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Breathe Deep. Feel Wonder. Light Up Your Life.

The universe is expanding. Science tells us that it has been growing into greater spaciousness since the moment of the Big Bang. Within this immensity, each one of us is on a trajectory of growth and expansion. What does this mean for you? Think about a time when you were tense, constricted, shoulders hunched up to your ears, teeth clenched, stomach in knots. Then think about how it felt to let all of that tension go and allow yourself to expand. You found a greater sense of wellbeing and comfort. Your body/being knows the value of expansiveness. Aligning with expansion is the third of three touchstones for peaceful living that ensure that you are acting in accordance with your and Nature’s highest good. In the past two weeks in our exploration together of rooted, vital expansion, we have been looking at the example of a growing plant. First it puts out strong roots. Then it raises its stem and leaves up to the sun. Only after that does it bloom. Your healthy expression of expansion happens in the same way, with rooted vitality. As the flower expands into a broadening beauty of being, connected with the air and the sunshine, it opens to meet its surroundings fully. So too, when you are in expansion, you truly…

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Make Decisions That Make You Feel Alive

Have you ever felt listless, drab, or tired as you consider a decision to make, not sure what would be best for you to do and maybe even resistant to finding out? This could be a sign that you need greater vitality, the second of three touchstones that ensure you are in alignment with Nature and your highest good. Because feeling alive and vibrant is inherent to your natural state, it helps you live with greater effectiveness. Choices that support your highest good will always feel rooted, vital and expansive. Vitality puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Last week, we explored the gift of rootedness in helping you to feel a greater sense of solace and clarity. From a strong foundation of rootedness, you can experience healthy, vibrant vitality. Vitality is an experience of qi, life-force energy, also known as prana, moving through your body-being. It is fluid, potent, dynamic, electric, alive. Vitality is like the juicy sap of life that pulsates through a tree to bring minerals up from the roots and sugar down from the leaves, uniting the stability of the ground with the freedom of the air. Just as the tree’s sap keeps its leaves strong and lush, vitality energizes every cell of your being. Its upward…

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How To Feel Grounded, Present and Clear

Every one of us goes through times where we feel indecisive, stressed, or even overwhelmed. But there is a solace and clarity always available to us. They do not come from somewhere outside ourselves, but from our inherent nature. Beneath all the stories our mind may conjure is a substratum of deep inner wisdom that knows we are always held in immeasurable love. That wisdom also knows what keeps us present with this love, and what distracts us from it. Yet when we lose sight of our nature, we can forget we are a part of that immense love and wisdom. I used to think that in order to access guidance, I had to go outside of myself. It took an immense wake-up call, one I will share in an upcoming book as part of GEM: Global Education for MAPS, before I began to deeply honour my inner voice. I now understand more clearly how Nature has graciously given us a built-in guidance system. We may touch it at times through “a-ha” moments that come unexpectedly in many forms. But there are also three qualities that, when we cultivate them together, will bring us into contact with our inner guidance in every moment of our lives. As I mentioned last week, they are rootedness, vitality and…

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Three Never-Fail Touchstones to Help You Know If You’re on the Right Track

What is your decision-making process like? Do you tend to make quick choices, based on instinct or snap judgments, or do you deliberate at length, considering every pro and con you can imagine? Once you have come to a decision, do you go forward with confidence, or do you question your decision and struggle with self-doubt? Part of cultivating inner and outer peace is being able to make decisions with clarity, heart, and courage, even when you feel challenged to do so. It begins with your ability to discern between the positive possibilities and the impossibilities, the two lenses on life we have most recently been exploring. None of us can know what the future holds. But we can learn to make choices based on the highest good of all. This week, let’s look at three powerful touchstones that I use daily to make decisions. Wonderfully, they also will support your inner and outer peace. Three Words That Could Change Your Life As you contemplate a decision, ask yourself: “Does this thought/word/action make me feel rooted, vital and expansive?” Any thought, word or action in the positive possibilities will meet all three conditions. This is because those three words describe the inherent balanced state of Nature, of which you are an integral part. When you are…

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I hope you are having a happy and healthy 2020 so far. Two weeks ago, I posted a recap of what we have been taking a look at together this past year in “Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary”. How is the series going for you? Please take a moment to get caught up or familiarize yourself with the workshop so far. Then let me know in the comments below how you are doing, if you have any questions, and how I can best be of service to you in 2020. I would love to hear from you. In this time of heartbreaking news from places like Australia and Puerto Rico, I felt moved to share this simple guided meditation with you, to bring peace and healing to yourself and to parts of the world that are in pain. Please give it a try, and send extra prayers for the much suffering in the world today. From my heart to yours, Parvati

