Santosha, unmet needs, and how desire lights our way through the darkness

Usually the end of summer and beginning of autumn is a time of contentment. We look back on all the fun we had during the expansiveness of summer, not only that but the earth is bursting with harvest goodies - apples tumbling from trees, the plants are dripping with vegetables full of the juiciness and sunny warmth of the hot(-ter.. Scotland..) summer months.This year though has been a little different, with all its challenges. As the leaves are starting to turn and the early mornings dusted with frosty dew, we turn inwards for the cooler season not really sure what we have to show for the year so far. We look around feeling a little anticlimactic, and where…

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Nothing is Special

The other day I was taking a shower at twenty past five in the morning before going to early mysore class and thinking, ‘Why don't I do this more often?’ I realised that it's still hard for me to make it to morning mysore on a regular basis because it's still kind of a big deal. Deep down I still feel like going to the 6am class (the traditional way to practise) proves your extraordinary dedication and self-mastery that you can get up with the dawn chorus and be finished your practice as everyone else is only leaving for work. And this is the problem – because I think of it as a feat of tapas, spiritual discipline,…

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New Year, Same Old Me

Why new year's resolutions deepen avidya (ignorance) New year, New you!So, as January is ticking along – how are your new year’s resolutions going? Suddenly on January first, after two weeks (or more!) of treats, tipples, and eating one serving too many of that tasty thing over there, suddenly we’re all transformed into saints who rise at the crack of dawn (ehh, actually it’s still dark – it’s the middle of winter!), eat only green foods, don’t touch a drop of alcohol, a gram of sugar, or a single carbohydrate. Oh yeah and we’re off social media, reading all those books on our list, going to yoga class every day and running 5k every morning too. right? https://open.spotify.com/track/53aFGAl0Vebwp2bo8wtdWR With…

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The World is Too Big; on perfectionism, disappointment, and chaos.

It’s my birthday next week. Since I was wee my birthday has always been a big deal for me and even though I’m creeping through my thirties now, I still look forward to it like a small child. Every year I inevitably make a huge effort to plan the most perfect day ever. This year, even since January, I planned to go to Berlin for the weekend.Alas the way things have turned out, this is not to be.  However since I am thankfully not 5 years old but 32 (and 359 days!) instead of getting distraught about my crushed dreams, I have used this as an opportunity to ponder the largeness of the world and how our best…

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Are Selfies Yogic?

A while ago I noticed myself posting more selfies than usual - and I started to wonder what that was all about. I have always had mixed feelings about selfies, as something self-indulgent and something that you maybe do, but only secretly! It wouldn't usually occur to me to post them - after all it's 'just my face'.  But then after some recent conversations with friends about the value of selfies I started to reflect on whether they are actually all that bad, and if they can in fact be useful..  Two inspiring ladies have recently been starting interesting conversations about selfies - my sister, a professor at Boston University, who asked her students to take a selfie with…

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