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…
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…
What in the world is spiritual conditioning? Here’s a story from a few years ago that got me thinking about it… The familiar discomfort had returned. My stomach flipped and my heart began to race. It was my daughter’s turn to spar.
Orgasm. Few words in the English language have the power to evoke the thoughts, images and feelings that are often associated with this one.
You know Goldilocks, don’t you? She’s the little girl whose encounter with the three bears is a classic example for everything that’s “just right.” In fact, her story of just right has become a principle, an effect that denotes the optimal conditions in a variety of disciplines including psychology, medicine, and economics.
It had happened. The phone call I had dreaded for twenty years, from the time I had moved to the U.S had arrived. The phone call that brought the news I didn’t want to hear.
In the three decades that I’ve been studying the Bhagavad Gita, I’ve gone through a series of feelings for Arjuna, the Pandava hero and the student of Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. They’ve ranged from annoyance, envy, and finally, respect for this great hero.
Tantra is a spiritual path that seems to be all the rage these days. Gone (or quickly going) are the days of Yoga. Tantra is the new Yoga.
As a lover of Shakti and as a staunch advocate for women and girls, I often find myself at odds with the wildly popular view of the Hindu goddess as a sword-bearing feminist, particularly in the West.
Navaratri is coming up! As you may know, Navaratri (which translates to “nine nights”) is a celebration of Shakti, the source of creation.
Is the road to enlightenment different for women? Should it be? This is a question that comes up often when I’m teaching or talking to other women. And it is a very good one.
There’s a global phenomenon that you can’t escape, whether you are a materialist or a spiritualist – the call for self-love. It seems like everyone is talking about self-love, be it on social media by way of images that speak of this celebrated quality, on daily news or in the subtle messaging of TV advertisements.