A 40 Day Chant for Abundance, Peace, Health and Spiritual Realization for All in the New Year!

Today I am going to start a 40 day Mantra Discipline that will end on New Year’s Eve. I am chanting for Abundance, Peace, Health and Spiritual Realization in the New Year for all. Will you join me? Starting today the discipline will end on New Years Eve. Here are the Mantras I will be doing: 1. Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha 2. Om Gum Shrim MahaLakshmiyei Namah 3. Om Vakra Tundaya Hum 4. Om Shri Davantre Namaha 5. Om Vajra Sattwa Hung 6. Om Astai Shvaryayei [...]

A 40 Day Chant for Abundance, Peace, Health and Spiritual Realization for All in the New Year!2018-12-22T20:49:14+00:00

Know that you are loved beyond measure

Sometimes, when I allow my life to become over busy and experience too many demands on my time and attention, I forget for a little that the Divine lives within me and that I am an expression of that. I can get caught up in the moment. Luckily, I have created a habit of practice. I am so grateful for this habit as it allows me to go deeply into the experience of my Divine’s love for me and my love for the Divine. We are [...]

Know that you are loved beyond measure2018-12-27T10:35:13+00:00

Falling in love with your Self

The spiritual path is really all about falling in love with your self.  Though that sounds like a pun on words, it’s a very deep understanding to entertain. Many people feel that spirituality is something they have to reach for. Something outside of themselves. This is a mistaken way of looking at things. Connecting with the Divine, which at the core of it, is the real you – is more about discarding beliefs, false identifications and patterns than attaining something. One could say it’s about accepting [...]

Falling in love with your Self2018-12-27T10:37:15+00:00

Why do we do seva or selfless service?

Most people get the reason why we meditate. They can understand it’s relevance to the spiritual path – going deeper into one’s own being. Also, with the practice of Mantra repetition, once they understand how these spiritual sounds effect us, they can easily see how important Mantra repetition is to our spiritual sadhana or path. But when it comes to seva –  people can get confused. Seva is the simple task of offering our time and talents to our highest ideal without any expectation of anything in return. One [...]

Why do we do seva or selfless service?2018-12-27T10:39:30+00:00

Happy Maha Shivaratri!

Today is Maha Shivaratri and the crescent moon that appears on this the 14th day after the New moon in February/ March every year is especially powerful to those who chant Mantras. The crescent moon is so identified with Shiva and so this morning I got up at 4:00 a.m. to shoot the waning moon. Any Mantra you perform on Maha Shivaratri will be multiplied by 1,000 times! Especially those that honor Shiva or Parvati/Lakshmi. Every month, Shivaratri is the 14th day after the new moon, as I mentioned, it [...]

Happy Maha Shivaratri!2018-12-22T11:22:05+00:00

Claiming Your Centeredness During the Holidays

The holidays are a crazy time of year for many. All the hustle and bustle of office parties and buying gifts, the dread or excitement of spending time with family members. We sometimes can get caught up in thinking, yet again, that our source of happiness lies outside of ourselves and so we get slack and lazy with our spiritual practice. Ah! Samsara…. she’s so seductive. For others, the Holidays are a time of sadness. Maybe they lost a loved one during a past holiday season. Or they find [...]

Claiming Your Centeredness During the Holidays2018-12-22T12:04:13+00:00

Daily Practice – The Unstoppable Power

I remember the first time I stood in awe looking at the majesty of the Grand Canyon. I was mesmerized by it’s beauty, the rich red rock and the stillness in the air. I marveled at the steep stone walls and saw way down below the Colorado River as it snaked it’s way through it’s cliffs. As I was standing there on the rim admiring this extraordinary masterpiece of nature, I overheard a father telling his son that the canyon was created by the river. It’s [...]

Daily Practice – The Unstoppable Power2018-12-22T12:15:11+00:00

Protection of your Meditation Space

Our space in which we live and meditate is very important to our spiritual path. It’s our nest in many ways – the safe place were we can be honest with ourselves and just let go and go deep. Sometimes though spaces have their own ‘Karma’ – whether it be good or bad – and when we find that is it is negative and affecting our meditations, it’s time to clean that energy out. Sanskrit Mantra is very powerful for this kind of thing. During one [...]

Protection of your Meditation Space2018-12-22T12:30:10+00:00

Opening the Heart through Compassion for Oneself

Compassion is one of the main teachings in Buddhism. Compassion for other beings and for oneself. We can be so hard on ourselves which makes it difficult for our heart to open. When we show ourselves compassion in the face of the startling clarity of self introspection, when we love all that stuff inside us that disappoints. When we truly have patience for our own shortcomings and subsequent bruised ego – only then can we really be there and have compassion for others. Only then can [...]

Opening the Heart through Compassion for Oneself2018-12-22T12:47:52+00:00

Dismantling the Debris

Our true nature is that of perfection. In Buddhism it is called Buddha Nature – the primordial bases for everything. But as human beings most of us suffer from dualistic views of our experiences. Our ego twists and warps the energy of our life until it is a barely recognizable form of the reality of things. Our job on the spiritual path is to dismantle all this debris. These outmoded thought concepts, the faulty thinking, these facades that shroud our true nature – the masks we [...]

Dismantling the Debris2018-12-22T12:55:03+00:00