The Gift of Declaring Peace With the Moment

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As I have been working daily for the past four and a half years on MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary), I have been thinking a lot about peace and peaceful living.

My personal commitment to inner peace has been the foundation from which the vision for MAPS was born. It has also been the core of my choices as CEO, as I lead our all-volunteer team at Parvati.org to realize MAPS now for the good of all.

I encourage everyone on the MAPS team to approach tasks from a place of peaceful presence. When we do so, work is not only more enjoyable, but more efficient, effective and effervescent. We are more able to see opportunities, welcome possibilities and make clear decisions. Seeing the undeniable results of a peaceful, heart-centred approach, I have been crafting an online workshop for this blog space to support you finding your inner peace sanctuary.

The unrest we see in our world is not random, but a reflection of the agitation each one of us carries within. In order to create an external peace sanctuary that lasts, we need to also develop our inner peace sanctuary to sustain it. MAPS is not just a physical boundary around the Arctic Ocean. It is an invitation to change the way we think about ourselves, each other and the world.

As I develop the new content for Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary (my working title for the new blog series), here are some initial reflections about peaceful living.

One of the best places to start finding more peace in your life is in how you choose to respond to the moment. When you live in resistance to what is – by judging, complaining or trying to fix it – you, and those around you, inevitably suffer. In fact, what you are doing is perpetuating an inner war against the moment.

Most of us don’t see the moment as it is. We are busy filtering life through our perceptions and limiting beliefs about ourselves and the world. This tendency is usually fueled by our ego, which thrives on feeling separate and divided. We do this so we may feel in control. When we look deeper, we see that this resistance is rooted in fear of what this moment may bring. It is as though our ego has put up all those perceptions and beliefs as defensive barricades.

We buy into the stories our mind tells us: “This is good. That is bad.” Or “If I do this, I will get that”. Or “This moment is all wrong. It’s happening to me.” Do we not all think like this at times? Maybe even often? The problem is, in thinking this way, we affirm our ego’s distorted sense of who we are, whether that is “I am unworthy” or “I am extraordinary” or “I am helpless” or any other belief. For as long as we follow the directive of our ego, we continually categorize, divide and compartmentalize information as a way to temporarily feel better or worse about ourselves. This gives us a fleeting sense of meaning and purpose – only to leave us struggling against the next moment in turn

We have another option. When we drop our story, set aside resistance and humbly open to what is, our monochrome, ego-driven world transforms into a technicolour universe of boundless possibilities. We see that our limited self, our precious sense of “me” and “mine” that we have been trying to protect, is a mere passing illusion. We give it power by being attached to it.

Beyond our ego personality, a deeper, eternal self exists. It has been patiently waiting for our connection with it all along. It is fearless, compassionate and present for the moment exactly as it is.

Each of us is an integral part of an intelligent, loving whole, no more or less important than anything else in existence. We are literally one with the fabric of life. When we realize that we do not need to change, deny or hide from this truth, we take down the barricades and end our war on this moment. We have come to understand that it was really a war against our true selves and all of creation. We discover peacefulness, and support that same awakening for everyone and everything around us.

May we all find this peace now and in every moment, and be instruments of peace in the world.

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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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