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Inspiring Quotes on Peace

Hello! Welcome back to my new workshop on Finding Your Inner Peace Sanctuary. I have just had the privilege of a grace-filled retreat with a realized master, one of the great beings on the planet today. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, affectionately known as Amma (Mother) and the “Hugging Saint”, came from humble beginnings in a south Indian fishing village. Though she only has a fourth-grade formal education, she has become the inspiring leader of a vast network of global charities, providing food, shelter, education and medical care to countless people around the world. She tours North America every year, sharing insights on a life of compassion and selfless service, and embracing everyone who comes her way with indescribable unconditional love. She is able to do all this because she lives in a state of unshakable inner peace. Under Amma’s guidance, I have the opportunity to deepen my meditation and practice selfless service, which are the foundation of my life, every day. I cultivate peace of mind and peaceful living by learning from spiritual leaders who set beautiful examples of compassion to inspire global change, through internal awareness and personal responsibility. We are moving through a challenging time in the world today. The need for peace has never been so apparent. At the same time, we are blessed…

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How an Ancient Life Science Can Save the World

Happy Father’s Day, Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga! Lots to celebrate! Today in particular, I think lovingly of my dad, Dennis Rose. He was a respected fine artist and portraitist who also ran a multimedia house and graphic design studio in Montreal and later in Toronto. My father was also very athletic. He loved playing baseball, swimming and cycling. Having three daughters did not stop him from starting his baseball team in Montreal, where we even played outdoors in the winter! Even in his 70s, he thought nothing of cycling from Toronto to Hamilton (an hour drive on the highway!) to have lunch with his brother, and then cycling home for dinner. Our family conversations often revolved around spirituality and art. Though very open about religious beliefs, my father loved the Bible and Jesus. He woke up every day at 4am to read from the Good Book, meditate, seek guidance for the day and deepen his connection to Christ consciousness. My father tragically passed away in an accident a few years ago, but I feel very much that the light of his essence is alive today. Not only in my beautiful niece, his granddaughter, who was born after he passed, but in my sisters, my mother, and all of creation. There is a vitality…

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How to Find the Right Yoga Teacher to Inspire Your Practice

As I continue to complete the creative content for the MAPS Global Education Strategy (music, yoga and books to melt the heart and connect our world), I feel it’s grace that yoga is widely available today. Yoga guides us to connect with a profound intelligence that exists within all things, through all things, at all times. It inspires hope and compassion as we meet the fullness of our lives – the good, the bad and the ugly. Most of us need guidance to access this intelligence so that we can experience yoga’s gifts of wisdom, compassion and courage. How do we find the right teachers to help us? I share the following, based on my own experience as a longtime teacher and working with many other teachers over the years. WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD YOGA TEACHER? Every yoga teacher will have diverse teaching styles and experience. Having taught since 1993, I have found that the common thread in inspired yoga teachers is that they know they are not the doers. This means that they teach from a place of humble service to a greater whole. They are a neutral, luminous conduit – not an attached persona – for the ancient, brilliant and wise message of love and interconnection that is yoga. They know…

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Connect With the Love of the Divine Feminine

Happy Mother’s Day! I am deeply grateful for the presence of my own mother in my life and all she has taught me, as well as all the love and support she continues to give. I am also so grateful to have known her mother, my maternal grandmother, while I was growing up. My grandmother was one of my first spiritual teachers and a dedicated meditator and yoga practitioner. Just before she died, I was able to ask her the million-dollar question: “What is the meaning of life?” She replied, “It is about being naturally yourself. It is so simple that most people miss it.” Since I was a child, I have always felt connected to a sense of the whole. Because of that feeling, when I was of age to bear children of my own, I felt deeply aware of an already well-populated planet and of the many children around the world who are sadly unmothered. Rather than be a mother to a particular child or children, I felt called to learn to be a mother within the whole, moment by moment, to whatever is before me. I also feel I am a guardian to many children, whom I hold especially close in my heart, and to the planet as a whole. Whether or not…

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How to Get Started in the Right Style of Yoga for You

This week is full of music and yoga! While I am in my studio completing the creative content for MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary), my husband and manager Rishi is off to Canadian Music Week. Beginning this Monday, Rishi will share the vision of MAPS with music industry leaders from all over the world. Then, starting Thursday, MAPS reaches thousands of yogis at Shakti Fest. This springtime yoga and music festival is organized by the renowned Bhakti Fest, where I enjoyed performing as part of a past US tour. I am happy to announce that both Shakti Fest and Bhakti Fest are now YOGIS UNITE supporters for MAPS. We will have a booth at both events. Music touches hearts, cools minds and awakens interconnection. It is the universal language. Bhakti yogis and pop radio listeners alike can agree we all need a healthy world, which is why I am developing music to speak to everyone for MAPS. Last week in this space, I shared about the gift of yoga. This week, in the joyful spirit of spring and new beginnings, here are some tips on starting a yoga practice that is just right for you. HOW CAN I FIND THE RIGHT YOGA CLASS FOR ME? There are many different types of Hatha yoga practices, because…

