An Exceedingly Brief History of Meditation

  Meditation is a practical, systematic technique for knowing yourself. It is does not belong to any religion or culture. But, it can be found in many of them because it is human to want to understand ourselves on every level. Meditation is a simple method of exploring the inner dimensions of yourself and ultimately…

Sharing the Yamas and Niyamas with Children: Ahimsa Part 1

********* In this series, I will discuss sharing the Yamas and Niyamas with children. The Yamas and Niyamas are ethical principals that  are outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They can be applied within any spiritual, religious or secular practice since they deal with how to act peacefully within ourselves and with other people. This first…

Rebooting The Mama Sutras Series

Last year, I began a project using the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as a framework for looking at gentle parenting and mindful living off the mat. I left the series for awhile as I explored some natural tangents into Buddhism. But, I’m ready to return to the Yoga Sutras. I’ll begin with my original post…

Metta Tags

I have been quietly sending metta, or lovingkindness meditation, to two people who have really caused havoc in my life. I am not getting caught up in it. But, everyday, 20 times a day, I purposefully stop and think of these persons. I say their names to myself. Without any judgment or attachment, I imagine…

My Brain Colander is my Atman

I am moving out of meditating on Yoga Sutra 1.2 and into 1.3 because I am feeling a shift toward a more inward focused, yet separated, feeling. I am having an easier time lately, in observing thoughts, feelings, and experience as separate from myself. I may not catch them right away, but I am catching…

When the Chitta Hits the Fan

I have been avoiding writing anything that is for this blog. I have been keeping to my goal of reading and writing something every day. None of it has been for outside my journal. I most especially do not want to write this post. But, it is this post that I need to write before…

Solace in Pillow Castles

Mama Sutras: Sutra 1.2 Part 1 Solace in Pillow Castles Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. –          Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This morning I lay in bed attempting to read my twitter feed on my tiny cell phone screen while breastfeeding B,…