Category Archives: Art of Living

On Happiness

I’ve heard Guruji (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) often ask those he meets, “Are you happy?” For years I’ve heard it, and for me it has always been a powerful ‘back-to-basics’ moment of introspection, gratitude, and understanding. Recently I listened to the NPR TED … Continue reading

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An Appreciation for the Subtle

An appreciation for the subtle is usually a sign of refinement. Consider art, or music, or literature, or sculpture, or any such refined pursuit. Human beings can survive without any of the above, if we’re talking purely physical or gross … Continue reading

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Attitude and Practice

Attitude matters for sadhana*. Contrast the two: Let me get my kriya and meditation done and out of the way, so that I can work on x, y, and z. OR Let me withdraw from the senses for a while to do … Continue reading

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Kumare: An Unwitting Guru

Guru and self are no different. What you seek is within you. What you see outside of you, including me, could well be all an illusion. So said Kumare the “false Guru” to his students, as shown in the movie … Continue reading

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Daily: Sun Salutations in January

Daily is a powerful practice. Over the month of January, I’ve certainly experienced this… again. Last year our friends R & A got us started on a challenge of doing 1008 sun salutations each during the month of January. Not … Continue reading

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Breaking the Silence

Excerpts from an email I just shared with the Art of Living Austin group: I just attended an intensive silence course with Philip this past weekend at the ashram, along with many others from Austin. I was initially not enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Interpreting Dreams, Making Tea

Early this morning Shraddha was telling me about her dream. It was quite weird, and before we could make sense of it I remembered Guruji’s talk on Five Types of Dreams. Premonitions are the first type of dream — related … Continue reading

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