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24 Jan 2016
Empowered Practice

It’s Your Turn! The Empowered Spiritual Practice

Attend the May Day breakfast, serve lil’ smokies and you’re good with God for the year. That’s my childhood interpretation.  Sundays were something to be endured and church time and real life were very separate. Now as an adult spiritualist, I see a continuum: Life is spirituality and spirituality is life. With this mature understanding, I gravitate toward empowered practice that supports skilful contribution to our world. Through authentic practice, we remember–and an adept spiritual teacher readily acknowledges–that the teacher […]

10 Jan 2016
Spiritual Authenticity

Take The Spiritual Authenticity Test

Are all the beautiful people in yoga class getting it–except you? Do you zone out and give your power away to a teacher? To help dismantle spiritual disassociation, we’ve developed a Spiritual Authenticity Test. No need to fast in advance or repeat a mantra 108 times: Simply get on with it and answer these simple questions. Question One.  When a teacher leads meditation, are you: immersed in elaborate past life visions that include ornate draperies, corsets and plenty of “miladies” setting a […]

01 Jan 2016
Crab

Five Ways to be More Spiritually Empowered

Spirituality is being content – as you. It’s simple. Yet, in this intriguing play of soul hide-and-seek, it takes practice. Here are five qualities to call upon, abilities you already have, that will help you be more content and equally empowered as you leave trendy spiritual dogma in the dust. 1. Ditch a Zone Out for the Zoom Out Zoning out (disassociation or spiritual bypassing) takes you farther and farther away from your personal power. While zooming out enhances your personal […]

15 Dec 2015
Narcissism Looking Confused

A Proper Love Letter for the Narcissist

Communication with a narcissist is beyond frustration. A narcissist is more interested in dominance than collaboration and your hopeful attempts usually come with the hefty price tag of emotional and mental health. Letter writing and journaling provide outlets for the crazy you’ve experienced and help reclaim voice and self identity. A proper letter does not ask anything of a narcissist for a narcissist only gives as means to assert power. FOUR POINT TEMPLATE:  LOVE LETTER to THE NARCISSIST What you will […]

11 Dec 2015
Climber

Spiritual Bypassing: Climbing toward Light to Avoid The Dark

Spiritual bypassing is a mesmerizing diversion commonly found among those who embrace the path of transformation. It is disassociation, disconnected feeling and thought, linked to any technique, methodology or practice that seduces us into a promise of transcendence, attainment or enlightenment. A built-in trigger is an underlying assumption, conscious or unconscious, that we are not worthy enough, as we are, to fully embrace our spiritual nature. We must be “other,” in order to capture inner peace. Spiritual bypassing feels as […]

24 Nov 2015
NarcissismLove

Complex PTSD and the Pursuit of Spiritual Perfection  

I first gravitated to Eastern thought after I obliterated a relationship with a man I dearly loved.  Love gave me anxiety. Lots of it. And I acted it out, thanks to yet-to-be-revealed Complex PTSD. When I discovered an intoxicating mixture of mantra chanting, bendy yoga, incense and exotic Indian food, amid a comfortable assemblance of life in an idyllic university town, I was hooked. Yoga and the path of transformation would forevermore be my perfect pursuit of perfection in an […]

19 Nov 2015
Candles

The Messy Negotiation: Terrorism and Spirituality

We often idealize the spiritual path as one of quiet contemplation, peaceful reflection and ever-present tranquillity. In truth, real spirituality is a messy negotiation with our world, one that requires daily diligence and significant navigational skill. Certainly, blissful moments within the path of awakening wax and wane. Yet for those who choose to live in the world, rather than in seclusion, we sign up for the challenge of conscious engagement with our world. And that’s not easy. Conscious, in that […]

06 Nov 2015
Power Of Chant Karunamayi

The Visionary

Yesterday, my dear friend Ana, a Hawaiian kumu, or teacher, shared a gem of multi-faceted insight: A visionary is “someone who works from the future, backward.” It’s good to have friends like Ana, and I try to surround myself with as many Anas, as many visionaries, as possible. A visionary is one whose awareness is refined; one whose desire for freedom is tenacious; one who is willing to offer the hard, self-deprecating labour of, often, being misinterpreted or misunderstood; one […]