What is Yoga about?Yoga is a practice of organizing your efforts to support a calm and steady mental state. It's basically all about calming the mind.The first Yoga Sutra of Patanjali says atha yoganusasanam: now I'm going to tell you about Yoga. The second says Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah: Yoga is calming/restraining/minimizing (nirodhah) the...

UghIsn't life boring? I mean, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes something unusual happens, planned or unplanned, and things are exciting and new for a while. But have you ever noticed that even when you go on vacation, for instance, things are still basically normal? You wake...

Dear Friends, I got nothing today. I'm uninspired. Let me open a Yoga book and see what pops up. From my notes in the margins:*Yoga as a reaction to the practice of manipulating the physical environment for sense gratification e.g. sacrificial offerings for boonsA boon is a thing that is...

New to gardeningAdam and I bought our first house last fall and inherited a beautiful garden from the previous owner. Seeing as how this is my very first garden to tend, I'm working on the advice of neighbors who point out weeds, a whispered request...

Make it stopRaise your hand if each passing year of your life brings you more awareness of the world that generally, well, hurts to be aware of. ::raises hand:: Young people know what's upI was listening to a couple youths on the radio (first audio file under the...

"The chief element of happiness is this: to want to be what you are."-Erasmus  A quote made more poignant when a quick Wikipedia study on Erasmus reveals he was most likely a gay man serving loosely as a Catholic priest who, to distance himself from the...

My Yoga studies are evolvingI've gotten tired of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, to be incredibly honest, and I'm looking to other paths to the practice to reinspire me, and fill out what I've learned in the last couple years of Sutra studies.  Don't get me wrong, the Sutras are important...

I often don't know what I'm going to write to you these Monday mornings until I sit down at my computer and start typing. I try to wake up with an idea, but inspiration isn't always at my bedside.I suppose it might be if I...