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Seeing the World as You

24 May

All separation, every kind of estrangement and alienation is  false. All is One – this is the ultimate solution for every conflict. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj Seeing the world as you is a way out of inflated self-importance, or what Buddhists would call self-cherishing.  I’ve learned about this the strangest way, through my life-long arachnophobia, or terror of spiders.  I should call it my slowly-but-steadily-waning-fear of spiders. For as long as I can remember, spiders always paralyzed me.  If they were bigger than a quarter, forget it; I’d run screaming from the room like a six-year old.  I can’t say the number of...

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Marrying Kali

23 May

A heart does not choose. ~Colette But it just might be a lunatic you’re looking for. ~Billy Joel Perhaps because of retro-fifties moldy tomes that still hang around like The Rules, I get plentiful calls from women fearful about relationships.   Even ones who are otherwise strong and capable, of any sexual orientation, still ask stuff like, “Did I say too much?”  “Should I have been more coy?” or “Why didn’t I play it cooler?” But the forces of karma need no manipulation.  After all these readings to all kinds of people, I know one thing for sure:  if you’re destined to...

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The Wayward Yogini

11 May

I have unshakeable faith in the perfect outcome of every situation in my life, for I am allowing God to be in absolute control and guide me in all proper actions. Catherine Ponder Last Thanksgiving, I heard from Maura, a local yoga teacher who was terrified because her classes were shrinking. She wanted to know why. As we talked it got apparent. She constantly calculated the number of students she would need to pay her bills. She saw herself in anxious competition with any other teacher. And she envisioned a diminishing pool of potential private sessions as money got tighter...

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