Spirituality in the Centennial State
December 12, 2013 • Speaking
Last weekend, December 6-8, we traveled to the great state of Colorado for five speaking engagements. Though it proved to be a particularly freezing weekend as far as the weather was concerned, the welcome from the Eagle, Avon and Boulder communities was warm and inviting.
The first event was titled “Conversations on the Spiritual Path” and took place on Friday evening at Yoga Off Broadway in Eagle, CO. The following day we did two workshops (morning and afternoon) that was held at the same studio. All workshops were open to the community and took place at this yoga studio where I first started teaching when I left the monastery.
Often times when one thinks of yoga, asana practice is immediately called to mind. And yet the act of living a yogic life is far more dimensional than the physical practice. During the workshops we delved into the first two limbs of Raja Yoga’s 8 limb path, the Yamas and Niyamas. We looked at the way these character observances and restraints can be applied and practiced to access personal transformation. We also examined what it means to live a spiritual life as well as how to balance and sustain energy throughout daily life.
The weekend continued on Sunday with an event held at the Westin in Avon at the Spa Anjali. During the workshop, attended by guests of the Westin as well as the local community, we explored how the mind works, developing willpower and concentration. We then went through a very systematic approach to meditation, outlining steps one needs to take from setting up a space at home, to how to sit, hand and body positions, and of course the process of meditation itself.
Our last event on our spiritual marathon weekend was another live edition of Conversations on the Spiritual Path held at Radiance Power Yoga in Boulder. The intention of these open forums is to allow locals in various communities the opportunity to discuss issues and questions that are not so easily answered. It is a raw and safe space to ask any life-question, large or small.
All of our events were a great success and we look forward to returning to the great state of Colorado in the near future. Although hopefully next time it won’t be twenty below freezing outside.
I was invited by Xero, a cloud-based accounting software company, to be their global keynote speaker for their annual Xerocon event. Subsequently, I gave keynotes in San Francisco and Brisbane, Australia, titled “Conscious Accounting”. The keynote was based on the premise that we only...Read More
DC entrepreneurs Learn Unwavering Focus
It was my first ever visit to Washington DC and I loved my brief 24 hours in the country’s capital. One of my hosts was gracious enough to spend the afternoon showing me around some of the memorials. My favorite and the one I had been wanting to see for a while was the Lincoln…Read More
Meditating, starting a business, falling in love and other how-tos
It’s been six whole months since I have blogged. That was the longest hiatus I have taken since I started blogging shortly after leaving the monastery 7 years ago. In that time lots have happened. One of the biggest developments is that I have a brand new website. You’re looking at it...Read More
Adelaide’s progressive accounting company turns inward
Adelaide, South Australia. On August 24th this year I was invited to Adelaide by Altitude Advisory to conduct a full day workshop to its team and clients. Altitude Advisory is an accounting firm based in South Australia’s capital that provide consultation on profitability, cashflow, growth,...Read More