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Read More Knowledge SheetsPractical tips for better living - Short knowledge which will be your guide to better living, tranforming the most challenging of situtations to one of peace with ease. Looking for and finding a life partner is like getting ready for an adventure of a lifetime and not always knowing where it may lead. For those of us looking for a partner, perusing over profiles on the Internet or overhearing stories about a certain someone is like a mystery. If you already have a partner who is a non-meditator, you simply need to encourage him to meditate! Aikido - The word Aikido is made up of three Japanese characters: ai - harmony, love, ki - spirit, universal power, life force, or energy, do - the Way, a path, a discipline or course of study.
Ai hanmi - Mutual stance where uke and nage each have the same foot forward (right-right, left-left). Kakari keiko - Group practice, or continuous practice, often one or sometimes two throws per person before changing partners. The extension of ki may be the adoption of a certain kind of positive psychological disposition and the correlation of that psychological state with just the right combination of balance, relaxation, and judicious application of physical force.
For some aikidoists, ki is an expedient concept, a blanket concept which covers intentions, momentum, will, and attention. Aikido is not a system for gaining physical control over others, but rather a vehicle for self-improvement or even enlightenment.
Kiai - A shout delivered for the purpose of focusing all of one's energy into a single movement, only acceptable as a natural, almost involuntary response.
Kotodama - A practice of intoning various sounds which are phonetic components of the Japanese language for the purpose of producing mystical states.
The Aikido student first learns to maximize personal power, then thru technique, learns to direct that power at the weakest points of imbalance of a partner. Shugyo – Training, with an emphasis on the application of the principles of budo to your daily life. This is the day I have set aside to explore my close surroundings before I head out on my Maui adventure activities for the next seven days.
As I allow the disappointment to get as big and painful as it needs too, something happens that has happened many times in my life during difficult experiences. For many years, I searched to be a better person, to become wiser, and to learn how to live a full and productive life, and to be admired. The written word has often been the way spiritual messages have been received during my Life. Sometimes an old message said in a simple direct way can change the Life of the one who truly hears it. As I was leaving the workshop, a young woman came up to me and asked me to share what meditation had meant in my life. When he turns, his familiar face and eyes are beaming toward me as he explains that he is looking for the rock we used in meditation the last time we visited the creek.
His love for me is visible in the steady gaze of his eyes, and it both comforts and frightens me.
At first, the feeling is a bit overwhelming and tears flow as I remember Nepo’s request to include looking at the lighted candle as part of my meditation. It is spring again; forty-eight years have past and yet my memories of a small toddler are as vivid as every. It is good to remember the joy of him running across the yard, small frog in hand and joy in his face, panting as he recalls how challenging it was for him to catch it.
Recently I’ve been seeing growing older as a limitation; an ache here, a gray hair there, a bit of fatigue at the end of the day, a need for a short rest more often, a wrinkle on the back of my hand, a need for glasses more often.
Each of us experiences death of our physical body, each of us grows physically from birth to death, each of us is capable of thought, each of us experiences the pain of physical life and the joys. I believe deep in our core of being, we are each a small piece of the Universe, and we have manifested into this unique physical form equipped with the tools and a gift we need to create our healing part of the collective. As I began to ride the bike, it seemed a bit big for my frame and often my back hurt after riding a long distance, so I chose to buy a new girl’s bike. This search for meaning has brought me to this autumnal point, and to a knowing that equality is expressed within through an attitude of “non-judgment” about what we can see, smell, hear, taste, and touch through our five senses. One particular Saturday, a call came that a baby rabbit had been very still in the garden for a long time and appeared injured. As I approached the door, I remembered my husband carrying me across the threshold; I remembered bringing my son and daughter home to the loving arms of an extended family that had arrived to celebrate their coming into Life. My friend is out of town and some part of me is pleased by the freedom that gives to me and I have an authentic knowing that he is doing what enriches his life.
It is a reminder that I am not here to fulfill anyone else’s expectations; I am here to find meaning and purpose for my own life.
