Shadow…

The shadow has three functions: (1) It won’t let you step over or leave a part of yourself. You’ll make a fool of yourself. (2) It keeps us connected to our juice, particularly sexuality and aggression, the two parts of ourselves that we have the most problems with, and the greatest problems expressing. (3) Our shadow gives us compassion for others. Healing ourselves and helping...

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Mercy Now

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The Happiest Man

The oldest man in the world? The happiest man alive? A yoga genius? Who is Swami Sivananda? He was born in 1896 and has lived through three centuries! Full of life, energy, and a charm, 123-year-old Swami Sivananda is a rare look at purity, simplicity, and happiness. He laughs when asked if this generation can live to his age “No, not possible. This is the kalyug and everyone is too greedy!”...

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Repeat experiences

A Warrior of the Light notices that certain moments repeat themselves. He often finds himself faced with the same problems and situations as before. He becomes depressed. He begins to think he is incapable of making progress in life, the difficult moments having returned. “I’ve already been through this”, he complains to his heart. “It is true, you have been through...

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The Joy of Becoming An Old Fart

There is an old saying that states, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” My teacher, who I call the Chinese Master, would often state, “Do not allow aging to become bewilderment, for what you do with it determines your journey you will embark upon.” When one reaches their 50’s, they start thinking, “God, I am starting to get old.” When they reach...

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Everyday things are going …..right!

Thousands of things go right for you every single day, beginning the moment you wake up. Through some magic you don’t fully understand, you’re still breathing and your heart is beating, even though you’ve been unconscious for many hours. The air is a mix of gases that’s just right for your body’s needs, as it was before you fell asleep. You can see! Lights of many...

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Easy

I sit until my mind slips into silence, and in that eclipse of thought, a drop of nectar forms. I pierce the perfect surface of this drop and travel inward an immeasurable distance it could be light years or the smallest fraction of an inch. I’m filled with everything and nothing, as I rest in the center of this mystery, utterly content. My striving mind is spent, and in the quiet I realize...

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A BRAVE AND STARTLING TRUTH

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet Traveling through casual space Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns To a destination where all signs tell us It is possible and imperative that we learn A brave and startling truth And when we come to it To the day of peacemaking When we release our fingers From fists of hostility And allow the pure air to cool our palms When we come...

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SINGULARITY

Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity we once were? so compact nobody needed a bed, or food or money — nobody hiding in the school bathroom or home alone pulling open the drawer where the pills are kept. For every atom belonging to me as good Belongs to you.   Remember? There was no   Nature.    No them.   No tests to determine if the elephant grieves her...

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To Build a Swing

You carry All the ingredients To turn your life into a nightmare Don’t mix them! You have all the genius To build a swing in your backyard For God. That sounds Like a hell of a lot more fun. Let’s start laughing, drawing blueprints, Gathering our talented friends. I will help you With my divine lyre and drum. Hafiz Will sing a thousand words You can take into your hands, Like golden...

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