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Links2018-01

Links2018-01

Links I clicked in January 2018 by William Hufschmidt -  31January2018 My goal for 2018, is to post a blog each month showing the bests and notable links and resources I encountered the previous month. Check back at the end of each month to see what is inoculating my...

Silence at Watermoon Refuge – Atlanta’s Jewel for Ten Years

Silence at Watermoon Refuge – Atlanta’s Jewel for Ten Years

Swami Lotus offers only one teaching: Silence. Just off Clairmont exit on I-85by the Century Lake, several days each week, she holds four times 45 minute meditation on silence. Quiet Times: Sunday: 10:30 until 11:15 am. Monday: 12:15 until 1:00 pm. Wednesday: 7:30 until 8:15 pm. Friday: 2:15 until 3:00 pm. The Refuge accepts donations as you are inclined to offer.

Thoughts about the Origin of Sun Salutes

This blog contains an Email that my teacher, Yoganand, sent out to some of his friends and students.  Enjoy! Thoughts about the Origin of Sun Salutes Dear Friends, A couple of years ago Mark Singleton wrote the book, Yoga Body. In the book he describes practicing...

The Origin of OM

In May 2017, my teacher, Yoganand, send over this article that he found on the origin of OM! The Origin of AUM by Elst Koenraadelst - May 17, 2013 Read the complete article here. Dirghatamas is believed to have been the court-priest of the early Vedic king Bharata....

A Place in the Family of Things

A Place in the Family of Things

A Place in the Family of Things At the moment, I'm thinking about how I fit, and really how all humans fit into the Family of Things. This past weekend, I taught a Hands-on Assisting course in Branford, CT at Ravens Wing Yoga, and my message for the weekend included...

“Start Again.”

“Start Again.”

While guiding a meditation technique called Anapana, the famous  Vipassana instructor S.N. Goenka teaches that when the mind wanders, when we have lost the technique, then we need to "start again."  "Start again."  At many moments in my life, since taking the 10-day...

The Science of Breathing

The Science of Breathing

Here’s a sweet video looking at how breathing can help us change and develop our nervous system.

Shavasana

Shavasana

In 1989 during my first semester at Humboldt State University, I made a conscious yet random decision to sign up for a yoga series. In these pre-Manduka and Gaiam days, my first teacher, Lorna Brown, encouraged us to spread out a towel or blanket on the carpet when we practiced to create padding for bones and protection from the many shoes that had walked across it.

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Last month, I had the good fortune to spend a very short window of time in the Nevada desert. My favorite part of the trip was sitting on the side of the access road leading into the Valley of Fire, an hour after sunset. The full moon had risen about 25% already, lighting up the rocky, landscape in blues and greys. The lack of sound filled my ears, almost like part of my head became hollow because nothing filled it. I found myself straining my hearing to pull a sound out of the air. And the silence beckoned me to melt and lean in; the sound of my breath felt so alive; my body felt vibrant.

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If we are somehow endowed with participation of some kind of divinity, then we are indeed special, and should treat each other with the respect and dignity this demands.

If, on the other hand, we are the accidental outcome of blind natural processes in a cosmos that is indifferent to us being here at all, then we are indeed special, and should treat each other with a tenderness and respect befitting such serendipitous surprises.

by Frank Casper
Lay Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia © 2008

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