Again no thoughts come, just an incredible presence and knowing that in each moment there is beauty and nurturing for the soul for the taking. Many emotions were resident in my body; the state of love and the state of fear fought for domination.
For some who knew him well, his physical presence will be missed and their healing will take time. I refer to my life as a juggling act because there are so many facets of what I do that need to be in constant motion. In fact, I have more than a few waist trainers that I've been using for over a year since becoming curious about the waist training trend.
I will be there and looking forward to some heart opening rooftop yoga atop the James Hotel in Soho. Earlier this summer, I spent one of the most amazing and healthiest travel weekends of my life at the Four Seasons Baltimore. Geneva bravely decided to act on the lessons she learned through these books and noticed her life change drastically for the better.
And just in case you stop dancing to see where the hell you're going, the cruise will be sailing to Falmouth, Jamaica with a stop in Labadee, Haiti for a private live concert featuring the hottest Caribbean artists.
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For the sake of being accurate, let's call these dangerous deodorants what they really are, which is antiperspirants. I was there to buy an assortment of chocolates for my Aunt as a combined birthday and Valentine's Day gift. If you're looking to visit NYC or take a staycation yourself, keep reading for details about the GIVEAWAY I'm offering with Dream Hotels.
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There is suspense when imagining what life would be like with someone who scuba dives or another person who likes rock climbing.
You cannot recognize your life partner, your guru, from the outside appearance, but through your heart. With a sense of peace that is getting strengthened by your meditation practice every day, your naturalness comes through in your expressions.
Meditation makes you naturally sensitive, and you begin to understand when your partner needs that space.
A term used to designate the organization created by the founder for the dissemination of Aikido.
Proper footwork is essential in Aikido for developing strong balance and for facilitating ease of movement. Practically, the proper focal point of the gaze is somewhere around and below, but not directly into, the partners eyes, and certainly never fixed upon the attacking, hand or weapon. Aikido requires a sensitivity to such diverse variables as timing, momentum, balance, the speed and power of an attack, and especially to the psychological state of a partner or of an attacker. In Aikido, a technique cannot be properly applied unless one first unbalances one's partner. Although Aikido techniques are usually practiced with a single partner, it is important to keep in mind the possibility that one may be attacked by multiple aggressors. In many dojos it is considered proper to address the instructor during practice as Sensei rather than by name, in others this is reserved for a senior instructor or visiting instructor. In particular, one's attention during Aikido training should be single-mindedly focused on Aikido, just as, during a life-or-death duel, one's attention is entirely focused on the duel, although in Aikido rebirth through perseverance is always possible..
Yang represents the male, or assertive, force while Yin represents the female, or compliant, force. In particular, Zen emphasizes various sorts of meditative practices, which are supposed to lead the practitioner to a direct insight into the fundamental character of reality (mokuso).
So as this year ends, the compassionate patience I feel for myself fills my heart and it is soft with love; a love that has always been close at hand and seemingly just out of my reach. As the voting lines formed for this election, we stood together only as neighbors—rich and not so rich, young and not so young, extraverted and not so extraverted, highly educated and not so highly educated, multi-raced, blue voters and red voters—without malice or ill intent. It was an unforgettable moment; we hugged and thanked each other for making it possible for Zach to vote. The need for control is strong so supporting someone else’s ideas or interests each moment seems difficult at times. I felt reluctant, but I had had some physical limitations during the last year that had been difficult to accept and meditation had really supported my healing. The withdrawal I needed and the healing it has brought to me has completed this phase of my life.
The need for expansion comes from an internal voice that says explore, experiment, and do not become complacent. When the time and move is right, something within my spirit will say, “Get crackin.” The patience to wait for that insight has come as a part of the growth I’ve found in this small blue house on top of a hill surrounded by mountains.
He agreed to run away for a day to escape the heat and discomfort brought on by a loss of electrical power in our homes even though his electricity had returned.
I stood in wonder at this amazing child so full of life and uninhibited yearning to have a good time and accomplish what he set out to do. Academics didn’t seem to be his focus, but he seemed to relish his relationships and became the life of the party and the favorite student to his teachers. Now his spirit of aliveness lives in me and the memory of his voice reminds me that Life in this physical realm is short and that what we create here lives forever within those we have truly touched.
