Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl in Swat, Pakistan, was speaking up for her rights and was shot in the neck and face by the Taliban on October 8, 2012. She is in a hospital right now, fighting for her life. It must be every parent’s worst nightmare.
At first, meditation brings calm to a restless mind. It gives moments of stillness, silence and peace in the midst of an active life. It brings understanding and clarity to minds that are touched by anxiety, stress, sadness or confusion. The moment we sit down and pay attention to the sweet rhythm of our breath, and allow the mind and body to be still and silent, peace becomes a reality. Peace becomes something that we can experience directly.
Please meditate today 12/12/12. You will be joined by many.
Start meditating today for at least 12 minutes per day to prepare for "Ascension Day" on Dec 21st, 2012. On this day, the earth will enter a 4th dimension, which simply means the earth will begin to vibrate on a higher frequency.
On November 22nd 2008, Malaysia’s top Islamic body banned Muslims from practicing yoga, saying that elements of Hinduism in this “ancient Indian exercise” could corrupt them. In 2004, yoga was banned in Egypt by its highest theological body. In the US, Christian fundamentalists have argued that yoga’s “Hindu roots” conflict with Christian teachings.
The ban in Malaysia has been lifted, but such sentiments against yoga make it clear that it is more important now than ever before to understand that yoga is not a religion!
For an artist, for a yogi, for anyone...what is more precious than time? silence? space to allow our creative energy to rise and express itself?
Well, I don't know what will happen. This is my first retreat of this kind, guided by one of my teachers. It's not exactly a vacation of free time and relaxation...but, it is structured in a way that yogis have been retreating for thousands of years. Here's the schedule. I have been training for months :)
Music has been the love of my life since I can remember. It started with the piano, then clarinet, flute (Western and Indian), tabla...and throughout an exploration of the voice. For me, vocals are the most intimate bridge between my heart and everything divine and true that I experience.
Much of my life has been a balance between my spiritual practice and my music practice. How much time do I give to my spiritual practice vs how much time do I give to my music -- it has often been a bit of a struggle to figure out.