Reflections on Kindness and the Discipline of Yoga

 samniyama-indriya-gramam / sarvatra sama-buddhayah, te prapnuvanti mam eva / sarva-bhuta-hite ratah Those who are able to control their senses, have equanimity of mind and rejoice in contributing to the welfare of all creatures are dear to me. Bhagavad Gita XII.4 This month my holy teachers have chosen the relationship between inner-peace and outward kindness as the…

Light in Darkness

Maitri—adishu—balani (YS, III. 23) Through friendless, kindness, and compassion, strength comes. Many of us are very grateful that this week has drawn to a close. It has been a difficult week. And it will no doubt be marked for a long time to come by the terror, violence and fear that gripped so many Americans…

On Yoga, Easter, and Death

I’ve been thinking about death a lot this month. Not in a morose way (no one likes a sad-faced yogi!) but in an uplifting sort of way. What might it mean to look upon death in an uplifting way? And what in the world does death have to do with the practice of yoga? For…

The Lenten Season

Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter. It is a time of going inward, reflecting on the suffering of Christ and of others, and examining our own conscience. Yet, as my priest Father James likes to say, “Lent is not about you. It’s about God.” Lent is a time for renewing our commitment…