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A Voice for Darcy

The Courage to Be Your Beautiful Self: The Legacy of Darcy Belanger Part 4 Words raced through my mind as I lay in the dark. I couldn’t sleep, even though I only had an hour and a half to do so. The moment I settled into my pillow, I was flooded with grief. I used the time as best I could to run through my day ahead: back-to-back interviews to speak about Darcy. I was to be the voice on the public record for why he had been on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. I went over my key messages, what I needed to say. It was important to me that I do Darcy’s life justice and his family proud at this tender time. I needed to honour his legacy, wife and family, and selfless commitment to MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary and all it meant to him and the world. Every word would matter. Anxiety fluttered in my belly like a million butterflies. My alarm did not have to go off at 3:30am for me to get up. I swung my feet off the bed. Before they landed on the wooden floor, I instinctively rolled forward to touch the ground with my hand in reverence for mother Earth. Since the healing of my spinal injury…

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The New Reality

The Courage to Be Your Beautiful Self: The Legacy of Darcy Belanger Part 3 Continued from part 2: Steering Our Ship Through the Storm Image credit: Jeff Gerald, photographer; Jellyfunk, art direction Many of us at Parvati.org were awake most of last Sunday night. We were all in varying degrees of shock and disbelief that Darcy, our dear friend and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Parvati.org, had been on the plane that had crashed in Ethiopia that day. We also had countless logistical tasks connected with Darcy’s passing that needed immediate attention. He had given so much to the successful realization of MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. There was no way we would let his voice and the optimism he carried be silenced in the rubble of the crash. The family asked that Parvati.org keep the news amongst ourselves until we had their permission to share it publicly. They asked us to then be the point of contact with media on their behalf. I knew it was for me to step forward and protect their privacy and fulfil their request to make sure the world knew why Darcy was on that plane. I wanted to honour all he had given to MAPS and Parvati.org, and all he had given to me personally, through our friendship.…

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Steering Our Ship Through the Storm

The Courage to Be Your Beautiful Self: The Legacy of Darcy Belanger Part 2 My head was spinning with the news. Since the vision for Parvati.org and MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) came to me four and a half years ago, I have not slept much. Our all-volunteer team has been working tirelessly to ensure that the Arctic sea ice, our world’s air conditioning system, is swiftly protected to safeguard all life. More recently over these past months, we have been ramping up for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya. Darcy Belanger, our Director of Strategic Initiatives and my dear friend, was heading there from his home in Denver, Colorado to gain support of MAPS. All seemed to be on course and running smoothly. Meetings were set. A groundswell of pan-African MAPS ambassadors was growing and active. People were working well together. The storm hit early last Sunday morning, barely dawn on March 10, 2019. The sound of my husband Rishi’s concerned voice woke me up from a couple of hours of sleep. He told me that a plane headed to Nairobi had crashed in Ethiopia. There were no survivors—and Darcy was missing. I sat bolt upright on the edge of my bed. I went into my default mode and became as…

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Carrying the Light of MAPS Through the Dark

The Courage To Be Your Beautiful Self: The Legacy of Darcy Belanger Part 1 Today I would have posted the conclusion in my four-part series on co-creation. But given the devastating news last Sunday of the sudden death of my dear friend and colleague Darcy Belanger, I will be sharing a daily recount of one of the most harrowing and transformative weeks of my life. I don’t often share publicly the work I do on a daily basis as the founder of Parvati.org and visionary for MAPS, and as the volunteer CEO and Managing Director of our all-volunteer team. Mostly people see me as a touring musical artist and yoga teacher. But my daily work for MAPS also ranges from overarching vision, executive direction, team leadership and motivation, to project management. Since inception in 2014, I put in about 100-120 hours for MAPS every week, as a general baseline. I welcome the workload, being deeply passionate about MAPS and how it supports all life everywhere. Goodness is a tremendous motivator. Serving MAPS has been the apogee of my life to date. It continually orients me back to gratitude, humility and non-resistance to what is. It asks me to embody the peace sanctuary that we seek to create in the world. MAPS strengthens my connection with my…

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What You See Is What You Get. What Are You Choosing to See?

Last week, we were looking at the amazing gift of co-creation. I recently had an experience that reminded me how essential it is that we understand this innate human power—as well as how our perceptions affect it. I was conversing with a group of friends who are all committed to personal and spiritual growth and the protection of Nature. Yet, the discussion became tense around the topic of co-creation, particularly when someone brought up working with a realized master. Another person in the group did not see how following the direction of a spiritual master could be co-creative. To him, it seemed militant, as though the master was issuing orders for others to obey. Yet, from my experience, the spiritual master we were speaking about was anything but a dictator. The idea was so dissonant with my core that I said the metaphor felt like calling a flower an oppressive leader. Struck by the disparity in perceptions, I was reminded how what we perceive is always coloured by our personalities and experiences. Because of this, our differing perceptions influence our ability to co-create. From a spiritual perspective, our perceptions are limited by our attachments to our past and our projections into the future. The way each person responds to a situation is unique. No two siblings,…

