Reconnect With the Inner Peace and Harmony That Have Been Waiting All Along to Inspire Your Decisions and Your Life

These days, I am immersed in completing the creative content for MAPS. As singer, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer, I am faced with hundreds of decisions every day. Knowing the state of the world, as Arctic ice melts at a rate of 14,000 tons per second, each day I consciously choose to be maximally effective. From experience, I know that I am in a peak state when I work in co-creation with nature, that is, when I become inwardly still so that my will is in harmony with the universe. Then I can hear guidance from nature. Rather than feeling alone in a studio trying to conquer sounds, composing feels more like taking dictation from the universe. I am immersed in a creative workshop, surrounded by vibrant energies and compassionate intelligence that totally support my highest purpose and deepest joy.

In each moment, we are called to harmonize two seemingly different rhythms: that of our human desire, and that of the natural world. In the purest sense, they are one and the same. We experience their synchronicity when we choose to let go of the idea that we are separate and choose instead to live in partnership with the natural world of which we are an integral part. As physical, sentient, spiritual beings, we are inescapably interconnected with nature and the universe of which it is a part. We are woven into the fabric of life itself. It is impossible for us to make any decision – no matter how big or small – that does not affect the whole.

The Problem with “Problem-Solving”

But we tend to live in dissonance with this natural harmony, fighting the threads of life that weave through our very essence. When we see problems, we feel we must fix them – whether they are emotional issues, a conflict at work, or challenges in our budget. However, this desire to conquer leads to more problems, because lasting solutions, ones that provide true healing, will only arise from a place of feeling connected.

When we act from the belief that we must conquer our inner or outer world, we inevitably create a ripple of suffering in the web of life. This is a knee-jerk reaction based in fear that comes from a fundamental belief that we are not loved or supported. Our disconnected thoughts, feelings and actions are fuel to the fire of our burning world.

From Force and Stress to Fulfillment and Love

If I were to say, “You must force yourself to feel at peace,” you would immediately know that was not possible. That is because you know that peace is a state of calm that arises from feeling connected. When we feel a part of, we feel a love, fulfillment and vitality that are not dependent on circumstance. Peace cannot be forced. It is like a flower that blooms with patience, kindness and nurturing over time. To find inner peace, we must first understand that we are each a part of the compassionate and loving fabric of life.

This becomes clear when we take a moment of pause, out of our daily habits. We tend to run forward out of the moment, push toward what we think we need and attempt to control what we believe we want. But in so doing, we treat ourselves and our environment as if we were yelling at a flower to bloom. We cannot find inner or outer peace from this world view.

Where to Find Inner Peace

The inner peace sanctuary is within our minds, in our understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. It is within our hearts, as we open to the love that is our true nature, and that supports us in each moment. It is in our bodies that carry us through our lives, so that we may act with compassion and serve a hurting world. It is in our spirits, that know of our inherent unity and that soar ever free. It is within each one of us, as one Earth family, as we learn to see ourselves in each other, as sisters and brothers. We each have the same need for food and shelter and to feel loved, and the same capacity to love and serve. The only difference is in our willingness to cultivate the awareness of our interconnection, which is the foundation of discovering your inner peace sanctuary, that already is.

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As you move through the stress of your busy life, see if you can meet the noise of the day by tuning into an underlying stillness and quiet. It is there. Open to it. By engaging with noise, you feel noisy. But by focusing on the quiet, you become still. In that stillness, you will discover greater possibilities, and feel more refreshed and energized. Allow any external sounds remind you of stillness, and know that the still small voice, the peace within, is home.

From my heart to yours,
Parvati

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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!

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
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I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

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Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
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