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  • Memories of Love

    Sometimes Love can feel a bit elusive, and too big to grasp. The thing is, love can be connected through via different derivatives, different avenues, than are accessible. One of those is memory - the act of remembering an experience where you were full of Love. We'll do that today. :-)

  • Many Types of Love

    Feb 11, 2022 - In reading "Exquisite Love," it mentions all the types of love available. There is love of another person, but there is also love of animals, trees, places, things...there are many, many types of love.

    Today we celebrate all the love that is possible!

  • Teaching on Bhakti Should Be Reflected on

    Feb. 1, 2022 - "Teachings on Bhakti should be reflected on, practices that awaken it should be undertaken." - Sutra #76, Narada Bhakti Sutra

    This sutra is one of my favorites. Bhakti is devotional love, but I like to think of it as straight up love. So, according to this sutra, we should spend...

  • Stick With Love

    Jan. 17, 2022 - "I've decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." MLK

    Isn't it wonderful to have Martin Luther King Day each year, so we can be reminded to keep working toward a more beautiful world. The above quote I particularly love, because I have tried out hate now an...

  • Plant Flowers

    Jan. 7, 2022 - There is a meme going around that has two people talking. One person is saying to the other how horrible the upcoming year is going to be, with COVID and politics and the climate crisis and everything horrible. He asks the other person, "What do you think is going to happen in 202...

  • Positive Memories of 2021

    Dec. 28, 2021 - This is an appropriate moment to look back on 2021 and find the good. Of course, just like every year, there were things that weren't that good...but, I think it's ok to focus on only the good sometimes, to remind yourself there always is good to find. And, maybe you could leav...

  • Open to the Magic that is Everywhere

    Dec. 24, 2021 - Today I was thinking back to when I was a kid at Christmas. I have five older brothers, and we grew up in a big house with high ceilings. For Christmas we would have a huge tree, with tinsel and tons of lights or ornaments. It was total magic.

    On Christmas morning all of the b...

  • Breathe Tenderly as the Lover of All Beings

    Dec. 14, 2021 - Over this weekend I took a plane trip to Colorado, with a stop over in Chicago. Sadly, the plane was delayed in Vermont, and by the time I got to Chicago, it was too late to catch a connecting flight...so I had to spend four extra hours in the Chicago Airport. I figured I'd set...

  • Can You Feel Your Heartbeat?

    Dec. 7, 2021 - I am reading a book right now called "The External Mind...The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain." In the chapter I am currently listening to it is talking about the idea of "interoception." As the author describes it, "interoception is nothing more than the feeling of being al...

  • Coming Back To The Breath

    June 24, 2020 - Coming back to the every present breath...something we always have that helps us, and all we have to do is remember it's there.

  • Savoring the Moment

    May 19, 2021 - This morning I was savoring the incredible beauty of where I live. I was sitting on my back porch looking out at my back yard and the view I have. I live in a condo up on a hill and have an amazing southern view. I get to see the full sunrise over the Green Mountains every night, ...

  • Gratitude for the Support of Others

    Feb. 3, 2021 - Whenever I have heard teachers talking about their teaching, almost always they thank their students. I totally get that. For me, I enjoy the philosophy of yoga, the movement of yoga, how it makes me feel. But, without students, I know that I wouldn’t spend as much time explorin...

  • Your Goodness Is Always Part of You

    Dec 16, 2020 - In the philosophy of the teachings in the "Vijñānabhairava", it speaks to the idea that we can't separate ourselves of goodness and light, just like water can't be separated from wetness. Isn't that awesome! I love that idea. So, we'll celebrate our light today as we connect to ...

  • Foundation of Breath for Positivity

    July 23, 2021 - I’ve been thinking about how we have these various foundations in life that support us, and one of them is the breath. Connecting to the breath can help keep us about the fray. So, today we focus on the breath a bit…I hope you enjoy it. :-)

  • The Splendor of Recognition

    Nov 24, 2021 - This morning, the day for Thanksgiving, I woke up with that "Thanksgiving feeling" a remember. A feeling thinking more about things I care about, than I'm worried or feel pressure about. I feeling of being happy for the day, and comfortable as me.

    It reminded me of a book called...

  • The Light You See By Comes From Inside

    Nov 5, 2021 - I was sent a survey, for some reason, about burnout. Maybe it was sent to all professors at the University, but either way, I filled it out. The results weren't positive...I could have told you that. But, the recommendations were interesting. Here's what they said I should do (and...

  • Life Is Uncertain

    Nov. 9, 2021 - In the Bhagavad Gita, the warrior (Arjuna) is advised by his chariot driver/God (Krishna) that he should be his True Self and be a warrior. Of course, it’s all an analogy to life. We are Arjuna, and we are trying to figure out life and there is a lot of uncertainty. What the Bh...

  • Embrace Your Colors

    Nov. 16, 2021 - People tell me sometimes that I must be so calm and happy because I teach yoga and meditation all the time. I tend to agree…I SHOULD be all calm and happy from doing this, right! Actually, in a way, I think I’m the opposite. I find I have a much more diverse palette of emotions ...

  • Open to the Light Inside and Out

    Nov. 19, 2021 - As I enter into the final weeks of teaching at the University...we are starting a week off for Thanksgiving right now (YAY!), I am reminded of all the different highs and lows of emotion I've had this semester. Every semester is somewhat a roller coaster, but COVID adds a whole o...

  • Find Home In the Breath

    August 2, 2021 - I have been thinking about all the people that travel for a living. I have done a little traveling as a musician, so I was thinking about musicians who travel full-time. Then there are people who do a lot of traveling that are teachers…like world traveling yoga teachers. Enter...

  • Setting a Mental Target

  • Our 22nd Anniversary

    July 7, 2021 - Today Jane and I have been married for 22 years. Right on! Something that we did for eight years was go to Kripalu twice a year and assist a friend who was teaching a Couples Retreat. It was really fun, and very much a retreat for us. One of the things that would happen at the ...

  • Gratitude

    September 10, 2021 - I woke up this morning with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. It really wasn’t anything in particular, I was just going through my morning with a feeling of, “Life is great!” I was thinking of how awesome gratitude is because it reminds of you of all the positive in my ...

  • Being Nice to Yourself

    September 15, 2021 - Something I like about yoga it’s very much based in kindness. Sometimes it’s easy to think about that in terms of other people, but, it’s important to include yourself in that as well, since you are the person you will spend the rest of your life with. :-)

    I hope you enjoy...