Welcome to my website -- a place where I have collected the various interests and projects I have done over the years in order to share them.

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Yogi Bhajan explains Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

This is a video of Yogi Bhajan giving instruction in a really important meditation, Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, a meditation I have been doing for 5 years.  I'll have more to say about it another time.  In the meantime, it is great for stress -- if you feel fear or a sense of being overwhelmed, this kriya can strengthen your nervous system so that you can manage your life with greater consciousness and grace.  Give it a try!  The video seems to go dark at around minute 7.  Sorry about that!  Still worth listening to.

Dealing Effectively with Stress

This is my presentation about stress.

Mindfulness, High School and the "Race to Nowhere"

I have worked as a teacher for many years, primarily in public high schools.  Public high schools, to me, are one of the most complex systems to be found in the world today.  I haven't visited high schools in other countries (that would be fun!), but American high schools certainly seem necessarily to contain aspects that create complexity:

A Spirtual Autobiography, chapter 2

Another chapter in my spiritual life started toward the end of high school.  If the first chapter could be called "church" the second chapter would be "gnostic."  I was into experience and wanted to learn by doing by emulating, or if need by, by reading the great masters, as I thought of them.  When I started emulating the hippies, the real true, philosophical hippies, I started reading that kind of stuff.  I have always been an avid reader, but instead of reading Jules Verne and Jack London, I started reading Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut and JD Salinger.  These writers were just way way cooler than anything I had come upon previous!

A Spiritual Autobiography

I am a big fan of journaling -- I think it helps one process the present and the past simultaneously. A few years ago, I engaged in a formal process of journaling developed by Ira Progoff called "A Journal Workshop." He wrote a book detailing the theory which is pretty good. But the real genius is in the Journal Workshops themselves -- they are designed to help a person remain in the present (the process of writing does that) while helping them access their souls, their depth, their wishes and dreams and fears, through the very neutrally stated "topics."

The Brothers Karamazov

Unless a grain falls to the ground and dies, it remains but a single grain.  But if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.

   ~ The Gospel of John

A Proper Understanding of the Active/Passive Aspect of Kundalini Yoga Practice

Here is some writing by Pieter Schoonheim Samara

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Pieter Schoonheim Samara - Thursday, January 15, 2004

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