Being Present

This is not the blog post I was planning to write. However, as events unfolded this week in this world we inhabit, this is the blog post that came forth...I hope you find it helpful. This week the President of the United States threatened war with North Korea, and North Korea responded with threats to bomb the U.S. military base on the island of Guam, making the possibility of nuclear war again a very real possibility. Regardless of whether this is the rhetoric of powerful egos or whether it carries truth, the earth is also responding to the greed and overconsumption that human beings have imposed upon her for far too long. Whether climate change or war will bring us the next disaster, we c

Niyamas

I've blogged quite a bit about the Yamas - part of the 8-limb path of Raja Yoga laid out in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The Yamas are considered "restraints" or behaviors one should follow on the yogic path. Today, we explore the "Niyamas" which are observances or practices to be cultivated on the journey of yoga. There are 5 Niyamas: Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Svadhyaya, and Ishvara Pranidhana. Saucha is translated as "purity". This refers to both inner and outer purification of one's mind, body and physical environment. Cultivating purity means being aware of what you put into your body and how it affects body and mind, as well as who you surround yourself with and how cluttered your mind may

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