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The Transformative Journey from Your Head to Your Heart

“The longest journey you will ever take is from your head to your heart.” This proverb has been repeated by many over the years. Some say it was a Native American Sioux saying. Others say it was by the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, or even the former Anglican archbishop Donald Coggan. Present in so many traditions, this idea seems to speak to a core wisdom of our shared human journey. We know intuitively that we need to live with heart if we are to experience a full and meaningful life. In the quest for inner peace, we come to understand that our busy, thinking minds are not going to bring us the happiness we seek. The intellect is important and its electric speed is an immense gift from Nature for us to use wisely. But if it is not tempered with the compassionate awareness of the heart, then we miss out on the fullness of the moment and our connection with others. Nature is a loving mentor, which we access fully when we are open, ready and willing. Now, in touch with our mentor, the journey begins in earnest. The transition from head to heart is part of the threshold we cross on our way to finding our inner peace sanctuary, because ultimately the heart…

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The Greatest Key to Inner Peace

Have you ever seen a cat who didn’t want to go into its carrier? Even if it is sick or injured, it can thrash and fight those who are trying to get it to the vet. Sometimes, we are like cats. We may struggle against what we really need. To find inner peace, we need to look at how we resist it. Nature’s guidance is always available to us. But if we are unwilling, we miss it. Willingness is the third, and most powerful, of the three great keys that unlock Nature’s wisdom for us. If the opposite of being open to the moment is judging it, and the opposite of being ready for what is is being defensive or absent, then the opposite of willingness is being in resistance. Many of us go through our lives in resistance, not liking what the present brings and trying to impose our own agendas or beliefs on it. Even when we say we want change, we may be deeply afraid of it. Holding on to old patterns in our hearts, minds and actions, we don’t truly show up for the moment as it is. Then we find ourselves in the same situations over and over again, without the transformation we had anticipated. When you are unwilling to be…

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Being Ready for Whatever Comes Your Way

Because Nature is the most loving and co-creative coach you can imagine, it may throw you a metaphorical ball, even if you don’t feel ready to catch it. It does so out of compassion, to help you be in the moment and get unstuck. We have been exploring here three keys to access Nature’s mentorship: openness, readiness, and willingness. Last week, we looked more closely at openness. This week, let’s gently inquire into how to be ready for whatever comes your way. Being Ready for Whatever Comes Your Way We exist within a perfectly balanced, multi-dimensional and loving universe. Yet we tend to continually judge it, because our egos want the moment to be other than it is. We think there is something wrong with what is. It is either too much, or too little in some way or another. We experience the universe as an unfair judge that is imposing itself on us. Feeling that life is happening to us, we judge it in turn. However, gifted with the power of free will, we are in fact co-creative partners with the universe, and this very moment. We have the invaluable ability to choose how we perceive and respond to all that arises. With this open outlook, we have the opportunity to recognize our misperception. We…

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This Moment Could Be Your Sweetest Yet. Here’s How To Make It That Way

Have you ever sat down to meet with someone and felt they were not interested in anything you had to say? Maybe they were just stuck in a particular way of thinking. However, you saw possibilities. Now imagine that your mind is doing that to yourself. The moment is open to you, but your mind is closed and impatient. It dismisses all possibilities before even hearing them out. The truth is, most of us do just that! Openness is key to accessing Nature’s support for inner peace. Touch the Sweetness of the Moment Many of us are prone to seeing life as “happening to me”, as though somehow the moment or the universe itself were against us. There is a passive power you get in complaining, feeling hard done by and victimize. But this kind of power can never be fulfilling. Since we are all connected, and our every thought has a ripple effect, there is no such thing as something happening “to” you. You are always a part of what is. Nature cannot support disconnected thoughts, or it would be supporting your ego, which thwarts the flow of evolution. Openness helps you remember this and get unstuck. This present moment could be the sweetest moment yet, if you open. But here is the catch… you…

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Discover Your Greatest Mentor Ever and Learn the Three Keys to Get in Touch With It Right Now

In the past several weeks, we have been looking at the ways we may be blocking peace in our lives, whether due to misunderstandings about what it is, or intense feelings that draw us away from peacefulness and into undertow. This month, however, we’re going to look at three powerful keys to help you access immense support in finding inner peace. In every hero’s journey, there is a mentor, whether visible or not. On your journey to inner peace, you can turn to a vastly wise and powerful mentor: Nature itself. The force of Nature runs through every cell in your being. It is infinitely potent. When you align with your true nature, beyond all thoughts of status quo or your small self, you tap into tremendous capability, creativity and service. You can thrive and experience all the support you need when you live in harmony with it. The Greatest Mentor for Inner Peace Nature is the great balance keeper of the universe. It is free from our restless wanting and conflict. Nature’s unconditional love carries us in every moment, showing us another way to live. When we live in harmony with it, we can experience the power of peace. The more we choose to connect with this knowing, the more we ease our own inner…

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How to Escape the Blame Trap and Reclaim Your Power

