where in the world (2010)

After 5 trips to India I finally made it to the north, to the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar, a city in the foothills of the Himalayas. I was attending the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering for Hindus that has gone on for milennia.  Me and about two million of my closest…

the surrealistic version of Eat Pray Love

I’ve always received messages in my meditations. Some might call them visions although that is too strong a word for me because I certainly don’t consider myself any type of psychic. I do get flashes of peoples’ lives when I do energy healing — I usually don’t tell them what I see but when I…

shadow self

I found this wonderful photo at one of Sindhu’s blogs and thought it was a brilliant interpretation of the shadow self. It is entitled Devi and was originally uploaded by Mandar Sengupta. The photo is also a beautiful reminder of where I’ll be next year: I’m flying from Chennai to Kolkata (Calcutta) where worshiping the…

shiva and kali

(The Dance of Shiva and Kali) I returned last night from my Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training retreat at Spirit Rock in California. before I blog about my experience there, I thought I’d write about an insight I gained on the last day. As I say in the sidebar, I bow to Buddha but I…