Teachings of Mother India

 

India trips

 

 

 
With a one-way ticket and a lot of trust, I traveled to India for the first time in 2007. I headed there alone, in pursuit of rock climbing and the mysterious world of Yoga. Before arriving, I had visions of Yoga in the Himalayas, spiritual enlightenment, delicious curries, and dancing Goddess Princesses. The life lessons and transformation that India offered (and continues to offer me) was beyond anything I could have dreamt of.Yoga in Rajasthan Jaislamer Desert

India is a country in which the distances between yin and yang are vast and colored with spice, infinite mystery, Bollywood hits, and pure potential. These wonderful and exciting extremes offer the possibility of deeply learning about one’s self and moving more fully into the center. As we learn to deeply meditate and flow in asana in India, this practice of meditation soon begins to move into all aspects of our daily life.

With presDesert Woman of Rajasthanence, we seamlessly move through chaos and silence with the grace of a butterfly’s wings. With centered observation of India’s extreme opposites, we may expand our world and move to places within ourselves never thought possible. Mother India shakes us up and then ever so sweetly puts us back together brighter, expanded, and happier.
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Rock Climbing to Tame the Monkey Mind

 

Chris Henson Rock Climbing

 

Monkey Rishikesh Yoga Retreat

 

For most people, when we say “meditation”, we think of sitting very still, in a quiet place, cross legged, with some sort of intention in clearing our mind and observing our thoughts.  Maybe we focus on the breath or chant OM or listen to some beautiful music. Although these are imperative and wonderful practices, it can be greatly challenging for many people to sit still and find any space between that seemingly never-ending stream of thoughts.

I have often experienced this frustration of “so many thoughts”… the monkey mind dancing all over the place. I sit to meditate and that little apelike creature starts doing all kinds of flips, and pulls out a bunch of other monkey friends from its barrel to play in my head creating all kinds of a mess.  Before I know it, I have a whole family spinning thoughts through my meditation.

So what to do?

I say… “Take a breath and let this monkey mind do what monkeys do best….send it for a climb up a giant rock face!” Continue reading

Who says giving up is a bad thing?

Pushkar Mistful Sunrise Meditation

In my life I have wandered the world in search of spirituality and truth. I delved into countless mystery schools in hopes of finding answers to the deeper questions that stirred within my heart. As I sit still in this moment, and reflect upon all that I have discovered… I once again come back to the seeming realization that I really know nothing. Truths that I once thought discovered are lies just the same. Every grain of sand I grasp falls through my clenched fists to be lost once again into the abyss.  Every concept, idea, belief, swirls into another mist of uncertainty.

I know not who I truly am, for it has been lost in the whirling winds of the great illusion.  I know not where I am going, yet I continue onward just the same.  My mind is filled with echoing Words of “you should be: …this …that …happy …spiritual …kind …loving …trusting …strong …loving …open …discerning …humble …present….

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FSJ evolving, transforming, and expanding

It has been some time since last reaching out .  Just like how in each one of our lives, we sometimes need to take a break from the normal, retreat within, and make some adjustments… business also sometimes need to do the same.  FSJ have been taking a bit of time to dig a little deeper, discover some new dimensions of itself, and explore some new amazing places in which to share with you.

Our journeys took us from the ocean & jungles of Thailand, to Shamanic Plants & Incan ruins of Peru, to retreats & spiritual communities in Brazil, to silence & Yoga in the Himalayas of India, to medieval villages & rock climbing in Spain, and finally to retreat into our home in the mountains of Washington State.

Some awesome photos and  insights through our Spiritual Travel:

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Slowing Down Thailand Island Style

Beautiful View from southern thailand island paradise

Namaste World Family….
I greet you this time from the beautiful Southern Thailand Paradise of Koh Yao Noi.  It is a mostly unexplored island located between Phuket and Krabi… and my current Winter home. The ocean landscape is painted with Limestone towers sprouting from all direction, pristine abundant nature, and hidden beach paradises.

southern thailand local experienceThrough our Yoga and Outdoor Adventure (especially rock climbing), we are currently co-creating a beautiful bubble of yoga, light, and goodness! People visit from all over the world and many new connections are being created.

There really isn’t so much to “do” here other than teach/practice yoga, rock climb, read, connect with beautiful people, enjoy the ocean…and just BE. This environment gives visitors a great opportunity to reflect, make some changes in their lives, and retreat into peace.

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Shifting Into a New Paradigm

I have one more week in the sacred land of India, and as I prepare for the return to the USA, I begin to reflect on the last few months of inner and outer journey. Spiritual festivals, enlightened masters, FSJ Journeys, synchronistic encounters, profound transformation….. I feel like lifetimes have passed and time is speeding up …. yet at the same time, I feel like it is possible to live an eternity in one single moment. Continue reading

Rainbow Battle

 I watch from the second story balcony as a great battle takes place upon the street below. I hear the sounds of the war from all directions as combat screams, music, and explosions fill the ether. The ammo is incessantly reloaded in a seemingly never ending supply. Those “unfortunate” enough to wander unknowingly into the battle, are instantly attacked by the eager soldiers. Continue reading

Ever Taken a Bath with 35 Million People?

After a 20 hour journey of overwhelming sensory experience from Delhi, I arrived at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad India.

The Kumbh Mela festival marks the moment when the hidden nectar of eternal life falls from the sky and churns within the holy Ganga waters on Earth. During this time, one prays to the holy waters for Moksha (liberation),  and through immersing in the Ganga, one receives powerful blessings and the cleansing of Karmas of many lifetimes. Continue reading

AHHHHHHHHH…what to do when the feeling comes

 Do you ever get the feeling that if one more thing happens you are going to explode? Or that your world is all scattered and you have lost your focus and center?  Or that you have been so busy that you feel you have been running in circles like a chicken with their head cut off, not taking time for yourself, with total exhaustion? Or life is boring , you feel disconnected, purposeless, and you are stuck in a repeating cycle with no end in sight?

YES YES YES YES……

I feel this was sometimes… and I KNOW most everyone feels this way sometimes….and usually it starts quietly and then louder and louder and louder…and then more and more and more….and then there is the “I can’t take anymore….. AHHHHHHH…. “ feeling.

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Rainbows and Waterfalls-Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls sits on the border between Brazil, and Argentina… with Paraguay also nearby.  We entered the falls from the Argentinian side of Puerto de Igussu. The Brazilian side offers a greater panoramic view, while the Argentinian side offers a larger park, more hiking trails, and a greater opportunity to more closely explore the individual falls. Continue reading