I am sometimes impatient, but I’m learning to accommodate his need for being on my right side to hear more clearly.
We are here together at this time, in this place, and in this specific body to understand that the essence of all Life exists in each of us humans and in all living matter. If we examined each Life, it would not be what happens to us that would be different for pain and joy comes to everyone; it would be how we respond to what happens to us that has created our unique experience of our individual Life. To live well is to choose to grow into what we are most capable of being and be grateful for the uniqueness of the Life.


Two years ago it was refurbished with new tires, new horns on the handlebars, and had been given a good checkup so it could be used for riding with my new bike group.
For some reason, I have doubt about whether that person is capable of caring about me just as I am in this moment. As I began, I felt I was reading it for the friend to support him in his relationship with someone he loves; but as I began to read, I knew the book’s message would bring me the understanding of what I needed to know that I was resisting unconsciously.
My intention is to have compassion for the part of me that feels I need all the answers to life’s questions now. Look for them in the canned and jar food aisle where you'd find things like stewed tomatoes, pasta sauces, etc. In addition to raising awareness for this extraordinary event, I raised money to support it. Serene Social has teamed up with Lululemon and Suja for this gathering to kick off the calamity of fashion energy that's about to overtake the city. Quite honestly, I felt like I was hiding out, as if I had taken off for an exotic and faraway retreat. But the real highlight was scoring my room at the Four Seasons for their celebration of Global Wellness Day, which was served up as a full week of fit & healthy activities. Men don't like to be kept in the dark, because they know whatever you give them they'll have to top when it's time to shop for you. I knew this year for Father's Day I was going to give my dad a travel bag that would help him do this.
Here's the link again on Lucy's Blog :)]]>On June 21st, Athleta was the headlining sponsor of Solstice in Times Square put on by Times Square Alliance for it's 13th year. When Katya first reached out to me and shared a bit of her life with me, I was really impressed with her background and how she left a traditional career path to pursue an endeavor her heart was stuck on (racing). She works out with me, attends my events and has modeled for print ads (like the one above which actually never ran) and in magazines with me. Just to clarify, the Volvo Ocean Race is ongoing and was in full effect while I was on this press trip, but a few crew members at a time are allowed to come off the boat for a leg of the race and rest up.
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His blender and latest book came out of his own need to slim down for TV and press appearances. Read MoreWisdom QuotesShort quotes to brighten your day - Sometimes all it takes are a few words to change your life. In this article, find out why [meditation is a trait worth looking for and how to share it in a relationship. And meditation can help create a deep friendship, where two people can rest in their nature – peacefulness. Sitting in meditation once or twice a day can give you the sensitivity to enjoy the oppositeness! Kaeshi waza practice helps to instill a sensitivity to shifts in resistance or direction in the movements of one's partner. The expectations of the participants in such experiments makes it questionable whether or not they provide reliable evidence for the objective existence of ki.
This maximizes the efficiency and adaptability of one's movement, resulting in stronger technique and a feeling of affirmation both of oneself and one's partner. To achieve proper kuzushi, in Aikido, one should rely primarily on position and timing, rather than merely on physical force.
An analogy to this third stage would be the skill involved in pushing a swing, at no time is the movement of the swing interrupted, rather each interaction results in an addition of force. Although there are some specific exercises for misogi practice, such as breathing exercises, every aspect of Aikido training maybe looked upon as misogi. Some teachers remove the weighty philosophical implications, and the pressures of expectation which accompany them, by referring to the pre-class meditation as sitting quietly. Of course, since all techniques are used in a cooperative training situation, there is no sense in which one technique can be seen to be more real than any other, however, oyo waza are often useful as a more obvious metaphor to self defense situations for those students with that curiosity.
One of the most important ethical principles in Aikido is the cultivation of a spirit of loving protection for all things. Sitting this way may require practice, but provides both a stable base and easy starting point for movement. One goal of training is to be sensitive to suki within one's own movement or position, as well as to detect suki in the movement or position of one's partner. Although some Aikido students may practice zen, there is no formal relationship between Aikido and zen.
