Costa Rica and Guatemala Retreats Follow up

We just completed three retreats, two in Costa Rica and one in Guatemala, two very different countries and histories. When I was a human rights activist in Guatemala, I used to avoid Costa Rica because it seemed too “tame” for me. I liked the “rugged...

Roy Yoga Interview

The following is from an interview with Tracy Weber, my original yoga teacher. Why and when did you start practicing yoga? 1996, during a dark night of the soul, depressed, with an eating disorder. I felt so good and grounded from yoga, I knew if it could help me, it...

Find your own Pose

Whose life are you leading? Are you living your life, or following the herd, doing what the culture or society or your role models or parents demonstrated or even insisted what is right. It is crucial that we walk our own walk, find our own true and unique path. Other...

Charges and Triggers

Most of us have an idea of what a charge or trigger is. It’s when some sort of people bother us, or some sort of situation bugs us or triggers some sort of reaction. A charge or trigger is essentially unfinished business, some sort of trauma or wound that we...

Love Thy Neighbor

Today I want to challenge us all, including myself. Pretty much all spiritual and religious teachings advise us to love our neighbor. But how many of us do it? Most of us avoid our neighbors! But here is the thing; do you want to be happy or suffer? It’s that...

The Essence of Religion

Organized religion has gotten a bad rap by many over the years, and much of it is well deserved, in my opinion. There is the joke about spiritually evolved people getting excited about their understanding of the Spirit world, and the devil comes along and says,...

Volunteers, no Victims

First, let me be clear, in the deepest sense, or in reality, there are no victims, and actually, there is no death. I’ll address the death part next week, but regarding victimization, of course, in this world of drama and illusion, we have plenty of appearances...

The Disruptive Mind

I was backpacking in the Olympics in early August, and was sitting at a beautiful Lake Angeles, enjoying the sun and scenery. Next to me was a Meet Up group from Seattle, and they too were enjoying the moment. Then the mind took over. I heard one guy begin to talk...

3 Levels of Communication

Today, let me talk about three levels of communication, from least effective or least helpful to most effective or conscious. 1. Pain Body / Victim Mentality. I know this one very well, and probably many of you recognize this one as well. This is the most destructive...

Pain’s Source

Let me ask you, what is the source of your pain? If you say you have no pain, then you are deceiving yourself. Even enlightened masters have pain, as it is part of the human condition. Suffering, they say, is optional. When we resist pain, we suffer. But we all...