• Ego,  Inner Work,  Inspiration

    Grateful – The Natural State of an Open Heart.

    One of my Enneagram teachers once said that the natural state of the heart is that of gratitude.   An open heart receives the impacts of life, moment by moment, like the ocean receives raindrops.  No rejection and no coveting of any single drop – just the absorption of the part into the whole. Like this, our heart has the capacity to open to suffering and joy with equal tenderness.  In fact, this is what it calls us to.  The secret of the heart is that it wants to feel everything.  It wants to be fully alive and learn all that it can from the trials and celebrations of life.  Our…

  • Embodiment,  Inner Work,  Practice

    The Story My Body Tells

      My daughter’s in bed, earlier than normal and without the usual tantrum episode that accompanies bed time.  The tightness in my chest has not yet release anxiety’s grip and my breath is thwarted by the anticipated stress of this time of night.  I can feel a slight tension pervading my whole body as some level of me braces for a standoff with my mini-tyrant roommate.  But she is sleeping, and as I start to believe that, I can feel certain liveliness tingling inside me from the rest of the day’s events.  My legs ache a little from work in the yard, and my eyes are beginning to feel heavy. …

  • Consciousness,  Practice

    The Sensation of Soul

    “We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one. ”  – Aristotle Gurdjieff speaks of the crystallization of a force through spiritual effort that has the capacity to withstand the torrent of external assaults we experience regularly.  This force is the place where human and Divine collide – an interface that we call soul.  He sometimes describes this force as a “finer substance” which can be felt distinct from the denser vibration of our personality and physical reality.  As you traverse the spiritual path of yoga (or otherwise), the question is:  Can you sense the presence of this “finer…

  • Embodiment,  Inner Work,  spirituality

    Many People, One Mat

    My mat sees many people.  Children, adults, saints, lunatics and tricksters – to name but a few.  Indeed, every time I step on my I am suprised by who shows up and brings their unique flavor to my practice.  I am talking, of course, about the vast assortment of “selves” within me that bring both brilliant variety and exasperating frustration to my life.  This “mosaic mind”, as authors Goulding & Schwartzcall it, is an accepted reality in many psychotherapeutic models and serves to make sense of the seeming internal contradictions most of us experience.This notion essentially points out that we have an internal “family” of various, sometimes conflicting voices within that all must honoured and heard…

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    cheap jerseys One more thing

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  • Consciousness,  Non-duality,  spirituality

    Not This, Not That

      The concept of “neti neti” stems from Advaita Vedanta which is a non-dual Eastern philosophy.  Neti neti means “not this, not that” and is a specific way to approach the search for God.  In our human experience we have thoughts, emotions and sensations of living in every day life.  The notion of neti neti posits that Spirit or God is none of these things.  The ecstatic experience of being moved by the primal sounds of a chorus of drums – that’s not It.  The vast, spacious feeling at the apex of a mountain or the silent, soft longing for wholeness and peace – that’s not It either.  I am…

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    Even when they were sliding successfully

    Even when they were sliding successfully, there wasn’t much consistency. There are teams that will send the first slide from the crease to long dodges and slide adjacent to short dodges, so mixing crease and adjacent primary slides isn’t unheard of. But, even within their crease slide scheme, the recoveries were inconsistent. Your primary responsibility as a home based business owner is to ensure the flow is consistent with more money coming in than going out so a pool starts to form to hold the overflow. This overflow is what allows you to make early payments so you can benefit from vendor discounts, to take advantage of special deals, capitalize…

  • Inner Work,  Inspiration,  spirituality

    Writing the Block, Breathing the Tension

    I’ve sat in front of this computer no less than a dozen times in the last 6 months trying to crank out blog posts.  Unlike other periods of writer’s block, I have not been short of ideas, nor inspiration.   In fact I hear my inner muse daily – begging me to write.  The problem is that I have always written this blog from a place of authenticity and chosen topics that are closest to my heart in that moment.  And what has been closest to my heart in the last 6 months have been deeply personal.  What needs to be spoken feels too vulnerable to utter.  I have been struggling…

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    pandora essence I don’t mind admitting that I was furious

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  • Inner Work,  Inspiration,  spirituality

    A Valentine for Your Heart

    As I sit in the sweltering sunshine at my usual coffee shop I forget for a moment that we are in the middle of the cold, dark winter.  It is like a little Valentine from God for me today and has inspired me to “pay it forward”.  If I could bottle this sunshine and spray a bit on all of you I would, instead I will offer you this: On this day of love may you be reminded that the love you feel from another person, which is sometimes strained and seldom, is but a droplet derived from an eternal pool. May the droplets that fall upon you in your…