How to be Happy

Given all the differences between people and all the things that we think we want, what most of us strive for is just happiness. We know it when it comes but we tend to think it is a fleeting state of being, not a permanent one. It is a permanent state of being. We can…

Musical Instrument

Music is to the soul what yarn is to the knitter – we need it. Over my lifetime, I’ve taken organ lessons without enthusiasm. I wanted to play the piano, but Dad thought I should play the organ. Whatever. There were too many things going on at once with the organ. I’ve never been coordinated…

Something to Think About

Put on your diving gear – we’re going deep again. I hope I can explain this succinctly. It took me forever to get this. We come to a point in deep meditation where we find something out that we can barely grasp with our world-based minds. That no-thing exists. I don’t exist, you don’t exist,…

The Journey ……..

I’m going to get deep here. Just a warning. Spiritual enlightenment, self-realization, nirvana, bliss, the witness, soul-directed living —— these are all words that describe a part of the journey. The journey to your center, to where you truly live, not where you think you live. There are many people, people much more brilliant than…

My Breathing Room

My breathing room is large, with windows on three sides. On the East wall where there are no windows hangs Homage to the Dark Lord, my mixed media wallhanging in honor of Sri Lord Krishna. There is a cushion in my room on which I may sit when I enter to meditate. The room is…

Three Songs Three Life Changing Moments

It is hard to choose only three songs that are important to me. There have been so many over my 62 years. The first Beatles song I ever heard – I Wanna Hold Your Hand and the flip side of the 45 rpm, She Loves You (yeah, yeah, yeah). I grew up from there, pried…

A Most Uplifting Experience

I love this man. Krishna Das – the Kirtan Wallah has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. And he is the most spiritually uplifting person I’ve not ever met, but feel I know well. Yesterday I was a bit tired when time came for peace and quiet. I decided that instead of chanting,…

Inside, Not Outside

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within…

New Music with Ancient Energy

Some of you may know that I came to the realization of my self through bhakti yoga. Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion. In the call and response of kirtan – alone in my practice but united with Krishna Das and my fellow chanters, my heart opened. On some days you will find me…

Not Complicated

  Well, this may be a little complicated. It will come as no shock to my readers that I am happiest when I’m living at my soul or witness level. It is a place where security, calmness and peace reign supreme. Although it has taken me some time to get to this place, I don’t…

No Difference

  Something finally occurred to me this morning. I’m doing my usual worry, worry, worry routine (the minute I awake) and I spot this – “If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.” ~Shantideva Wonderful set of words that is to see first thing…