Archive for July, 2016

Healing from the heart

July 9, 2016

Yoga is my secret hiding place, a bright safe place in the eye of a storm. My calm center can be reached without saying a word, or forcing it. Just being. It brings awareness to the fact that I am completely a part of the universe.

(Saira C., female prisoner and yoga practitioner)

Healing from the heart

illustration: Lisa R., female prisoner and yogi in solitary confinement
book: A Women’s Practice: Healing from the Heart by Kath Meadows

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The Guru trouble spot

July 5, 2016

In recent years, many people submitted themselves to a spectrum of spiritual teachers promising some form of salvation. Are gurus, as they claim to be, a necessary doorway to religious experiences that make life more profound? Or rather, are they filling deep needs and thus inadvertently pointing to trouble spots and lacks in the fabric of our culture, as well as revealing the depth of our conditioning to want authorities and mistrust ourselves?

(The Guru Papers – Masks of Authoritarian Power, Joel Kramer & Diana Alstad)

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