Knowledge is an important component of our spiritual growth.
Over the period of some 30 years, I have written these articles to illustrate a variety of spiritual ideas and principles.
Knowledge can guide us in our practices, let us know what to expect along the way and support us in times of doubt. However, knowledge alone can only take us so far. Direct experience is equally as important so I encourage you to choose the practices which resonate with you and make them part of your daily life.
These articles have been grouped by categories to help you select the ones that may be of greater interest to you.
Edited versions of some of these articles have been published in other places, including the Chopra Center Lifestyles Newsletters.
I have always tried to fully research each topic and apologize for any inaccuracies. Unlike scientific “facts”, spiritual wisdom is open to interpretation. These articles reflect my understanding of the subjects. Please read them with an open mind and find the path that best suits you.
Meditations and Mantra
Will I have Profound, Insightful Thoughts During Meditation? One of the biggest causes of suffering in the world today is expectations. Imagine how free you would be if every day you were able to just “go with the flow”, trusting that the Universe was organizing everything perfectly. Well, this is exactly what the Universe is doing but by imposing our ideas of how things should be, we end up struggling against the current. This doesn’t
Vedic Astrology and Meditation
Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and Meditation are vast subjects that can each take many years if not a whole lifetime to fully understand. However, a reading of our chart by a qualified astrologer can open up a wealth of useful information and a few months of regular meditation practice can give us the tools to live the fullness of life. Jyotish gives us the road map and meditation brings the necessary clarity to take a diversion,
The Effects of Meditation on Those Around You
For most of us, our ego began to develop when we were young children. We learned the word “mine” and how to manipulate our parents by being nice, nasty or stubborn. As we continued growing the ego grew too, serving a useful purpose in helping us to organize our education, careers and families. For many people, the ego continues to dominate throughout their lives. George Harrison’s song, I, Me Mine is their anthem and “what’s
Truth Is Always Safest
It’s amazing how many things we say as jokes, are taken seriously and cause stress to the person on the receiving end. Life would certainly be very boring if it didn’t include humor, in fact, everything in the universe is a paradox, but we need to be careful that something said innocently doesn’t get out of hand. I remember a story of something that happened to a friend of mine some years ago. This friend
Managing Restlessness and Impatience During Meditation
“Too many thoughts”, “Can’t sit still”, “When will it be over?”, “Am I doing it correctly?”, “Nothing’s happening”. Ever had these thoughts during your meditation? Well you’re not alone, these are by far the biggest complaints people make about their meditation practice. As new meditators, we all had these concerns and even after many years, they still pop up from time to time. But please don’t give up, these are in fact good experiences. The
The Mahavakyas of SynchroDestiny
The word Mahavakya means a great pronouncement or great statement, which expresses the message of the One Universal Truth. In ancient Vedic times, a teacher would sit with his or her students and expound on the great wis-dom teachings. The more advanced students were introduced to the knowledge of higher states of consciousness and enlightenment and many of these teachings are recorded in the texts of the Upanishads. At certain points in the teachings, when