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Tune In to the Power of the Solstice

Hello! As the season shifts from fall to winter, I feel that I too am changing. I have been busy in my role of director for Parvati.org, as we volunteers continue to spread the word for MAPS all over the world–most recently thanks to my dear friends Vandana and Darcy at COP24, the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland. I have also been editing eight inspiring full-length books that I have been writing, dedicated to MAPS, from self-help to fiction. I really look forward to sharing them! Now, I am about to dive deeply into the world of sound to wrap up the five albums I have written and produced for MAPS over the next month. Before I immerse myself in my music studio, I wanted to make sure you saw this guided meditation from this month’s Parvati Magazine. The beautifully transformative energy held expressed by the winter solstice occurs this week, so please give yourself the gift of being present for it. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice is a turning point as the sun reaches an all-time low. This is the longest night and shortest day of the year. While Nature is at its darkest and most introverted, we often find ourselves at our busiest. Despite the merrymaking and socializing of the holiday…

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This is the Healing Our World Needs

My heart is full of gratitude as I think of how two of my Parvati.org friends and colleagues are now in Katowice, Poland moving MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) forward at COP24, the UN Climate Conference. All of us who serve MAPS do so as regular citizens, and as volunteers. We know the Arctic sea ice, our planet’s air conditioning system that ensures we have the food and water we all need to survive, is under threat as never before. Our wellbeing, and that of all life, can no longer be held hostage by political apathy. We must act now. Thankfully, my MAPS colleagues in Poland, General Counsel Vandana Ryder and Director of Strategic Initiatives Darcy Belanger, recently told me that they have had great meetings for MAPS. MAPS is a simple solution to the massive and unprecedented ecological and humanitarian crisis that affects everyone and all things. People everywhere are beginning to sense that something is wrong with our common home. We can feel the distress in Nature and in ourselves. Each one of us is a part of the Earth’s collective body, one whose health is suffering. And anyone who has experienced an awakening or a spiritual breakthrough through a serious illness knows that poor health is a call from Nature to shift…

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Welcome to the Season of Light

This is the season of light. Spiritual traditions worldwide celebrate light at this time of year in various ways. Hindus recently celebrated Diwali, which symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Today marks the beginning of Advent, in the Christian calendar, and Hanukkah, in the Jewish calendar. Having been raised in a Christian home and served as a lay-assistant minister in the United Church, and being married to a beautiful Jewish man, both of these holiday seasons are close to my heart. Tonight I light the menorah with my husband for the first of eight days of Hanukkah, a festival also known as The Festival of Lights. Thanks to my Sunday school early days, I knew that Hanukkah was a celebration of the miracle of light, when temple lamps stayed lit all night, despite not having enough oil. But now that I have married into the tribe, and being a lover of history, I did some research on Hanukkah’s history. I discovered that Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabean Revolt and reclaiming of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which under the rule of Roman Emperor Antiochus IV (2nd century BCE), Jews were forbidden to attend. When the victorious Maccabees found a small jug of uncontaminated oil in the temple, only enough to light the…

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Replace Violence With Value and Discover the Power of the Feminine

Last week, thanks to my friend Emma Farr Rawlings and her book “The Divine Child”, we explored the wisdom of children, and what they have to teach us. (Have you downloaded your free copy of her book yet?) The innocence of children reminds us that when we are humble and open, we can tap into the love that is right here and now. A child also knows the importance of his or her mother. He will want to protect her, take care of her. This reminds us of the need to care for our shared mother, the planet Earth, with the same love as that of a child; and to respect all women for their ability to give life, when in gracious harmony with man. Today, November 25, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Staggeringly, women all over the world continue to face violence and harassment in many forms. Days marked for remembrance help us take pause and consider the value of the women in our lives and give thanks. In so doing, hopefully, we become more aware of the important role they play in society through our understanding of health, nature, spirituality and culture as a whole. Yet globally, about one in three women will be beaten, raped or otherwise…

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How to Connect with the Wisdom of a Child

In honour of the United Nations Universal Children’s Day, I asked my beautiful friend Dr. Emma Farr Rawlings if she would be willing to share some of the amazing findings she has been unveiling in her inspired work with children. Emma’s book The Divine Child is a luminous and heart-filled exploration of the wisdom inherent in children and how we can learn from them. It is so gracious of her to offer you a free copy! To get your copy, follow these simple steps: Please go to www.thedivinechild.org. Click FREE in the navigation at the top. Enter the password freebook and click Go. Click the “Free eBook — Click Here” graphic in the center of the following page for your own PDF copy. I often say that most disputes would be resolved if we could only remember the wisdom of kindergarten logic – if I break your toy, I fix it; if you break mine, you fix it. In a world of ego strutting, lawsuits and elbowing to get ahead, we can easily forget the simplicity of our interconnection and common-sense ethical values that make the world a happier place. No matter how acclaimed, influential, educated or socially prominent we may be, we have not yet graduated from kindergarten if we don’t possess basic kindness and respect. We each are…

