"Integrity comes from two things: from being true to your own life, and at the same time, from having a great respect for the life of whatever it is you are relating to." - Swami Chetanananda
October -- 2016
From the Cushion
Stand up to your feelings
As we go along in our days, the feelings that we have, whether they be attraction or aversion or anger or fear, are like transistors or circuit breakers that can be tripped. Our energy will be going along and we hit a feeling. What happens when we hit that feeling? Our energy is redirected. It gets going in a different way. There's nothing rational about it. Yet so much of the time we do not question the feelings that we experience, we just allow them to redirect our energy. More importantly, we don't stand up to those feelings. [read more]
Practice & Inspiration
Look to the Helpers
There is a I find that my need to be informed is in direct conflict with my need for a sense of well-being. My goodness, it is chaotic out there in the world. Every day the media reports are more distressing than the day before. The good news is that we can choose either to contract and brace against the unsettledness in the world, or choose to live above the fray. Yes, we actually get to choose.
"No one can take our inner state from us.
We can give it away, but it can't be forcibly taken."
Most conversations about sustainability have to do with technical methods to reduce the impact Homo sapiens has on the environment: design transit-oriented neighborhoods, recycle, install solar panels, ride your bike, plant native plants. Swamiji recently framed this discussion in a completely different way when he said that two things were required for sustainability: community and commitment. [read more]
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5 Steps to Sustaining a Meaningful Home Yoga Practice
For some people, a daily yoga practice comes very natural and easy, these people are able to drop into their practice, cultivate their discipline, and maintain it. For others a home practice is elusive and often unsatisfactory, and because of this may fall off the way-side. The following are some tips that I have found valuable in successfully maintaining a meaningful home yoga practice. [read more]
The extraordinary life and spirituality of Bhagavan Nityananda
Swami Chetanananda discusses the extraordinary life and spirituality of the great Indian saint, Bhagavan Nityananda, who is the foundation guru of his lineage. [read more]