Sunday, 18 September 2016

International Day of Peace, September 21, 2016

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Did you know that this Wednesday, September 21st is World Peace Day?

How will you participate?

Click here for events around the world including an Inner Peace Guided Meditation, access to the new film UPLIFT, and a Global Synchronised Meditation!

In Edmonton, please join me at Providence Renewal Centre from 7-8pm for their annual Labyrinth Walk for Peace.

Tibetan Bazaar September 24/25 2016

Friday, 9 September 2016

Small Things with Great Love

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Last weekend, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, one of the greatest Karma Yoginis of our time was officially recognised as a Saint.

Having visited Nirmal Hriday, Mother Teresa's Kalighat Home for the Destitute and Dying in 1999 I can tell you it is the most terrifying place I have ever been.  The sickness and suffering of the patients was unforgettable, but the faith, kindness and dedication of the volunteers was truly the most awe-inspiring and unparalleled gift of Karma Yoga, or selfless service that I have ever had the privilege to witness.

As a small token of my thanks, respect and admiration for Saint Teresa and the countless volunteers and donors who have made her mission possible, I share the prayer which is said to have hung on her wall for many years:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies,
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you,
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight,
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous,
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten,
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough,
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. 
It was never between you and them anyway.

Here is a beautiful quote you can print and color to remind yourself that every small thing done with great love makes an impact:  Saint Teresa Quote Coloring Page

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta ki - Jai!!!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Across the Universe

Everybody needs a dose of the "Big Wow" once in a while.

I'd like to thank my brother and his two sons for introducing me to the videos of Col. Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space and to command the ISS (International Space Station).

A few nights ago, we stood gazing at the stars in awe and witnessed not one, but five satellites moving across the tiny portion of the universe visible from our back yard.

The largest of them all, we mused, may have been the ISS from which Col. Hadfield broadcast a fantastic series of videos in 2013 including How to Make a Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich in Space.

If you haven't watched them yet, please do, you won't be disappointed!

It turns out Col. Hadfield is also a talented musician!  These two videos brought me to tears...

Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's "Space Oddity" from the ISS

Chris Hadfield performs the Beatles, "Across the Universe"

Jai Guru Deva!  Wahe Guru!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Family Yoga, Saturday July 23, 1016 in Stony Plain

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Saturday?

Join me at Mystical Stone in Stony Plain for Family Yoga!

While you're out there check out the Stony Plain Farmers Market!

Monday, 20 June 2016

This is Perfect

The Isha Upanishad begins with a beautiful verse sometimes called the "Perfect Prayer":

Om Purnamadah Purnamidam
Purnat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamadaya
Purnameva Vashishyate
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Purna may be translated as perfect, but also, whole, complete, infinite.

This is a beautiful sloka to chant when we feel gratitude for the synchronicities in life.  

Alternatively, it is also valuable in those moments when we feel our experiences are imbalanced or imperfect.

Here is a sweet and soothing rendition by Shantala.

And here is beautiful traditional version for those of you interested in learning to chant along:


It is an exceedingly rare event.  For most us, maybe even our parents, and certainly our children, it will only happen this once, here, in our lifetimes.

Tonight the full moon rises on the longest day of the year.

Here in Edmonton, the "longest day" is a whopping 17 hours, 2 minutes, and 47 seconds, nearly two hours longer than Toronto!

What am I drawing from this?  Besides the spectacular cosmic display, the long warm hours for wild rose petal picking, memories of treasured childhood books read late, late into the evening by the light of the setting sun...

Hatha, ha/tha, sun/moon, balance in the pairs of opposites.

And purna, fullness, wholeness, completeness.

Potent cosmic forces reflecting the potency of the prana in our own nadis or inner channels, and all the opposing and complementary qualities of our Selves.  Or perhaps more accurately, our microcosmic experience reflecting the macrocosm.

It seems to me, this is an opportunity for meditation on the universe and my place in it.  For contemplation regarding what "balance" means and how to achieve it.  For acknowledging that there is a time to every purpose.

I'm also recognizing that my experience of life is purna/full/complete/whole only when I acknowledge the value of both lightness and darkness, good and bad (whatever those mean), activity and stillness, and the divine timing that allows it all to "Turn! Turn! Turn!".

As you draw down the moon and bask in the sun today, what are you reflecting?  What are you reflecting on?  How do you embody union/yoga?
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