All posts tagged Amma

Awakening into Connection

After repeated request from many of my yoga students and teacher colleagues, I composed an album to support the practice of yoga. The music on Electro Yog naturally follows the arc of a one-hour yoga class, without lead vocals to compete with the instructor’s voice. We are redesigning the Positive Possibilities online store, but it is still open for any purchases you may like to do. If you feel so moved, you can purchase Electro Yog there now for yourself or for someone you love.

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Always Within Love’s Embrace

I have had the great blessing of spending this past week in Detroit with my guru from South India, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also lovingly known as Amma or Mother. Being in the presence of a fully realized master is indescribable. One who has gone beyond the limitations of the mind cannot be understood with the intellect. But I can share some of the insights from my time with Amma, as I resume my production schedule back in Toronto – new website to launch, music videos to complete, new songs and show to produce…. As I stumble and soar, grow and evolve, release and expand each day throughout my life, I am reminded that I view life through the lens of my perceptions, which are limited and imperfect. I experience life this way because I am still attached to the temporal sense of self that is separate from the whole. Some call this conditional sense of identity “me”, while others call it the ego. I have moments of oneness, of ease and unity beyond this self that feels divided from the whole. In those moments, all simply is. I feel no grasping or pushing, but rooted, vital and expansive within a loving whole. There is no resistance, but an effulgence of possibility and love. Then something…

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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. This month’s Parvati Magazine explores the theme Equilibrium. My article “Finding Balance In Relationships” looks at how our core beliefs affect how we perceive and therefore choose to interact with the world. As often is the case when I share, I get immediate opportunity to put my teachings into practice. I feel this happens because the universe is the ultimate compassionate teacher. It lovingly makes sure that I am walking the talk and serving to my utmost by presenting me with many life lessons that support my growth. This week, I had an encounter with someone through which my feelings were hurt. As I processed my experience, I discovered that some of my core beliefs needed revision. So I went within and took stock of how I choose to perceive life, asking myself if I am living in unattached truthfulness or projecting and validating my assumptions onto the world. I also went back to review my blog posts that celebrate the power of the divine feminine, a five part series written in December 2013 through January 2014. If you have not yet read them, they are pretty juicy and…

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Time for Peace

I am interested in that which inspires clarity of mind and compassion of heart. I need this, because I – like most of us on the planet - am growing and learning to become more conscious, loving and aware. I know that in order to be clear, I need to feed my mind, heart and soul with things that make me into the most patient, kind, wise and loving person I can be. I rely on that which helps me focus on the light of the sun, so that I may imbibe its qualities and have the greatest amount of compassion to serve those who are suffering from passing clouds or torrential tsunamis.

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I Am Married!

I am very happy that I am now a married woman. I never thought I would get married. In fact, my long-time partner Rishi had been asking me to marry him for the past ten years. Each time, I kept saying, “I feel like we are already married.” It was not only that Amma, our spiritual teacher, has blessed us in so many ways, showering us with flower petals, holding our hands together and kissing them, giving us our spiritual names at the same time. It was also because as of our first date, I knew he was the one with whom I would spend my life. We have openly spoken about this with each other time and time again. Despite our share of trials and growth, as all couples have, an indescribable bond ties us so that no matter what bumps we experience, a soul-centered groundedness provides us with sobering stability and fuels a love that we feel is greater than each one of us. But last fall, when Amma said “yes!” to marrying us, I realized that I had a golden opportunity to be married by the Divine Mother Herself. Such grace! My wedding was divine. Taking place at the very end of Amma’s North American tour, the marriage was the culmination of Amma’s four-day…

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Wedding Preparation, Music and More in the Year of the Horse

Hello friends, Here’s how things are going for me: Wedding…in seven days. Things to do: a lot! Wedding officiant: the Goddess Herself. Feelings: range from overwhelm: to sublime. Definitely I’m on a major growth edge! And all this is happening as we continue the preparations for the launch of my “Yoga in the Nightclub” music video in August (now in post production – you can see the teaser videos here), do dawn shoots and log footage for my “Shanti Om” music video soon to follow, complete the final mix for my surround sound album inspired by my North Pole trip, and prepare the launch of a new online TV channel full of inspired content. Just a few things! This is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, and is said to gallop. That has definitely been my experience! What centers me at this time of speed is of course my spiritual practice. In remembering that I am not the “doer”, I am most efficient and happy as I turn my awareness to being a receptive witness to the grace that is always unfolding. Within that spaciousness, I feel deep peace in knowing I am marrying the only person I would want to spend the rest of my life with. I have none of the…

