What Are You Willing To Give Up?

What are you willing to give up? On the spiritual path, this is one of the fundamental questions, one that usually brings up a torrent of fears mixed with incredulity. What do you mean "give up"? Why would/should I give up anything? Sure, these are valid concerns. Perhaps we should backtrack a bit... Why Tread The Spiritual Path At All? Let's start with an even more fundamental question - why bother with spirituality? Isn't the relational…

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Karma, Transformation, and Equanimity

There is an ancient question that is asked in ever-new ways, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” There are, of course, many different contexts in which to examine this question, but the one where it gains great importance is on the mystical path. Before we get into this, we must examine how we end up on this path. Many of us come to the mystical path because we…

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Invoking Grace, Courage And Healing: COVID-19 And Beyond

During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread fear and concern, I've been asked to address what this means for our inner journey. In our tradition of Śrīvidyā (and Śākta Tantra in general), we deal with calamities, catastrophes, and world events in extraordinary ways. In addition to using commonsense approaches of being safe and the practicalities of protecting ourselves as far as possible, we use these events as opportunities to…

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The Secret Sauce In The Empty Cup

It's 2 AM and I'm wide-awake. Thanks, jet lag, for this opportunity to sit quietly in the dark of night, sipping water. 2020 is here. How fast the years seem to fly by. If you're a parent like me, you probably count the years in terms of your children's age and their milestones. I can hardly remember how old I am, but foremost in my consciousness is the acute awareness…

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