50 mile an hour gusts of wind in Virginia would encourage me to hunker down for protection. As the New Year begins, my heart is open and I look forward to the experiences I will create. As we began to practice creating scenes, it was immediately clear that it was easier for me to say “yes, but” and it was equally clear that doing so blocked the scene from expanding.
His choices were courageous; his experiences were dramatic examples of how to live and not to live for those who watched his progress.
The deep longing for companionship thwarted by my fear of losing independence is simple but complex within my thoughts about what to allow and what not to allow into my world. I’ve been living at least for the past few day in a story of my own making about what others want me to do, how they want me to live, or what they need from me. Recently a friend was talking about his experiences and how excited he was about his hopes and dreams for the future; I recognized them as both different and similar to my own.
It isn’t dissatisfaction with what is; its more a wonderment of what other experiences and growth are possible for me. What an awesome experience to see the love of a husband and a father reflected in the toothless grin of a new life. Memories of his birth and death have supported me in finding this place where I intend to live with compassion for others and myself and with a love of Life every day and every minute. I now move slowly enough in the morning to watch a cardinal land on the bird-feeder, my glasses magnify the beauty of the gifts that fill my home, my aches encourage me to stretch and care for my body and to find the wisdom to rest when rest is needed.
As the child, as the mother, or as the cherry blossom, my purpose is simply to live my best life and to grow. The manifestation of that essential Life we have brought into being takes many physical forms; all different, all unique.
If in this Life, we do not become conscious of the power of the collective Life of the Universe, we will be given another chance. So to carry the “Point” into an individual Life, who could argue that pleasant (light) experiences are better or worse than difficult (dark) experiences since every experience has the potential for learning by the being that experiences it. Going back there did not necessarily appeal to me either since my relationship to my former husband and her Dad had become faded memories of love and pain. I’m grateful for the awareness of this part of me that continues to need challenging if I am to be at peace with what is in this moment. That feels nurturing and I can feel my heart open as I consider the possibility that life is an illusion created by my thoughts, and I can choose which thoughts I will give my energy too.
For others, I just say something like, “planning a quiet day.” That answer feels authentic and supportive of the way I want to live my life. For sure, I am an active person with a wide variety of interests, but sometimes I enjoy “Being” in my home. She said that I was flexible in my hips and so compensated there for the lack of flexibility in the last vertebra of my back. I begin to remember the times in my life when I have felt emotional pain and have chosen to override it with thinking. This morning I read Tolle’s words I needed to hear: If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.
I will ask for guidance to accept what is happening in the moment without adding drama and fearful thoughts or intelligent explanations. Again, not complaining as worse things have happened in my life, but as all wavy and curly-haired girls know, learning how to style curls is freakin' hard! Louis at The Arch so that Special Olympics athletes from my hometown can train, compete and enjoy a lifetime of their own thrills. If you set a level of expectation, they will ALWAYS look forward to your gifts and rave about them in conversation.
Let me guess, you know how to break a sweat but you also look forward to showing off how well you clean up and glow like a pro. This is the yearly event where yogis come together right smack in the middle of Times Square to celebrate the day the sun is at its highest position in the sky for the longest period of time. But what you're paying for is great technology, an app that doesn't baffle you but inspires you and a piece of jewelry that looks good with anything you wear. It's a long trip (9 months at sea!) and it's a tremendous challenge for these women, requiring massive teamwork and goal-setting.
The blender and book duo make a nice gift for someone on a mission to lose weight in the healthiest way in 2015. The comparison, through continuous repetition, of the front entering form of a technique with the rear entering form (see ura) is one of the major underpinnings of the Aikido training technique. The comparison, through continuous repetition, of the front entering form of a technique (see omote) with the rear entering form is one of the major underpinnings of the Aikido training technique.
