View from a Hammock – Dejah Beauchamp

 We allow ourselves to be absorbed into the fabric of all life, from the tiniest ant to the myriad wonders that lie beyond the blue of our sky… And maybe this is why I love wonder: because it is the state of contemplation, of awe, without the urgent, obsessive need to always find an answer. It allows us to sink back into the moment and be enveloped by it.

Beautiful words from Dejah Beauchamp on views from a hammock.

Random Acts of Awesomeness

My naturopath Kylie Seaton put me on to a good thing a few years ago. It was a little project called Random Acts of Awesomeness. It simply required the execution of Acts of Awesomeness on a regular basis. Now here’s the thing, your Awesome may not be my Awesome but that’s what’s precisely so awesome about it. There are no rules! You can be as inventive or as random or as spontaneous as you like. I went to get lunch the other day and ended up getting a thai massage instead. Awesome. I had friends over and baked a cake which turned out slightly burnt but they loved it anyway. Awesome. My friend Mark and I wandered way too far from the office for lunch than we should’ve solely because the vietnamese Continue reading

On Ashtanga and daily practice

One other crucial shift must happen in order to facilitate the transition into full immersion in the yoga tradition. You must make the transition from a fitness oriented approach to yoga into a devotional one. By getting this subtle shift you will gain consistency and regularity in the way that you do your practice. A daily spiritual ritual where you take time to connect internally to a deep sense of yourself requires dedication. The requirement to practice six days a week is meant to develop the kind of mental, spiritual and Continue reading

The Battle of Two Wolves

An American Indian legend:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf do you feed?

You gotta practice to get the goodies. On Meditation

A photographer, pilot, architect, model, academic, artist, creative director, marketing executive, and a writer all walked into a room one summers evening and emerged four nights later as a collective field of consciousness.

And so started what felt like my first serious head-first deep water plunge into the world of meditation. Continue reading