How to Make Every Moment Your Teacher

You are constantly held within the perfect whole. An integral part of the fabric of the universe, you are never separate from anything that exists. However much you may feel that life is against you during difficult times, you are always loved by the compassionate and wise presence of life itself.

Consequence is one of life’s best teachers. When we were children, we learned that fire burns when we tried to touch it. The physical pain taught us to never again reach into the flame. As we grow, we learn what burns, we learn what singes, and we learn what feels cooling and refreshing. We try to stay clear of the painful and move towards that which feels good.

Being part of the whole, we understand that everything we experience supports our evolution in some way – even the uncomfortable and painful things. Our likes and dislikes have little say in the lessons we are given along the spiritual path. In fact, being attached to likes and dislikes, the idea that something is for or against us, limits the way in which we can meet all of life with fullness and growth.

I know first-hand that perceived limitations, restrictions and painful events are a blessing in disguise. The most immediate example of this in my life is the four months I spent paralyzed from the waist down, immobilized in bed due to a severe spinal cord injury.

I had to face the possibility of never being able to walk again, which doctors estimated was a likelihood – even after the spinal surgery they recommended. Instead of seeing this experience as against me, I knew somehow deep within that this was an expression of my relationship with the whole. Something was out of phase and I was being guided into greater harmony. Rather than surgery, I chose to go within and fully meet this as a complete recalibration around a whole new axis – one I knew nothing about.

In surrender, I saw the consequence of my actions as a gift of karmic fast forward. In those months, I burned through deep karmic ties that had limited my ability to perceive the whole with greater clarity and insight. Out of it, a book was written, “The Three Supreme Secrets for Lasting Happiness”, and a new me was born: freer, happier, wiser, lighter, more rooted and connected than ever before.

Challenges are not obstacles but guideposts to how we can be in greater health and total well-being. They are never punishments from a judgmental universe, but compassionate guidance from a loving source, and a reflection of our truest nature.

The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, rather than feeling judged by the universe, instead, welcome the present moment as a deeply wise and compassionate teacher, one that is showing you how to grow. Recalibrate your energy and release that which no longer serves. Remember, you are never alone, but always within a loving and wise universe.

PS: Millions of people around the world are observing Guru Purnima, the full moon of the Guru, this weekend. It’s a time to receive the blessings of your spiritual teacher, if you have one. I share here my experience of the grace of the guru.

PPS: There is a total lunar eclipse this weekend. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of this planetary alignment, and why it’s best not to look at any eclipse.


Thank you for reading! All my music, yoga and words are dedicated to MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS is an urgently needed global intervention to protect the polar ice that keeps our planet cool and weather stable. The ice caps ensure we have the food and water we all need to survive. Please support MAPS at Parvati.org for the sake of all life on Earth. From my heart to yours, it literally means the world.

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I am practicing and using this moment to deepen my experiences , as a reminder that I am not being punished for “being bad”. I am simply and beautifully in a lesson. This can be so hard at times for me. I have to keep bringing myself back to the truth. Your story is inspiring. My heart is smiling at your ability to come back and walk against what another human said may be. Love and Light

How heart warming! Thank you so much Valynn for sharing your heart and your light! Keep bringing yourself back to that Truth with the patience, gentleness, love, and compassion that you would have if you were to meet a tender doe in a forest. That’s what helps melt my heart and reminding me to treat myself with kindness. It’s an ongoing practice. Keep being beautifully you!

Love the work you do and the wisdom you share. #AllOne

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

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! 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

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

I am light!

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