Monthly Archives: November 2010

Abundance and the Noticing of It

It’s very hard to feel grateful and depressed at the same time. In fact, I’m pretty sure that feeling both grateful and depressed at the same time might be like keeping your eyes open when you sneeze: it’s impossible (but … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Girls

I was first introduced to the widows of Vrindaban when I was barely 20 years old and on my first pilgrimage to India. A small group of us were walking the 14 kilometer path around Govardhan Hill with our guru … Continue reading

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On Vulnerability and Invulnerability

Lately, I’ve read a number of posts dedicated to the subject of vulnerability, most notably by Sarah Robinson of Escaping Mediocrity, who featured a tremendously powerful video presentation by Dr. Brene Brown at TEDx Houston. Dr. Brown asks: How do … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of My Yoga Mat

You know how some people name their cars? Yesterday, I decided to name my yoga mat. I figured we see enough of each other, we should be on a first-name basis. That way, instead of the pressure of “practicing yoga,” I can just spend some time with my mat, … Continue reading

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Social Media and the Unrequited Hug

One morning, in the temple kitchen, the phone rang while we were preparing a feast for the weekly Open House. It was an Indian woman, calling for directions to our Hawaii ashram. My friend, the head cook, spoke with her … Continue reading

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The Grace Debate

In India, there is a long-standing debate among yogis regarding how best to obtain divine grace. One view, which is called the monkey theory, says that a devotee must make a concentrated effort in order for grace to descend to … Continue reading

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