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Using Nature as a Guru

By Sean O’Donnell

 You meet many people along the spiritual path. Often, you cycle through looking up to different figures for inspiration and knowledge as you develop a deeper understanding of the world. In Sanskrit, a guru is a “teacher, guide, expert, or master” of a certain discipline or area of knowledge. You may look […]

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Lifeguards: Improving Mazunte Safety

By Sean O’Donnell The Hridaya Yoga Center in Mazunte is set in a really beautiful environment, where tranquility and intensity are seemingly engaged in a neverending dance. While you can enjoy witnessing the rise and fall of these energies, you may also savor interacting with and connecting to the sea of samsara by answering the […]

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Expanding on the Ohsawa Diet

By Sean O’Donnell I’ll admit that when I first heard of Ohsawa diets, I thought that “Ohsawa” was a Sanskrit word or referred to an ancient, revered yogi. It took me a while to acquaint myself with its real namesake―George Ohsawa, the founder of macrobiotics. George Ohsawa was a Japanese man who spent most of […]

The Power of Deep Listening

By Beata Kucienska An elderly man came to the library; he seemed to be bothered by something. I stopped my work and gave him my total attention. His discontentment was justified, and I couldn’t do much to help him. I simply listened to him. Somehow, the conversation evolved from personal to universal topics. Together, we […]

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What is Neti Neti?

By Sean O’Donnell “Love says ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two, my life flows.” –Nisargadatta Maharaj Negative theology is a type of religious and philosophical practice with roots that can be traced through several prominent lineages―including Ancient Greece, early Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. This practice shows up in the Hindu […]

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All Life Is Sacred: A Reflection on the 49-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

By Beata Kucienska “Where is the door to sacredness?,” I asked the Heart. The answer came when I was watching some birds during a sunset walk: “Sacredness is the simplicity of life.” During the 49-Day Silent Meditation Retreat, I often had the feeling that sacredness was just a breath away… waiting for me with infinite […]

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The Price of Enlightenment: A Reflection on Money and Spirituality

By Emma Carruthers When I was twenty-one, I spent four months hitchhiking across South America. Amazingly, I never spent a penny on travel costs or accommodation, preferring to sleep in my tent in football fields or on hillsides than to pay for a hostel. The mission? Live for free and experience wonderful things as cheaply […]

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The Heart of Earthquake Relief in Mexico

By Sean O’Donnell In the month of September, Mexico suffered two devastating earthquakes. The first, on September 7th, was a magnitude 8.1 and was centered off the coast of Oaxaca and Chiapas. The second occurred on September 19th. It was a magnitude 7.1, and its epicenter was in the state of Morelos. It was much […]

Finding Advaita in Daily Life

By Sean O’Donnell

 “The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments.” –Abraham Heschel Upon returning to the Hridaya Yoga Center in Mazunte, I have been re-immersed in a plethora of tantric, non-dual practices and teachings. The amount of information and reminders of my True […]

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Beginning the Path of Pure Intention

By Sean O’Donnell “If you maintain the constant wish to benefit others, the power to actually do so will come by itself, as naturally as water runs downhill.” –Dilgo Khyentse The power of intention is an often overlooked force in the Universe. But, we find that the same words and actions can carry entirely different […]

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Sitting and Health: Sitting Is the New… Sitting?

By Sean O’Donnell In many respects, trying to heal from sitting for long periods of time is what led me to visit the Hridaya Yoga Center in Mazunte in the first place. Like many people entrenched in modern society, I’ve spent huge chunks of my life sitting. Staring. Specifically, at a computer or phone screen. […]

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Onions, Garlic, and Ayurveda

What Restricted Vegetables Can Show Us about the Yogic Lifestyle By Natasha Friedman There’s nothing as mouth-watering as the smell of garlic and onions simmering in a pan full of spices. Which makes it a bit disappointing (for me, at least) when you start practicing yoga and hear that you’re not supposed to eat them. […]

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The Divinity of Laughter: The Natural State Is a Playful State

By Sean O’Donnell “To me, there is nothing more sacred than love and laughter, and there is nothing more prayerful than playfulness.” –Osho The Vibration of Laughter In Ramana Maharshi’s Self-Enquiry method, we learn to continually ask the “Who am I?” question. In Ramana’s words, “The question (…) is not really meant to get an […]

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Who Am I… Playing With?

By Karin Nyberg “Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore.” –Osho Right now, reading these words, are you playing? If you were to become playful, how would you notice? Take a leap into the way of play and […]