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Hello from Boston

Hello friends, As you read this, I will be in Marlborough, MA spending time with my guru Amma on Her Boston tour stop. By Grace, I also got to see Her in Chicago. If you are in New England and can get to the Boston area this evening, I invite you to join me at the free Devi Bhava program beginning at 7pm. The “Yoga in the Nightclub” video preview party at Lee’s Palace was a wonderful event. I loved getting to sing in my hometown for the first time since my US and UK tours, and seeing the performances of the talented cast and crew. It was also great to see the thrilled reaction of the crowd to the preview screening of the “Yoga in the Nightclub” video. We ended up showing it twice on the big screen because people wanted to see it again! Ameerah Sakina and Lisa Cherry both won free admission for themselves and a friend for sharing the event on Facebook. Thank you! Here are some shots from my performance that night.      I also have some exciting news to share on a personal front. My long-time partner Rishi Deva and I will have the great blessing of being married by Amma at the end of Her Toronto programs. Please…

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The Grace of the Satguru

Hello friends, It is another packed week as we prepare some new treats for you to see and hear. In the meantime, for those of you who are in North America or who may be travelling there in the coming months, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the upcoming North American tour of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Amma, who is often referred to as the “Hugging Saint” and who is my Guru. As I have written in the past, I feel very blessed by the Grace of a satguru in my life. They say the teacher comes when the student is ready. I stumbled upon and met Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in Kerala, South India in 1993 when I was internally called to go to India to deepen my yoga practice. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, lovingly known as Amma, or Mother, is the embodiment of unconditional love, the primordial shakti, or divine life force. Her teachings are clear and simple, practically relevant to our busy, modern lives. Her focus on selfless service as a means of God-realization provides straightforward guidelines on spiritual living. She says, “Fill your hearts with love and express it in all you do.” […] The ancient Sanskrit word “guru” comes from two root words “gu” (darkness) and “ru” (removal of such). The classical…

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Gratitude in Detroit

Hello from Detroit, where I have just spent the week in the presence of my guru Amma. What grace! It is Thanksgiving weekend here in the United States and gratitude is very much on the minds of many here (myself included!). In that spirit, I would like to re-share my series of postings on Thanksgiving and the grace of gratitude. If you have not already done so, please read and enjoy, beginning with Part 1: Complaining is easy. Perhaps that is why so many do it. It has an entropic force that seems to pull us along. It can even be addictive, our ego getting high on our sorry stories, feeling we deserve more, leaving us endlessly wanting. Thanksgiving gives us a gentle reminder to practice gratitude. Yet, many can feel there is little to be grateful for. But when we look at the immensity of the world and all the people on it, we can quickly reconsider any feelings of being hard done by.   If you live in North America, or Europe, you are blessed with a cornucopia of opportunities. We are not in war-torn countries struggling with famine, drought, brutal dictatorships or tyrannical political regimes. We have free will. We have free mobility. We have freedom of speech. We have supportive health care.…

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The Grace of the Guru

Hello friends, I am back in Toronto after a wonderful visit to the UK to share my workshops and music. I so enjoyed getting to meet all of you who came to my workshops or my performance and look forward to seeing you again when I return to the UK in 2014. By grace, I was able to see my guru Amma in London at the beginning of my UK tour. Now that I am back in Toronto, by grace, I will be able to see her again in Detroit, MI beginning tomorrow. If you are able to get to Detroit this week, I encourage you to consider experiencing Amma’s presence for yourself. As I have mentioned previously, “Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, lovingly known as Amma, or Mother, is the embodiment of unconditional love, the primordial shakti, or divine life force. Her teachings are clear and simple, practically relevant to our busy, modern lives. Her focus on selfless service as a means of God-realization provides straightforward guidelines on spiritual living. She says, ‘Fill your hearts with love and express it in all you do.'” I am busy at work in my studio today, but I would like to share with you a blog entry I wrote two years ago about the gift of having a guru in one’s…

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