Holidays and Hinduism

Diwali begins today. Well, in some communities. The major Lakshmi puja is observed the day after the dark moon, on Tuesday. What's hard for me about observing Hindu holidays is that so many of the details depend on cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent. Tamils observe slightly differently than Nepalese than the myriad other ethnic and cultural groups. The gods even have different names and sometimes slightly different mythology! While this is really confusing, it's also liberating. … [Read more...]

Resolution

So I went to sutra study. I was able to read a few comments on yesterday's post before I left, rather in a distracted rush, for yoga class and sutra study. Many of you made excellent points and I was left feeling awkward, silly and vulnerable. I particularly hate feeling vulnerable. I am much better at over thinking things, if you hadn't noticed.When I started this project I knew this quarter would be a challenge for me, but I didn't realize just how hard it would be for me. I've spent most … [Read more...]

Conflict

My lunch today was amazing. Like, really, really delicious. But the conversation was good too. Husband and kids and I sat around the table talking about the day thus far. 'Oh I'm going to yoga tonight,' I said, 'but I'm undecided if I'll stay on for the yoga sutras study group.' After explaining myself, my husband just looked at me and said, 'Why don't you write about this?' Good point.So, here's what I told him. After yoga class tonight - asana, physical practice - I've been invited to stay … [Read more...]

Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part four

This part of my testimony is all about graduate school, and it brings us up to the present. When we left off I had just moved to Berkeley, started work on my master's degree, and broken up with my girlfriend. You can read parts one, two, and three by clicking the links.I think I always knew I was going to end up in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union. It had been on my radar for years. I liked the small school consortium and the ecumenical and interfaith make up of the place. It had a … [Read more...]

Wishbird

Last night I went to yoga for the first time in over a month. It wasn't a difficult practice, but after being sick for so many weeks it challenged my body. I still think of myself as an 'advanced beginner' or 'intermediate' level yoga practitioner - even now, after years away from a regular practice! Sessions like last night's are humbling, but also excellent opportunities to practice 'beginner's mind' and return to basics. What is the most basic thing of all? The breath.In between postures … [Read more...]

A Review of Eat Pray Love – the movie

I had one surprisingly quiet evening to myself over the weekend. My husband was up in Edinburgh to see his good friend perform a one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. The children went down easily, so I made a little dessert for myself (hand-whipped cream with a dash of vanilla, some banana, and a spoonful of honey - divine) and put on a movie. I decided to watch Eat Pray Love - a pretty film, not requiring deep thought, and with a loosely Hindu theme. Also, Julia Roberts is easy on the … [Read more...]

Karma-yoga and the struggle as a woman

Karma-yoga is the yoga of action. It is the main form of yoga advocated in the Bhagavad Gita. There is no such thing as inaction, as everything is in process. Even when we choose not to act, we are acting; even when we sit still and meditate our bodies are continuing to act by breathing, digesting, blood flowing, etc. Until recently I never had any interest in this form of yoga, but I'm finding this to be the key to my reconciling my new life as a stay-at-home-mother. It also raises some issues … [Read more...]


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