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Tapas: the Heat of Self-Discipline [Part 2]

“Take your medicine first.” – Narvada Puri  The word medicine conjures up many unpleasant memories from my childhood. I can almost taste the medicine my parents gave me when I was sick so that I would feel better. They always … Continue reading

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Tapas: the Heat of Self-Discipline (Part I)

“Practice that ignites our inner fire, brings out our inner radiance, and makes us vibrant and energetic is tapas.” -Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Who of us would not like to have more vibrancy and inner glow? After all, isn’t this the … Continue reading

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Contentment, are You Kidding? [Part 2]

We must forgive reality for being what it is. – Richard Rohr [paraphrased] When we are constantly embracing the moment or fighting against it, we turn this world into a problem to be solved. Think about this. Our constant tactic … Continue reading

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Contentment, Are You Kidding? [Part 1]

“We are confused about what is going to make us happy.” -Sam Harris The times we live in seem like an impossible place to find contentment. There are outer voices luring us to buy, to fear, to despair. There is … Continue reading

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Nourishing Internal Purity [Part 1]

David Brooks, in his book The Road to Character, makes a distinction between what he calls “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues”. Brooks defines resume virtues as the accomplishments that contribute to external success, while eulogy virtues are the ones that … Continue reading

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Between the Yamas & Niyamas: Learning to Love Broccoli

Have you ever taken the plunge to commit to eating better? Somewhere along the line, you decided that fast food and candy bars were not giving you the kind of vitality and wellbeing you wanted from your body? Maybe you … Continue reading

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Me, Possessive? (Part 2)

“Possessiveness is nourishment for the ego.” -Rajneesh Imagine that you were a person of great influence and power. Imagine that you had so much power that you could fire people, start wars, negotiate shady deals, and make others dance to … Continue reading

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Me, Possessive? (Part 1)

“…when possessiveness is not there, relationship has a beauty of its own. When possessiveness is there, everything becomes dirty, ugly, inhuman.” –Rajneesh We come into this world with the need to survive and the need to be loved, and yet … Continue reading

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