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Kali Yuga and Your Consciousness

posted Apr 6, 2018, 12:21 PM by C. Love   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 1:00 PM ]

We are in a potent time of the Kali Yuga and everything is as it has always been known it would be: chaotic, intense, overwhelming, scary, unsafe, beautiful, amazing and alive. We may not always like how it is, however, if we truly believe that there is no separation and that we are all connected we must relax into the knowing that life on earth is as it should be due to the fact that it is being created by our collective consciousness. This means it is our responsibility to raise the vibration of the energy we are contributing to the collective. 

As we move through from the age of fire into the age of the heart we must purify all that which is not in alignment with the language of the heart. To transform our negative tendencies we must first know what they are. To do this our shadow self and all it's attributes needs to be brought into the light. We are seeing this on a massive scale across the globe; the insidiousness of the human mind being played out on the world stage. Shadows live within all people for this is the reality of living in duality. When the mind is weak it is corruptible by the shadows and will act without care or regard for the well-bing of others. The mind controlled by shadows is only concerned for itself and gives rise to greed, covetousness, jealously and fear. Shadows have no empathy or compassion.

Shadows cannot be destroyed. Shadows are a part of the human condition. Our weapon against the shadows is courage. Courage is the power to accept and meet our shadow selves and keep them in the light of our consciousness. With an eye on our shadows and a commitment to love (compassion, care, empathy, forgiveness, acceptance) we can choose to act only from love and not from the whispers of the shadows.

Humanity will eventually come to embrace it's shadows and become whole once again. The time it will take is not known and it is a process. You, doing the work to drag your shadows out into the light and embrace them is what transforms us from beings who act unconsciously (being ordered about by the mind) to beings who consciously act from Love. When you make choices for the well-bing of others you raise your vibration. When you stop thinking and meditate you raise your vibration. When you give yourself to a person or cause without need of compensation, you raise your vibration as selfless acts of generosity come from unconditional love. The higher your vibration, the easier it is to see the shadows and not act upon their whispers. The greater your vibration the greater the vibration of humanity. This is how you can make a difference. Spend your time engaging in activities that raise your vibration. You are part of the collective consciousness. Your contribution to this collective matters.

Chanting holy names in Sanskrit is one way we can raise up our selves and create a field of vibration that brings healing and unity to everything it touches. Do this as often as you can. Chant throughout your day as you work, walk and play. As a Sangha, practicing together, we can exponentiate the positive vibrations we create. Serving the well-being of all serves our hearts and is the source of true happiness.

As Prabhupada said: Chant and be happy!!!

Returning from India

posted Feb 6, 2017, 2:29 PM by C. Love


The funny thing is that when we had a long layover in Bangalore we decided to pass the time playing bhajans at the airport. In no time we were surrounded by curious Indians. I couldn't help but laugh... in the 60's Prabhupad sent his disciples to international airports to chant and expose the West to Krisna Consciousness. Now, in 2017, us Westerners were the only ones chanting at the Indian airport! 

This journey was powerful on so many levels, the least of which was the absolute confirmation that God is not Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist nor an exclusive member of any other religion. God can, of course, be found through these belief systems, however, God is beyond form, is eternal and omni-present and can take whatever form a devotee needs in order to support his or her spiritual practice. That's love....

Bhakti Yoga Night

posted Aug 4, 2016, 8:52 PM by C. Love   [ updated Aug 4, 2016, 8:55 PM ]

In the West there are many ideas about what "Kirtan" is. In it's true form, it is a spiritual service with multiple parts. Kirtan is not a genre of music, although one of the parts has to do with chanting and singing.

Kirtan has five parts: (1) Uttering God's name in prayer. (2) Spiritual lesson part A: scripture/philosophy. (3) Devotional chanting and singing. (4) Spiritual lesson part B: stories/interpretation. (5) Closing prayers that include prayer for the universal well being of all.

Bhakti Yoga Night is an opportunity to participate in a spiritually rich meditation practice that feeds the soul. Come practice with us and experience the peace that Kirtan can bring to your life.

Ecstatic Kirtan

posted Apr 4, 2016, 1:35 PM by C. Love   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 1:36 PM ]

We are super excited to collaborate in bringing Daniel Stewart to our community. We will begin kirtan as we usually do with Living Devotion, then Daniel and Friends will take it up and we will end with our customary meditation with crystal bowls. Come join us for  a lovely evening of bhakti.

NURTURE

posted Mar 4, 2016, 9:48 PM by C. Love

The benefit for Raymond Naeyaert was an amazing experience of community. A special thanks to Pearl of the Ocean Restaurant for providing the phenomenal Sri Lankan dinner. Thanks to all. The entire event was volunteer organized, run and performed. We raised nearly 2k USD for Ray! An awesome way to raise $ for someone in need in our community. Bravo everyone!!!

SYNERGY SOLSTICE

posted Nov 26, 2015, 2:32 PM by C. Love

The second SYNERGY EVENT is coming on December 19th: 
Synergy Events are about Conscious Community. Each event blends live music, singer-songwriters, educational experiences and multi-tradition spiritual/healing arts with a bhakti yoga foundation. Synergy Events are community celebrations of life; designed with depth, fun, empowerment and inspiration in mind. Each event is crafted as though it was happening in the comfort of your own living-room.

Guided Meditation & Sound Healing

posted Sep 3, 2015, 5:58 PM by C. Love   [ updated Sep 6, 2015, 9:08 PM ]

We have gotten a lot of positive response for this portion of our events. It makes sense to have this time to drop in with yourself after a two hour bhakti yoga practice. We have decided to continue this extra offering until further notice. 

Some call what we are doing "sound healing", we see it as a way to maximize the efforts of the practice. After a solid, two hour Bhakti Yoga practice, it feels right to drop into deep meditation. For those who meditate best with sound waves, we intuitively channel a different soundscape at each event to support your experience.

Musically Guided Meditation Journey

posted Mar 15, 2015, 2:15 PM by C. Love   [ updated Sep 6, 2015, 9:09 PM ]

In February we offered a special musically guided meditation after our regular Bhakti Music Practice. We have received a lot of feedback that this opportunity is of great value and that we should continue to offer it. We are committed to this extra hour through this coming May. Please let us know if this added practice is of benefit to you.

Diving Deeper on Valentines Day

posted Jan 17, 2015, 11:26 PM by C. Love

            I am really excited about the February Music of Yoga event. We are adding an extra hour for those who want to go deeper into their meditation practice. After the music and chanting portion of the evening we will have some meditation time that is guided, at first, by soundscapes created by special instrumentation. Eventually, we will drop into the depths of silence to complete the practice. There will be some time before the completion of the evening to receive personal assistance with your meditation/bhakti yoga practice. I hope to see you there. This is our Valentines gift to you. If this experience is desired by our community we will be offering more.

Warmly,

Deeheart

Upcoming Spring Meditation Retreat

posted Jan 17, 2015, 11:24 PM by C. Love

            I look forward to this retreat every year. Life has a way of becoming busy. This retreat is about unplugging from the stimulus that comes with our modern technological life. It is like climbing high into the Himalayas and finding a quiet cave to sit in. For me, this is a crucial tool in remaining grounded, calm and peaceful throughout the year. I hope you can join me this year, the support this retreat offers for your continued personal practice is awesome. 

Warmly,

Deeheart

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