Author: Sonia Allen-Wall

The source is the same whatever the name

When I was young I always had an interest in different religions and ideas; Philosophy surrounding the ideas of  life and death in the universe. My mother used to ask, ‘what is it that you’re looking for?’ and I couldn’t really grasp it well enough to say! I was often slated for not sticking to… Read more »

Pumpkin

The veggie box arrived and myself and two-year-old granddaughter opened it excitedly. Oh, her eyes brightened up as she pulled out a beautiful red shiny small pumpkin .”Isn’t that beautiful”, I said, she nodded and hugged the vegetable! Throughout the day the pumpkin and my granddaughter were inseparable! It even had a place at the… Read more »

Pratyhara

Pratyhara means withdrawal of the senses and is the 5th limb of Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, the 8-fold path to Yoga. To quote from Salvatore Zambita’s book The unadorned thread of yoga: Yoga sutras of Patanjali in English (in my opinion …the best!) “The yoga sutras of Patanjali is the central text, the core of practical… Read more »

Guru Purnima

“What is Guru Purnima?”asked a Yoga student of her teacher? The teacher replied, “Guru purnima is an old tradition celebrating the enlightened Gurus who have, and still are, sharing their wisdom and knowledge for our spiritual growth. It is a time of great respect and gratitude for these dear souls who often spent most of… Read more »

You don’t have to go to India to find an authentic Guru! Part three

No. 3 Sri Swami Tadatmananda Saraswati Sri Swami Tadatmananda was a former computer engineer and this enabled him to draw upon contemporary scientific and psychological insights while unfolding ancient scripture. From 1981 onwards he studied in the US and India under Puja Swami Dayananda, both Vedanta and ancient Sanskrit. He is the Founder and resident teacher… Read more »

You don’t have to go to India to find an authentic Guru! Part two

Continuing on three great gurus teaching today in the west! No.2 Ramana Baba …Muz MURRAY. Born in England in 1940, Muz Murray originally left art school and working in the creative arts, before taking off on a 30 year old adventure around the east Far East and Africa. Described as an Indiana Jones style spiritual adventurer,… Read more »

You don’t have to go to India to find an authentic Guru! Part one…

In fact, I know a few students who travelled around India who say they could not find one!! Of course they are there but not as easy to find as you think… Many years ago (over 20 ) when I was literally sitting at the foot of my guru Swami Gitananda, he said that in… Read more »

An Ancient Indian Tale for all you worriers

There are times when we all worry, but some souls worry all the time as if it is a natural state of being. Worry is defined as a state of perplexity, trouble or harassment, anxiety, to fatigue, to strangle…The thesaurus would also say agitate, torment and suffer. Here is a tale to set you on the… Read more »

You’re never alone with mindful eating!

In fact…it could be pleasantly crowded! Do you think about the food you’re about to eat or just get it made and stuff it in the hole in yer face and move on? Very few people say grace anymore, not in schools or even some spiritual retreats. When I eat mindfully, not mindlessly, the experience takes… Read more »

Another Perspective on Meditation: an Ayurvedic View

Years ago I had the privilege of studying with Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Vedacharya Dr. David Frawley), then Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. I thought he was a genius at explaining ancient thoughts, and the profound and complex, into an easy-to-digest form, making him a wonderful teacher! So, I thought to share some… Read more »