8/26 Sing for the Butterflies of Brazil

lighted tree

We are tender-hearted creatures. We hurt and cry, and if we’re lucky, we acknowledge experience, bear reality with dignity, and then we move on to make corrections, laugh again, cuddle, and “sing the song of the voice of the forest,” like the first peoples of Brazil do. But how do we suffer with dignity when the forest and our entire planet seems to be on fire? When the charred fear and grief feel too heavy more

8/5 And the Energy Shifted

Hina goddess of moon

In the ocean of generosity, the world is for the great untying, the unwinding of knots that bound us at birth and finally unfurl at dying. Here, all the bullets flow back into guns, all guns melt down with hate, spite, bitterness, and greed in the wisdom fires of pure energy. Here, by the streams leading to the gentle ocean, that energy reappears as inspired Seeing and everyone dreams awake the new time. Here, we more


Native Hawaiian kupuna lined up in protest

KONA, HAWAIIJULY 30, 2019 The desecration of our biosphere has sparked a rip-roaring, thundering, hurricane-swirling, flooding, fire-starting, hot, cold, careless, climate crisis. This is at the heart of the issues which disturb the peace of many Native Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian protectors — known as kia’i, caretakers, watchmen, guardians of the peace – who are defending Maunakea. From its base on the ocean floor to its summit above the clouds, Maunakea measures more than more

7/12 Nature, the Big LIe, & Recovery of the Secret Brain

Mediator in light

Nature is extravagant in her creativity and has hard-wired into human beings a deep and abiding awareness of the beauty, dreaming, and essential wisdom of the universe. Few have described this extravagant beauty more poetically than Black Elk, the visionary Oglala Lakota medicine man who told his life story to John G. Neihardt in the 1932 book, Black Elk Speaks. He beheld the universe and said, “Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth more

6/17 War, Failure, and the Dance

Drumming for Standing Rock

We were already talking about how war had failed when I was in college and struggling to make good decisions while making ends meet. Looking back at the 21-year-old who graduated into a world at war, even though it’s four decades ago, I can still feel the discomfort of that young woman, maybe even more acutely than I did then. Trying to strike an uneasy balance between the ambition my family had for me and more

5/26 Memorial Day Victory for Love


I am blessed to have an Earthly mother who was an amazing revolutionary. As a child I thought she could see through walls and travel intra-dimensionally, knowing if I was misbehaving. She could foretell the future, make us love the present, and jump back and forth through time, simply by telling her stories. One story she always loved to tell was how at the age of 18, she went to work in a Texas bank more

5/20 Education for Loving the World

Yogis in orderly circle holding hands

EDUCATION FOR LOVING THE WORLD As thousands of speakers across the globe make notes, prepare outlines, and practice their diction to impart hard-earned wisdom to graduating classes this month, we must acknowledge this: students today face a more uncertain future than at any time in our history. How do you encourage younger generations optimistically while the list of pollutants, species extinctions, glacial melting, extreme weather events, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons grows? Rachel Carson, more

4/21 Earth Day is Every Day

hands on earth

As the Full Moon journeyed across the night sky last week, radiating her Libra beauty, reminding me of friends like you, I could not sleep. Watching her moonwalk with asteroids by her side, I began thinking about how we, while physically apart, are viewing the same sky dance. This weekend’s two holidays, Easter and Earth Day, bond us too, no matter what political, religious, or scientific creed we ascribe to. Full Moon, Easter, and Earth more

3/18 Learning to See: Miracle on Napo'opo'o Road

spirit trees moving

Dear Friends, Yogis, and Cultural Creatives! In the middle of both dark and superlative events, percolating through our shared world, I had a rocky reminder of the miracles around every corner. The reminder came in the form of a lava rock wall. The corner was one mile down Napoo’opo’o Road, the tropical path of sweeping ocean views, emerald trees, and endless colors. When it’s dry, it’s a stunning passage. When it’s wet, the drive is more

1/28 Yoga Benefits Proven in 3150 Research Studies

light through body

DOES YOGA WORK? MORE THAN 3000 STUDIES SAY YES! In my conversations with friends, I am often asked if, as a Yoga teacher, I think Yoga will help with migraine headaches, bone healing, menstrual difficulties, PTSD, weight control, breast cancer, allergies, anxiety, diabetes, prostate problems, mental health, phobias, and much, much more. I am happy to say yes, and it’s more than hearsay. There are 3120 research articles to back it up. It’s almost incredible, more
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