Writings: Bhakti

Wise Void Minded Yogi

Wise Void Minded Yogi

In yoga we have an opposite notion or a contrary image about how wisdom takes form within the human mind.  Instead of thinking that attaining knowledge is about filling up our minds with learning, facts, information, viewpoints, stances, opinions and such—the yogi aspires to empty out of all thoughts and become ‘void minded’.
Cosmic Goodness

Cosmic Goodness

Each of us is meant to walk through our days finding our own unique ways of contributing to cosmic goodness. Each person’s sacred work is ongoing. It happens in the immediate moment in every choice you make and every interaction you have with your self and others.
A Devoted Man and a Master

A Devoted Man and a Master

There was a devoted man, a self-taught yogi on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean. He had all of these devotional practices that were half based on Hindu rituals and half what he had made up.
Why do we do yoga?

Why do we do yoga?

In weak moments I reason that I can’t do more or that yoga doesn’t have answers or the little practice that I do each day doesn’t adequately speak to or address what is happening right now with things seeming to be spinning out of control on every fault line across the entire spectrum of existence.
The Yogi and the Ordinary

The Yogi and the Ordinary

The yogi wants to drop all ideas and know reality from a place of no thought, direct experience without language or concept. The ordinary woman cherishes ideas above all else. Spends the first one third of her life in school, studying ideas, and then she goes to work generating and selling ideas.
Yoga Power for Life

Yoga Power for Life

If yoga is to take its proper place as an main, effective agent for positive change in the world it is because of the philosophy that it is based on—not as much because of the power of doing the physical postures. 
Durga Means Difficult to Reach

Durga Means Difficult to Reach

...its important to remember that your struggles with the difficult physical actions are merely a warm up for the stances that yoga ethics demand.
Hi World, It’s David. I’m Calling for a Cry In.

Hi World, It’s David. I’m Calling for a Cry In.

There are no easy or fast solutions to many of the problems we each face personally as well as collectively.  There is often great complexity in the even the basic matters that we must deal with.  The complexity that is inherent to acting skillfully and responding fittingly to whatever circumstances we face requires us to be patient, caring, and compassionate with ourselves and with each other.
A Dream To Increase Tapas

A Dream To Increase Tapas

I’ve increased my tapas because I have one dream and one dream only, and that is to do whatever I can to help the world move towards peace instead of heading towards destruction through engaging in uncompromising, fruitless, imperiling conflict.
The Brave Aging Yogi

The Brave Aging Yogi

I came across these words of one dancer:  “The bravest thing a dancer can do is get old”.  The same is true of a hatha yogi who dares to get old and keep practicing. 

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