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How to Be Present in a Hurting and Crazy World

Happy Canada Day and happy Fourth of July! Whether in its mountains, by the shores of its seas or its great lakes, or standing in its awe-inspiring north, I feel deep gratitude for being Canadian. I recently returned from the US, including Santa Fe, Chicago and Aspen, where I gave a keynote at the AREDAY Summit. No nation is perfect. Everywhere around the world, there is fear, anger, even hatred, as well as kindness and compassion. In the face of the intensity of current events, how do we keep our inner light shining and be of service to others without becoming exhausted or overwhelmed? How can we take action, while remaining centred in compassion and unity? What does activism mean for the sincere spiritual seeker? “We are all cells in the body of humanity — all of us, all over the world. Each one has a contribution to make, and will know from within what this contribution is, but no one can find inner peace except by working, not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family. ~ Peace Pilgrim I had the good fortune of coming early in my life across the teachings of Peace Pilgrim, who walked across the United States for peace from 1953 until her death in 1981. Her only…

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Why Nature Has All You Need To Live In Vitality And Joy

My heart is full after many beautiful experiences this past week: visiting with dear friends in Santa Fe, spending time with Amma and listening to her masterful teachings about love and compassion, and giving a keynote presentation about MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, at the AREDAY Summit in Snowmass, Colorado. So this week, I would like to share more about the beauty of our connection with Nature and the vitality we can receive from being in harmony with it. We are in constant relationship with Nature, and it with us. We know that healthy relationships are based on mutual trust, listening and respect. They become dysfunctional without these essential qualities. Our collective relationship with the natural world suffers from this modern dysfunction. One of the driving forces for my volunteer work to realize MAPS is that it creates an undisturbed space where wild animals can be wild and Nature can regain its equilibrium, without us interfering. It gives us pause so that we can learn to listen once again to Nature and regain respect for its wisdom. The force of Nature is vast, powerful and wise beyond our human comprehension. When we forget the immensity of this force and try to contain it within our limits, both we and nature suffer. We have harmed its…

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How to Find Harmony Within And Bring Peace to the World

This is a week full of beauty and possibilities. On June 21, summer begins as we meet the fullness of the light on the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. That day also marks International Yoga Day, reminding the world of our inherent interconnection. Also on June 21, I give a keynote presentation on MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary at the AREDAY ecological Summit in Snowmass, Colorado. Throughout the week, I will be at a meditation retreat led by the exquisite humanitarian and spiritual leader Amma, also known as the Hugging Saint. The full, action-packed days of music video production for my new single “Ocean Anthem” are now shifting, as we move into post-production. This song is so close to my heart that I often burst into tears as I sang it on set. The footage is looking epic and I cannot wait to share it with you! Stay tuned for the big launch date! Today is Father’s Day. Though my father passed away ten years ago, his gifts live on through me. His eye for beauty, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his incredible zest for life have been invaluable to me as an artist and activist. We have been exploring in recent weeks how whales are masters karma yogis. Selfless and surrendered, their…

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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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How To Be Inspired By Whales, The Master Yogis Of The Ocean

During the summer of 2010, I felt I had to do more to help raise awareness of our interconnection and our ecological responsibility. Following a recurring dream of lying motionless on the ice at the top of the world, while a great blue whale waited below, I traveled to the North Pole to listen, sing and offer healing, to help raise awareness of the melting polar ice. When I arrived in Canada’s most northern village, two Inuit elders greeted me, saying they had known I was coming – the whale had told them. In that moment, it was clear that I was playing my part in something vast and purposeful beyond my understanding. We are all interconnected. Nature’s intelligence works through us, when we are willing to listen. My connection with whales was inexplicably sealed through a miraculous spinal healing that took place a few months later, in 2011. In the blog I link here, I share how I was graciously guided from paralysis to mobility by prayerfully listening to the heartbeat of a Great Blue Whale. The more I learn of whales, the more I am awed by their massive, compassionate and wise presence. They seem to me to be master yogis, in constant co-creation with and in service to the whole. With World Oceans…

