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When something we really, really want to do is adharmic…

I like to overindulge in sense pleasures.  My particular weakness is chocolate. What’s the big deal, right??  But I can’t stop at one square.  Now really, what difference does too much chocolate make?  What’s the big deal?  Well, at it’s core even that small defiance violates dharma and agitates my mind. It steels my freedom. Continue reading “When something we really, really want to do is adharmic…”

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My ‘Year of Not Yet’

As a jiva I am very familiar and comfortable with change.  I get awesome ideas, can’t help getting enthusiastic, then find myself gathering resources and turning them into reality.  Problem is … I’m a Panglosian -‘characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.’  It’s a happy way to live, but can bring unnecessary and unwanted drama and rajas into my life.  For this reason, I’ve declared this my ‘Year of No’.  Continue reading “My ‘Year of Not Yet’”

Enlightened Parenting, Non dual knowledge for Kids

What to pray for?

Wise people never pray for specific things, because they know ‘that which is not destined to happen as a result of fructifying karma will not happen.’ Inquiry into Existence’, James Swartz

With this in mind we could teach our children to pray for the chance to make a contribution to the field, for an intellect that can understand who they are, and for gratitude for what they have.  Continue reading “What to pray for?”

Enlightened Parenting, Non dual knowledge for Kids

Surfing the vasana

A vasana is a habit or tendency that has developed over time.  The thoughts we think, actions we take, and how our lives unfold are largely driven by our vasanas.  The person’s challenge is to develop helpful vasanas (uplifting socializing, healthy eating, positive hobbies) and reduce the pull of unhelpful tendencies.  Children can be taught these principles and in that way at least start to notice how they behave and the effects on their lives. Continue reading “Surfing the vasana”