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Yoga: The Ancient Practice for a Rich, Vibrant Life

I am in the depths of the creative flow to complete what are now seven—yes, seven!—albums in support of MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. As I do so, I am reminded of a truth that science now proves, but that yogis have known for millennia. When you redirect your energy to giving rather than getting, to serving rather than wanting, your entire biochemistry changes and begins to vibrate at a higher rate. You feel more connected and fulfilled in ways never imagined. A richness begins to grow deep within that banishes unhappiness, gives health and provides a sense of fulfillment. This is the gift of karma yoga, the yoga of action. The work of MAPS is a beautiful opportunity to practice karma yoga. That is why it was an obvious choice for us at Parvati.org to bring together the yoga community for MAPS through Yogis Unite. Please join us! Yogis are natural ambassadors for ecological harmony, because the practice teaches us that we are all one, united within a vast and wise symphonic whole. The global yoga community is hundreds of millions strong. Imagine what the world would look like if we got together with one common purpose! If you do not already have a yoga practice, here are some simple points to help you…

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Embrace This Gift and Discover a World of Possibilities

The opportunity for co-creation is a magnificent gift. My blog series on co-creation paused for a month while all of us at Parvati.org faced the loss of our dear friend and colleague Darcy in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Yet co-creation has been present all along. I have chosen to allow a co-creative spirit to inform my choices as a CEO to lead our team through the storm. Awareness of a positive possibilities, co-creative universe has helped me as a spiritual aspirant to come to terms with Darcy’s tragic passing. Darcy studied the many ways we can co-create and consciously chose to co-create in the positive possibilities. Respectful, win-win co-creation is what I sought in every media interview and talk I gave about him and his extraordinarily courageous work for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Our collective efforts at Parvati.org to honor Darcy’s legacy were also a co-creation rooted in gratitude and willingness to serve. I think of the beautiful Parvati Magazine cover designed by my friend and artistic collaborator Adam Nathan of Jellyfunk, surrounding Darcy in flowers—especially roses. He created the design over a few hours after hearing the devastating news. While working, he did not know that Darcy’s favorite flower was roses, or that since Darcy’s passing, his wife Amie sensed his presence and…

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The Gift of Co-Creation and Why it Matters

A month ago, before the devastating news of Darcy’s death, I was sharing a four-part blog series about co-creation. This subject is more important than ever as we confront the ways our collective navigation system is faulty. I recap parts 1-3 here today. PART 1: 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. PART 2: 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. PART 3: How to Let the Power…

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The Courage To Be Your Beautiful Self: The Legacy of Darcy Belanger

I feel as though I have been riding the head of a comet over the last couple of weeks, revealing the fiercest light and the most raw vulnerability. Life has travelled at such speed that I have barely had a moment to process what has been charging through me. This includes the special series of daily blogs I found myself moved to write this past week. They were sparked by the tragic death of my dear friend and colleague and the brother I never had, Darcy Belanger, two weeks ago today on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. He was on his way to the United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi representing MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. In honour of his extraordinary life, as well as of our human need for integration, I offer a recap of the special series this past week in my usual Sunday blog slot. PART 1: CARRYING THE LIGHT OF MAPS THROUGH THE DARK 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… PART 2: STEERING OUR SHIP THROUGH THE STORM The storm hit early last Sunday morning, barely dawn on March 10, 2019. I woke up to learn a plane headed to Nairobi…

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The Unstoppable Voice

The Courage to Be Your Beautiful Self: The Legacy of Darcy Belanger Part 6 Photo by Jeff Gerald; image by Jellyfunk Despite very short sleep after another 22-hour day, I woke up Friday morning with more of a speaking voice. I had a phone interview scheduled first thing, and was glad I could do it. I had already received feedback from colleagues on the live TV interview I had done the night before. They said it went very well and did not feel the pause I had was problematic. Our web administrator even reported enthusiastic email responses from people who had seen the segment and looked us up, made donations or asked to join as volunteers, while specifically complimenting the way I had spoken. I shook my head, immediately thinking of how I drove my parents crazy in high school and university after writing exams. I was usually sure I had failed, only to discover that in fact I had gotten top marks. I considered how I hold myself to a high standard. In some ways, that had served me well. However, it also had the shadow of self-criticism, something I no longer choose to engage. While I was seeing and feeling Darcy in the wind, in the quiet light of dawn, or hearing him whisper…

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