Awaken the Power of Your Heart for Inner and Outer Peace

Happy 2020! May it be full of joy, peace, health and all things in the positive possibilities for you. If you have been following this “Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary” workshop space, thank you for being here with me. If you are new, welcome! As we consider New Year’s resolutions and set our intentions for the months ahead, let’s take a moment to recap what we have explored since we first started this workshop in July. As the founder and CEO of the Parvati Foundation, I emphasize the core value of inner peace for everyone on our all-volunteer team as we work to realize MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Since inception five years ago, I have been deeply moved by the profound transformation I have seen in my colleagues, and that I too have personally experienced, as we each learn to live with greater compassion every day. Last summer, I felt inspired to do more to support a peaceful world for anyone interested—at home, at work, within themselves or with others. So, I made the decision to pivot my blog to an ongoing workshop on inner peace. As I set out on this new venture, I inwardly asked, how could I best share the gift of inner peace that has been a growing, essential foundation…

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Change Your Life by Changing the Way You See the World

A few weeks ago, I was buying my groceries at a local shop when the cashier said to me, “How is the day treating you?” My reply was, “You mean how am I treating the day?”, to which he said, “Now, you know what’s going on!” Similarly, I love the late Wayne Dyer’s quote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It is so true. During this holiday time in our “Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary” workshop, we have been exploring the ways we can choose to perceive life, how that affects our inner peace, and how that ultimately affects our world. There are two primary lenses through which we can see life: positive possibilities and impossibilities. Today, we will touch upon what life looks like in the impossibilities so that you may notice them and recalibrate your perspective to inner peace as we move into the new year. Last week, we considered the expansive and loving nature of positive possibilities. Being in the impossibilities, however, is like living life in a box, whose walls are built of fear and disconnect. The ruler of that domain is a distorted sense of self based on struggle, wanting, and the illusion of being separate from the world around you. This…

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How You Can Live in the Light of Peace in the Holidays and Every Day

Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, or if you do not celebrate at all, may you live in the light of peace and share it with the world. This week, fitting for a time of year that is special to so many, we are continuing an important exploration of positive possibilities and impossibilities, the two lenses through which we can see life in any given moment. We now look more closely at what it means to live in positive possibilities. To me, the positive possibilities are as fresh as a new-fallen snow at dawn, as vast as the depths in the eyes of a newborn, as luminous as an endless array of candles, as resonant as any celestial choir. They are the warm and welcoming space in which we find our true home. When you are in the positive possibilities, you know that you are loved, as a welcomed and integral part of a much greater intelligent whole. You are within the family of life, sharing in the feast of the abundant moment. It is important to note that positive possibilities are not about wilfully conjuring up a state of mind to overcome a sense of adversity, with the mindset “I am feeling lousy, but I will try to be positive.” That would be like forced…

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How to See the World Through the Eyes of Peace This Holiday Season

This holiday season is a beautiful reminder of the opportunity we have in each moment to tune in to peace and joy. Yet amidst the bustle of year-end wrap-ups and shopping, we may struggle to find a place of solace and calm. Finding peace depends on the lens through which we choose to see life. That, in turn, requires us to consider that we do have a choice about the ways we perceive. Beginning this week, we will look at two lenses in particular that determine our capacity for lasting happiness: the positive possibilities and the impossibilities. Most of us tend to think that whatever we perceive is real. Yet the truth is that our perceptions are not solid and fixed. They are always coloured by our personalities and experiences. I have often heard the story about a group of blind men who encountered an elephant. One man, feeling the elephant’s leg, said, “It’s a tree.” Another, feeling the elephant’s trunk, retorted, “No! It’s a snake.” Another, feeling the tusk, shouted, “What’s wrong with you? It’s a spear.” They all began to argue, each certain that he was right and the others were wrong. We can be like that. We often don’t realize the limitations of our perceptions and how much more there may be for…

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How to Live in the Light of the Heart at This Holiday Time

Last week, we looked at what it means to go from the head to the heart. How has that process been going for you? Inspiring, vulnerable, tender? Give yourself room to embrace it all. Fears that seem real now will soften and dissipate as you practice patience and gentleness. Your heart is the great alchemist. It transforms base emotions and thoughts into the light of compassion. It allows you to understand, as no intellect can, the source behind the painful parts of your life where you feel stuck. During this holiday season with its calls to buy and indulge, we have an opportunity for inner peace, grounded in the heart’s wisdom. As we open to the moment with more intimacy, we may find at the root of suffering our common human tendency for wanting. It leaves our world in pain and has kept us looking for peace in all the wrong places. It can often feel as though the things we want—be they people, things or ideals—are always out of reach, no matter how hard we try. This is because wanting comes from a place within us that feels broken and separate from the universe. Wanting is not the same as a heart’s desire, which feels connected and brings fullness and joy. Wanting is more like…

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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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