Journal Entries

To Catch A Thief

By  Vanessa Webb | 

My first journey through India began in early October 2005 when I left Mumbai from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station.  Sitting closer to the eastern side of India, it was early December before I reached the village of...


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An Early Valentine

By  Vanessa Webb | 

The Ocean of Consciousness within the human heart is second only to Agni (Fire), and stands ahead of the Consciousness of Darkness (or, the intelligence of silence).  These are the three Oceans in which we're birthed.  Can we rest in how precious that is...


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A Deeper Look at Asteya

By  Vanessa Webb | 

 

Recently, I led a class where, as a group, we discussed Asteya (the 3rd Yogic Yama of non-stealing).  When leading classes on the Yamas, I like to consider the antidote to each…in this case, our own value...


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Hope and the Hummingbird

By  Vanessa Webb | 

I was considering "hope" after having read an article that described “hope” as a false experience that we’re all being fooled by.  Feeling more like a defiant Charlie Brown in my response (head tossed back, with all that's left to see is his blip of a nose and tears squirting out the sides of his face) than wanting to accept this...


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Go Forward Brave Soul and Trust

By  Vanessa Webb | 

Trust that life loves you
…even when your reluctant mind refuses to believe it
Trust that life wants the best for you 
…even more than you do
Trust that you will be guided 
…even without all your fussing over hearing it “right”
Trust that life is smiling at you...


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Experiencing Saucha as the Present Moment

By  Vanessa Webb | 

Sweeping the front walk, getting our hair trimmed, watering the houseplants, and having our daily shower, are all elements of Saucha...


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Practice and Let It Go

By  Vanessa Webb | 

Non-attachment does not mean that we don’t care, in fact it means we care more deeply. It’s our concept of what “caring” is that needs review.  We often associate “caring” from an attached frame of reference, whereas the ideal “caring” is freedom...


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Great Teachers Have Known All Along

By  Vanessa Webb | 

“We’re all in this together” is a phrase that keeps repeating itself to me in recent weeks.  I’ve always been a believer in community, but the world seems so strikingly different today, than it did even just three or four weeks ago.  “Community” suddenly feels a bit Woodstock-ish...


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Are You "Too Sensitive"?

By  Vanessa Webb | 

There seems to be an all-too-common ease in being critical toward sensitive souls.  I don’t know if this has been human behaviour since the dark ages, or whether it’s developed only in recent history.  But this criticism seems to come down to the fact that people are often critical of what we don’t understand...


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How A Mindset Of "Passing the Buck" Can Be Reflected In Our Asana Practice

By  Vanessa Webb | 

“Pigeon” was the pose mentioned, but I see it happening in a tonne of Yoga poses.  This is what was said: “Most people just arrive in it (the pose) collapsed, and hanging off muscles—which generally doesn’t do anything particularly useful…”.  To be frank, this way of being in an asana reflects a mindset...


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