Science and spirituality

By Sean O’Donnell Last week, we looked at how energy is perceived in both science and spirituality. This week, we continue the discussion by touching a broad array of topics. Science and spirituality are both ultimately born of the same impulse: questioning. A search for knowledge. A search for truth. At times, a large disconnect […]

science and spirituality

By Sean O’Donnell Something that people have consistently asked me since I changed careers (more accurately, dropped my traditional concept of a career) and started frequenting permaculture gardens, farmers’ markets, and yoga communities is “Do you ever plan to use your degree again?” Now, that is a loaded question. Every time, without hesitation, my answer […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ohsawa Diet hridaya

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 […]

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 […]

earthquake-relief-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 […]

hridaya yoga

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 […]

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 […]

sitting meditation

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. […]

laughter hridaya yoga

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 […]

By Sean O’Donnell There are many tantric rituals that are practiced with the intention of deepening devotion and raising awareness of higher states of consciousness. Yoni puja is a ceremony designed to cultivate a reverence for Shakti and all other manifestations of the Divine Feminine. More information on the specific steps included in a traditional […]