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The Practice I Do (Most) Every Morning

In this podcast, Sara shares the recording of a tried-and-true practice she led several years ago during a retreat at Drala Mountain Center. In it, she leads an exercise called “The Four-Part Check-In.” Those of you who have studied with Sara for a long time will be very familiar with this, and it’s also a practice she includes in both of her books. This exercise supports you in quickly assessing how you’re doing at the levels of body, heart, mind, and spirit–and what you most need to care for yourself each day. May this guided practice help you live each day more skillfully and connected to yourself. Enjoy! Join Sara for Replenishing & Revisioning for 2023 Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

The Virtues of Boredom

By Janet Solyntjes // It was the fall of 1986. I was staying with my mother during a period of transition marked by a lack of interest and direction. My mother gently asked if I wanted to see her therapist. I’m not sure how I knew that therapy wasn’t what was needed. A few days later I was driving from Minnesota to Colorado to what was then Rocky Mountain Dharma Center (now Drala Mountain Center) for a 28-day meditation retreat. The first week was enjoyable. It was autumn and the Colorado landscape was stunning. I was excited to learn the art of chanting and the ritualized movements of a Zen-inspired meal ceremony. Sitting and walking meditation practice helped me work with the thought patterns that had led me into the confused and directionless state. Hour by hour, with the instructions to let go of thoughts, my heart began to lighten. By the beginning of the third week I was less enthusiastic about the rigorous schedule. Each day followed a similar pattern: Sit. Walk. Sit. Eat. …

Chakrasamvara Practice: It’s history and significance

  Greg Smith, long-term practitioner, long-term resident of Drala Mountain Center and the leader of the upcoming Hybrid Chakrasamvara Intensive Retreat discusses the history and significance of Chakrasamvara practice within the Kagyu and Shambhala lineages, as well as its effects on practitioners and the environment. Join Greg December 2 – 10, 2023 on the land or on-line:   Photo by Claud Richmond on Unsplash

5 Keys to Health, Happiness, Self-Worth & Peace

By Blake D. Bauer I never learned how to love myself. And then I did a lot of things in my life that I didn’t like or love about myself, and I ended up doing a lot of damage. I would really love to help you understand how to stop hurting yourself and how to stop letting yourself get hurt. Figuring out how to love yourself practically today and every day is the key. From the moment we wake up in the morning we are either hurting ourselves with our habits or healing ourselves with our habits. I’ve broken down self-love into five specific key steps which are habits that we need to practice on a daily basis to be truly healthy and happy and shape the life we want. Key 1 for Loving Yourself Every Day—Express yourself honestly and kindly A lot of us are living in a way where we internalize much of what we feel, need and want. Because we never really learned how to understand what we’re actually feeling, what we …

Women’s Aura Clearing Meditation

In this women’s aura clearing meditation by Sara Avant Stover, you’ll be guided through cleansing your personal energy field to restore a state of inner neutrality, followed by removing others’ energies. Last, you’ll call back any of your own energy that you may have left or leaked out in other times or places. The result is landing fully back in yourself, grounded, present, and clear. This is a great way to start or end the day or to simply hit the “reset” button when you feel disconnected from yourself. Join Sara at Drala Mountain Center for Replenishing & Revisioning for 2023: A Yoga, Meditation, & Nature Retreat for Women About the Author: Sara Avant Stover Sara Avant Stover is a teacher of feminine spirituality, bestselling author, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner. After a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia, and has since gone on to uplift tens of thousands of women worldwide. The creator of the world’s first Women’s Yoga …

Permission to Rest

by Marissa C. Knox, PhD Photo credit: Marissa C. Knox, PhD I’m currently in a major life transition– adjusting to a new home in a new state with a new job in an entirely new environment – and I’ve been waiting to exhale until I finally feel settled. I’ve told myself that I can finally relax once I get through a full year of living and working here, experienced all four seasons of weather, successfully taught classes for two semesters, and I’ve figured out all of my new routines, and generally have “it” all together. And until then? I guess I’ll just brace myself and hold my breath. … Well, it may not be surprising, but this plan has not been working very well. In fact, I have only made it this far precisely because I have forced encouraged myself to exhale and rest. It has become undeniably clear that without rest, nothing else is possible. Giving myself permission to exhale, even when it feels like I don’t have the time, has been a portal …

Live as a Free and Full Expression of Who You Really Are

by Blake D. Bauer What if all our suffering is a cry from our soul, from our body and our subconscious mind, asking us to love, value, and take much better care of ourselves? What if our suffering is waking us up to what matters most, to the reasons we were actually born? We experience so much pain and suffering throughout our life. You were not born to suffer. You came here to enjoy your life, to learn about love, to grow. The question that’s really important to answer is “how do I create less suffering for myself and for the people I love?”   A lot of our suffering is the result of us betraying ourselves and trying to please other people all the time. I’ve been tortured mentally and emotionally. I’ve struggled with drug addiction, and suicidal thoughts. I’ve gone through periods of not wanting to be here. I feel really lucky that I found some insights that helped me heal my heart and find deep health again…and I want to help you …

Build a More Self-reliant, Resilient Life

by Kareen Erbe Design a life connected to your food, live healthier, and start building your resilience! Join us for the Introduction to Permaculture Weekend Workshop at Drala Mountain Center this Fall! Climate change, wildfires, a pandemic, food shortages, topsoil loss – these are unsettling and challenging times on so many levels. Sometimes it’s hard to feel hopeful about the future.  That’s why learning how to grow our own food and setting up a resilient yard and garden are some of the most positive steps forward at this time.  Come spend the weekend learning about permaculture and gaining the tools to design a site that will provide you with an abundance of food along with the tools you need to build a more self-reliant, resilient life.  Permaculture involves the development of agriculturally productive ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Your instructors, Jerome Osentowski and Kareen Erbe have over 50 years of combined experience in the permaculture field. Author of Forest Garden Greenhouse and founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI), Jerome Osentowski …

Autumn and Cultivating Equanimity

As Mother Nature changes with the seasons, human beings also experience transition. Everything from the activities we participate in, the foods we eat, and the time we go to bed, to our external/internal reflections change. With Fall right around the corner, we thought it was a good time to share Sara Avant Stover’s podcast “Reflection for the Autumn Equinox” to understand how Autumn asks us to change. Celebrate the New Year with Sara and Drala Mountain Center by Replenishing & Revisioning