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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

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

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

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More