We should ask ourself what we consider to be most important – what do we wish...– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (Modern Buddhism)
purpleaggregates: “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” ~ The Buddha
Realizing Nirvana is like suddenly seeing what was obviously always there. Someone who has realized Nirvana is the happiest, most content, most free person in all the world. No neuroses, no obsessions, no worries. Pure enjoyment and peace. This person is free from the illusion of I. This person feels no separation whatsoever from the world anymore. This person is home.
Om is the sound the universe makes when it is pleased with itself– Carl Jung
In my usual Monday class last week we were discussing how to direct the flow of prana, or life-force. One way to direct prana is through the use of Mula Bandha, the “root lock”. To help his students find Mula Bandha, Richard Freeman, an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, offers this hint: “If you exhale very fully and smoothly, you’ll notice that the end of exhalation creates a...
My religion is to live - and die - without regrets.– Milarepa, Tibetan Buddhist (ca. 1052—ca. 1135)
This is quite a crazy image to represent the practice of Ujjay Pranayama, or Ujjayi breath. I find this to be such a gentle way to create incredible warmth within the body. It can also have an amazing ability to be a strength builder as well as a calming muscle relaxer. In Ujjayi, both the inhale and the exhale are done through the nose but the “ocean sound” comes from...
It is because of self-cherishing that we take our wishes and plans so seriously...– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Transform Your Life”
Great for a Spring cleanse to improve your digestive fire and help eliminate ama. In Ayurveda, ama is is the concept of anything that exists in a state of incomplete transformation. In particular, it is a toxic byproduct that builds up in the body over time as a result of improper or incomplete digestion. BASIC RECIPE Prep time: 30 minutes Servings: 3 1 cup basmati rice 1/2 cup mung beans...
While I am here at Kripalu, I have imposed a no cell phone policy on myself. The first twenty-four hour was quite anxiety producing (what if I was getting texts or emails at that very moment!!), though I am now starting to find a deep sense of peace. I have also told myself I can only look at my computer once…well ok, let’s say twice to be realistic. I plan to blog about so much...