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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 – […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Call yourself “spiritual” – is that a religion? Does it mean now 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 uncertain concept of the […]

I entered into a very unhealthy relationship when I was in India, when I was like a slave to an Indian woman, and she was my Master. It was only a short few days, yet still deeply disturbed me. I realised […]