yoni puja

By Antoaneta Gotea   According to Tantra, all of creation is a play between Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (the energy or power of consciousness). Of course, consciousness and its energy are inseparable. This distinction is merely a convenient way to comprehend the incomprehensible. In Shaktism, the ultimate Truth (the Absolute) is seen as the Supreme […]

Motherhood and Self-Enquiry

By Emma Carruthers As I run a meditation center and mostly encounter spiritual practitioners in my daily life, I am often asked: “how is your practice now that you have a baby?” The answer to this question has become clearer to me through its frequent repetition… “That depends on what practice means to you,” I […]

The Howl of Presence

The Howl of Presence by Uma Esmeralda Ritstier Fully trusting the wave that is flowing through me and the ever-present mood it stirs up, Completely trusting the natural rhythm of my Being, Trusting the Heart of who I am and what it expresses in this moment, Being, without doing, It’s okay to rest in ease, […]

The Value of Patience in Understanding People

By Adina Riposan-Taylor (Saraswati Devi) In view of living with Pure Intention and an Open Heart, it is useful to learn to cultivate patience in learning how to perceive and relate to people in a way that is free from stereotypes, samskaras (unconscious impressions), and projections. We live in a world that is driven by […]

tantric rituals

By Prem Nirav Tantra is often understood as the web of life in which the Divine connects all beings and things—in this world and in all galaxies and universes, in manifestation and beyond. Tantra can allow us to integrate life into spirituality so that we live in peace and harmony with ourselves and those around […]

The Spine of the Night

By Chris van der Weide We walk without sight On the spine of the night Despite the fright that every ever-so-slight misstep might slide Might slip, flip, whip, and dip Our hearts in the vast unknown In the never before shown Infinite space, in which no trace Of past exists No maps, no routes, no […]

meditation benefits

By Dominique Didinal   “OH, MY GOODNESS—How are you staying so calm??!?!! I would be so panicked if I were you!” Says one of my friends, not overly reassuringly… I’m on a tropical island paradise approximately 6000 miles from home and unable to walk properly because of a severe sea urchin sting on the sole […]

By Dee Lee I was trying to nap in the back seat when the car hit the barrier and started to skid. Instead of the predictable survival response of fight-or-flight, a much deeper impulse arose. The mind went blank and, with eyes still closed, I heard myself calmly utter: “Your will, not mine.” A simple, […]

Integrating Daily Life into Spirituality

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier   You just had a life-altering experience that turned your world upside down. It made you look at life from a whole new perspective. Suddenly, you experience things differently. You start living life inside out, instead of the other way around. Maybe you just entered your first (second, third, or more) […]

By Chris van der Weide   Fear “Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi It is still dark outside. Disoriented, I wake up from the sound of my partner slamming the bathroom door. Immediately and with delicate […]

highly sensitive person, hsp

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier   I Am Highly Sensitive Are you? Please just stop for a moment. Breathe. And promise you’ll never ever say that again. Saying “I am highly sensitive” is exactly how the struggle continues. By affirming this, you just put another label on yourself (one of the many you have already collected over […]

true man; intimacy; real man

By Sol Lys   Last week, I was invited into a men’s group on Facebook. The group is a space for sharing with other men. In the group, one of the members asked other men to share their perspectives on manhood and what it means to be a “real man.” Lately, I have been reflecting […]

The Spine of the Night

By Beata Kucienska   “Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn, Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in the Beloved!” –St. John of the Cross   Before the first taste of awakening, human life is driven by constant, underground fear. Most of our actions are aimed at […]

yogis guide to trump; non-reactivity

By Keralee Froebel “How can you win if you ain’t right within?” –Lauryn Hill “This is just a part of my nature and everyone’s nature, to offer oneself to serve at the critical moment when the emergency becomes articulate.” –Leonard Cohen   In homeopathy, there is a concept of “proving,” or determining whether or not […]