"The Inner Temple"

The sound of singing bowls transmit a frequency, a silent humming of energy. There is one near each chakra, tuning the spokes of the wheels to source. It is a hymn of my love affair with the Divine. The scent of incense smoke petitions the spirits raising consciousness. Swirls, looping around each energy center collaborating in a purification rite ...a passage.

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"When I think of a temple, a 7'x3' block of space comes to mind..."

When I think of a temple, a 7'x3' block of space comes to mind. The caramel-colored hardwood floors, the screened windows transmitting early morning quiet, punctuated by the language of neighborhood animals, unknowable yet familiar, as comforting as the light sweat that kisses my brow and back as I conclude my sun salutations. I used to beg of technology to fill that little space with tempos and rhythms, Hare krishnas and ancient psalms, but now I find an unmatched music in my breath. As I move, as I flow from one posture to the next, I can feel the rest of my day also smoothing out before me.

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"I see the Temple as the place where I find peace..."

For me, I see the Temple as the place where I find peace and comfort throughout each day.  It is an ever changing place, that ebbs and flows like a tide.  It is that moment I wake up and see the light coming through my bedroom windows, and enjoy quiet before my schedule takes over.  It is the notes of my favorite songs that I lose myself in on a long subway ride.  Or hearing my mom’s voice for just a few minutes during a busy day at work.  The moments that may be fleeting, but bring you back to the present, to yourself.

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"One of the notable things about temples..."

One of the notable things about temples, is that they are constantly attended to. The temple is cleaned every day by the people who are devoted to the space. In temples it's monks, at Jai it's the teachers and seva's (volunteers). Today lets give thanks to our great teachers and volunteers who make Jai a clean and special place for us to come and release our cares. In this clean space we can see clearly. In a cared for space, we feel cared for. These are all the qualities of a temple. A space for us to connect with our highest self.

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May's Theme: Let go, there is abundance

We use tapas, heat, to work through things that may have jagged edges. Tapas is the idea that we must be willing to accept a little bit of pain in order to clear our path and attain the goals we have. This effort is good. We must constantly grow bigger than our ego to become better and better at the relationships in our lives whether they be work friendship or love.
 

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March's Theme: Shiva & Shakti

Shiva and Shakti exist within each of us as the masculine and feminine principles. SHIVA (or Purusha), is pure consciousness – the unchanging, unlimited and unswayable observer. SHAKTI (or Prakriti) means energy, power, movement, change, nature. Shiva and Shakti are manifestations of the all-in-one divine consciousness - different sides of the same coin. 
 

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Leaning into China

I can't believe in a couple of days I will have already been here a month, in China, on the other side of the planet, a million miles away from home and everything I know. While that has always been my intention (to be slightly insane and do the most outlandish thing I can think of by moving to the literal opposite side of the world), within these four short weeks, there have been many, many, many moments of fear, hesitation and even doubt. But, with every second of fear, comes a breath of encouragement and pure excitement that follows suit.
 

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Lean In...

You’re facing downhill: gravity’s force begins to pull you, your boots tightly locked onto two thin rods that are meant to slide swiftly on cold snowy ground. The goal: to have fun, the challenge: controlled speed. The mission: to stay balanced while navigating the very forces you invited to your party. These forces provide the platform for your journey, and at the same time seem to try to throw you off your game at every turn.  …The rule: Lean in....
 

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A cold days laugh!

I spent the first 25 years of my life living in Montreal. It's the place I consider home and, for so many reasons, it's a city that I hold really close to my heart. That said, If you've never had the chance to travel there in the winter, I will tell you that for eight months of the year the city freezes over and becomes hellishly, intolerably cold. So cold that when I visit, I can't imagine how day to day life continues in those conditions.

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Humor Hope

I hope practicing humor this month will teach me to lighten up and not be scared. I hope practicing humor will give me a kind of silly strength, to face what ever uncontrollable events life brings, good and bad. So I embrace this teaching, even through my own resistance. Just like the month we did vulnerability, I feel the one's that are hardest have the most potency inside them.

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