I was was walking through the Olive groves today and I stopped to hear a bird sing. It's melody was so delightful, so melodious, I came immediately to such a still place inside myself. There were no other sounds for me - just this little bird's song. I realized in that moment, that a beautiful creature like this tiny bird sings his call and everyone understands it. There is no translation needed, no dictionary to look up nor neighbor to ask what is he singing about..... [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
About ten years ago, I was driving into New York City from Connecticut. It was a gorgeous Fall day as the trees had all turned their glorious reds and yellows that ran along the Hudson River. I had been contemplating during my meditation, the day before, this Presence I had felt during meditation. I had this sense of this larger than...