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Find Out What Parvati Magazine Readers Love

Okay… confession time. I feel a million miles away! When I go deep into creative mode it is like I have gone into another world. When I speak I am not sure if words will come out, or fully orchestrated sounds! While I listen intimately to the muse to wrap up the creative content (yes, five albums, eight books and two DVDs) in service to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, please enjoy 2018’s favourite articles from Parvati Magazine, lovingly produced every month by volunteers just for you. The Yes Brain What if children’s brains could be helped to become receptive and curious instead of anxious and reactive? Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson explore this idea in their book “The Yes Brain”. We interviewed Dr. Siegel about cultivating the Yes Brain in both parents and children. How to Transform Your Life While Healing the World Science now proves what yogis have known for millennia: when you redirect your energy to giving rather than getting, to serving rather than wanting, your entire biochemistry changes and begins to vibrate at a higher rate. You feel more connected and fulfilled in ways never imagined. A richness begins to grow deep within that banishes unhappiness, gives health and provides a sense of fulfillment. How Kino MacGregor…

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This Is What Whales Know About Karma Yoga

I am so happy to share that my new single “Ocean Anthem” and its music video will be launched later this summer at a special event for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. I will share the official launch date with you soon. In the meantime, enjoy the behind the scenes video clips and photos I have been sharing on social media platforms. And to find out more about the Ocean Anthem release, click here. If you aren’t already on my mailing list, sign up here so I can keep you posted on all the latest news about Ocean Anthem and the many other juicy, heartfelt songs that are coming soon! As soon as I emerged from creative seclusion in my music studio over four months this winter, I immediately shifted into video production to first create an epic angel costume with the help of Sandra Bueler, who just completed the Fashion Design program at Toronto Film School (where her team won the top prize at Project Creativ Catwalk!) and Dora Rust-D’Eye, who recently retired as the internationally recognized costume director for Opera Atelier. Then we came up with an inspired storyboard working with my fabulously talented friend Adam Nathan. The process has been full on, including my first ever underwater shoot this past week. How…

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Peace in the Arctic and Hope for Our World: My Musical Mission

Hello from the depths of my creative cave, my music studio, where I have been composing new songs for you. This week, I share part of an in-depth interview here that I recently did with Cashbox Canada about my music and MAPS. If you have not already heard, there is super great news about MAPS in this interview, so please read and spread the word! It’s been seven years since we last spoke to Parvati. At that time, she was just back from the North Pole where she gave the northernmost musical performance ever, to raise awareness of the melting polar ice. Since that interview, the political and environmental climates have changed radically. We have seen a spike in extreme human rights violations as well as unprecedented hurricanes, forest fires, famines, floods and droughts. Yet, Parvati says that with the advancement of technology and the speed at which our environment is changing, this is a pivotal moment in human history when we have never had a greater opportunity to come together as one Earth family. Whether it is by working alongside the United Nations, convincing global leaders to shift to sustainability or touching the hearts of the world through the pop music mainstream, Parvati is the voice of change. Parvati sings and produces lushly layered dance-pop…

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Lighten Up and Get More Done

Namaste, We commonly use the term “hard work”, as though “work” and “strenuous effort” are synonymous. Our common use of the word labour – to work hard, slave, grind away, toil, struggle, exert great effort – does not suggest much lightness of being. But does hard work need to be hard? I have a committed work ethic, due in part to being the descendant of Canadian pioneers who helped found the country in which I reside. My parents, and those who went before them, were no strangers to the challenges of venturing into the unknown to build lives they loved. Having seen first hand what hard work, dedication and focus can yield, I have not shied away from the tenacious dedication it takes to follow my own dreams and honour an unstoppable creative spark that seems to arise within me. As such, I do frequently work 14-hour days, every day of the week. In the eyes of many, I work hard. Yes, I work very long days with tremendous focus. But to me, I don’t necessarily work “hard”. I am dedicated to getting a lot done with a lightness of spirit, while ensuring I am having fun. The word “fun” may immediately conjure images of leaving the workload behind for a day on the beach or…

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Get More Done While Having Fun

Namaste, We commonly use the term “hard work”, as though “work” and “strenuous effort” are synonymous. Our common use of the word labour – to work hard, slave, grind away, toil, struggle, exert great effort – does not suggest much lightness of being. But does hard work need to be hard? I have a committed work ethic, due in part to being the descendant of Canadian pioneers who helped found the country in which I reside. My parents, and those who went before them, were no strangers to the challenges of venturing into the unknown to build lives they loved. Having seen first hand what hard work, dedication and focus can yield, I have not shied away from the tenacious dedication it takes to follow my own dreams and honour an unstoppable creative spark that seems to arise within me. As such, I do frequently work 14-hour days, every day of the week. In the eyes of many, I work hard. Yes, I work very long days with tremendous focus. But to me, I don’t necessarily work “hard”. I am dedicated to getting a lot done with a lightness of spirit, while ensuring I am having fun. The word “fun” may immediately conjure images of leaving the workload behind for a day on the beach or…

