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Spiritual Practice

5 Contemplative Steps for Moving from Intent to Action

Here are 5 contemplative steps to help us move our inward intentions into true outward actions in our lives. Fully awake, fully active, fully aware is Thomas Merton’s description of contemplation. Living in ways that keep us awake, aware, and active may be difficult. By resting...

The Importance of Community in Contemplation

Community at Shambhala Meditation Center The Shambhala Meditation Center of St. Petersburg, Florida is a bit tricky to find after sundown. Located in a large building occupied by alternative healers and a yoga studio in a residential neighborhood in downtown St. Pete, the entrance to the...

Yoga of Now: On Ego, Depression, and Compassion

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. ~Leonard Cohen In America, you can experience your yoga postures in whichever style and flavor you choose: Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga, and Doga: Yoga...

3 Ways to Make Your Mind Spiritually Powerful

At this time when we see the condition of the world, many of us want to serve the world.  But when our own minds are affected by the conditions of the world, we cannot really serve the world.  A mind that is filled with anger...

Alternation: Finding the Rhythms of Health and Happiness

Alternation is a natural rhythm that is woven into the fabric of life on this planet. The rotation of the earth around the sun creates an alternation between day and night and the seasons of the year. Our bodies are continually alternating between breathing in...

Prayer for the Earth

Prayer for the earth is vital in today's spirituality. Why would this be so?   Prayer is a response to a need, our need, the Beloved’s need, and at this present time most pressingly, the need of the earth. In whatever way we are drawn to...