Love and Community

Yoga Journal Live! New York Event


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While I may be settling back into some degree of normality again in New York, backpack safely stowed away for the foreseeable future, I’ll be out of town celebrating a friend’s birthday when the Yoga Journal Live event swings by.

It also sounds like a great event. Running from Friday 8th April – Monday 11th April, there will be over thirty teachers in attendance, a number of special guests that include Dharma Mittra and free community classes thrown into the mix. (more…)

Prayer and Meditation

The Story of God – Searching for Answers


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On Sunday, April 3rd National Geographic are screening the first part of a six-part documentary series called ‘The Story of God.’

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, it follows the actor to the lengths of the Earth as he explores the major religions to better understand God’s origin and how that image has evolved over the years.

No stranger to getting up close and personal with the Big Guy himself (playing God in Bruce Almighty), Freeman promises to present a new perspective on the age old question of ‘Who is God?’ which will prompt questions about our own faith. (more…)

Spiritual Mentor

92Y Challenge for a New Religion


Note: The public round of voting for the 92Y contest has ended. More information to come soon. 

Please Like Me before Valentine’s day.

I’ve finished my book and am now in New York to publicize and publish it. I’d like to ask you, my friends, to lend a hand. The 92Y, a non-profit cultural and community center, has issued a challenge for their 7 Days of Genius program to create a new religion. Please click through and then click “Like” for my entry for a new religion. (Mom, don’t worry, I’m not relapsing into delusions of grandeur.)  (more…)

Charity and Volunteerism

Lady Ganga


A few years ago I was in Leh, India, for a few months. When I received an invitation to a screening of Lady Ganga: Nilza’s Story, I watched the trailer and was drawn in at first by the scenery and the mountainside highway along which Nilza was traveling. Cut to a clinic, which was the same one where I had volunteered.

The next scene showed Nilza’s son Smala carrying a bowl of burning incense while walking around the house chanting Buddhist mantras. This was the house where I stayed, and the same way I was awakened every morning by Smala. (more…)

Physical Activity

Falling for Nepal


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“Well-come” read the signs at Nepali restaurants, hotels and other attractions. It’s pronounced with equal accents on both syllables, and with a slight pause in between. It’s said less as a greeting, and more as a syncopated response where a Westerner would precede it with “you’re.” It’s hard not to hear it as two words and feel enticed by it.  “Thank you,” I say. “Well come!” they reply. (more…)

Physical Activity

Zigzag to the Ganges


The trip to Rishikesh from Srinegar was not a simple one.  It involved a wooden Shakira or shikara, as they call them, then an auto rickshaw, and then an 8-hour taxi ride through the Himalayas with a driver who self-identified as — wait for it — Fuckery Zigzag. Okay, I think it was actually Fakira Zigzag, but the way he drove and acted certainly earned him the moniker. (more…)

Prayer and Meditation

Holy Health in the Himalayas


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How could someone not like a place called Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India? That’s the full name of a single place, which should tell you something about its complicated history.

I got a unique glimpse into this corner of the world when I joined a cardiac screening camp to check the cardiovascular health of the local population. (more…)