I talked a lot about cleansing on our yoga retreat this past week.

I talked a lot about cleansing on our yoga retreat this past week.

I talked a lot about cleansing on our yoga retreat this past week. This is such a big part of our yoga practice. Bringing our stuff to the surface, looking at it, and letting it go. 
What are you holding onto right now that isn't serving you? What are you ready to let go of? What pattern, or old habit, do you want to leave behind? One of the excursions we did this past week on the retreat took us to a temple in Ubud, where we got to participate in a cleansing ritual. At each statue in the pool, we were instructed to stop and make an offering. Then we splashed water on our face three times, over our head three times, and were encouraged to go under the water and let it run over our head and body. It was a really great experience. We often use symbols and rituals in yoga to help us draw a connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm and sometimes to help us bring together our inner and outer world. This cleansing ritual, in which we are literally cleansing the body, can help us to connect to the deeper cleansing we need to do in order to go inward and connect with the deepest part of ourselves. In Tantra, you are the individual wave, embodied consciousness, and you are simply the water in the ocean, connected to the entire Universe.

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What is meditation?

What is meditation?

What is meditation?

This was the first question that I asked in my meditation workshop this past weekend. 

Most of us have heard the word meditation.  You might have a vague understanding of what meditation involves.  I think most people know that meditation is something to do with sitting in stillness for a long period of time.   In order to develop a deeper understanding of this ancient technology it's important that we understand specifics of the practice.  What is the goal of meditation?  Where are we headed in our practice?  What are the tools that use in our practice? 

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A New President.

A New President.

Well, here we are...

It's been a pretty crazy election year. I was genuinely shocked last night to see the results come in.

I have tried to not get that caught up in the election this past year but I have followed it and have wanted to stay informed. I did not think Donald Trump would win at all. I thought it would be close. I thought it was a huge wake up call for all of us. I thought there is no way that he has a chance to win, though. I thought the candidacy started as a joke. It was a train wreck. It was outrageous. Then there was a point where it stopped being funny and it made me sad.
So, now what? What do we do now?

Well, it happened. Yes. This has happened. Yes. Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States of America.

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