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The One Thing Everyone Wants More Than Anything

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

What is happiness? And where is it found? And further still, if we found it, how would we know that what we found is actually it?

Morari Bapu: The Path of Light in a Time of Darkness

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Marissa Bronfman

In these turbulent times, waking up day after day to news of war and strife, death, despair and disaster - not a corner of the globe untouched - it is more important yet harder than ever to find a sense of peace within.

The 10 Commandments for Visiting a New Age Retreat: Part Two

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

While most people who spend time in these places are extremely dedicated and sincere, there still remains a goodly number who, in their attempt to have "an experience," miss the point completely.

The 10 Commandments for Visiting a New Age Retreat: Part One

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

While most people who spend time in these places are extremely dedicated and sincere, there still remains a goodly number who, in their attempt to have "an experience," miss the point completely.

A Light Look at Naughty Gurus and Yoga's Five Steps of Suffering

James Brown | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

How does perception of another individual become so skewed that we are shocked when we learn of their mortal shortfalls? And why does seeing the dark side of a teacher hurt so much more than if the corner grocer or local barista does the same thing?

Zen After The Scandals: A Letter To A Friend

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Zen has a great deal to offer. And it needs reformation. Like everything else, Zen is a work in progress.

How to Be Your Own Guru

Ora Nadrich | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

By connecting to your inner teacher, you can be your own guru first and foremost, and even if you choose to follow a guru, teacher or master, you always have yourself to check in with along the way to see if you're in agreement with their teaching or comfortable with the experience.

Are You A Guru Junkie?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

True teachers show us that it is possible to wake up and be free, but ultimately the truth is already within each of us and can never be given by another. Through meditation we connect to that inner guru, to the brilliance and radiance of who we truly are.

Is Anyone Enlightened?

Robert Fuller | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Many gurus are treated like deities and hold absolute power over their devotees. As "enlightened beings" they're accountable to no one, and their foibles, appetites and excesses are given a pass. Of course, there were some teachers who, as far as I could make out, lived exemplary lives.

July 3 And 4: Celebrating Inner And Outer Freedom

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.

Navigating the Spiritual Jungle

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 08.29.2012 | New York
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

Every human being has psychological blindspots, and to expect spiritual teachers not to have them, even if they are claiming enlightenment, is a set up for deep disillusionment down the road

An Esoteric View Of The 1960s And '70s

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Garry Gilfoy

The task of the West has been to forge an individualised consciousness that will see us into the next stage of our spiritual development. Eastern thought and practice, as it streamed into the West when we were ready for it, provided this seed.

My 3-Year-Old Guru: How Fatherhood Has Made Me a Better Hindu

Vineet Chander | Posted 08.17.2012 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Being a father has been a blessing in my life, yes, but it has also been a catalyst for my spiritual development in a way that I've never experienced before.

Ron Dicker

A New Approach For Gay Pride?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business

Tim Bennett and John Nash say gay pride should be celebrated on one agreed-upon day, "like the Fourth of July," and that the movement needs a new mark...

Scandal, Controversy, And The Future Of Yoga

Tara Stiles | Posted 07.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Tara Stiles

Millions of people are waking up, stepping away from harsh teachers, false gurus, and beginning to realizing yoga is not about the pose and the shape you can make with your body.

Scandal in Yogaland: Let's Not Draw the Wrong Conclusions

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Philip Goldberg

While Anusara is not an ordinary business, it is also not a traditional guru-led organization; and John Friend is not an ordinary teacher or boss, but he's not a swami or a guru either. This illustrates the ambiguous position of modern yoga in general.

Living in Shades of Grey: Anusara, John Friend and the Guru Syndrome

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2012 | Health and Fitness
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

It's hard to read any yoga blog these days without coming across the lengthy, messy break-up currently unfolding in the Anusara yoga community following the disclosure of Anusara founder John Friend's, well, rather philandering ways.

De-mystifying the Guru: The Case of John Friend and Anusara Yoga

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Lauren Jacobs

Do these leaders misuse their power because they have risen to such great heights that they have lost touch with reality, or have they risen to power because their egos knew no bounds in the first place?

Bhakti - The Yoga of Valentine's Day

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe | Posted 04.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

Westerners have one day, Valentine's Day, dedicated to love. For the Bhaktas -- every day is Valentine's Day. Bhakti is the practice -- and it does take practice -- of unconditional love.

George Harrison: Quiet Beatle, Vocal Guru

Philip Goldberg | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

In the 200 years that Eastern spiritual traditions have been filtering into American life, no artist has ever done more for this cross-cultural pollination than George Harrison.

If They're Helping People, Does It Really Matter If They Don't Practice What They Preach?

Holly Sidell | Posted 08.16.2011 | Los Angeles
Holly Sidell

I got forwarded an email this morning from a friend of mine who was excited to share a daily email of self-help/spiritual inspiration he gets. The sec...

Reflections On The Death Of Sathya Sai Baba: Discernment Is A Lifelong Process

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

I wish his families and followers ease in their grieving, all of us spaciousness and forgiveness around any of his weaknesses, and most of all, integrity to those charged with the responsibility of spiritual leadership.

We Are All Great Gurus

Holly Sidell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Holly Sidell

I remember when Gwyneth Paltrow won the best actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love many years ago. I was still an actress at the time, and I hung on ...

In His New Book, Ram Dass Says: 'Love Everybody.' I Wish I Could.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

"How good it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in harmony." That was the huge banner hanging on the back wall of the church. Picture it: friendly people eager for a group experience of divine love. I wasn't feeling it.

Zen Strategies For Getting 'Unstuck'

Mark Eckhardt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Eckhardt

Being stuck can be extremely challenging. Zazen is a Zen meditation that helps you open the "Gateless Gate."