Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time. – Paul McCartney Why meditate? I led a meditation gathering recently at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center in a very beautiful area near the coast of northern California. Usually I include some guided contemplation at the end of a yoga class … Continue reading Meditating in Winter along California’s North Coast
"Won't you keep us from all harm, wonderful redwood tree," Van Morrison. One of the greatest albums of all time has to be Van Morrison's Saint Dominic's Preview. The album was released in 1972 after he moved his family to northern California and spent some time walking through the woods near his home. Of all … Continue reading The Trees of Northern California
"I don't think I'm good enough at yoga to sign up for teacher training." I hear that comment a lot. Actually, I said it myself six years ago. I was participating in a yoga fitness class at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Some other guys were there for teacher training. … Continue reading Yoga Teacher Training in Coastal Northern California. Are you ready?
"I breathe in, I breathe out," Kenny Chesney. It has been almost six months since we left Florida with a rooftop tent as our primary residence. The plan has been to camp, hike and visit friends and family throughout the U.S. and Canada...plus practice yoga - breathe in, breathe out, be grateful for this trip - as well. … Continue reading Free in the West
"Summertime and the livin' is easy." I can't decide which version of "Summertime" I like more: Ella Fitzgerald's or Doc Watson's. Perhaps at the end of this blog post you can decide for me? Man, it's been hot during this summertime of 2018! Donald Trump doesn't think it's unusual. "The concept of global warming was … Continue reading 100 Days of Summer
What can you do with 36 hours in Rajasthan (which means, by the way, "Land of Kings"), India's largest state covering 132,000 square miles? I mean, that's plenty of space to visit and discover. Our adventure included not only a majestic wedding, but other very wonderful things fit for a king along the way. Our Shri … Continue reading 36 Hours in Rajasthan: Camels, Glamping and one very Amazing Wedding.
"Blue" will be the theme of this blog post. To start, how about hearing Miles Davis and John Coltrane perform "Kind of Blue" while walking the streets of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India? It's available at the end of this if you want to. Up high in Mehrangarh Fort one can see why Jodhpur is called … Continue reading Feeling Kind of Blue in Jodhpur, Miles Davis, Coltrane & Bill Murray
"As you eat, you produce your mind accordingly” - Rajasthan saying. At the start of an Ayurvedic wellness appointment this week my feet were soaked in warm water with rose petals. This represents the first time during my long life the words "my feet" and "rose petals" have ever been together in the same … Continue reading Food, Nature & Ayurvedic Learning in India
Mana eva manusyanam karanam bandha moksayoho (As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation is in your own mind). The Rasjathan town of Nagaur lies about midway between the bustling cities of Jogphur and Bikaner. Therefore it is not too far from Shri Jasnath Asan, the yoga center I am now at in a 16th … Continue reading Our Neighborhood in India
"Where are you in India?" I'm asked. Well, right now I'm sitting on a camel named Shanti. Shanti and I are gently bouncing through the soft sand of the Thar Desert (also known as the "Great Indian Desert"), a section in northwest India which serves as the boundary from Pakistan. The Thar Desert takes up … Continue reading The Colors of Rajasthan!