Go Gentle Into That Good Night

http://blog.americanchefsupply.com/the-commercial-cooking-equipment-checklist-for-every-restaurant Before my first samadhi experience, I had implicit faith in the wisdom of Dylan Thomas. He said we should rage against the dying of the light. As a sixteen-year-old boy with no experience in death and a great desire to be heroic, he won me over. Then a few months later, by focusing on my breath and…

John Sees My Aura

A couple of years ago some friends invited me to an evening gathering. Knowing my interest in meditation and yoga, they told me they had also invited some other people who practiced yoga, reiki, shiatsu, and other things broadly associated with Eastern traditions.  The evening of the gathering, as we sat in the living room,…

Encounters at the Mall

I visit shopping malls with the same pleasure as I visit the dentist. Consumerism dismays me and shopping seems a distraction from meaningful activity. Still, there are occasions when I feel the need to visit my local mall, and these visits have sometimes produced remarkable encounters. Two experiences in particular spring to mind.  The first…

Joan of the Sixth Sense

An entire universe exists beyond our physical senses, but those with hardened hearts and minds don't see it.  With effort, I’ve broken through the crust and occasionally glimpsed some of it. Through four decades of yogic practice, plus spurious encounters with various mystics, spiritualists, and psychics of all races and religions, I’ve had premonitory dreams,…