"What If…" — Ganga White

Yoga for Health, Healing and Life

"What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water--the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being."

©1998 Ganga White, Santa Barbara All Rights Reserved
- Written at the Rainforest Benefit, NYC April 1998


"The Essence of a Life" by Aeterna Lumen

”Traveler” by Sasha Pepper

A child
Kicked, battered and bruised
Innocence stolen far too early
Are some paths truly destined for this?

Strong, beautiful lights
Fiercely attacked from every side
Tormentors seek to squelch and trample,
stamping and blowing at the flames
And yet they shine… they shine
Brighter and more brilliant
than the untouched

Searching lights
Continue to learn and yearn for inner strength
Looking for answers amidst the chaos and debris
Reasons for the annihilation of their innocence
Often finding peace and healing as they study the universe
and the purpose for the creation of their spirits

Weaker softer lights
succumb to the pain
Retreating and hiding in fear
Protecting themselves from being hurt again
Feeling nothing
Unable to give or receive love
Lifeless, useless earth walkers
who would join the tormentors
Rather than heal
and live a meaningful life

Abusers are everywhere
Scarring and torturing innocent souls
But they, too, could find their place to shine
If they could release their own pain
and open their minds

And the universe rolls on
Embracing all our human frailties
Encouraging us to become wakeful and aware
of the light that shines in all of us

It is your life...
Taste every second of it, feel every breath
Appreciate and accept every kindness and care given to you
We must keep our inner energy as charged as possible
and feel peace in the strength that we carry

There are no gods to blame, no rhyme or reason
Our hearts and our minds can overcome
Teaching others as well as ourselves
That there is goodness and purity in this world

The essence of a life
is to experience all that we are given
To stay strong, keep fighting, and embrace
every aspect of our experience

The essence of a life
is to live a true life
To see the open door
and have the courage to walk through it

The essence of a life
is to awaken to the light
To embrace and encourage all light
To fully realize what we are intended to be
Every stage of life allows us to learn
As long as we grab it and live it with passion and dignity

© 2012 Aeterna Lumen - All Rights Reserved


“Children" — Kahlil Gibran


And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."

And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

“The Prophet” - Kahlil Gibran

“Family Tree” by H.K. Stewart

“Family Tree” by HK Stewart
OCD Tree by Seth McWhorter

“Family Tree”
--by HK Stewart

Every twig follows
its own path to the sun.
And yet, even branches
tell each other what to do.
This is how a tree is formed.

Communities grow this way, too.
We each want our share of the light,
but when we block the way for others,
we stunt the growth of all.

Christian Taoism Website


"Environment" from 365 Tao by Deng Ming Dao

Pasted Graphic
--Drawing by Stephan Wiltshires

How can you live
With the constant noise of traffic?
The stench of garbage?
The sight of buildings instead of mountains?
The movement of streets instead of rivers?
The feel of pavement instead of earth?

There are some metropolitan areas famous for their power, their
sophistication, their history, their place in civilization. These places
cannot be centers of spirituality too. You only need to look at them
with open eyes and heart. How can anything holy root there?

The noise of traffic is constant. At any time of the day or night,
that distracting roar, that underlying trembling disrupts the subtle.
The air is not clean but is filled with dust and soot. Especially when
the weather is hot, the smell of rotting garbage wafts up from the
foundations like the odor of leprosy. The earth is unable to breathe,
smothered beneath concrete, asphalt, steel, and junk.

Some people who live in these places become interested in
spirituality. They want to know if it is possible to reach high levels
in deeply urban environments. The answer is no. It is not possible to
become fully realized in an urban environment. For to gain realization
means the achievement of special psychophysical states. That requires
quiet cultivation and an acquaintance with the subtle. When the roar of the city is all there is, how can the song of the divine be heard?

365-tao meditations
365 Tao By Deng Ming Dao