Thoughts on Philosophy

Shifting Perspectives Growth is not always pain free. Sometimes growth stings twice for each lesson learned. As life unfolds, and experiences make you wise,  you reach a point of having a completely new perspective on your past. The unfortunate aspect of this two-part dynamic is the sobering realization that when […]

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The Gita Concisely Summarized The Plot The Quick and Dirty A guy is (understandably) upset about being on the brink of battle with his family. A trusted friend turns out to be a god, and reminds him of all the reasons there’s no reason not to slay them all- dharma, […]

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It is time. The signal by the earth has been given. The smallest of seeds begin germination. After a cold long winter, a tiny insignificant desire that was safely tucked away between the strewn leaves and dead grasses starts the first steps along a way defined by countless others before […]

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I’m currently enrolled in a yoga teacher training where the group is always tasked with home-play (homework) to finish off the course of the duration between sessions. This time, our home-play was to inquire into the nature of a person’s interaction or response during our interactions. The inquiry is something […]

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A co-worker admitted to me today that he wanted to “give yoga a try”. I responded, without pause. “Why would you want to do that?” To which he immediately responded, “You’re not a proponent of yoga!? Then why do you do it?” In my own amazement at the situation, I […]

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So I really haven’t been writing that much lately. Not as much as I used to anyway. My words are less ‘flowey’ lately, and have taken on a more technical tone because my job as an IT consultant. My career life has been creeping into my yoga life more and more. […]

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I work as an IT consultant and consider myself to be a guest at many of the corporations that specialize in the oil and gas and energy sectors throughout the U.S. I use the word guest, because I am invited into their organization for the consultancy process in which I share […]

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As axioms change, the familiar becomes uncomfortable.  When ambitions begin to serve a higher purpose, motives are questioned from a lower perspective. Embarking upon a noble path may require officiating a farewell to imbalanced knowledge and its’ associations. We often try to manage or balance the good with the bad […]

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I was recently given the opportunity to travel to Anchorage Alaska for a business project.  Having already learned to suspend expectations when faced with the unfamiliar, I put aside all that I had heard and assumed about this great northern land.  The day I departed, I left Houston, TX where the […]

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How important is purity of self-talk? It is commonly said that we are our harshest critic. It’s true, most of the time those around us rarely give us negative criticism. As people strive to be accepted and accepting, we often hear praise that we have done well or reassurance that […]

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Lately my thoughts have been centered around sadhana and my inquires have pertained to the context of “why, how, where”. I think this is a phase in my practice where kriya is on autopilot and I’m simply following through with what I know works. It’s not quite taking my practice […]

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On a recent retreat, I wrote down a few thoughts that i wanted to share. To learn, evolve and transcend, we use witness, comparison and our own insight. We draw on our own conclusions through previous experience. But to go beyond ourselves we have to subscribe to a practice, teaching or doctrine. […]

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NFPJA4BRHDJX There’s a lot of subterfuge in the media lately involving yoga, and retaliation coming from the other side of the battlefield in yoga’s defense.  When the principles of an organization are attacked, things can get heated in an instant and authority is questioned and leadership goes awry when people can’t get the […]

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After posting about Prakriti and Purusha and how it pertains to and individuals hatha practice, I realized that I refrained quite a bit from taking a “you should” stance in an effort to not sound too preachey.  Since the realization of the natures of reality is important in liberation, the […]

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A Yogi is someone expreiences the transcendental and combines the transcendental experience with the emperical. What we experience as transcendental may not necesserialy seem logical or fitting against the backdrop of an emperical reality. The combination of transcendental knowledge and emperical knowledge compose a philosophy that can be practiced. The […]

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The Dynamics of Purusha and Prakriti in Hatha Practice Sāmkhya philosophy regards the universe as consisting of two realities: Purusha (consciousness) and Prakriti (phenomenal realm of matter). Many yogis know this as Shiva/Shakti or Chit and Ananda. Prakriti can pertain to an individual personally, if you will, or one can have a […]

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