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Making your practice fruitful

Yoga is called a ‘sadhana’ Yoga is called a sadhana. Many people translate this word to mean ‘practice’ but there is more to it then that. I say that because you can practice something for no real reason and little is gained from that effort. When I was young, I tried to learn to play the guitar. I would practice, but somewhat infrequently. I would learn a few chords to one song, then jump to the another. The effort and…

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The Importance of Harvesting Karma

As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma. Sri Guru Granth Sahib   The Importance of Harvesting Karma The shrill of the tenth snooze alert goes off and you jump out of bed in a panic and well behind schedule. You heat up the shower, head into the kitchen and brew a cup of Joe. As the coffee drips into the pot, you become entrenched in the sweet aroma and forget all about the…

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Harvesting the inner landscape

Spirituality is the gift of natural life. Not a superficial gift added onto it. Gabriel Halpern I remember vividly, sitting in the back of my first economics class at the University of Colorado listening to the professor drill home the fact that if we understand what is happening at a local level, we can hypothesize, with a high degree of certainty, what is going on at a global level. “Microcosm is the macrocosm,” he would say. I am not sure…

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Ten Bulls of Zen and Yoga

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than hanging on or defending.” Eckhart Tolle   How do you develop a deeper yoga practice? — Ride the bull home. There is a very beautiful teaching in Zen called, ‘The Ten Bulls of Zen.” The ‘Ten Bulls of Zen’ is a metaphoric depiction of stages of self-actualization. It is a model of the path to enlightenment, but when applied to our yoga path, can shed much light onto…

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