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Practicing Gratitude

It’s easy to be grateful when things are going well, but when we’re struggling, it can be hard to access even the possibility of gratitude. At those times it may be hard to see anything to be grateful for. When we see the glass as half-empty, we tend to see only what’s not working. It […]


Baba Hari Dass

Yoga and Living in the World

An ongoing theme that has come up regularly during yoga retreats over the years: How can I do all these practices I learned at the retreat when I go back to my regular life, usually called “the real world ”? How can I practice when I have kids? a job? How can I find time? […]


Turning Inward

Each season (of nature, of life) brings its own beauty. Later this month marks the official beginning of winter, although we’ve been moving toward winter for several weeks. In this part of the world, the days have become shorter and by late afternoon the darkness is setting in; this is an invitation to turn inward. […]


Babaji

Tolerance, Compassion and Contentment

About forty years ago, I wrote a letter to Babaji complaining about someone in my life (my husband), and asked what I should do. In his response, he told me to practice tolerance, compassion and contentment. I sort of understood, but not fully. I had some understanding about what tolerance and compassion were, but I […]


Honouring the Teacher

At this time of year, with Canadian thanksgiving in October and American thanksgiving in November, the theme of thankfulness is in the air. The recent change in Babaji’s health (see Baba Hari Dass updates on SSCY’s website) is an additional reminder to reflect on the gifts we’ve been blessed with. Of the many, many things […]


Living in Community

As mentioned in this month’s Centre update, the subject of community is in the air. In the many years since Dharma Sara Satsang Society began forming as a community, we have learned a lot about what makes a community work and what doesn’t – often the hard way – and we continue learning. As the […]


It’s not what’s happening, it’s how you respond

Babaji has written, “Accepting the present is happiness.” Although we may understand this on some level, some of the time, very often we want things to be different from how they are right now. If it’s unpleasant, we want it to stop or go away; if it’s pleasant, we want more of it or we […]


Regular Sadhana (Spiritual Practice)

Over the course of many years Babaji has often responded to students’ anxious questions with the recommendation to do regular sadhana, later shortened on his chalkboard to RS. Sadhana, or spiritual practice, comes in many forms. Many people have a committed asana practice, and that is one expression of sadhana, as is the practice of […]


Inspiration and Gratitude

Having just returned from Mount Madonna Center – the Salt Spring Centre’s big sister centre – to celebrate Babaji’s 90th birthday and to connect with many, many brothers and sisters in our satsang family, I am struck by the precious gift of having met a master yogi and been taught, inspired and supported by Baba […]


Developing Positive Qualities

Shakespeare said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” We may understand this as an intellectual concept, but it’s not how we usually live our lives. We have some very strong preferences (in itself not a problem), but when we react when something doesn’t go as we want – with […]


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Staying centred in the midst of life’s turmoil

We are all familiar with stress in its many manifestations. Why do we get so caught in the drama of life and in our habitual reactions? Sometimes life seems to flow along smoothly and we are calm, open, loving. Then something happens – and boom – we’re right back into our old patterns, even though […]


Karma Yoga – a Practice for Daily Life

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is rooted in the practice of karma yoga, the practice of selfless service, or at least holding the intention of the practice of selfless service. Until we’re no longer identified with our own individual stories – our bodies, our thoughts, our relationships and our ‘things’ – we are not […]


Offering to God

Offering to God: A tribute to Vishnu Ma and a teaching for all of us from Babaji A number of years ago, one of Mount Madonna Center’s senior residents, in fact the oldest resident in the community and a longtime student of Babaji’s, asked Babaji about her sadhana practice. She was in her early 80s at […]


Continuing Beginners

Yoga programs at the Centre are designed for anyone who wants to learn and practice, at whatever level. Some people are new to yoga and others have been practicing for years. Many are in the middle: They started practicing years ago, but haven’t continued on a regular basis. So, in addition to offering beginner, intermediate […]


Accepting the Present is Happiness

What would it take for you to be happy? What do you think you need? Living in this culture, it’s very easy to get caught in thinking, “I need…” or “if only I had…, then I’d be content”. We get the message every day that we should be thinner, smarter, more attractive, have a better […]