Category Archive: Conversations with the Swami

Posts which are more conversational in nature.

Dec 25

Happy Christmas

Hello, here is a brief rundown on Christmas 2016 I’m at Buln where it is very peaceful. Here is Rob relaxing on his ACTUAL 70th birthday  Here are some non-human companions I asked (nicely) to leave the house   and here are some links, if you would like some reading: One I wrote for Waverley …

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Mar 26

Unchallenged Assumptions Lead to Poor Outcomes

Here is a conversation I had recently with a student: Nothing external can cause an internal response What causes our emotional reaction is the black box full of assumptions (in the mind) by which we make inferences about how we should behave, emotionally and socially. So an insult doesn’t make you angry: what makes you …

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Nov 08

Thinking about Choice

Thinking about choice…do you take responsibility for the choices you make? To become aware of the choices we make and being upfront about them – this is one way of getting to know ourselves better. Our choices are a clear reflection of us for all to see – we had better have a handle on …

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Mar 04

Yoga Retreat, or Yoga Treat?

When I was in fourth grade, our teacher left the room for a bit, and told us to be very quiet as we were now on retreat. Another teacher came in, and I proudly wrote her a note saying that we couldn’t talk because we were having a treat!

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Jan 31

Hurting and Growing

I owe much to guru and lineage. Without having had a guru, I would not have discovered this yogic path,  nor ventured far upon it. Without his guru, I would not have met him. Without the great Nityananda, none of us would have made this journey at all. Nevertheless, many years ago I was disillusioned with my guru. It …

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Dec 31 2014

End 2014, Year of Changes

Changes – some painful, some joyful or even ecstatic, some that come simply with the turning  of the Earth.This time last  year, somehow I had a feeling that 2014 would be a year of changes… and I was right. Maybe,on reflection, any 12 month period will see change anyway. But this one was fully charged… …

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Dec 25

Sit with your anger, dive deep through pain

A few days ago I sat with a spiritual community in trauma.  Their spiritual leader was in disgrace from allegations of sexual impropriety. The hall that is normally full was half-empty, and of those attending, half were quietly weeping.  The session was taken by the leader’s life partner, the woman sweetly and affectionately known as Divine Mother. She was …

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Apr 24

Mission Beach – Rainforest in Winter

As winter 2014  approaches, I’m reminded of the time I spend, once a year for a week, in the mysterious rainforest of Northern Queensland. Sanctuary Retreat is not too far north – an hour’s drive south of Cairns. I go in July, just as the Melbourne winter is beginning to drag, even for someone who generally prefers …

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Jun 04

Satsang Talk – Equanimity

What a ripper – Equanimity, or even-mindedness (Brief notes on a talk from Satsang) What I heard most from people is “What a ripper!”  Seems the talk on even-mindedness had all the lovely yogis present digging deep into their experiences and their intimate sense of themselves – and discovering some much more spiritually challenging ways of dealing with them. Psychological/emotional …

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May 16

On Turning 65

It’s a good age, and I am glad to be 65… though it is a time for reviewing and perhaps re-evaluating.  No time for illusions, that’s for sure. I think the best year of my life, the standout one, was 60 (yes, 60!) and yet this last five years has been like the space between adolescence …

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