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Beloved readers, These past 8 weeks I have had much time to think whilst recovering and suffering in pain, trying to find solutions and to get by each moment and each day in the best way I can. Some moments have …Read More

Dearest readers, I have had a most unfortunate experience. I had an accident in rural Vietnam in a national park whilst riding a mountain bike in July and fractured my tibia (leg), knee, and arm (dislocated). Nasty. I spent nearly …Read More

We are all lights having an experience of being in the dark. Duality is merely a three-dimensional expression of what lies beyond. The biblical creation story talks about the void and the gases bubbling up to form matter, which eventually …Read More

We have come so far – and yet there is more to do – further to go. We must move onward and build strong trust and faith that we are supported in this grand spiritual journey. We are not – …Read More

I met a beautiful person. She was so perfect to me. Later I found it she was chronically depressed. It seemed I wanted her to be perfect. She wasn’t. She was living in her head and engulfed by sadness; she was cynical, …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

Oh Serena – where have you gone – what depths have you fallen to? Who are you? A woman. First and foremost a tennis player. African-American. And now claiming to be a spokesperson for women’s rights, and racial equality? Will …Read More

Wake me up! “Please stop this suffering. I’m feeling blue. Depressed. Sad. Disappointed. Downcast. I’m losing hope. I’m starved of oxygen.” The all-too familiar cry for help. Has it happened to you before – or someone close to you? I …Read More