I’ve taken a long hiatus from blogging. My apologies. The last few months have been filled with speaking engagements around the world and working on a few important projects including the development of Siva Ashram, our retreat center in Costa Rica. I hope to update you on some of these things in the coming weeks. Here’s my first blog post after my break.
One of our online course students asked me on our study forum about dealing with anxiety. In today’s world, this is a frequently occurring challenge which can dominate our attention and even result in physical symptoms, so I really appreciate this question. I answered it by explaining that anxiety is overcome when you learn to keep awareness on one thing at a time. Always keep bringing awareness back to what you are doing or who you are engaged with. That is why it is so important to learn the difference between awareness and the mind, then from here to learn concentration. Allowing awareness to jump from one thing to another in an uncontrolled way results in anxiety.
In the years leading up to me becoming an ordained Hindu monk, I had so many people tell me how I should be living my life. They knew I was very spiritually inclined and in the year before becoming a monk, I made my intentions to be a monastic clear to people. It was fascinating…Read More
The last 18-months have been challenging to say the least. For many, as a result of this pandemic, so much of life has changed – from work, income, lifestyle and more. For some, it has been devastating with the loss of loved ones, side effects of the virus and other severe repercussions. No...Read More
I once observed a man walking a big Rottweiler dog on a sidewalk. As he passed along the fence of the front yard of a home, a small dog came running up from the front door of the home to the fence barking. This little furball threw its front paws on the chain-link fence that…Read More
Do you get affected by other people’s emotions? Do other people’s emotions impact how you feel? Many people surf the wave of other people’s emotions but emotional surfing is optional. The words that people say to you contain emotions. Sometimes they don’t contain much emotion at all and at...Read More