It starts with a thin whistle.
A narrow stream of air that builds
up to a blast that fills the expanding chambers
flooding every tiny space with oxygen.
Alveoli like fields of grain
wave in the face of the passing storm
Oxygen passes through membrane
locks onto haemoglobin turning it
bright red and then as
suddenly as it started
the massive chambers start to collapse
as the oxygen-depleted air now rushes out
leaving the bellows deflated and empty.
And that is the story of just one breath
Check out these Mysore Style Ashtanga classes in Bali on NomadYOGI
Proper ashtanga vinyasa yoga classes, as we learned from our teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. You get the benefit of two long-term, direct students of Sri KP Jois teaching together whilst you practice in a beautiful wooden space close to central Ubud.
Classes ($18 USD) are ongoing during this period. If you already practice the traditional style (aka ‘Mysore-style’) you can join for as short or long as you wish.
For the first time
When the compulsive story telling stops,
and twitches of like and don’t like fade,
even for a second
you will see that you are here
for the first time ever.
No one has been here before you, no one.
You are the first to look out over this miracle;
the first twinkle of awareness
shining here in wonder and astonishment
And there is no you doing any gazing:
this is the Universe seeing Herself
over and over again for the first time
completely awe struck at her own infinite splendour.
When a train pulls into a station
it doesn’t become that station.
It merely stops there for a while
before moving on.
Whatever the circumstances in your life,
never forget what they are:
The train will move on.
"When you come to see that you can do nothing, that the play of thought or feeling just goes on by itself as a happening, then you are in a state which we will call meditation. And slowly without being pushed, your thoughts will come to silence. That is to say, all the verbal symbolic chatter going on in the skull — don’t try and get rid of it because that will again produce the illusion that there’s a controller. It just goes on and goes on and goes on and finally gets tired of itself, gets bored and stops. And so then there’s a silence. And this is a deeper level of meditation. And in that silence you suddenly begin to see the world as it is."
"What a strange day
when I found out
what I was chasing
Cut yourself some slack
It’s not easy wearing that face
Or carrying the ball and chain of a thousand opinions
Or learning to let something go
Or to open your eyes to a million stories poking you awake
Or to walk into grief, eyes burning with tears, heart creaking with loss.
It is not easy being in this body
It is not easy wearing this mask
You’ve come this far
You’ve done well
You’ve exceeded expectations
Cut yourself some slack
There isn’t a scorecard at the end of this
Hi N! Thanks so much for the blog. Anyways, I have a question for you. Do awakened teachers all agree with each other? In this case, I saw an interview with Gangaji where she said that she doesn't consider herself an advaita teacher and that she believes humans do have some kind of free will. But it seems to me that teachers who all know Truth know the same Truth
There is only Truth. It’s the same for anyone that comes across it.
All concepts, words, teachings, philosophies that attempt to express Truth are simply pointers that are always off the mark, always imperfect, always missing something.
For this reason, I don’t even think it’s safe to say that all teachers agree with their own teachings. I don’t agree with absolute certainty with my own words, because they are all just imperfect pointers. All of those that know what is True recognize this, and don’t get caught up with the pettiness of words.
Because Truth can’t be expressed, awakened teachers have to get creative, they have to be flexible, they have to be inconsistent. One moment they might say there is free will to snap someone out of their fixation on the idea that there isn’t. In another moment they might tell someone to surrender their individual free will to the will of the Universe. Also, if you ask the same question to two different awakened teachers, you are likely to get different answers.
This doesn’t mean that any answer is wrong, it just means that the teaching is alive. That’s what makes this teaching so beautiful. It’s not written in a text book and considered absolute or final. It is simply a response that arises in the moment, catered to whoever is listening at the time. It is not about agreeing or disagreeing on things that have been said in the past. It’s only about what someone needs to hear in this moment.
Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) and gray wolf (Canis lupus) looking for fish
Where do I go when I sleep ?
under those dreams
into the void?
Who wakes up?
Why is it always me?
Why not someone else?
Why does my history
also open its eyes
when I do?
Beware the Charismatic Guru →
The purpose of this article is not to induce general cynicism and disillusionment. Authentic spiritual friends are certainly available today, though, as always, not in large supply. They also tend to keep a low profile, not seeking publicity or actively recruiting.
Rarely in my experience is a guru a complete fake. He or she is usually a spiritually talented person who has had some kind of profound spiritual experience. Communications and manipulative skills, often of a high order, are usually present too. But somewhere things have gone wrong. We might ask what; and how do such people still manage to gull so many people so successfully?