Joy in Stillness

It’s been two weeks since I met Doug in California’s High Sierra Mountains, and the encounter is still rippling out to the furthest reaches of my being. I suppose in retrospect, ever since reading Paramhansa Yogananda’s quote, “You must stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds,” I’ve been searching for a way to do just that; now watching the Pacific waves crash onto shore, I feel my search has ended. Good thing too, since the world seems to be … Read More

The Nearest Temple

Breezes of peaceful energy, like I never had felt before while doing physical exercise, wisped through my nervous system. As I lay on my back in Corpse Pose, muscles seemed to unclench after years of tension. Paradoxically, I was alarmingly more aware of the business of my mind, which was like a virtual talk radio doing play-by-play commentaries!   I recall this vividly from the first time I stumbled into my first yoga class in a Los Angeles gym in the … Read More

The Grace of the Guru

The dream started with me tied to the ground, perhaps half buried but not all the way. All I could feel was that I couldn’t move.  My gaze moved up to the top of the mountain to find an army of warriors, dressed in red and gold armor, with arrows ready to fire. I knew there was no way of getting out; their arrows were all pointed at me.  As they positioned their arms ready to fire, I felt fear … Read More

Mother Nature Is Calling

As I’m writing this blog, Narayan and I are having a day of silence before leaving the Ananda Desert Retreat. As you read this blog, we will be beginning a two-week camping trip in Sedona, Arizona. Our campground has no cell reception or WiFi.  We talked about going camping a number of times but this time, Divine Mother was calling us. “Unplug. Let my silent beauty restore you.” I’ve noticed, since the pandemic began, that many are feeling the call … Read More