A week ago, one of our closest friends passed away suddenly in his sleep. We trained together in residency, and our families forged a strong bond over the years. His children were preparing to graduate. And now, a great void has taken over their lives. The entire community is shaken, bringing up questions such as: Why do such things happen? Will I ever regain faith? How will I ever get through this?
Whether it is an unbearable personal tragedy, an incurable illness or social and political unrest, we’re often stumped and unable to discern how to navigate life.
There is indeed a way to live skillfully. It is as much a science as it is an art, and can be learned through application of logic, devotion, and contemplation. This method of living skillfully is the subject of the great text, the Bhagavad Gita.
In the upcoming Serving Shakti retreat, we will explore this method of living skillfully.
Over two and a half days at the beautiful Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston, Michigan, we will delve deep into the many nuances of karma yoga. Karma yoga is the yoga of action, of skillful action. Action that flows from the depths of sweetness, peace and wholeness, and that which benefits everyone around us.
The retreat will include group meditations, yoga asanas (postures), self-inquiry, discussions, music and materials to take home. In addition, I will lead you through a simple pujaritual, where you can learn to invoke the Divine into your home in an elegant, systematic way. These retreats are transformative.
Last year, I was joined by my dear friend, David Kuttruff in leading the spring retreat. We focused on the concept of dharma from the Bhagavad Gita, and worked on discovering our unique life purpose. Check out photos of the 2017 retreat here.
This year, I’m exceedingly fortunate to also have Aparna Khanolkar help organize the retreat. Aparna is an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, chef extraordinaire and the creator of the luxurious Ishvari line. Together, we’ve created Living Shakti, which is the platform for this retreat and others to come. We have very exciting plans to share soon!
Join David, Aparna and me this year for Serving Shakti, a one-of-a-kind retreat. Together, we will explore how we can serve Shakti, the source of the universe – in every breath and in every moment. Sign up here.