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Archive for the Practices: Meditation category

Spring Cleanse: What are you ready to let go of?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Well, it hasn’t looked or felt much like spring around here this past week. Earthquakes and tsunami in the Pacific have left hundreds of people dead, thousands homeless and many more devastated. Here in New Zealand a late cold snap has left farmers without any electricity as they struggle to rescue new spring lambs from […]

Change the World: Make friends with your Heart

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. — Rumi Last week I wrote a list of 10 things you probably shouldn't say to a friend who doesn't have children. It was quite an experience. People responded, to […]

Cliches

Monday, August 31st, 2009

There are a few phrases that have become so well-used that their meaning seems some days to have been worn thin. But some of them are used so much because they touch on simple yet powerful truths and it is worth pulling them up into the light and really thinking about what they have to […]

Conscious activism

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Twee Merrigan (yoga teacher) watches Edo Kahn and Jo Mall (musicians, devotees and music therapists) play and sing with children living in an orphanage in Bali Conscious activism is an idea that I've been playing with for a couple of years now, and here in Wellington I've had the joy of finding some friends and […]

Pop quiz

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Sunrise meditation on Mt Batur in Bali. Photo by Leah Simon Qu: What do writing, yoga, meditation and human rights all have in common? Answer: They all involve paying attention. (Other answers may also be correct, in fact they almost certainly are) William James said: “ Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking […]

Stringing me along

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Offerings in Bali On Friday morning I met a dear old friend for a cup of tea before work. We got talking about Buddhism and quantum physics and the fascinating overlap between the two. A couple of years ago my brainy ex-boyfriend gave me a copy of Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe" to read. It […]

‘Don’t know’

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Sitting on top of Mt Bakur in Bali, watching the sunrise. Ready to leap. When I was going through the process of deciding to leave my job with Oxfam (now that I've resigned I can finally name my wonderful employer) there were three main barriers that I found I had to work through. The first […]

In Times of War, Feed the Right Wolf

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

By Marianne Elliott In November 2007 I arrived back from a short holiday in the United States to my work as a UN human rights officer in Afghanistan. Days later, the deadliest suicide attack to take place in Afghanistan happened in Baghlan, killing at least 40 adults and three children and maiming more than 60 […]

Stepping out

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Om, one of the beautiful daily mandalas of fresh flowers at our yoga retreat in Bali. It took one week of yoga retreat for me to finally experience for a sustained period what I have have long 'believed' but had only experienced in short bursts or glimpses. I discovered that when you practice regularly, consistently […]

Change the World Friday

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I'm in Bali. I'm staying in a beautiful traditional Balinese villa with six beautiful friends, all yoga teachers and body workers (and one fabulous surf and yoga teacher). I'm surrounded with compassionate wisdom about what we hold and carry in our body and how we can release it and let ourselves relax into a deep […]

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