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May All Beings Be Happy

As Americans look towards their Thanksgiving, we Canadians just had ours. At our family dinner, I asked my mother whether she felt the world was crazier now than when she was young, or that the underbelly of the human psyche is simply more visible today due to the power of our media. She immediately responded that she feels people are much more on edge and violent today. Her response echoed what a 92-year-old World War 2 British marine vet recently told me when I asked him the same question. He too felt that the world is more intense now, even more so than when he went through the devastating war. There is no doubt that our world is hurting. We see it in the hateful words that people hurl at each other in person and online, disconnected from compassion and understanding. We see it in the growing number of senseless acts of violence. We see it in the increase in radical groups that seek to kill and destroy. Yet, and this is important, there is also a growing effulgence of luminosity, which I feel when I choose to turn my focus to that which is eternal. There is so much pain, and so much grace, available to us all in this unprecedented time. The choice of…

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How To Take Off The Mask And Be Kind To Yourself

This week marks Halloween. Originally the night before the Christian festival All Souls Day, it commemorated souls that had departed. Today Halloween has become a time of pumpkins, candy and costumes. For many, it is an opportunity to try on a different look or personality, leaving the everyday self our friends and colleagues recognize to explore new personae. I love designing different characters and costumes for my shows that share creative possibilities year-round. Yet, this time of costumes brings to mind a tendency we all have to some extent or another. Sometimes the masquerade is not about what we put on at Halloween, but the masks we may not realize we wear all year. Without realizing it, we may be attached to ideas of who we are that feed our egos while disconnecting us from the full experience of ourselves and life. In a material world, where success, money, power and fame are common goals, we polish our egos by grabbing onto the temporary high of identifying with “I am the VP of sales”, “I am Miss Reliability”… We all appropriate an identity in some way or another. In doing so, we try to fill up a sense of emptiness by taking on an idea of with someone we want to be. We also feed a…

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How to Fill Your Life with Gratitude and Grace

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I am grateful for the chance to serve with MAPS and for all of you here. Amid the pinned recipes for pumpkin pie, cranberry relish and perfectly cooked turkey, are we taking the time to consider the true power of gratitude, and all that we have to feel thankful for? Or do we lose sight of gratitude in a storm of insatiable wanting, as we jostle for the best deals on a new TV to boost ourselves or impress someone else? Whether it is about food, possessions, love or approval, wanting disconnects us from the moment, creating agitation and suffering. But the true power of gratitude shows us the way to reconnect. LESSONS IN GRATITUDE My year living in India was an invaluable lesson in generosity and in recognizing how fortunate my life truly is. I was brought up in a Christian home and taught to see the needs of others, collecting for Unicef and doing volunteer work at food banks as a child. These were important teachings that created a seedbed for my personality and spiritual being to blossom. But the reality of the blessings of my life did not hit home until I was living in the midst of tremendous poverty. I spent time in a small village in Rajasthan, in…

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What If the Way to World Peace Began in Kindergarten?

I often say that most disputes would be resolved if we could only remember kindergarten logic – if I break your toy, I fix it; if you break mine, you fix it. In a world of ego strutting, lawsuits and elbowing to get ahead, we can easily forget the simplicity of our interconnection and common sense ethical values that make the world a happier place. No matter how acclaimed, influential, educated or socially prominent we may be, we have not yet graduated from kindergarten if we don’t possess basic kindness and respect. We each are guardians of our inner child. We are called to take care of, listen to and honour the one within our heart and soul who knows exactly what she needs to follow her joy. That inner child is the one who sings effortlessly from her heart and shares that joyful light with the world. As we follow that joy, we are inevitably in a state of respect to all living things, because we honour and respect ourselves, which is connected to all. As we age, we often forget the simplicity of our inner child’s expression, the things that make our soul sing. The shiny complexities of life seduce our adult self and silence our inner voice. As I explore at length in…

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How to Feel Meditative in a Busy Life

We can access the beauty and power of meditation when we are busily moving through our lives, by developing what I call a meditative mindset. This means that no matter how busy our body may be, our mind rests in the essence of meditation. We cultivate a deeper and broader vantage point about who we are and what we are doing. The meditative mindset shows us a bigger picture. When we step into a meditative mindset, we gain a different point of view about ourselves, our lives and the world around us. We move beyond feeling identified and attached to life happening to us. In so doing, we loosen the grip of our ego, which clings onto unhappiness and illusions of power that will never fulfil us. We see more space around each situation, emotion and thought, because we know that everything is contained within and a part of a much greater whole. We don’t take things so personally. We are less reactive. We respond to situations with greater clarity and calm. With the bigger picture of a meditative mindset, we naturally relax because we have trust in a power far greater than our ego or will. We access the universal energy that is in constant flow in each moment. Our mind broadens. We have more…

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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

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