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Intuition in the Seemingly Mundane

We are often taught to look for our intuition in the third eye, the Agya Chakra. But that is not its only home. It manifests in our thoughts, our emotions, physical tension and release. It is there in the headache, the sickening feeling in our stomach, the anxiety, the dread, the guilt...or in the absence of these! Of course there are times where these thoughts or feelings are based on some false perception (most of the time some may argue!) e.g. fear of a perfectly harmless house spider. But there are times when they are guiding us and we need to take the time to listen deeply in order to hear their real message.

The Dawning of Awareness

The luminous space of Awareness is the space in which all phenomena arise and pass. This apparent ‘you’, ‘me’ and all of the 10,000 things (2) all happen within and through this Consciousness. It shines through all that is – both what we like and what we don’t - through times of peace and harmony and through times of war and natural disaster. Slowly this can lead to the arising of humility – our thoughts, concepts, likes and dislikes, beliefs, attitudes, lives are no more or less important than any others. All arise in this Light of Awareness. It’s all part of the same play.

New Beginnings

The regular renewing of our aspirations can take the traditional idea of New Year’s aspirations to a new level. It is a renewal that can happen at other times of the year – on our birthday, on dates that are meaningful to us, or for that matter, any day that we feel inspired to ‘start again’. These regular renewals – fortified through self-effort, self-belief and perseverance - help to strengthen the beginner’s state of mind that keeps us fresh in our practice, humble and grateful in our hearts, and open and available in our minds.

Chakra Course Reflections

For over 20 years I have been on the yogic path and the chakras have always resonated with me on a very deep level. I have been fascinated by their mystery, their beauty, their colour and by all the symbolism associated with them. I knew they had a lot of depth to them but I never thought that after a year on this course I would change so much. Over the year I experienced many things from great sorrow/depression, to anger/frustration, to acceptance and forgiveness, to moments of great bliss, understanding, wisdom, insight and a wonderful feeling of spaciousness and interconnection.

Yoga and Addiction

This article includes Karunamayi personal work with addition. It is divided into sections which include: treatment, why yoga works, how asana, breath control, concentration and meditation help addiction. Karunamayi also explores the effects of deep relaxation and her experiences of teaching people who are overcoming addiction.

Live Yoga: An Ashram Approach to Daily Life

The following thoughts were written in India while I was on a 3 month sabbatical. During this time I realised that the most important thing in my life was to realise my True Essential Self and that I had to be at Mandala Yoga Ashram. This was not a choice but life telling me this in no uncertain ways. So on New Years Eve 2013, I moved into Mandala Yoga Ashram and begun a new chapter in life. While the thoughts that I wrote in 2013 are still very much valid my personal situation and thoughts have developed since then, however I have decided to leave the essay as written because it clearly shows my thought process at the time while I was living a ‘normal’ life and not as an Ashram resident, so it may be more use to the majority of people reading it. Hari Om Tat Sat Dharmakirti Yoga Point YTTC essay November/December 2013 - edited in April 2015

The Joy of Living with Swami Anubhavananda

I have known Swamiji since 2007 when I had the wonderful opportunity of being his student on a year-long Vedanta training course in India. The teachings he gave then have formed the bedrock of my spiritual life ever since. He has an extraordinary depth of knowledge of the spiritual texts which he is able to share in such an accessible and humorous way without losing any of the essential message. Devotional by nature, Swamiji is easily approachable and has the gift of making the person in front of him feel valued He is a contemporary Master whose motto – Be Happy – is a quality he lives and freely shares in his daily interactions as he travels from place to place.

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