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the Dalai Lama looked me in the eye and said, women rule! (in so many words)

A little story to start the weekend…

TO INDIA WE GO

Just about to turn thirty, I was given a rare opportunity to have a private audience with His Holiness The Dalai Lama. “Hey kid,” my boss said on the other end of the phone, “I think I’ve got us a meeting with the Dalai Lama … at his place in India. You in?”

I had no idea how I was going to swing three weeks in India, the flight from Seattle to New Delhi, Delhi to Bangalore and back. “Yeah, I’m in.” And like most things meant to be, the money showed up at the right time and I showed up in smelly Delhi with high expectations.

His Holiness is based, along with the exiled Central Tibetan Administration, in the high mountain region of Northern India in Dharamsala. It is essentially a little Tibet, teeming with refugee Tibetans and transported monks. And it’s a hell of a trek to get there. Planes, trains, and mini vans switch-backing up thin, cliff-side roads for hours.

DALAI LAMA DAY

After being thoroughly frisked and passed through metal detectors, my five travel mates and I were ushered into a His Holiness’s meeting room furnished with stunning tankas and red mahogany trimmed sofas. We waited like groupies before the big show.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 January 2014 17:26 ) Read more...
 

4 Tips to Find—and Keep—Happiness!

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Happiness, or the lack thereof, lies at the root of what makes life meaningful. But figuring out what exactly constitutes happiness,especially in a culture like the Unites States that tends to conflate moneywith meaning, proves to be elusive. It's not enough, the new documentary Happy suggests, to just be able to pursue happiness—you need to have the chops to capture it.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 October 2012 19:23 ) Read more...
 

Siberian Shamanism in SLO County

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by Bob Banner






Ladamira is a Siberian Shamana. She visited SLO County for more than a week, in mid September, 2012. Every day she was leading workshops for men, women, retreats, and presentations in healing, chakra cleansing, sexuality, relationships, and leading daily morning rituals that include dance, jogging, laughing and gratitude. It is this laughter portion that got me interested in learning more about her and her lineage.


    Being one of two laughter yoga teachers in the county and certifying about 15 people to be leaders, I was curious when I learned that when she was in SLO back in May, people who had taken some of her classes would take it upon themselves to laugh for five minutes each day. A couple of women told me that that simple exercise had “changed their lives.”

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