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Selfless Service | Lightwaves - Part 2
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  1. Allowing the Plants to Speak

    August 13, 2009 by Andrew Baerthel, Category: Audio & Video

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    Paris Marshall Smith, Garden Manager

    Paris Marshall Smith, Garden Manager

    “It’s about allowing the plants to speak louder than us, and what I’m recognizing is that of course internally that means allowing the small voices within myself to speak louder as well”. Paris Marshall Smith, Yasodhara Ashram’s Garden Manager takes some time to reflect on the devi of speech, creating space and her experience of selfless service. This Lightwaves post continues our series of area reflections leading up to this year’s Annual General Meetings (AGM). To find out more about Karma Yoga, the Young Adult Program and how you can become involved, you may visit the ashram online by Clicking Here.

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  2. Preserving the Treasures

    August 11, 2009 by Andrew Baerthel, Category: Audio & Video

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    Jenaline Pyle, Summer Kitchen Manager

    Jenaline Pyle, Summer Kitchen Manager

    “Each raspberry that I enjoy, I know that someone else will be having the same experience in November or February, and making sure that they have as much pleasure as I do in the summer time”. Yasodhara Ashram’s Summer Kitchen Manager, Jenaline Pyle reflects on chutney, patience and preserving the “treasures” of a bountiful growing season. This post continues our series of area reflections leading up to this year’s Annual General Meetings (AGM). To find out more about Karma Yoga, the Young Adult Program and how you can become involved, you may visit the ashram online by Clicking Here.

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  3. Coming Together for Compassion

    August 10, 2009 by Cierra Dahlquist, Category: News & Events

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    Karen Armstrong speaks on compassion

    Karen Armstrong speaks on compassion

    Religious scholar Karen Armstrong is on a global mission for compassion. The essence of religion, she says, is not about belief, but about compassionate behavior. The Golden Rule’s simple directive “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is shared by all faiths, and Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion aims to bring it back to the forefront of global consciousness. Yasodhara Ashram has recently joined this international, multi-faith network of partners to help make Armstrong’s vision a reality. Read this post and share your ideas on how we can support a comeback for compassion. (more…)


  4. Rethinking "Waste"

    August 9, 2009 by Cy Scofield, Category: Audio & Video

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    Continuing our efforts to reach new heights of self-sustainability and eco-friendly community living, for the past few months we have been raising awareness of how we can eventually eliminate refuse we produce that must be taken away to landfills.
    Upon coming to the ashram this summer you’ll find that “waste”, as we previously thought of it, actually isn’t waste at all, with a little knowledge almost everything can be recycled or composted. Here is what we are recycling:
    Office paper, all plastics and containers (making sure they are well-rinsed & dry! this is a commonly missed measure of courtesy for our local transfer station sorters), cardboard, aluminum cans & foil, tetrapak soy and rice milk containers, glass, and metal.
    Composting is an amazing procoess, with the help of minute creatures all organic material can be broken down, yielding a soil rich in nutrients which also provides the garden with a natural disease and insect barrier, owing to the increased biodiversity of bacteria species. Things that can go in the compost include all food scraps, garden & lawn trimmings, paper towels, tissues, hay, and sawdust.
    One thing we’re noticing is that snack food packaging contributes a lot to the refuse we have to manage, so keep in mind that we provide 3 healthy, delicious meals a day.
    Cy
    Repair, Maintenance, and Composting Coordinator
    Cy Scofield shares his passion for composting and waste management at Yasodhara Ashram

    Cy Scofield shares his passion for composting and waste management at Yasodhara Ashram

    Cy Scofield is a 21 year old karma yogi who found Swami Radha’s book, Realities of the Dreaming Mind, in a bookstore in Maine. He was deeply inspired, and knew that he needed to come to Yasodhara Ashram. He is currently gaining valuable experience developing himself spiritually through karma yoga, and learning about management as one of the ashram’s young area managers.  In this post, Cy shares his experience of being at the ashram, as well as his passion for waste management, through a video and a short article.
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  5. A Space to Grow

    July 23, 2009 by Marlene Roza, Category: Reflection & Articles

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    MarleneMarlene Roza, a Calgary Radha Centre teacher recently spent some time teaching a four day Yoga Retreat at the ashram. In this post, she reflects on the support she received from the ashram community as well as some of the challenges of teaching in a big city.

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