Category Archives: Conversations with the Swami

Posts which are more conversational in nature.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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