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Do you call yourself “spiritual?” Is that a religion? What does it mean? Does it mean you judge people because they don’t understand how elevated you are—because that’s what you are now, elevated—above other people? Swami Satyananda taught (regarding the […]

Vipassana is known internationally as a silent meditation retreat program. What is the philosophy behind this program? In the Buddhist tradition, vipassanā (Pāli) or vipaśyanā (Sanskrit: विपश्यन) is to see into the nature of reality or as the official Vipassana website claims, it means […]

Blue Mountains, Australia, 2010, I was enrolled in the most dreaded thing on my bucket list—my first Vipassana. Vipassana is a 10-day retreat in which participants take a vow of silence and are strongly encouraged to follow the program’s strict […]

As human vessels for Divine light, we are constantly inundated with information and wisdom that comes directly via our primary light-source, the sun. Revolutionaries have known the power of this for aeons. It is the light of the sun that […]

Not a day goes by when we don’t have a new allegation, a new confession, a new apology. Whilst some accusations have a sound basis, the climate of judgement is toxic for all of us. It is a time of […]

Christmas is nearly upon us. The holiday season is often a time of unexpected conflict, strife and agitation. What should be a time of joy, peace, sharing amongst family and friend, can easily descend into derision. Old jealousies surface, and […]

TV blaring the “false” news from across the globe, social media screaming out events of friends and workmates, text messages bubbling over and missed calls on mobile phones…to the sounds of thunderous traffic outside, engines blurring, honking – where is […]

Hollywood has been promoting a myth since the beginning of film – an exaggerated or idealised conception of our purpose that places us at the apex of a treadmill towards a glorified and outward “success” placed at the end of our struggles. […]

As a child, a member of my family would frequently burst into rage. He had bouts of anger so destructive and extreme, he became like a raging inferno. I learnt early on that you cannot reason with emotion. You cannot […]

    “Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” ~ Max Planck We are all agents of […]