One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious. -C.G. Jung  Five days from start to finish with space, quality time, and adventure as intentions took me on a journey to New Mexico…

I am a sensitive person. It may be karma, a blueprint laid from my stars and ancestors, or the experiences of the time and people and places. I am an emotional person. And I have great capacity to feel. Dating…

There is often power in the times when nothing seems to be happening at all. -Marianne Williamson When I read this one line last week in Everyday Grace, something began to stir. There is something really potent for me right…

Grateful reflections on another year

Consciously recognizing the end of a passing year and welcoming a new one is a ritual that I put into practice somewhere along the way. For me it is a sacred act of wakefulness, of contemplation, of growth. In my…

In Buddhism, the Buddha teaches in the second of the four noble truths that our suffering is caused by our attachments. In the brilliant spirit teachings of The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali refers to attachment: avidyasmita raga dvesabhinivesah klesah. Ignorance, egoism,…

Solstice Heart

My grandfather, Irvin Abraham Schnyder, 92 years of age, continues to harness so much heart chi, he has just gifted us all another rebirth. As we welcome the summer, and a joyful season of the Heart/Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine,…

Exceptional You

The teachings I receive often come from the great, and humble responsibility of being a mother; in my case, being a mother to a precious child, Ruka Sage, a brilliant teacher who imparts her wisdom with no words, yet fierce…

I have been wary recently of the question posed so often throughout any day of “How are you?” I wonder how many people receive the question in the way I wish to ask it. Much of the time, the query…

Holy Transformation

  Who isn’t enamored with the butterfly? Whether the adoration comes from the beauty, from the perceived freedom of physical wings, or the remembrance of what came before its majesty, we all know a holy transformation has taken place. The…

Tapah Svadhyayesvara Pranidhanani Kriya Yoga II:I tapah= accepting the purifying aspects of painful experience; svadhyaya= self-study in the context of teachings; Isvara= Supreme Being; pranidhanani= surrendering, devotion, offering the fruits of one’s practice; kriya yoga= Yoga in practice. In the…