DANA

Buddhists believe that giving without seeking anything in return leads to greater spiritual wealth. Dana is a concept in Buddhism that means generosity or giving. It is also the practice of cultivating generosity. Ultimately, the practice culminates in one of the perfections (pāramitā): the perfection of giving. It is characterized by unattached and unconditional generosity,…

I am blessed….

….to have such readers. Kevin is a long-time reader and has always been very supportive of my cathartic rants and musings about yoga. As what sometimes happens in the online world, we struck up an email correspondence about all things yoga. In fact, Kevin and his wife Erin had also planned to visit the ashram…

talking the talk AND walking the walk

This is yoga. “Wednesday, April 8, 2009Hope flickers onSiteki, Swaziland4:30 pm 7/04/09 The world is full of tears. Tears that would overflow the banks of any sea. And yet I still believe in us. In humanity. In the power of love. It has only been two days since I’ve been back on Swazi soil… The…

dana, gratitude, and love offerings accepted

As a practicing Buddhist, I’m all about dana (pronounced “donna”) — “unattached and unconditional generosity, giving and letting go.” that is how I make payment at Spirit Rock Meditation Center for my Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation training. in my last post, bindifry made some very pithy comments about students showing gratitude to their teachers, and…

thanks given

to…. Suddha Weixler. . .for showing me what it means to be a true yogi Srivatsa Ramaswami. . .for showing me what pure yoga is and inspiring me to go to India Paul Grilley. . .for showing me that yoga truly is “all in the bones” Sarah Powers. . .for confirming for me what I…

gratitude

The attitude of gratitude has been resonating with me lately and not just because Thanksgiving is tomorrow. In three weeks — exactly two weeks before I leave for India — I am scheduled for a medical procedure because of certain pains I’ve been having for the last few months. I am concerned but I’m also…

going with the flow

Do you ever have days where all your yoga and meditation training kicks in and you inhale peace and exhale gratitude? The last few days have been like that for me. I have three cats and the two pictured are Jack and Sox. Sox is 16 and Jack is the grey tabby, 15 years old….