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How to Make Choices Based in Self-Love and Compassion

Happy Earth Day! The Earth gives us so much to make this amazing life possible. I feel every day is Earth Day. That is why I am giving my all to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. This initiative to keep the entire planet cool and protect all life is about the reality of our interconnection. What each of us does affects the Arctic, and what happens in the Arctic affects us all. A healthy world is the true bottom line. One of the greatest gifts of being on this fabulous planet is our power of free will. We can choose that which supports our joy, health, and interconnection, or that which enables disconnection and suffering. In a blog earlier this winter, I wrote about how I gave up chocolate. I would like to pick up on that thread again this week and consider the power of choice as it affects ourselves and the world around us. When you are willing to make healthy changes, you fuel your new-found ability to make choices with the clear understanding of the power of your perceptual habits, and how you need not be limited by them. You can choose to see this moment differently. For example, when you understand that a sweet dessert you once thought delicious does not nourish…

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How to Discover Your Blissful Connection with Nature Right Now

Time spent in Nature is soul food. It is so beneficial that Japanese medicine recognizes the therapeutic value of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, spending time among the trees. That makes my every cell sing! I often recharge with walks in the ravine behind my house and by visiting the joyful flowers in Toronto’s Allen Gardens. But we cannot always step away from our daily tasks to spend time in trees or flowers. So how do you stay connected to nature in a busy lifestyle? My article below, recently published in Sivana Spirit, will show you how. It begins with remembering that your essence is one with Nature. Aspects of your psyche that interfere with your true nature and your fullest health also interfere with the total health of the planet. You are literally interconnected in the seen realms through your biochemistry. You are literally interconnected through the unseen realms through your thoughts, energy and intentions. As you move into the fullness of your being and release your attachments to the places within that keep you small, you allow your magnificence to shine. In so doing, you celebrate who you are and your oneness with this glorious planet, that supports you unconditionally. Here is a meditation practice that I do to help increase awareness of this interconnection:…

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How to Find Peace in a Polarized World

How do we stay awake, aware and compassionate in a world that seems filled with anger, violence, “fake news” and spin? How do we get to the heart of it all? I explore these questions in the following article, published on Thrive Global this week. I get a snapshot of world events from the things I experience as I move through each day: captions in newspapers and on magazine stands, conversations on Facebook, clips on the radio or on YouTube, and through the atmospheric vibration I touch in my daily meditation practice. I know that there have been clouds of dissension in the ethers for some time. I can see them in the media and sense them in the unseen. Over the past decade, our world has been struggling with increased local and global unrest as well as greater natural disasters. At this point in my life, I don’t feel a call to follow politics closely. Not because I don’t care—quite the opposite. I care deeply. I am simply unconvinced that the ongoing problems we face today will be solved by poring through daily news. I know, as I am sure you do you too, that in every moment, all over the world, people are violently attacked, raped and brutally murdered in wars between nations and…

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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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Winter Solstice Meditation for a Happy, Healthy 2018

Last week, I shared how I gave up chocolate and discovered the power of choice. As we explored in that post, one of the most important factors in making healthy changes is in willingness to see things as they are. With this, you can strengthen your ability to make choices with clear understanding of the power of your perceptual habits, and how you need not be limited by them. You can choose to see this moment differently. For example, when you understand that a sweet dessert you once cherished does not nourish you, your choice becomes easier. You can discern which foods give you the nourishment your body needs for a relaxed, happy and healthy life. When you first wish to make healthy decisions, you may be motivated by your own personal desire for happiness. Soon, however, you begin to see that there is no such thing as a singular decision. Not only does everything you choose affect all moving parts in your own life, but it affects all beings, everywhere. With the Winter Solstice coming up on December 21, there is beautiful and deeply transformative shift taking place within Nature this week. Let it inspire you to make choices that create more health, joy and happiness for yourself and for the world. Here are some…

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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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