As she led us in meditation, I felt the deep pain of powerlessness again, and again I invited it to get as big as it could. It is all a “Story” from the part of me that loves stories and the justification they give for me to be less than open and less than loving. I’ve come to look forward to their presence and the feeling of security and safety they trigger within me.
Change for many is difficult, but for me the newness of change is invigorating and stimulating. We are many flames from the same candle, and yet, just one light; apart we are a flicker but together we make a luminous Life. The memory fills my heart and I see a vision of him in a jaunty Easter hat and sports jacket toddling up the small hill in front of my house; two steps forward and one step back and finally falling and rolling to the bottom only to rise again and begin again with laughter and determination. In those magical days, he marveled at the beauties of the life of which he found himself a part be they giant mountains, rock music, or the smallest of butterflies. It has been a life-long habit to observe closely human behavior and sometimes to judge or to give value to what I see; that is changing. My heart called me to the computer to put down my feelings, and I became distracted by email for a moment.
Each of us makes choices that create our life day-to-day, hour-to-hour, moment-to-moment, and those choices add up to a Life unlike any other. For this Life, in this place, I have a knowing that the Life I have created has supported the Lives of others and me.
The answer for me is in what I choose to give my attention and time too; with a conscious intention to live my life fully not someone else’s, just mine. No memories flooded me for I was in the moment, and this moment was another level of healing I had not expected.
It is not always easy to carry that deep sense of equality into our relationships for we are indeed spiritual beings in physical human forms with old patterns of reactions and judgments. I looked at her husband and there I saw a deep pain quickly replaced with an expression of deep love for this woman with which he has shared many years. Only then can I make a responsible choice to support the life I want with the consequences that come from making choices within the presence of acceptance.
I alone am responsible for the experiences I create and it is those experiences that enrich my life if I choose. Of course, routine chores like making a bed, fixing food, doing dishes, caring for my home are always needed, but this question seems to be about something more.
I’m reading, I’m writing, I’m thinking, I’m dreaming, I’m questioning, I’m answering, but more than anything else I’m simply being here now doing this and it nurtures my life. Sometimes I will be playing golf or tennis, rushing around running a project, working to beautify my yard; but sometimes I’ll simply be choosing to “Be” and for me that will be enough.
I’ve told myself that life is difficult sometimes and have moved on without giving the pain its due course and attention. As I sit with that question and just relax into the moment, I feel certain that if I remain open the question will be answered; not by the intellect, but by something deeper inside me that guides my life if I choose to listen.


I already have enough gadgets and gizmos in my life that if I'm going to add something to the mix, it better do something spectacular. But yes, I have a FLAT approach to skincare that I want to share with you today that literally saves my life every time I travel. Fact of my life: my toiletry bag + makeup bag + hair dryer and roundbrushes = most of the weight in my suitcase. My mom and I don't always agree on everything but she's been very supportive of my life choices and has taken great care of me throughout my life. So, I did for a little bit but then over time I became empowered by how great my mid-30's felt.
Or, I could be happy with the skin on my back and the beautiful things I have in my life at this very moment. Then again, the idea of spending hours--maybe even days--shopping for the perfect dress was something I just couldn't do ESPECIALLY during the height of Christmas-time shopping.
The first 6 are larger presents that require wrapping, the last 6 are stocking stuffers that pack a big bite for being so small.
In many traditional forms of meditation, focus on the breath is used as a method for developing heightened concentration or mental balance. In some ways analogous to irimi in that omote forms often involve an irimi movement, and demonstrate the triangle of the Aikido symbol.
In some ways analogous to tenkan in that ura forms often involve a tenkan movement, and demonstrate the circle of the Aikido symbol.
Many times the circumstances of life and my thoughts about them hid my beauty from me, and I could not believe others even when they shared their love and compassion for me. My overall intention for my life is to love well, and of late, that seems more difficult than it has for the recent past years. It protects me and not in a way that is creative; it prevents me from living each moment as it is with an intention to hear the quiet voice that wisely guides my Life.