Dear friends, Last week, we looked at the dangers of undertow, fuelled by despair. But there is another feeling that can be challenging for us all and eat away at our inner peace. Sometimes we don’t even want to admit we’re feeling it, because it doesn’t match up with the way we think about ourselves. But if we don’t acknowledge it, we don’t find freedom from it. I’m talking about resentment. As we begin this week in our shared workshop, take a moment for a few deep breaths. Let’s commit together to be fully present for ourselves and the moment. Whose “Fault” Is It? When you look at today’s world with its pollution, poverty, starvation, vanishing glaciers, clear-cut forests and bleaching coral reefs, how do you feel? Deep sadness? Numbness? Or maybe even resentment? How do you feel about the idea of finding inner peace when all this is happening? Go deep. Be honest. It is very easy to slip into something like “Why should I have to find peace amidst all this, when the previous generation (or big business, or political leaders, et cetera) are responsible for these problems?” Feeling this way does not make us bad people. It is just a tendency. But if we wish to cultivate inner peace and support peace in…

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It’s Not Just Your Imagination – Peace Can Be Harder To Find Today. Here’s How To Avoid The Undertow.

Have you been struggling lately to feel at peace? It can be challenging. There is a heavy feeling in the world today that is almost like an undertow. And at the same time, there is a never-ending stream of grace available to each one of us in every moment. The question is, which energies do we choose to engage, especially when faced with the immensity of our global ecological and humanitarian crisis? If you feel moments of rage or despair, you are not alone. This week, let’s explore how we can defuse the anger and soften the despair, so that we can keep showing up with our full selves, free from undertow. The comforting truth is that the undertow we feel only has as much power as we give it. That is because it is fed and sustained by our ego, which continually seeks to separate and divide us from life. When we feel against – be it towards ourselves, another, or our environment – we are in a disconnected state, therefore, in our ego. Over the past few weeks, we have been looking closer at how the ego is a self-imposed illusion. As we learn to see beyond its mirage, we connect to a much greater energy source than our individual self. In doing so,…

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Are you looking for inner peace in all the wrong places? Here’s how to get back to where it is.

Have you ever noticed that even when you realize you would benefit from inner peace, you have a hard time finding it? Why is that? Could it be that we tend to look for inner peace in the wrong places? The truth is, most of us do just that, because we share the tendency of wanting, which takes us out of the moment. The notion that we need something outside of ourselves to feel happy and fulfilled is common. For some it is a subtle gnawing in the back of their minds. For others, it is a ravenous obsession that fuels greed, addiction and misery. Wanting to end to the cycle of suffering, we try to fill ourselves up and placate our desires with things, people and experiences. But we are missing the most crucial point. I saw this quote today and it touched my heart. I thought it was perfect to share with you: “Peace is not something that is gained when all desires are fulfilled or when all problems are settled. As long as the mind is there, desires will come up and problems will exist. Peace is something that arises when all the thoughts settle and you transcend the mind.” It is by Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), the Hugging Saint, who lives…

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These Common Misunderstandings Are Obstacles to Inner Peace. Here’s How You Can Move Past Them.

Have you ever brought up the subject of peace and noticed that it can trigger rebuttals or even arguments? It seems as though part of us struggles with the idea that inner or outer peace could be an effective choice. Why do we do this? It seems like questioning the value of finding an oasis in a desert, instead of enthusiastically bending down to receive the life-giving waters. There are some common misunderstandings about peace that are obstacles to our experiencing it. When we are willing to move past them, we can open to the peace that has been waiting for us all along. Some may confuse peacefulness with generic zombie-like indifference. Some believe peace is about being a passive pushover. Others may try to mask pessimism and despair with a veneer of chipper peacefulness. None of these perspectives sees peace in its full beauty. Peace Is Not “It’s All Good” Peace is not about being indiscriminately okay with whatever is, as expressed in the common phrase “it’s all good”. When we encounter suffering, we cannot simply turn away as though it is not a problem. The humanitarian and spiritual leader Amma says that when we are aware of our interconnectedness, just as our right hand immediately extends to our left when we feel pain there,…

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What You Resist Persists. To Find Inner Peace, Be Willing To Listen to the Wake-Up Calls

One of my favourite sayings is, “What you resist persists.” The universe has a way of making sure we wake up to the stories we tell ourselves that keep us from the moment. At first, a tiny feather delicately lands on our shirt collar to stir our imagination towards new possibilities. If we ignore it, then a pebble taps us on the shoulder. Eventually, a stone stops us in our tracks. Finally, a grand piano comes crashing down, to make sure we hear the call to much-needed change. Have you ever experienced life-changing pebbles, rocks or pianos? I believe the grand piano has dropped for us collectively today, as we face the global ecological and humanitarian crisis that MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, addresses. People everywhere have begun to sense that something is terribly wrong with our shared home. We can feel the distress in nature. And that disconnect is echoed in ourselves. Each one of us is a part of the Earth’s collective body, and today, the health of that body is suffering. The Breaking Point The increased agitation and the acts of violence towards humans and Nature that continue to happen around the world are a sign of illness. They call each of us to awaken into a new way of being. The…

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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!
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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

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