Musings


A Love Affair with Gemstones
My love affair with gemstones began in 1995 when I started to manage a jewelry store in Los Angeles. It was then, that I noticed I was drawn to different gemstones. My jewelry career was just beginning, I had meetings with various gemstone dealers and one in particular mentioned that he practiced Kundalini Yoga. Shortly after that meeting I walked into my first class, and Yogi Bhajan was teaching. I was in awe of his stature, grace and everything about him as well as the energy of the class. This was the beginning of my yoga practice. I also started to learn about the healing properties of gemstones and other types of healing modalities and never looked back. Over the last 20+ years I’ve deepened my meditation and yoga practice. I continued to work in the jewelry industry for many more years, yet was not been fully satisfied for different reasons, but I’ve sat in gratitude for the experiences.

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Busy, but Blessed

March 29, 2016


Busy, but Blessed
This year has been a whirlwind, at least in my world, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Just as the moon waxes and wanes and the tides roll in and back out again, I am definitely aware that the pace of my life goes from periods of relative calm to periods (months, sometimes even a year or two) when every kind of change and upheaval comes flooding in like a tidal wave. This year is one of those.

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Spring Breakthrough

March 28, 2016


Spring Breakthrough
Spring is a volatile time. In some areas of the country, it’s snowing, in some the daffodils are just poking through, and in others gardens are going in and shorts are being worn. When you wake up in the morning you don’t know if you’ll need to pull on your boots or slip on sandals. In Los Angeles we have what we call May Gray and June Gloom—a weather effect that blankets the western part of the basin with a marine layer from early morning until it burns off about noon, then comes rolling back in around 4 or 5 pm.

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Put Your Meditation Game Face On
I’ve been practicing Kundalini Yoga and meditation since 1972. Yes, you heard right. I’ve not always been the most diligent of practitioners, but I’ve hung in there and have always found that a practice of some sorts, preferably a consistent one, makes a world of difference in how my life plays out. Maybe not so much in the actual events (though I do believe there is a powerful effect), but more in how I perceive and respond to the events that unfold.

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My Cruciferous Crush

February 23, 2016


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Iceberg lettuce, green beans and peas from a can, with an occasional side dish of creamed spinach, was as close as our family got to green vegetables when I was growing up. I never knew that such exotic vegetables as Brussels sprouts, zucchini, asparagus, arugula, or even red leaf or butter lettuce existed until I was over the age of 20.

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The Memory of You

January 27, 2016


The Memory of You
Over the last couple of weeks it’s been much reported in the media about the passing of some well known public figures: David Bowie, Natalie Cole, Glenn Frey and Alan Rickman, to name a few. The deaths of these artists marks places in many of our lives with memories of music, movies, and events where we felt connected and joyful in experiencing their passion and creative expressions.

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A Glimpse in the Mirror

January 26, 2016


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I wrote this a couple of months ago. It seems to fit with what I'm sharing with you today. It was one of those "moments" that I could have easily glossed over, but for some reason needed to be recorded. It reads less like an essay and more like a prose poem. In fact, much of the material was reworked later into a poem.

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Climbing up the Mountain

January 06, 2016


Climbing up the Mountain
Have you noticed how the television schedule is chock full of holiday films leading up to Christmas. It’s a surefire way for the networks to keep their ratings from flagging while most of the regular programming is off until the New Year. I watched a few of the classics in the last couple of weeks: White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooged, Elf (always makes me happy), and, I’m sure, a couple of more.

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One Step, One Breath

January 05, 2016


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I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in I don’t know how long. I don’t like to set myself up for failure by setting a goal that, within a few days, feels like an elephant sitting on my already sufficiently burdened shoulders. My thought is that it’s better to skip it all together. There is a long line of goals that are on my self-improvement list, some just recently added, others that have been there for years. I figure it’s best to keep chipping away at these, rather than piling on anything new to the load.

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A New Dawn

December 16, 2015


A New Dawn
Sat Nam & Namaste! Yes, this is Yogamint in your inbox. We’re coming back after three years of hibernation. I’m Hari Bhajan, co-creator of the original Yogamint, launched in August, 2009 and put to bed in October, 2012. I really never thought I’d be back online, that Yogamint would rise from its slumber and remake itself in a new form, but it’s happening and I’m excited about the new look, the new content and especially, the fun and “naturally right” flow of where it’s all going.

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