Connecting to nature opens the heart and then one is able to connect more deeply with fellow human beings. When we ourselves are healed, we can extend our hearts to others.
By Dena Merriam Sita is a beloved figure for Hindus around the world, as well as for non-Hindus throughout Southeast Asia. But the message of her life extends beyond these audiences and bears universal import, particularly relevant for the modern age when a new understanding of feminine wisdom and leadership is needed, and when we are facing an unprecedented ecological crisis. Mata Sita and Sri Ram were instrumental in setting the foundation for a new civilization during a time of transition from […]
By Shahnawaz Shah The ambiance of the room grew cozier — harmonious as we listened to the soft vocals and compositions […]
Whales were very much on my mind. I had just returned from a dialogue in Japan that included a discussion on the […]
The only goal of the guru is to awaken those still lost in pain and ignorance. There is no other motive – not building an institution, not amassing followers and a big bank account – there is no “I” left to desire any of it.
What we are experiencing now as a global community is the breaking down of old patterns and the beginning of the formation of new ones. This is a painful process.
The Unfortunate Secularizing of a Sacred Practice: Meditation by Dena Merriam There is growing debate within the spiritual community about the pros and cons of secularizing meditation practices. In order to reach more people – and generate more money — these sacred practices are being reduced to a means of stress reduction and mental focus. At GPIW and the Contemplative Alliance we have long warned about the downside of this trend. A recent op ed in The New York Times entitled “Can We […]