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Prema Kirtan: An Ancient and Easy Yoga Practice for Spiritual Progression

Pranada Comtois is the author of three books. Her first two, “Wise-Love” and “Bhakti Shakti,” won multiple awards. Pranada guest-authored an article for my site when “Wise-Love” was released. Her third title, “Prema Kirtan," takes a deep dive into the hows and whys of kirtan. And in particular, the super-powered benefits of the “prema” part […]

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Five Reasons to Visit Vrindavan, India

Why visit Vrindavan? Again? Linguists say people need to hear a word repeatedly before it’s secured in the brain. That’s why I’m returning to one of the holiest historical cities in India: Vrindavan. Despite all the note-taking during my first visit, I need a refresher course. I don’t want to skim the surface. I want […]

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Jahnavi Harrison: Divine Songstress 

Jahnavi on Tour I’ve always had a preference for female vocalists. Maybe because it’s easier for me to sing along. Or, because it’s easier to hear the subtle differences between my singing and that of my favorite chanteuses. When I listen to Jahnavi Harrison chant, as much as I may be right in tune with […]

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Walking: Man’s Best Medicine

Walking for Health Around 400 BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates said, “walking is man’s best medicine.”  Recently, I taught a 90-minute exercise class to high schoolers. Between the yoga stretches and core workouts, I led them in a 20-minute walk outside. One of the school staffers saw us and commented that my pace was much […]

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Como Andar: Tips from Meditation Masters

Stop Running Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book, “Como Andar,” (How to Walk) talks about how people are constantly running from one place to another. Running is a bad habit, he says. We need to stop running after things and recognize that all we need is here. Right before us. Instead of running after things […]

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Learning How to Walk: Moving Meditation

My mantras for today: Walking is my meditation. Walking Takes You Inward  My affirmations for today: My mind and soul are at ease, and thereby open to soak up the beauty inside this world. Walking is my convening with nature. Walking detaches me from any worries. It is my nature boost. And my mental rest. Mindful Walking […]

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Protect Dem Bones: Better Bone Health

Most women are aware that weight-bearing exercise is essential to build strong bones and ward off osteoporosis. While that’s true, the Standard American Diet (SAD) and other modern unhealthy habits are like Russian roulette for the bones. You can be a gym rat and lift weights like a bodybuilder. But improper diet and lifestyle habits […]

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Walking Meditation: Steps to Take You Inward

Walking Takes You Inward  Walking is my meditation. Walking is my convening with nature. It is my nature boost. And my mental rest. It is eye- and ear-opening, every time. My mind and soul are at ease And thereby open to soak up the beauty inside this world. Walking detaches me from any worries. Those […]

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One Story of Self-Respect: First Love Yourself

Three months ago she felt hopeless, lonely, and paralyzed with fear. Today, she’s filled with self-respect. She’s excited, hopeful, and motivated about life. Anya lives in Florida. Just one look at her at you can tell she’s exceptional. She’s a gorgeous, intelligent, stellar athlete, and single mom to four kids. Yet, one guy’s words and […]

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Build Back Self-Worth and Unconditional Self-Love

I Am Something. That’s an expression I have heard to instill self-esteem and self-worth among young kids.  When babies are born, everyone gazes at them in wonder. People are enthralled with the slightest action from the little ones. Cooing. Gurgling. Smiling. Wiggling. Even burping is deemed adorable. “How precious” is a common remark, as are […]

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Living in the Present at The Namaste Getaway

Many years ago, I spent time at an ashram. In one morning circle time, people shared their personal goals. Of course, we were not talking about landing a great job, buying an electric car, or finding the perfect partner. This was about growth from within. Several mentioned they wanted to be living in the present.  […]

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Chant for India: Unites Global Kirtan Artists

As part of my gratitude practice, I repeatedly give thanks for my life during the 2020-2021 pandemic. While those closest to me stayed safe, I have numerous friends who lost a loved one to the Coronavirus. Living in the United States, I deposited stimulus and unemployment checks and lined up in April for my vaccines. […]

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