Monthly Archives: June 2014

The 52: Lesson Twenty Six — Devoted to Divine Love

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butterflyblueskyShyamdas, a great devotee and follower of Divine Love was honored in a memorial gathering a year ago. I was privileged to share this tribute with his family and friends at the Connecticut home of his mother and my friend, Gloria.

I thought of re-writing this post, one year later.  but to me, it still resonates with an important message. I hope you will experience this too.  We all need examples of those who lived in the world, while not pretending that any of us escape the ego, some have moved us more than others. So it is in this reflection:

On this beautiful sun-filled afternoon, the time of the summer solstice, and with a full moon rising, everything felt auspicious, almost as if the space were energized by a special brightness  The sound of kirtan softly welcomed the many of us who were invited — the family and friends…

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The 52: Lesson 25 — Truthfulness Makes for a Lighter and Happier You

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butterflyblueskyShakespeare wrote these words:

To thine own self, be true, and it must follow, as the night the day,

thou canst not then be false to any man.

Satya, a Sanskrit word,means truthfulness. It follows ahimsa, which means nonviolence. We focused on it in Lesson Nineteen.  Satya is the second practice we learn in the Yamas,  restraints or ethical guidelines on the path of yoga.  So, if you thought yoga was merely a bunch of unusual poses with the body, with some ways of breathing thrown in, you have missed the essence of yoga.

Yoga is and has always been, a spiritual path teaching us to love ourselves, to release the illusion of duality and to reach a state of union with Divine Love and Consciousness. Yoga is rich in its age-old wisdom.  The classic text, codified by a writer named Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras, offers a clear and…

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The 52: Lesson Twenty Four — What Will YOU Hear in the Silence?

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butterflyblueskyYou can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba spoke these words, to share with us the depth of power and the healing grace of engaging in silence.  Imagine the notion of being so close to the Presence, Divine Consciousness, to God?  We don’t have to be literal in interpreting Sai Baba’s words.  Even without belief, miracles can still occur.

We meditate to shut off the cacophony of the world and to go within. We turn off our iPods and computers, our televisions and radios so that we can be on our own, without the trappings of the world.  For anyone familiar with the practice of silence, it is well-known that the real adventure, the heroic exploring, is within us.  But, if we are addicted to the world and its busyness, we never experience or understand what is so special about resting in stillness.  If…

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The 52: Lesson Twenty Three — Do Nothing, All is Perfect

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butterflyblueskyThere is nothing to do.  Everything is perfect. Is that what I said?

How could that be?  Shouldn’t you be changing yourself?  Improving yourself?  Fixing yourself?  What about making yourself a better person, taking courses, working on yourself?

I will never forget when I first read those words in a Siddha Yoga course letter.

There is nothing to do. Everything is perfect just as it is.

I was stunned.  I don’t have to do anything?  Me?  Me, the one with so many flaws?  Me?  Surely, this advice must have been written for someone else — for someone much better than I am.  It did not mean me, the one so  far from any kind of ideal.

And “perfect.”  Everything is perfect? Just as I am right now?  And, wait, forget about me, what about the world and the other people in it?  Perfect?  With murders, wars, terrorism, bullying, violence?  And…

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Yoga Nidra – Into the Light

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lightinwinterYOGA NIDRA IN RIDGEFIELD

INTO THE LIGHT

Be peaceful,calm, well rested, and take a journey to your True Self

Please join us for

YOGA NIDRA

Sunday, June 15     5:00-6:30

$35 (and a portion supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)

                      Space is limited, advance reservations are required, by check or PalPal

Go to http://www.deannemincer.com

                                                                               With love and namaste, Deanne

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