It is a song of healing and caring for this person I am and the growing Being that awaits me with my next choice and adventure. As my hair grows and the gray is more visible, I’m reminded of what a long and remarkably healthy life I have and the freedom that brings. My heart aches with gratitude for this small being whose blindness first filled me with sadness; but now has added a measure of being alive that could not have been possible without what I once considered to be her handicap. We stopped again to sit by the river; all I felt was deep gratitude for all the extraordinary experiences of this Life lived fully. Since the evolutionary process of physical “survival of the fittest,” has taught me to judge whether or not I am safe when with another, this approach to Life is challenging and yet interesting and exciting to me.
As I watched them drive away, I knew this strong, courageous couple was focusing their attention on accepting and living Life fully in each moment, and I was grateful that they were part of mine!
In the absence of fear, it seems each of us becomes a conduit for the Light and its reflection. The small shadowed area of my own heart became visible to me as I remembered the losses that life has co-created with me.
I learned a lot from them about Team SCA's voyage, race conditions and day to day life at sea during this gorgeous afternoon spent sailing on the Hudson River.
I've been running long distances since highschool and to this day I'm still discovering new tricks for a smoother run. I love clothes, shoes, accessories, and the feeling of being well put together--yes, even for the gym!
The resolution of the apparent conflict between the two forms, front and rear, or entering and turning, is thought to result in the awareness of the interrelationship of all things, or aiki oneness.
Just as standard Aikido techniques provide strategies for defending against physical attacks, so does ukemi practice provide strategies for defending against falling or even against the application of an Aikido or Aikido-like technique. As I said “yes, and” to what she had to say, the profound lesson came that what she was saying would be an amazing way to not only do improv, it would change a life from a negative focus to a positive one. Over the years, my daughter and I, had pleaded, threatened, and prayed for him to give up drinking. The last few years have been filled with the joy of living and remembering his life and what it brought to mine.
This slow to respond, slow to move, slow to show emotion man has a great capacity for deep joy that I admire.
These moments of choice step-by-step and consequence-by-consequence truly become the Life I experience.
She never considered herself handicapped, and her acceptance has brought me bravery and added awareness that life is created by the choice to live with “what is” with courage. Another man loses his job and decides to create a different way of living and becomes a role model for others. If the answer is limits, look at it and let it go for it does not serve your Life or anyone’s.
It was clear to me that as a male, he had automatically assumed that the woman in his relationship had to have been weaker or less assertive for inequality to exist. Life is by definition impermanent and the cultivation of acceptance has been my yearlong intention since Winter Solstice of last year. In that moment of presence, their togetherness seemed all that truly mattered, and I was touched by their love for each other. No one knows in Life what will come next, living in this present moment is where we find our power. I will trust the Universal force to support me in my learning and relax into the pain, feel it deeply in the moment; I will no longer resist the discomfort, but welcome it in with whatever message it brings.
Once again gratitude for what “is” trumped the sadnesses of past experiences and the fears for the future. But when it comes to fitness--my area of expertise--there's no fooling me or anyone else for that matter. Some take ki to be literally a kind of stuff, energy, or life-force which flows within the body. This awareness occurs naturally upon the repetition of the Aikido techniques with a partner. As more new-generation voters came to exercise their right to choose along with others that had been voting for a long time, it reminded me of how precious this right is to Americans.
What I have never written about is how difficult and how painful it was to be the Mother of a dying son, and what Life was like for me when I could no longer touch his physical presence. No longer do I pretend that losing a son’s physical presence is easy, no longer do I need to be that strongest person in the room, no longer do I hide that losing him changed my own life in ways I could not have imagined. The need for change calls to be embraced with wonder and welcoming; it is part of the personality that has formed my human experience for as long as I can remember.
His physical body left us nine years ago, but for me his spirit is in the sound of the wind through the treetops and in the light of an early Easter morning sunrise. As a physical manifestation of a living Universe with unique skills, hopes, dreams, and personalities, how much healing we contribute is up to each of us for we have free will to choose what we will create. The strength coming back into his body was coming too late for him to survive this incarnation, but he seemed to love his experiences on the bike.
