Discover the Joy of the Divine Waiting for You Right Now

Last Sunday, my blog was silent as I have been working on a new juicy post for you on the topic of co-creation, but it was not yet done. Trusting the creative muse and with the grace of the angels, it will be ready to share with you next week.

While completing my music arrangements in my upcoming albums, I have also been putting the finishing touches this week on a new website for Parvati Magazine. In support of MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, Parvati Magazine is lovingly brought to you every month by a super beautifully broad-hearted all-volunteer team, dedicated to a healthy world. The new website looks great, designed by a dear friend at Jellyfunk.

To give you a taste of this issue, here is my Positive Possibilities Living article. And there is lots more to enjoy in this month’s Parvati Magazine, including Grammy nominees, leaders like Amnesty International and the newest Yogis Unite ambassador Koya Webb.

The divine is always with us, no matter where we are or what we may be doing. The divine continually showers us with grace-filled flower petals. The question is, are we open? Are we listening for the phone call from the divine?

I was in my music studio working on one of five upcoming albums dedicated to MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary), when the phone rang. I had been composing and arranging a song for Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity who brings good fortune and removes obstacles along our path.

I usually don’t have my ringer on in my studio, let alone answer the phone when the creative juices are flowing. But this time, the sound alerted me to a friend calling. I knew she was with Amma, a saint from South India who is also my spiritual teacher, in San Ramon, California. It was the end of Devi Bhava, a very special time when Amma embraces everyone while in the mood of the Divine Mother.

When I picked up the phone, I was immediately transported into Amma’s blissful presence. Within the churning sounds of cheer and adoration that I heard from the thousands of devotees, I could feel the rise of devotion for the divine well up in me. I closed my eyes and was at her feet. Amma was standing before me in her glorious, shimmering Devi Bhava sari, showering people with sweet and tender flower petals as she lovingly smiled at us all. Everything that was before the call—the chord changes, the instrumentation, the arrangement of sounds—all vanished into the infinity of this one perfect moment. I was harmoniously held within the symphony of life.

As I surrendered to the richness of the experience, it felt as though flower petals were gently falling on my head. A pure white light flooded my being. Tears poured from my eyes as my heart expanded into the grace-filled moment. There was no such thing as time or space. They collapsed as my heart flowered in the full perfection of the now.

Eventually, Devi Bhava ended, and Amma got into a van to be driven to her next tour stop. She was off to LA, after having given darshan for the past 13 hours without a single pause, after a full day of doing the same.

I thanked my friend and hung up the phone, somewhat stunned. I had been shaken from my work-centered focus and stepped into a fuller reality that is always present. My personality was softer, my soul recharged.

Even though there is a lot of interference on the planet at this time, a heavy feeling that one could almost say is like an undertow, there is also a never-ending stream of grace available to us all in each and every moment. We can choose the energies with which we engage.

The darkness that has permeated our world calls each of us to make a firm resolve to direct our awareness towards our deepest joy. Instead of feeling pulled by the weight, waiting for grace to come knocking at your door or give you a personal call, answer the call that is ringing in your heart right now. The call from the divine is already here. It speaks to you through your joy. Let it guide you in sharing your unique light with the world. There has never been a better time to shine and love – not only because the world needs it, but because you do too.

Having opened to and received the grace that called me, I returned to my Ganesha composition with fresh insights and energy. “It is our love for the goal that gives us the strength to face all obstacles,” says Amma.

I love music and feel so inspired to give it all I can to catalyze the global shift in the way we see ourselves, each other and the planet that is MAPS.

 

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
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I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
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Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
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I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
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I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
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