Purify Fear & Desire w/ Karma Yoga

What is Karma Yoga? The attitude with which we take action. When is the best time to practice? Anytime during the waking state. What is the purpose of Karma Yoga? To purify binding fears and desires, reduce emotional and mental disturbance and cultivate predominate sattva (peace of mind). Thus preparing the mind for the assimilation […]

On Self Esteem

Low self-esteem is one of the great dis-eases of our modern culture. When the Dalai Lama first visited the United States, he had no idea what it was as it was non-existent in Tibet. Low self-esteem results from a variety of factors including: neglectful parents, negative peer groups, trauma/abuse, the media as it relates to […]

To Help or Not to Help

Last evening in Meditation & Discussion there was an inquiry into the issue of helping others. This piggy-backed on the previous week’s inquiry from Dharma Talk on how to speak about the gift of Vedanta (Self knowledge) to others. More than one teacher has shared that we need to be cautious about “helping” others. Until […]

Sadhana (Practice)

Our morning formal practice helps us remember who we are, what’s important and provides the opportunity to plants seeds of intention for coming the day. Then, throughout the day, with informal practice, we apply our understanding of the teachings to moment to moment life – karma yoga, discrimination (viveka), dispassion (vairagya), Self inquiry, bhakti, triguna […]

Lights, Camera, Action!

Have you ever wondered why two people can view the very same experience and draw completely different conclusions about what transpired? Or why you have the reoccurring emotions and thoughts you experience? How about your challenges, addictions, gifts and passions? Where does all this stuff come from anyway? Now the answer is simple but it’s also […]

Lights, Camera, Action (Extended Cut)

Have you ever wondered: Why your life is the way it is? How you found yourself in this particular body, with these thoughts and feelings? Who chose your family? Where did your life challenges, addictions, struggles, gifts and passions come from? Life is a  Holographic Projection. The light of self (awareness) shines through our conditioning (vasanas) much […]

KARMA YOGA : Transform Your Life With Every Action

Instead of carving time out of each day for spiritual practice, make your whole life a spiritual practice with Karma Yoga.  We are each born with a unique purpose (svadharma) and when we live this purpose, our life has meaning and we feel content. When we share our gifts and passions with creation (the dharmic field), creation […]

Creating Peace in a Chaotic World 

With all that’s unfolding here in America and abroad, it’s not hard to feel overwhelmed. Here are some simple actions to cultivate a peaceful mind in the midst of disconcerting events.  1) Begin each day with gratitude. Regardless of what’s happening in the world. For most, there are many things to be grateful for – […]

When The Student is Ready, The Teacher and Teaching Appear

In the Bhagavad Gita, one of the great teaching stories of both action (karma) and knowledge, Krishna (as consciousness) is driving Arjuna’s chariot, playing the role of teacher and friend. Arjuna, as student and warrior, has a very difficult decisions to make. Does he go to war with his former guru and friends in order […]