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Meditation and Parenting as Medicine

“Meditation and Parenting as Medicine” was written by Jaya Kula student Katie Rablin.

Being a mother to my son is a potent medicine that has opened my heart.

Through the process of mothering, a curiosity about life has blossomed inside me. I’ve been born into a larger version of myself through giving up who I thought I was and simply being myself with my son.

Katie and Ancil

Katie and her son Ancil

I was pregnant during a summer 2014 meditation retreat with my teacher in Maine. It was my first time practicing meditation, and I had a lot of nausea, dizziness, fear and all kinds of things coming up. Read On…

Sadhana is Play

Human bodies are the great playground. But in the course of doing spiritual practice, we are asked to sit in meditation postures that are difficult for our bodies to relax into immediately. It is best in these circumstances to use props, such as cushions under the knees, in order to slowly, perhaps over years, give our bodies the chance to relax.

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“Sadhana is nothing but playfulness.” –Anandamayi Ma

If you approach every pain or passing discomfort as an embarrassing obstacle or problem, it is possible to lose all sense of playfulness and experimentation. If your pride gets in the way of your patience, you will either hurt yourself, or give up. Read On…

Awareness is not Grasping

Water Offering

Water Offering

Each morning, my Tibetan housemate filled copper offering bowls to the brim with fresh water. She then walked slowly and steadily to the altar room, her gaze undistracted so as not to spill any precious drops along the way.

Why did she not pour somewhat less water into the bowls and make her task easier? Read On…

Open Eye Meditation

Keep your eyes open;
if you want to be awake in yoga
you must travel this secret way.

—Mahendranath Bhattacharya, 19th century Bengali poet

Many Indian-affiliated practitioners, especially those in Advaita Vedanta traditions, have great affection for closed-eye expressions of ecstatic bliss. Read On…