Waking Up

Waking Up For iPhone & Android

Join Sam Harris, neuroscientist, philosopher, bestselling author, and host of The Artful Living Blog’s favorite podcast Waking Up, for a course that will teach you to meditate, reason more effectively, and deepen your understanding of yourself and others. Designed for anyone who wants to begin the practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as for those with an established practice. The long-awaited for app + Waking Up Course is available for iPhone & Android.

  • Daily meditations led by Sam Harris
  • A series of short talks by Sam Harris on a wide range of topics, including consciousness, negative and positive emotions, free will, the self, moral philosophy, the neuroscience of meditation & more
  • A self timer for silent meditation

About

Sam Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers and the host of the Waking Up Podcast. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics -neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, and rationality- but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves & the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

Music Medicine

DEVA: The New Album From Deva Premal. A Transcendent Collection Of Signature Mantras That Are Medicine For The Soul. Album Cover Photo By Francesco Mastalia, Photographer & Author Of The New Book Yoga: The Secret of Life.

Deva Premal’s composition, the Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra, debuts on DEVA, nearly 20 years since her original, ground-breaking version of the ancient Gayatri Mantra began topping alternative music charts world-wide. With a rich mix of soothing, uplifting, and inviting chants, Deva’s voice ushers us into deeper states of meditation, serving as a portal to inner-peace, and takes us on a well-travelled mystical journey that comes full circle. Deva means “divine” in Sanskrit, and this beautiful collection reflects the many dimensions of Deva Premal’s soul and musical expression, from the beginning of her spiritual journey through today. Available from White Swan Records.

Feminine Wisdom

Feminine Wisdom In Leadership: Dakini Teachings From The Tibetan Tradition. An Evening With Judith Simmer-Brown, ABC Home NYC, September 27th 2018.

Tibetan Buddhism offers a paradigm for leadership inspired by the sacred feminine that flourishes in the face of change and fosters community through dialogue. This presentation draws from the dakini tradition of Tibet as well as cutting ­edge organizational development literature to suggest fresh approaches to authentic leadership.

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative & Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s and student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, her senior teaching specialties include meditation practice, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath, explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men.

About

The Naropa + ABC Home partnership, co-presented with Garrison Institute & Tricycle Magazine, offers a New York City audience the rare opportunity to experience the practices and pedagogies that lie at the heart of Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Through quarterly presentations, performances and workshops featuring Naropa faculty, they endeavor to integrate a contemplative view into society in order to foster the next generation of enlightened leaders.

Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism by Judith Simmer-Brown, Shambhala, 2001.

The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or “sky-dancer,” a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences. Western scholars and interpreters of the dakini, influenced by Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology, have shaped a contemporary critique of Tibetan Buddhism in which the dakini is seen as a psychological “shadow,” a feminine savior, or an objectified product of patriarchal fantasy. According to Judith Simmer-Brown -who writes from the point of view of an experienced practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, such interpretations are inadequate.

In the spiritual journey of the meditator, Simmer-Brown demonstrates, the dakini symbolizes levels of personal realization: the sacredness of the body, both female and male; the profound meeting point of body and mind in meditation; the visionary realm of ritual practice; and the spacious qualities of mind itself. Grounded in the author’s personal encounter with the dakini, this unique study will appeal to both male and female spiritual seekers interested in goddess worship, women’s spirituality, and the tantric tradition.

Freeing The Spirit

Yoga + Jes MaHarry Jewelry Collection, Video by John Phaneuf.

Get an empowering acroyoga prana fix while admiring the new Jes MaHarry Jewelry ~ Lucid Collection. A follow-up to her equally beautiful Divine Light Collection. Artisan jewelry, handmade in Ojai, California. Jewelry with soul, using recycled Silver & Gold and ethically sourced gems. The Lucid Collection was inspired by living a life true to your heart, influenced by MaHarry’s love for yoga. Finding a deeper connection to life through following your breath, being fluid, and following the Sun… becoming lucid.

The Art Of Jewelry, Jes MaHarry + Sundance Resort & Catalog.

Jes MaHarry has a spirited passion for life that pours through everything she does. Her strong desire to live each moment as fully and freely as possible is fueled by her empathic relationship with animals, deep love of nature and compassion for all living things. Her soulful lifestyle informs her art & original mixed-media jewelry that has come to be renowned worldwide. Collections of bold gemstone fusions, authentic ancient trade beads, and distinctive charms she so artfully carves with symbols of life, love & words of inspiration.

MaHarry’s pieces can be found at her California studio, and The Artful Living Blog’s perennial favorite: Sundance Catalog. With humble beginnings as a General Store at Robert Redford’s beautiful Sundance Resort -which radiates the art of untouched Nature. Over the years the General Store has cultivated many relationships with an impressive selection of talented artisans from across the U.S., many of them handcrafting exclusively for Sundance. When you purchase from this catalog, not only have you found something truly unique, beautiful, and skillfully made, but you are also supporting American craftspeople and efforts to enhance and preserve the environment.

