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Yama 4: Walking with the Sacred (Part 2)

“We redeem ourselves and help redeem the world a little through a conscious and continuous effort to find and live the inner dream and unique story of our lives.” –Michael Meade I wonder if the biggest casualty in these challenging … Continue reading

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Yama 4: Walking with the Sacred (Part 1) 

We have become a junk culture with a voracious appetite for embracing things of poor quality and little value: junk food, junk toys, junk clothes, junk mail, junk tweets… The 4th yama, Brahmacharya literally means “walking with the sacred”, yet … Continue reading

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Me, Steal? (Part One)

“The yogi cannot allow himself to take anything which does not properly belong to him, not only in the way of money or goods but even such intangible and yet highly prized things as credit for things he has not … Continue reading

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The Nullification of Truth (Part 1)

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain Truth has often been a long time sufferer. Under dictatorships the comedians, journalists, artists, and educators, … Continue reading

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Conversation with Nonviolence; What We Can Learn

“The ultimate question for a responsible man [sic] to ask is not how he is to extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation shall continue to live.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born on February 4, … Continue reading

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“I’m not a violent person…”

There is a danger to these times we live in, and that is the ease with which we can let ourselves off the hook. Violence is in its glory, and we, by comparison, can look pretty good. It’s the ole’ … Continue reading

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Aparagraha – non possessiveness

We can’t possess anything anyway, so it is funny to me how hard we try.  We use things and people to prop our insecurities on.  It is like putting chains on these things and demanding them to never move, never … Continue reading

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Brahmacharya – non excess

Like truthfulness, Brahmacharya is another “go all the way” yama.  In other words, restrain from settling for anything less than wonder, awe, and the sacred.  And restrain from anything that keeps you from this place.  It is easy to grab … Continue reading

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