We know that there are no shortage of stories and articles about ethical issues arising in yoga studios, and various other spiritual communities. Conflicts between teachers and students, issues with studio administration, conspiracies of silence. Even though everyone...read more
From the roof, I can see coconut palms, stretching out as far as the eye can see, in three directions. To the west, is the Arabian Sea, disappearing over the horizon. It’s gorgeous, and new, but totally posting a podcast is impossible. I take a morning walk to the...read more
What’s this? Am I mad again?
I went mad once, then again.
At every breath I’m happier.
I sneeze: an explosion of ash, puff!
The city blazes, disappears.Once again I’ll build myself
A house, fire-proof, pleasant.
I begin carting bricks, with others.
The cornerstone is laid, my dream
Indestructible. But Then I sneeze-
The city rises like the phoenix.
Muddy Water is best Cleared By Leaving It Alone - Alan Watts (from The Way of Zen) It is time to move away from the metaphor of 'mud as concept' and move into the understanding of 'mud as process'. We tend to think of our minds as a container, filled to the brim with...read more
I don't practice Kundalini Yoga much anymore. I did it in college a bit, one of the few yoga centers in Eugene was a Kundalini Yoga center, complete with a Guru Granth Sahib. I thought Yogi Bhajan was amazing, and got to hear him speak in 2000, when I spent the week...read more
Say God by Daniel Higgs I discovered Daniel Higgs, through the song, "Say God". This poem/song/whatever is deeply moving to me, and it is the kind of thoughts that I would like to have rolling through my head all the time. Or, at least, I would like an abundance of...read more
There were bramacharis from the San Diego ISKON temple in vrindavan the same time we were there. Young pink skinned boys in clean pink robes. You couldn't tell which was paler. One brown skinned boy, too. Carlos. Smart kid. He wore glasses, and kept them...read more
I find the Duncan Trussel Family Hour Forum to be really interesting. I was on there the other day, and was reading a thread about western magic, and their rituals. There was a practice called 'The Gnostic Pentagram Ritual'. It struck me that it was very similar to a...read more
Its good to be back, talking to you all again. As many of you know, I had an injury last month, and I was pretty much laid up for all of August. I've emerged, and I'm pretty much back to normal. I've taught a few classes, and built a few websites, and life is getting...read more
Benjy Wertheimer at Bhaktifest 2011 I had the good fortune to interview Benjy Wertheimer at Bhaktifest, 2011. I was really interested in his prison work, and so I asked to talk to him about it. Benjy relates with startling clarity and compassion, discussing his work...read more
A Dream of 99 Teslas I had a dream the other night. Walking in the woods behind my house, I came across a man. Though he maintained the appearance of an ordinary man, I knew somehow that he wasn't. "you're from another planet." I told him He nodded and smiled and...read more
Someone asked how they could use yoga to help with some sciatica that they started experiencing during their pregnancy.Having never met them, this is what I felt like i could safely offer.most generally, sciatica is caused by the irritation, compression, and/or...read more