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3 Steps to Balance Mind, Body and Spirit

October 16, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food


What if there were just three steps you could take to experience greater mind body spirit balance? Because let’s face it, who doesn’t feel out of balance these days, at least some of the time? We all want to feel more balanced, more aware, more present in our lives.  Time flies whether you are having fun or not, so it’s up to us to make our time here as full of joy and laughter as possible.

Yes there are millions of things we could or think we should do to feel happier, healthier and more vibrantly alive but see if it doesn’t boil down to these three being the magic formula for you. Read more »

Meet Terence Yallop

September 15, 2010 By: admin Category: Mind Body Spirit, Music, Teachers


Born in England in 1940, Terence Yallop moved to the United States in 1975 and Yallop became a member of the faculty of the fledgling California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and for several years there and in the Bay Area he gave classes in t’ai chi and Taoist philosophy. Yallop was aware that the time was ripe for a new kind of music to emerge and began to make connections with the talented musicians he perceived were creating the best of it. Out of a desire to share this exciting new music with as many people as possible, he began promoting concerts for now internationally prominent artists that included Kitaro, Yanni and Andreas Vollenweider, who heralded the new genre. Read more »

Old Age is Boring part 1: Another Country, A Different Game

September 01, 2010 By: Sherry Ruth Anderson Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Sherry Anderson


Today is the first day of winter, with a pale sun barely seeping through the damp air. I’m sitting stubbornly on the back deck wrapped in my heaviest sweater, trying to write about what it is like to be … I don’t know how to say this. A woman growing old? A woman aging? Or forget the woman part, what is it like just to be getting old now. We’re all so relatively healthy, we have so many more resources and solutions than our parents and grandparents did, and so many more expectations for ourselves. Read more »

Vairagya: Reactionless Awareness and the Yoga-Sutra

June 13, 2010 By: Michael E. Crowley Category: Mind Body Spirit, Yoga


I started reading The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali as translated by Chip Hartranft this week on the advice of a friend.  I like to start from the ground up when I learn things and The Yoga-Sutra is the root of the tree as far as yoga goes, I’m told, so I’ve been keen to get my hands on a copy.

I haven’t been disappointed, even though I’ve only gotten through Mr. Hartranft’s Introduction and the first section, “Integration.”  I did have a moment at first when, after I took a good long look at what the book covered and its emphasis on consistent internal discipline and meditation and conscious effort, when I thought to myself, “I want to run with scissors instead.”  The end goals of an enlightened attitude and transformed consciousness just seemed impossibly abstract, and unconnected with anything that I had experienced up to that point in my life.

I ended up re-reading the first section several times before I began to see the real merit of it.

Vairagya: Reactionless Awareness

I posed a question in a post before my trip to Chicago last month: “What if having a hard time holding a certain pose, or sustaining my focus, was just an observable fact that could be recorded, understood, and then dealt with by continued, mindful effort over time, rather than being a reflection of my personal worth?”

It turns out I was unwittingly describing the precept of vairagya, defined in Mr. Hartranft’s translation as “the willingness to let a phenomenon arise without reacting to it.” Patanjali makes the point that our reactions to events rise out of learned responses to experiences, like my reaction to a life of meditation and discipline and mindfulness.  I learned, somewhere in childhood, that no one who does anything disciplined has any fun, has any friends, and never gets to play.

This is, of course, not true but then I’ve had some intervening decades in which to rethink the whole concept of reward vs. effort.  And, I’ve realized that I haven’t learned helpful lessons from some of my experiences, so there is validity to the idea that learning to let go of a preconditioned response “reveals the newness and originality of the unfolding moment”, to quote Patañjali.

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