 Also find therein, MaHarry’s new interactive adult coloring book, infused with the bohemian-chic artistry of this magical jewelry designerthat encourages creativity, introspection and positivity on every beautiful page. Purchase includes: a signed limited edition print, pencil and a handmade bookmark made of pewter, leather + trade beads. Bookmark charm stamped on front with “Free Spirit” and an Owl, back stamped with a Horse and artist signature.

Free Spirit: A Coloring Book for Calming Your Mind, Freeing Your Imagination, and Igniting Your Soul by Jes MaHarry, 2016.

As the number-one selling jewelry designer for the Sundance Catalog MaHarry’s whimsical designs have been featured on Ellen, Good Morning America, and the Today show, and have been worn by celebrity trendsetters coast to coast. Her eclectic style appeals to those who favor the hand-crafted over the mass-produced, and her carefully sculpted charms are infused with spirit, insight, and a rare depth of emotion. On the cutting edge of her industry, MaHarry was the first jewelry designer to popularize positive affirmations written on jewelry.

And now she sets a trend in motion with her Free Spirit adult coloring book, which, like no other coloring book, also features affirmations, spiritual inquiries, and room for users to answer questions and add their own artful elements. Each page of beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations leads readers into spiritual inquiry through journaling prompts, mindful magic through coloring, and offers encouragement for freeing the spirit so it can soar.

Malas & Miracles

Creating Malas & Miracles Retreat Menla June 15-17th 2018

During this weekend long retreat at the beautiful Menla Retreat & Spa, Satya Scainetti, Founder of Satya Jewelry will lead you through the sacred art of mala making and how malas are used in daily practice to help manifest miracles. Creating a personal mala works to open the heart and serves as a talisman for individual empowerment and well-being. Each attendee will leave the retreat with an intention infused, one-of-a-kind mala that they are encouraged to use for a 40-day meditation.

The mala is a traditional garland of 108 prayer beads. Every bead represents a truth, and meditating on them with an affirmation, or mantra, is used to bring peace of mind. The mala can also be seen as a metaphor for life: a small knot between each of the beads represents a challenge between the smoother, more beautiful aspects of life.

Surrounded by thousands of acres of Catskills forest preserve, Menla is nestled in a magical hidden mountain valley in Phoenicia New York. Throughout the year, guests can enjoy deep serenity and abundant wildlife, explore many different levels of hikes, and take advantage of unique classes and services offering integrative healing -merging Tibetan, Ayurvedic and other holistic traditions. Menla features a conference center, yoga studio, sweat lodge, meditation sanctuary, and the wonderful new Tibetan Dewa Spa & Healing Center specializing in rare and ancient Tibetan therapies.

Menla is affliated with the cultural embassy for Tibet, the Tibet House in NYC, and operated by Robert AF Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House. In 2006 The Dalai Lama blessed the land and the stated mission at Menla: to be a place for health, healing and spiritual evolution, based on the wisdom of Tibetan medicine.

Satya Scainetti is the founder and designer of Satya Jewelry. A philanthropist, yoga teacher and Reiki healer, Satya lives a lifestyle dedicated to giving back to the world community. The name Satya, meaning “truth” in Sanskrit, inspires each wearer to their individual truth. With a global following, she creates beautiful, inspiring and meaningful jewelry that resonates with each customer’s own personal journey. Satya’s background in social work and passion for early childhood education sparked the creation of the Satya Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides children all over the world with hope, change and the opportunity to fulfill their destinies.

Wellness RX

Mind Body Spirit RX Wellness Prescriptions. Seven Non-Negociables For Wellness From Yogini Activist Seane Corn.

For yoga teachers and everyone interested in transformational change, Seane Corn -international yoga teacher extraordinaire and co-founder of Off The Mat Into The World, an organization dedicated to bridging yoga and activism, will be at Kripalu -the premiere yoga & health center in the Berkshires, co-teaching with Kerri Kelly founder of CTZNWELL -a movement to mobilize the well-being community into a powerful force for change. Together they offer a valuable program, instrumental in translating the tools of well-being into practical application and social action in the public sector: Teaching Transformational Yoga; Bridging Personal Practice & Collective ChangeMay 4-6th, 2018.

The personal is always political. There is never an instance where we are separate from everyone & everything around us. Our lives are interwoven, and so our practice must allow for the interplay between who we are as individuals and who we are as a collective; between personal healing and transformation (inner work) and collective well-being for all (outer work).

Kerri Kelly Founder Of CTZNWELL Explores The Privilege Of Well-Being At TEDxBend.

This training is designed for leaders on the front lines of transformational work, including yoga teachers, community leaders, organizers and facilitators, who are ready to take their work to the next level. It is an immersive experience demanding radical healing and truth telling, calling each of us to reach our highest human potential as catalysts for real, long-term change. Using a whole-systems approach, Corn & Kelly will cover the following core components:

  • Teaching: The art of designing a transformational yoga class that bridges the personal & the political
  • Facilitating: Building skills to hold space & cultivate courageous conversation about issues of social justice & liberation
  • Speaking: Finding your voice, connecting the dots & telling your story
  • Expanding: How to decentralize the conversation, spread seeds & ignite the movement