Stories

As a fellow traveler on the path, I invite you to share in my stories and adventures for your inspiration..
This happens every year ... Jan 14, 2022

Outside my gate here in India the neighborhood is a sea of orange-robed ascetics arriving to beg for alms.

It happens every year on January 14th when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn. It’s Makara Sankranti, an astrological moment when the Sun appears to head north.

It’s believed...

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Wishing you a warm and happy New Year! Dec 29, 2021

As the year winds to a close, I wish you a warm and happy New Year!

Reading over my journal from this same time last year, I came across this quote from St. Augustine I’d written as my guiding reflection for the year ahead:

“Love and do what you will.”

So many times over 2021 I...

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The final solar eclipse of 2021 Dec 01, 2021

Welcome to the grande finale of the year!

December is a jitterbug of ironies, pelleting us one by one with confusing oppositions. What you see isn’t what you get. The senseless makes sense. The reverse is also true.

Our journey through the misty moors of irony begins on December 4th with...

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Welcome to eclipse season! Nov 17, 2021

Eclipses provide a moment of wonder. They interrupt the constancy of the sun and moon - our emotions and the "I" who feels them. They make us aware of a bigger Presence behind all we experience.

For this reason, eclipses are good for some things and not good for others.

If you crave certainty...

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Mūrti: The Living Form of God Nov 11, 2021

 

Whatever you wish to see, can be seen all at once within this body. This universal form can show you all that you now desire. Everything is here completely. (Bhagavad Gītā 11.7)

 

I was late for the train back to Delhi, but Auntie was not bothered. “First things, first,”...

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Returning to Wholeness in Holy Bhadra Month Sep 01, 2021

Welcome to September, which in the Vedic calendar is the month of Bhadra.

Bhadra means “auspicious,” “lucky,” “fortunate." During the first dark half of the month, it’s the tradition to invoke and feed your ancestors.

I never understood the connection between...

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How my Guru Fixed my Greatest Flaw Jul 24, 2021

My dear all,

With a full and grateful heart, I wish you a Happy Guru Purnima…the full Moon dedicated to the one who leads you home to your highest Self.

Many of us who practice yoga tend to discount the role of Guru. We tend to think it’s enough to have an “inner”...

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After Grief, Gratitude: How the Heart Heals After a Pandemic Jun 01, 2021

I’m fond of books whose titles reveal everything you need to know without having to read them. I’m thinking specifically of Jack Kornfield’s, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path. 

You get it in the title. We grow wise by gaining...

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There’s a path that’s the end of suffering. May 01, 2021

This story comes to you from India, which is reeling from a brutal second wave of Covid. In the midst of such widespread suffering, death and grief, I’m reminded of India’s greatest spiritual teacher, the Buddha, whose birth anniversary is celebrated on May 26th, the date of this...

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And in typical Aquarian fashion, what’s old is new again Apr 01, 2021

Despite what we learn from the news media, April is full of pleasant surprises in my opinion. 

The very best thing about April astrologically is that Jupiter leaves the clutches of his debilitation in Capricorn and enters the world-expansive Aquarius on the 7th. The great planet of wisdom...

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You’ll feel like exploding with colors everywhere Mar 01, 2021

It’s *almost* spring here in the northern hemisphere, which means in the Vedic calendar it’s Holi time!

Famed the “festival of colors,” Holi occurs on the brilliant full Moon in the Vedic "month of flowers.” It’s signaled by bonfires burning up collective...

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Go and love some more. Feb 14, 2021

I almost forgot it was Valentine’s day until my assistant asked me if I was going to say something about the “big holiday” coming up. I really had to think. What holiday?

Perhaps I’ve erased it from my mind since my ex-husband refused to acknowledge it. He claimed it was a...

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