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Finding Our Steadiness

It seems that life has taken us all to a surreal place. Initially, when changes happen in our lives, it takes a little time to adjust. Some become fearful, stressed and panicked, others want to help as much as they can. Time and understanding will help us adjust. In...

The Importance of Spiritual Community

As we gather for various events celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Integral Yoga in San Francisco, we are reminded again and again of the importance of spiritual community.  We have committed ourselves this month to making good use of the support and inspiration...

The Ties that Bind

Unless we achieve complete mastery over the mind, we won’t achieve anything. To achieve this mastery, we need self-discipline. Human beings have been given the capacity to have good control over our minds and to do good, useful things with our minds—things that are...

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Being a Yogi in Troubling Times

Being a Yogi in Troubling Times

As a lifelong journalist and a more recent arrival into the compassionate philosophical arms of Yoga, I wish to share a deep concern about this troubling time in the world. And how I connect my life as a Yogi to troubling current events. For in truth we all are...

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The Tao Teaching that can Cure our Addiction to Busyness

The Tao Teaching that can Cure our Addiction to Busyness

In my early career as a psychologist in academia, I valued being productive to the exclusion of other dimensions of myself. Outside of work, my relationships, play, and spiritual practice were of central importance to me. Yet I, and others around me, would have...

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Recovering Natural Joy

Recovering Natural Joy

Many of us think of joy as an experience we have when something special happens. We may plan specific activities, such as a vacation, some entertainment or dining out, that we think will bring us joy. This thinking is so prevalent in our culture that we don’t realize...

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Finding the Balance Within

Finding the Balance Within

If you want to love all, serve all, and spread peace you first have to learn to love yourself. You also have to find peace within yourself. If you recognize the peace and joy within, then you will be able to give the same to everyone else. And you are not actually...

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Here’s a Secret: You Already Know How to Meditate

Here’s a Secret: You Already Know How to Meditate

When people think about meditation, often an image of a blissed-out figure sitting cross-legged on a soft pillow comes to mind... Ahh, total peace, quiet, and comfort. Wouldn’t that be nice! While meditating in a quiet place without distraction is an amazing...

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Yogaville 108k: Soup, Steps, and a Sky Full of Stars

Yogaville 108k: Soup, Steps, and a Sky Full of Stars

As a follow-up to her article on her hopes, dreams, and preparation for a 108k run in Yogavile, Tracy Cooley shares the experience of actually undertaking and completing the run. You can read her first article, "Running: A Moving Meditation" here. There are trail runs...

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Earth Day and Beyond

Earth Day and Beyond

In honor of Earth Day, here is the answer to a question a student once asked Swami Satchidananda the question: "What do you think will happen to our natural environment?" It’s already happening. We are ruining it. Now we are thinking of repairing it. Well that’s the...

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How to Keep the Mind from Losing its Peace

How to Keep the Mind from Losing its Peace

The basis of the mind, which you call the ego, has a tendency to want everything. I want this, I have to gain or own it; I want to do this or that. Wanting to possess is the nature of the ego. That’s why the little “i” always has a “mine” in it. You become really...

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