A First Experience with Yoni Puja

By Sean O’Donnell

 There are many tantric rituals that are practiced with the intention of deepening devotion and raising awareness of higher states of consciousness. Yoni puja is a ceremony designed to cultivate a reverence for Shakti and all other manifestations of the Divine Feminine. More information on the specific steps included in a traditional […]

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Coming Home to the Spiritual Heart

How to Come Out of Retreat By Natasha Friedman Everything is a kaleidoscope of color and sound as we drive down the highway to Mazunte. I am squished into the front seat of a taxi with a girl I have lived in the same building with for the past six weeks but have not yet […]

4 Signs Your Spiritual Practice Is Going Deep Even When You Feel Stuck

By Natasha Friedman Are you and your spiritual practice going through a rough time? Do you feel like you’ve stopped progressing, or you’re even backsliding? The goal seems impossibly far away and your current reality is too messed up to live with? It happens to every practitioner sooner or later. The bad news is that […]

Unending Pilgrimage

The Unending Pilgrimage

How to Maintain Your Spiritual Practice While Traveling, and Turn Traveling into a Spiritual Practice By Natasha Friedman Travel and spirituality have long gone hand in hand. Pilgrimage is a part of almost every tradition, from medieval Europeans walking to Jerusalem to millions of Hindus gathering at the Ganges for the Kumbh Mela. Often, spirituality […]

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You are …

By Chris van der Weide The screaming of a mother Who lost her newborn cub, The passion of a lover Who craves life’s every drop, The last words of a dying man Who clung with all his might, The songs of blinding white birds That rain during their flight The raging anger of a lawyer […]

Seven Weeks in a Silent Meditation Retreat: A Song of the Heart

A Reflection on the 49-Day Prathyabhijna Retreat By Beata Kucienska   The trees are wavering between life and death. They are touching the ineffable. They grow somewhere between time and the timeless. They guide me beyond myself. In this house made of hard matter, windows to wonderland appear. Silence is a broom that sweeps away […]

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A Journey of Self-Healing: Releasing an Ovarian Cyst

By Niamh Kavanagh “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” –Rumi Listening to the Body When I sensed I had an ovarian cyst, my first step was to validate my self-diagnosis with a medical one. Once confirmed through ultrasound, my next step was to explore […]

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Men’s Circles: A Gathering of Men

By Craig White A Short Poetic Journey through Men’s Circles The circle is prepared A sense of sacredness prevails Stillness, silence, potential, wisdom A space fit for kings The men start to arrive One by one they sit in silence Like jewels covered in dust Light shining through darkness The last man arrives A jigsaw […]

Tantric Rituals: Yoni Puja

By Antoaneta Gotea   According to Tantra, all of creation is a play between Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (the energy or power of consciousness). Of course, consciousness and its energy are inseparable. This distinction is merely a convenient way to comprehend the incomprehensible. In Shaktism, the ultimate Truth (the Absolute) is seen as the Supreme […]

Karma Yoga-What Else

Karma Yoga, What Else?

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier Loving for the Sake of Love “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” –Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (IV:4:5) Tiptoeing into an environment that offers the invitation to live […]

Motherhood and Self-Enquiry

Motherhood and Self-Enquiry

By Emma Carruthers As I run a meditation center and mostly encounter spiritual practitioners in my daily life, I am often asked: “how is your practice now that you have a baby?” The answer to this question has become clearer to me through its frequent repetition… “That depends on what practice means to you,” I […]

The Howl of Presence

The Howl of Presence

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier Fully trusting the wave that is flowing through me and the ever-present mood it stirs up, Completely trusting the natural rhythm of my Being, Trusting the Heart of who I am and what it expresses in this moment, Being, without doing, It’s okay to rest in ease, To see the mind […]

The Value of Patience in Understanding People

The Value of Patience in Understanding People and Developing Spiritual Relationships

By Adina Riposan-Taylor (Saraswati Devi) In view of living with Pure Intention and an Open Heart, it is useful to learn to cultivate patience in learning how to perceive and relate to people in a way that is free from stereotypes, samskaras (unconscious impressions), and projections. We live in a world that is driven by […]

tantric rituals

Tantric Rituals

By Prem Nirav Tantra is often understood as the web of life in which the Divine connects all beings and things—in this world and in all galaxies and universes, in manifestation and beyond. Tantra can allow us to integrate life into spirituality so that we live in peace and harmony with ourselves and those around […]