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Healing the Dis-ease of Busyness

I know so many people, that when I ask how they are doing, respond with something about how busy they are. It has become the status quo for our lives to be filled to the maximum and beyond so that we’re not really aware of how driven we are, how stressed our lives...

Nothing is Everything: A Conversation with Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB

A Benedictine monk for the last 66 years, Brother David Steindl-Rast and Swami Satchidananda were close spiritual friends and brothers as interfaith activists and pioneers. An internationally-recognized practitioner of gratitude and founder of gratefulness.org,...

Weeds are a Gardener’s Best Friend

One fine spring morning I stood on the deck as the sun crested the trees. Tucked into the raised beds, cabbages, and leaf lettuce glittered with dew. As if on cue a Mourning Dove landed on the topmost barn gable. I half expected a butterfly to land on my shoulder and...

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The Embrace of Gratitude

The Embrace of Gratitude

Imagine waking up in the morning with a palpable sense gratitude for being alive and having another opportunity to engage in life. Imagine what it would be like to approach your whole life with gratefulness as the foundation from which you encountered each moment....

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Ask for a Miracle

Ask for a Miracle

How do we live in this time? It is a question I ask myself again and again. For many, there is little choice. It is a time of such anguish for uncounted millions around the world. But what of those of us who have a sufficiency? Food, a roof over our heads, a bed, a...

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Bright Word Mandala Practice

Bright Word Mandala Practice

TaikoPeace is a movement started by renowned taiko drumming pioneer and community builder, PJ Hirabayashi, to spread the kinetic energy, spiritual vibration, and pure joy of Japanese taiko drumming for positive social change and a peaceful world. Dedicated to...

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Seriousness is a Crime in the Court of God

Seriousness is a Crime in the Court of God

In this Integral Yoga Podcast video,  Avi Gordon (Integral Yoga Teachers Association director) talks with Jonathan Foust, MA, CSA. Foust is a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and a founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute...

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Busy, Busy, Busy is Unhealthy Business

Busy, Busy, Busy is Unhealthy Business

For decades I’ve been ‘that guy’ who answers, “BUSY” when someone asks how I am doing. “BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!” What an outright deflection of the truth! Alice in Wonderland, anyone? The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. –The White Rabbit, Lewis Carrol The lockdowns of...

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Sustaining a Spiritual Vision

Sustaining a Spiritual Vision

For most of us, this effort requires patience, persistence, and some means to renew this commitment. The obstacles are many: the countless stressors of daily life, the subconscious beliefs and habitual thinking that compel us to defend the ego-identity we’ve formed,...

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Opportunity for Awakening

Opportunity for Awakening

You will inevitably encounter adversity in life, either on a personal level or, as we are experiencing it now, on a collective level. If you haven’t delved deep enough, if you haven’t found anything beyond the conceptual thinking mind, then adversity, whatever it is...

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A Meditation on Grief

A Meditation on Grief

Grief is one of the heart’s natural responses to loss. When we grieve we allow ourselves to feel the truth of our pain, the measure of betrayal or tragedy in our life. By our willingness to mourn, we slowly acknowledge, integrate, and accept the truth of our losses....

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Selfish Selflessness

Selfish Selflessness

In this recent Integral Yoga Podcast, Zac Parker talks about finding a life that reflects one's values, the "selfish selflessness" of serving others, and learning to balance discipline and lightheartedness. Zac is in conversation with Avi Gordon, director of the...

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Honoring the Divine Feminine

Honoring the Divine Feminine

At a recent Earth Day event that was held at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, we honored Mother Earth with prayers, expressions of gratitude, and a puja, as we committed ourselves to restoring the earth. Many countries celebrate Mother’s Day in the month...

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