Writings: Emotions

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.
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. 
Two Great Allies: Creativity and Ingenuity

Two Great Allies: Creativity and Ingenuity

Every exercise in practice provides you with a microcosmic opportunity to advance along your solitary path to the macrocosmic pinnacle of yoga.

Crazy for Tapas

Every act of prayer contains an element of emptying yourself, a relinquishment of volition, will and ego. 
Gestures and Doubt

Gestures and Doubt

Sansaya (doubt) is one of the 9 obstacles that clouds the mind and thwarts practice. Skepticism, cynicism, jadedness, lack of trust, fear of trust, worry, anxiety, anticipating the worst, finding the worst, all of these are reflective of doubt.
Angry Fists and Ideals

Angry Fists and Ideals

I was 17. It was 1980. I was your classic looking punk rocker; tucked pants into army boots, a black leather jacket, and hair spiked with Murray’s pomade. I was scary looking.

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