They tend to forget that in yogic tradition spiritual study leads to the physical and study of the physical side leads to the spiritual!

Asana

We in the West tend to practice the asanas, or postures/exercises for purely physical . . . → Read More: What Get’s Us Into Yoga: Asana & Pranayama

Isvara Pranidhana: Letting Go

The fifth and final niyama is Isvara Pranidhana (surrender to God). I’ve seen it translated “dedication to God” or dedicating one’s actions to God. That letting go of outcomes is one of the tougher disciplines. . . . → Read More: Isvara Pranidhana: Letting Go

Aparigraha: The Heart of Thanksgiving

Aparigraha (“You shall not hoard” or “You shall not covet”). Thanksgiving is all about non-hoarding. It is the time for sharing abundance and taking care of each other. The time for celebrating all that the universe has provided.

Hoarding (could also be called coveting what one doesn’t need) shows poverty of spirit and indicates . . . → Read More: Aparigraha: The Heart of Thanksgiving

Brahmacharya: A Balanced Life

Brahmacharya is difficult to translate into Western terms. It literally means “under the tutelage of Brahma.” Brahmacharya refers to celibacy, religious study and self-restraint. It resembles expected behavior of monks and nuns in Christian monasteries. Yet, in Indian society, many people who practice brahmacharya are married with children, because without knowledge of human love one . . . → Read More: Brahmacharya: A Balanced Life

Asteya: Stealing from Self

Asteya means non-stealing (or, thou shalt not steal). There is a level at which each of us is part of everyone and every thing and from that perspective theft is a meaningless concept. But most of us don’t live in that perspective. If we did we’d have no inclination to take anything from anyone.

From . . . → Read More: Asteya: Stealing from Self