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How To Keep Focused As You Follow Your Dreams

Namaste, I enjoy basketball. The players have an agility and rhythm that I also see in dancers, seeming at times to transcend time and gravity. One thing I notice at basketball games is that when a player is given the chance for a free throw, fans in the stands just behind the basket often wave brightly colored items, or do outrageous or silly acts, to distract the shooter. Sometimes it can feel as though life is waving colourful distractions at us, bringing forward all sorts of events and happenings that seem to pull our focus from our desired goal. But as a trained athlete knows, focus is an acquired skill: keep your mind in the game and your eye on the prize. Friends and fellow creatives have shared with me that they can sometimes get pulled into other people’s problems or requests, and find themselves giving short shrift to their own work. I have experienced this challenge myself. Distractions always present themselves throughout the day. How we respond to them will separate those who stay focused on their goals from those who don’t. We must consciously choose how to spend our time and where to place our energy. Life is full of surprises and moment-to-moment teachings. As such, it is also important to assess whether an…

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The Wave In Your Spine

Hello! I am just off a magical experience shooting immersive video with a state of the art 185º camera. Thanks to my good friend Patrick Tessier, I had the opportunity to be part of beta testing an amazing new camera that shoots super rich 5k, 60 frames a second. Here is a glimpse from the video shoot. I loved bringing my angel character to the streets of Toronto! I still have many images and videos to share from my time in Europe. Here are glimpses of my visit to North Berwick Beach in Scotland. I love the ocean. I feel like she is my mother, creating all life. As I stand beside her I feel immense peace and possibility, as though she whispers in my soul, “you are home”.⠀ The latest Parvati Magazine is going live on the topic of “Life Force”. You can check it out shortly on parvatimagazine.com. But in keeping with the waves I have shared above, here is my YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine article about following the wave in your spine. It would have been easy to feel sorry for myself when I became paralyzed from the waist down due to a spontaneous spinal cord injury. Yet, I know that there is nothing in life that is “against me”. All that…

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The Cosmos and You

Hello friends, I have missed you! It has been very, very busy (have I said very yet?) here at the Positive Possibilities Headquarters. My production team and I have gone into overdrive as never before to meet a number of golden opportunities. The stars are aligned. Between music production to bring you my next album, costume construction for a new line of yoga wear, video production to share two new YEM DVDs, website development, and major rebranding, all to meet an opportunity for greater exposure of MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, I have simply not spared a moment to post a blog. But now there is more material than ever to whet your appetite. Since my last blog post: The September issue of Parvati Magazine, on the theme of “Unite”, is now live. Check it out for an exclusive interview with Marianne Williamson, review of Disney’s “Finding Dory”, and much more. For the first time this month, we produced a Chinese edition of Parvati Magazine! You can read the flipbook, translated into Simplified Chinese, at parvatimagazine.com. Please share it with any friends who you think would enjoy it! I have made a number of updates to my website. You will see a new look and feel for some of my work. I will share more…

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The Multi-Dimensional Creative Process

I hope that you are doing well and happily enjoying life. I am in production mode to complete new music for two upcoming EPs (short albums), working on a new literary project, and developing the concepts for several upcoming music videos and a new YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine DVD. With grace, the place of rich emptiness that my daily meditation practice cultivates is the fuel that keeps me effervescent and moving joyfully and effectively through these many tasks. The week has seen wonderful traction in the realization of MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, as the mailing list for the not-for-profit Parvati.org and MAPS petition signatures soared by 40-60% respectively – just in the past week! Deep thank yous to the selfless group of volunteers around me with whom I have the honour to work, and to all those who support this essential cause in helping to stop global warming by signing and sharing our petitions at http://parvati.org/arctic-ocean/. If you have yet to do so, please do! From last week’s Art as Soul Food post, I continue to share with you now about the power of art and the multidimensional creative process. THE ROLE OF THE ARTIST We are spiritual, infinite beings in a temporal body with a temporal personality returning back to the infinite.…

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The Power of Music – Part 1

Summer temperatures have arrived in Toronto this week. With my sun-loving tropical flower nature, I say “ahhhh!” to days of 30C. I have been speaking on my blog about the light of our nature, and keeping our footprint on the planet light. I would like to delve more deeply this week into the power of the artist and what inspires me to create music like “I Am Light” as a way of serving our world. I am happy to see that the video has passed 50,000 views on YouTube and the song has five-star reviews on iTunes in both Canada and the US. If you are enjoying your copy, please take a moment to leave a review and let others know! ART AS SOUL FOOD Creativity ultimately is a personal thing. We each have unique taste. If there are a thousand people in a room at a gig, there will be a thousand opinions about the music played. That is part of human nature. We all perceive differently. Deeper than perception, musicology and music therapy show us that certain sounds can cause a universal response. For example, minor musical keys tend to feel somber as compared to major keys. Chords that feel more open, such as a major seventh or eleventh chord, will feel more expansive,…

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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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