Thursday, September 30, 2010

Flying High

Sat Naam Dear Friends and Fairies,

Yesterday was my birthday and oh what a magical day. I did some yoga (quelle surprise!), some meditation, taught some yoga & meditation, and went for a wonderful vegan dinner in Venice with some of my favorite people on the planet.

In case you are looking for a fun place with a great atmosphere that is veggie-loving, I highly recommend Vardo Cafe on Main St. in Venice, CA. It's almost next door to Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, so you could even make a night to yoga and dinner. It's the new dinner and a movie. =)

I am soaring high in the sky with that shooting star.

I feel so blessed to have so many angels in my life - seen and unseen.

Peace and Pixies,

Friday, September 24, 2010

Deeply Listening

Suni-ai means "deeply listening." It's the kind of listening you do when you are listening with your heart, mind, and soul... not just your ears.

Suni-ai is when you understand without understanding the words. The kind of understanding that transcends language. So when the Japanese woman hands me an umbrella because it's raining, I don't have to wonder about the words she mumbled.

Suni-ai is when you understand the Universe is there to support you, even when you seem to be having a "bad day." If I am deeply listening, I know that there is a message and a blessing on the other side of each cleverly disguised obstacle.

The following chant is taken from Japji ("Song of the Soul"). We recite this each morning in the Amrit Vela (3:45am!) in the Kundalini Yoga tradition.

It is a list of sorts... all the things you will perceive when you are DEEPLY LISTENING.

May your deep deep listening uplift you with the awareness that you are supported and cradled by the same energetic force that created you, conceived you, and deemed it important that you be on Earth right now.

Sat Naam,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mastery of the Ground

etheric moments
synchronicities abound

i have still missed the mark
of the mastery of the ground

a million thinking sparks per blink of eye
uncaptured, though i dared try

and i may have revealed a vacant stare
for i just returned from way out there

from a trip there, where i forgot i'm me
where i forgot my task
--simply, to be

vibrating the beat of unstruck fears
shaking me into a flood of tears

until i flipped the switch of what i chose to see
laughed: "a moment of mental insanity!"

i did,
i confess,
see the world tonight,
through the frame of my own limited sight.

Settling In

What a whirwind!

For the first time in over three months, I am sitting at my humble abode in Santa Monica, with no imminent adventures lurking around the corner. In a sense, what a relief!

My summer of utter transformation began with 10 days of Summer Solstice at Ram Das Puri in New Mexico. That was my first White Tantric (3 days!) and the start of my 1,000 day bound lotus kriya. It was also there that I decided to return for the Aquarian Teacher training immersion in August.

The theme for Summer Solstice this year was the first tattva. And the fire did burn for me this summer.

I still feel that I have some more "stuff" to burn off, but I certainly can't be accused of being a spiritual slacker!

When I got back from Solstice, I temporarily quit my job, went to visit my brother and my friend in Northern California, and cared for a sick friend.

Upon my return I moved out of my apartment into a family friend's home before I set off for the mountains of New Mexico.

The teacher training was unbelievable! Snatam Kaur came to talk about mantra. She also performed for the community at morning Sadhana (twice!).

For me, it was a validation that I was meant to be there. I will occasionally doubt this kundalini yoga "lifestyle." There is a lot of discipline involved and the challenge is to take "fewer vacations" from it. I allow myself to put on the brakes a little too often sometimes in the disciplines I choose. Snatam reminded me what I'm in it for!

When I returned from the grueling work of teacher training, I rushed off to help out with the festival I've been organizing all year!

Bhakti Fest 2010 was sensational! We did a really great job. There are still a few kinks to work out, but all in all, it was a beautiful ride.

And a ride it was...

The four days FLEW by. I couldn't believe all the work we did for an event that lasted a split second. What a reality check!

One of the highlights was performing on the mainstage with C.C. White! What a powerhouse! It was such a privilege to be part of such an amazing band... and to play for so many like-hearted souls. Rejoice!

When I returned home, I was a little disoriented and very tired. I've actually never been so tired in my life. I would get tired when I woke up, sleeping more than 12 hours at a time. I pushed a limit at the festival for sure.

I am excited to get back into morning Sadhana, start teaching classes, finish my certification requirements, do more singing...

I have a video coming soon.

Unending love,

Monday, September 6, 2010

Becoming an Aquarian Teacher #1

Immersed in a sea of familiar souls,
I swim the flow of the dharmic current.

This is a video from Day 18 of my teacher training in New Mexico. I look a little sunken in the couch, yet glowy in my own right.

Days at the ashram began at 3am (sometimes I would "sleep in" until 7am) and end at around 9 0r 10pm. We listened to lectures, chanted, practiced yoga, performed seva.

One of the most amazing parts about this adventure was infiltrating the EspaƱola Kundalini community. I feel I have a home there for life (and beyond!).

What a blessed incarnation I have!

Sat Naam,

p.s. in the background I am playing Guru Prem Singh and Simran Kaur Khalsa's "Communication" from Heart Rules.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Righteous Return

I am back from New Mexico. I have photos, videos, and stories to share...

I will write soon.


p.s. who's coming to Bhakti Fest 2010?


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