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Thoughts about uncertainty and surrender

By Hari-kirtana | May 22, 2020

What I remember most was how quickly I was able to accept what was happening. An eastward swing down Porter Street, a long residential mediary between two busy thoroughfares, offers an easy and enjoyable tree-lined descent to cyclists with a modicum of common sense. But am I a sensible cyclist? Nope. I was coasting down a curve after leaving a friend’s house near the […]

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Some thoughts about looking back, looking within, and seeing with spiritual vision

By Hari-kirtana | April 21, 2020

I’ve been reflecting back on my life as a teenager recently; on how it seems as if it were a previous life rather than an early chapter of this one; on how reckless I was with my privileges and resources; on how lucky I was to get away with so many ill-advised escapades without losing my life or my freedom; […]

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Some thoughts about fear, surrender, and staying spiritually connected

By Hari-kirtana | March 31, 2020

How are you doing? Usually, at least where I come from, ‘how are you doing?’ – or, to be more accurate, ‘howya doin’?’ – is a greeting, not a question. But this time I’m really asking. Things have been rough for the last few weeks and it will probably get worse before it gets better. So please tell me how […]

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I’m not doing anything

By Hari-kirtana | December 31, 2019

Well, that was intense… and scary and strange and tragic and wonderful – so long, 2019! It’s natural to look back at the end of the year and reflect on what we’ve done before we look ahead to what we hope to do. Personally, my tendency is to think more about what remains to be done rather than about what […]

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How do we know what’s true?

By Hari-kirtana | November 22, 2019

After a couple of weeks of watching the competing narratives coming out of the impeachment inquiry, I felt inspired to sit with the question: how do we know what’s true? Conventional wisdom tells us that we live in a post-truth world where up can mean down, forward means backward, and left and right mean really left and right. Separating fact […]

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Designing a Yoga Class Around a Philosophical Theme

By Hari-kirtana | January 20, 2019

A Case Study in Yoga Class Design I smelled smoke. I felt heat. I couldn’t see a thing. My senses sent urgent messages to my mind, which quickly analyzed the data and delivered its conclusion: “You’re going the wrong way! Go the other way!” I ignored my mind and continued to walk through the pitch-black room, slowly but steadily moving […]

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