absolute freedom: sutra 3.56

absolute freedom: sutra 3.56

The yoga sutras define absolute freedom as unfettered and seedless union with the “divine” (universal consciousness, etc). A “union” that carries over into an awake state of awareness that is under one’s complete control such that there is no possibility of falling back to an image of oneself as separate from the cosmic divine. Oooo-kay.… read more

conscious down to the last cell: sutra 3.55

conscious down to the last cell: sutra 3.55

What do you think: are you conscious on a cellular level? I think you are. I also realize this assumes a certain definition of consciousness, something we’ve not yet been able to pin point collectively (i.e., there isn’t a single, universally agreed-upon definition of consciousness). In my current understanding, there’s the consciousness that imbues all… read more

when you’re so sure, you can’t be duped: sutra 3.54

when you’re so sure, you can’t be duped: sutra 3.54

Lasting love at first sight. Blind brand vs. generic taste tests. Laziness that definitely is not exhaustion. What do these three things have in common? When you’re experiencing them, you’re certain you can tell the real from the imposter. You’re sure that it’s really true love. You’re positive the better tasting food is the brand… read more

when it’s wrong to be right: sutra 3.53

when it’s wrong to be right: sutra 3.53

sutra 3.53 Complete awareness and control for each and every passing moment brings that knowledge which results from the ability to tell what is really real. Translation by Kofi Busia What is “real”? Intuition? The Divine Spark? The Spirit? The Jiva Atman? The mysterious inner workings of our bodies and brains? I don’t know, I… read more

freedom from your monkey mind: sutras 3.51 + 3.52

freedom from your monkey mind: sutras 3.51 + 3.52

Part of me does want to live in a hut in the woods. Somewhere quiet, green, and “away” from everything distracting or conflicting. Somewhere that I can joyfully meditate on nature and the universe all day long. A bigger part of me is pretty darn ok with the modern conveniences of life and the crazy… read more

find your “pure being”: sutra 3.50

find your “pure being”: sutra 3.50

Most of us grow up with a learned sense of “right” and “wrong”. Human beings, perhaps in efforts to maintain harmony among beings, have created many rules for behavior that, once established, societies often follow without regularly considering how, why, or even that they’re powerful tools for peace –or that sometimes they end up being… read more

use your awareness for action: sutra 3.49

use your awareness for action: sutra 3.49

Imagine you’re allergic to strawberries. Imagine you grew up in a strawberry-free home and so are ignorant of this allergy. Now picture yourself at a fancy party and a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries floats around the room enticing guests. So, like everyone else is doing, you indulge in the innocuous-looking little treat. And it is… read more

take a self awareness coffee break: sutra 3.48

take a self awareness coffee break: sutra 3.48

Perhaps it’s the new smells. Maybe it’s the temperature change. Or maybe it’s that I’m a school girl at heart and in my eyes, September has “fresh start” written all over it. We’re on the other side of labor day, and I am just itching to take in new information, take on new challenges, and… read more

change your perspective through tiny, tiny shifts

change your perspective through tiny, tiny shifts

Got an overwhelming project? Tackle your goal or problem in baby steps. At least, that’s what all get-shit-done advice says. Dive in with a plan that you can follow, one that includes small steps that you know will be manageable, and leave the far away goal out of the everyday picture. I think that’s good… read more

take summer with you

take summer with you

We made it! We made it to the other side of summer into glorious fall! I LOVE fall. I live for fall! It is hands down the best. time. of. year. Every summer I get a small kick out of not needing socks or coats, but mostly, I just pine for fall. And now that… read more

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