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The Gift of Co-Creation

There is a famous and often-repeated quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” These words, sometimes mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela, are in fact those of Marianne Williamson, in her book A Return to Love. She touches on an important truth of our human existence: we are far more capable than we realize. One of the ways we are most capable, often without realizing it, is in co-creation. This is a gift, allowing us to act in interconnection with all that is. We are born into co-creation. We live through it. Yet rarely do we become conscious of it and the extraordinary opportunity it provides our growth at all levels. Along the path of personal development, we come into understanding of this essential gift and how we are using it in every moment. In so doing, we gain sight of a powerful guiding star on our way to limitless joy and unconditional love, which are our true nature. We become of greater benefit to each other and to the world around us. We can be instruments of grace. Co-creation means different things, depending on our perspective. At the most practical level, co-creation is the bringing together of two energy systems in order to…

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Your Favourite Parts of Life in the Positive Possibilities

I was curious over the Christmas holidays to find out which were my most loved blog posts in 2018. In the process, I was happy to discover that several of my posts from years ago are still being enjoyed. You’ll be happy to know that I dive deeply into their topics in my upcoming books The Grace Mindset, The Oneness Reality and The Three Supreme Secrets for Lasting Happiness. I am now putting the finishing touches on these books—plus five more. (Yes! I have been very busy!) They are dedicated to MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. They help create the necessary shift in the way we see ourselves, others and our planet for a peaceful world. Here is the Top Ten list – in order of popularity – to whet your appetite for these books, which I can’t wait to share with you!   Healing Pain Through Love and Acceptance: Loving Myself And The World Beyond Condition The choices you make right now, based on how you choose to perceive this moment, are literally creating your future…   What to Do During An Eclipse An eclipse provides an optimal time for spiritual progress and selfless service. During the dimming light, your attachment to your ego is dulled, allowing you to access the light of pure…

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How to End the Cycle of Judgment For Good

No one likes to feel judged. It boxes us in like a tight cage and makes us feel unheard, unsupported and unloved. The idea of being seen as less than the wonderful beings we hope to be can trigger feelings of inadequacy and fear. When we feel judged, our knee-jerk reaction is to judge in return. Yet, this only perpetuates the pain in ourselves and others. So how to end the cycle of judgment and find greater authenticity and freedom from fear? Consider that judging, and feeling judged by someone, are one interconnected painful tendency. To see them as separate supports the notion of “happening to me”, feeling powerless and victimized by life. To see them as connected lets you see the capacity of others to judge you as the same as your capacity to judge yourself or others. They are no different. Learning to see a situation beyond the grip of emotional reactivity is the first step to healing from judgment. When you look deeper, you see that a judgmental person is a fearful person. We can all relate to being afraid. We all share deep, primal fear of not being loved. Being able to see a person as they are helps you to understand what really is happening, and in so doing, you learn…

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How to Feel Light and Ease No Matter What

I have been immersed in my music studio, completing new songs for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. I have meetings coming up in a few weeks, in which I must present them. Rushing creativity is like forcing a flower to bloom. It must happen in its own time. However, drop dates are to be met. And the Arctic ice caps that keep our planet cool are not thawing any slower because I need to figure out which reverb will create the effect I am looking to artistically deliver in a song. During intense times, I feel blessed that I have a meditation practice to keep me feeling rooted, vital and expansive. Have you ever noticed how you can get caught up in stressful thoughts, so much so that you start to experience physical symptoms, like headaches or tummy aches? Stress illnesses are highly common, especially in our overly driven, overbooked, underslept modern world. When you take a moment and pause, you find that it is actually funny how much energy you can give to thoughts that dwell in the future or the past (all those what if’s), which, ultimately, are not at all real. Happily, even the sages meditating in caves thousands of years ago understood the remedy to this still prevalent human affliction. The practice…

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How to Be a Peaceful Warrior in Stressful Situations

When I heard that Arianna Huffington, the founder of HuffPost, had created a new startup called Thrive Global dedicated to work-life balance and wellness, I was delighted – and all the more so when I saw Thrive include inspiring articles from leaders like Amma. So I felt moved to share some of my work with them. I am so happy to share that my article on being present with challenging people is now on Thrive Global! I include it below. May it help you find peace and ease, whatever situation you face. This is a practice to help you open in presence and compassion when faced with a person or situation that has pushed your buttons. To begin, take a moment to find your breath by taking three long, deep breaths. Perhaps throughout the rush of your busy life, your awareness of this powerful life-force has been lost. Three deep breaths allow you to once again find inner space and begin to gain more perspective on what you are experiencing. One deep breath in, then out. Another deep breath in, then out. One more deep breath in, then out. If you are not fully aware of a situation in which someone pushed your buttons, take a moment now to see if you can remember a situation…

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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