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The omkara is the manifestation through sound of the highest consciousness or highest light.  Practice of the repetition of Om or Omkara elevates the mind and raises the vibrations. It helps to focus on and calm the wayward mind. The […]

If you’ve ever looked at a mountain from the bottom before climbing it, the trek can appear to be a daunting task. But miraculously, by taking one step at a time, the miles lead you to the peak.  Running will […]

I don’t know about you but each December 31st I seem to make resolutions and by the end of the following week I can barely recall them. So this year I’ve decided to trade them in for values. By focusing […]

In the realm of the soul sticking to the practices is a key to success. Doing meditation once a week, or practicing meditation only when you feel like it will not carry you very far. A man seeking to develop […]

Man is veritably a microcosm of the macrocosmic universe. His finite consciousness is potentially infinite. While his physical sensory organs confine him to the world of matter, his soul is endowed with all-powerful instruments of perception by which God Himself […]

Some people give to others and keep an account of what they feel is owed back to them by the individual they help. Others give to someone today expecting they’ll receive a return from someone else when they need it […]

It’s not often that we think of listening. But Mark Nepo makes an art of it. In his new book, “Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred” Nepo, the New York Times #1 bestselling author and […]

The highest form of happiness is contentment. Our media and our consumer society often play on discontent. They show us images of what life could be if we were something better or if we only had something more. But contentment […]

In Charleston, South Carolina, we can’t go much of anywhere without understanding the importance of bridges. They link us from the islands to the peninsula, help us make connections and cross over water. Draw bridges that lift up or turn […]

I love Hanuman. Many people have caught onto what it means to have a monkey mind, but Hanuma the monkey god who adored Lord Rama in the wonderful story of the Ramayana, overcame the natural inclination of the mind to […]