Because of their ages, that would be a very long time into the future, but it was the logic I used to hold on to this small symbol of my son’s longing for health and my own. I turned and sped away leaving him to his own period of learning since he had not ridden a bike for sometime. Perhaps your belief is that you love to write, but that you are too old and unknown to get published; you go forward anyway and your book is published and it brings you great joy. I’ve dressed to go biking and yet I stayed in the drama unfolding at the French Open as if it had some significance in my own life. For so long, I have worked to be conscious, to be authentic, to be present, and in that moment, the part of me that feels sorry for myself was active yet again. They either burnt out or broke after 1 drop and then it was back to the Apple store for a new one. Find out what's in store for you and please check out this Facebook Invitation (where I'd love for you to RSVP).
Becoming more relaxed and at ease, through meditation, we can realize that this “switch” comes from somewhere within.
This week as I gazed at the two photos, the child and the woman, it dawned on me that the beauty of love has always been within me patiently waiting for me to rediscover it. With the wisdom that I was changing my own life not his, I decided to offer him my support for sobriety one more time. The silence of deep meditation, the practice to live in this moment, and the awareness that we are a part of something bigger than our physical being have supported me to accept and heal from the things I can not change. As we close our eyes and state our intentions for the week, I feel his love and send him mine. I am filled with love and gratitude for the ability to write my thoughts and feelings down in a way that enriches and expresses my experiences. Each day the intention to live in fear of losing a physical existence that is inevitable carries us away from the love that is the essence of the Life we all share. Perhaps your belief is that your life experiences should have been different, but deep inside you know that it has been those experiences that have created you Life. His physical pain during the discussion expressed itself in a visible expressed pain in his chest as he talked about the need to live a more solitary Life to insure his freedom to be himself. I have a deep knowing that no matter what my perception is in the moment, the Universe is a friendly supportive force within me that “does not take sides, but seeks only balance.” It is my intention to have compassion for what I hear and see and to learn the lesson of impermanence as I witness it in nature. Their smells mingle with the sounds of the rain and for a moment the blender whirl drowns out all other sounds. With the absence of resistance to my feelings as they were in that moment, my heart reopened to the beauty and life that was represented by all the parts of the watery heart below. Many thanks to Altchek MD for all the attention and for making my skin look so great at 36 years old.
This time was different than before; this time I knew I could accept whatever choice he made, but he was my son and for myself I needed to offer him assistance one last time!
This cherry blossom is magnificent, and the glory of its connection to this growing child leaves me speechless and filled with awe for this blessed life. But what stood out during his memorial service, as one after the other went to the lectern to speak, was his love for his wife of 34 years. Perhaps your thoughts are that your thoughts are true and you do not question further how best to live your Life with yourself or in relationship to others. The annoyance I felt in my body as I viewed his pain turned into compassion and acceptance for us both. My choice to visit the past because I love my daughter created a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of time passing in the present, and my gratitude for my daughter and our choices to share our Life sang within my heart; a reminder and then a another memory of time passing in the present! This need to understand everything that happens has been a recurring theme for as long as I can remember.
The last five years had been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me as he was better and then not better over and over again.
I could do this and I began a long path of self-healing without the courage to ask for support directly.
Perhaps you have doubts about your own goodness and forget to look at the generosity that has been a major thread of your Life.
Earlier that day, a dog had stumbled upon a hornet’s nest and had been stung badly, and a staff member went looking for the nest to eliminate it so humans could walk the path without being stung. Meditation had supported me in staying centered enough to love my daughter and her family, support my partner’s interests, hold a demanding job, and attempt to just enjoy and learn about my life. His essence was generously given in his relationships, his music, his photos, his garden, and his passion for life. Perhaps you have made what seems like a mistake and your belief is that you cannot be forgiven and that thought keeps you separate from someone you love.
He lived his life with gusto and without apology, or so it seemed to me as he was remembered. It took him some time to physically fill out the ballot, and it was my honor to wait for him. For me, Zach’s light infused the darkness around the truck and as I looked from my fellow poll worker’s eyes to Zach’s son-in-law’s eyes, they seemed to glow with something unexplainable.



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