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by Donna Davidge

In our yoga practice, animals inspire us in our asanas—pigeon, peacock, frog, cat, and cow. As yogis, we are inspired by them in life as well. I recently had a woman in class who had a yoga mat with cats on it, and I had to tell her I much I liked it. Yoga mats now have so many choices and designs, but I had never seen that one. I told her how we had cats at our yoga retreat in Maine, and how they never posed a problem because even our allergic guests dealt with them. She said she thought every yoga studio should have a pet...


Animals & Pets

by Sandra Fazio

In terms of our own adult life – we, like our children, interface in multiple relationships (via spouse or partner, co-workers, friendships, neighbors) and over time we grow inevitably frustrated with anyone of them and may even start to retreat. Why? Maybe our energies have been zapped, we are feeling more disconnected, there is lack of communication, a lot of egoic agendas on the table, no one is listening to us anymore and we are slowly pulling away from our authentic being.


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This article is great because it reminds us and gives us the tools to check inward with ourselves. If we don't check in with ourselves how do we realistically think we could be good role models as parents.



Family & Parenting

by Amy Lansky, PhD

In November 2012, I took my first-ever private retreat at Vajrapani Institute in the Santa Cruz Mountains. For two days, I was by myself in my own little cabin, alone with my thoughts, my Self, my dreams...


Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: This article is a wonderful "how to" recipe for approaching life with sacred intention. It inspires us to create the space for love's vibration to resonate throughout our beings so that synchronicity and serendipity can flourish.


Sacred Living

by Dylan Charles, Editor, Waking Times
Cross-posted from

In the ancient practice of Tai Chi, one learns to recognize the subtle energy of the universe and to move within its natural flow to develop both defensive capability and extraordinary health...




Exercise & Fitness

by Trish Regan

I wish to share with you the most astounding experience I have had over 12 years of swimming with whales! Recently, during our Whales of Tonga Retreat in the beautiful Kingdom of Tonga, I experienced the closest encounter ever with a huge female humpback...


Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: I met Trish several years ago at a discussion on her experience leading healing expeditions centered upon swimming with dolphins and whales. Knowing the infinite possibilities for spiritual transformation when in the presence of these magnificent beings, I enjoyed reading about Trish's experience in Tonga and the simple message delivered by the female humpback. 


Intuition & Symbols


Editor's Note: Christopher Titmuss, a former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India, teaches Awakening and Insight Meditation around the world. He is the founder and director of the Dharma Facilitators Programme and the Living Dharma programme, an online mentor programme for Dharma practitioners. He gives retreats, participates in pilgrimages (yatras) and leads Dharma gatherings. Christopher has been teaching annual retreats in Bodh Gaya, India since 1975 and leads an annual Dharma Gathering in Sarnath since 1999...



by Katrina Kenison Lewers

You know how it is. The dishes need washing, the houseplants are wilting, the emails have piled up, the kids are needy, and the dog is scratching at the door to go out. There is no end to the to-do list, no reward or revelation to be found at the bottom of the laundry hamper, no moment in the day when life feels entirely manageable, tidy, and complete...


Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: As Katrina describes it... working on your soul and your peace isn't about retreating or going to some special place (although, don't get me wrong, that is awesome and times when that is a beautiful thing). However, for long term, it's about being in the middle of the plain and ordinary, about finding happiness in pulling a hair out of your nose, about finding comfort as your kids get in a fight, finding peace as you find moldy apple cores in your minivan, etc, etc, etc...



by Sofia Reddy

A few weeks ago, I attended my first weekend of silence retreat. When I told my friends, they were in awe. Probably more like disbelief. They couldn’t believe that I would go three days without any electronic equipment or talking to anyone...




Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: I really dig lesson number five. Give it a try.



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