Watch an interview with Padma by TV host Jesse Stirling on NTV, Canada’s Super Station.
Next Sunday May 3
Watch an interview with Padma by TV host Jesse Stirling on NTV, Canada’s Super Station.
Next Sunday May 3
Nirodha is a Sanskrit word used in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras to define the perfect state of peace, or YOGA. Commonly interpreted as ‘control or suppression’ of the mind, the real meaning of Nirodha is to know that you are forever pure and free, and the waves of your mind never have power to define or diminish you. Simply know that you are always pure and free. This is Nirodha.
Practice Nirodha in meditation. Sit quietly and in stillness with your eyes closed. Do not attempt to control or suppress or stop the waves of your thinking mind. Instead, remember that you are pure and free, and the waves of your mind are just fleeting forms and movements, like clouds through the pure sky space. Never assume that any thought can define you or anyone else, or take away the innate freedom that is your true nature. Repeat to yourself, “I am pure, free forever.”
I want to thank all the intrepid yogis and life-adventurers who made it all the way to the north-western Himalayas of India this autumn for the first OM Meditation Retreat! It was nothing less than miraculous to see you all walk off the small airplane that landed in Kullu Valley that fine Sept 21 morning! We took you straight to the large new Buddhist temple for morning Tibetan prayers and tea, then whisked you up the valley, north to the town of Manali and the restful Manuallaya Resort and Spa. I was so happy you each loved your mountain view rooms and the high bliss of 7000 foot altitude air!
Our daily satsang/knowledge classes were stimulating and deeply introspective, although challenging for sure. These were classes designed to take your self-inquiry deeper and subtler than you’d ever considered possible. It was all amazing and each day the conversations grew clearer, more insightful and more astonishing.
I loved our daily silent meditations together- the peace of sitting in awareness with a group of like-minded people, in the magical atmosphere of the Valley of Gods. The breath work was quiet and profoundly transforming, and the hath a yoga, especially when we practiced in the rooftops! , was stunning and felt like magic.
Almost every afternoon we went with you on an adventure to places where no tourist has ever gone before!! The private back-country of foot-paths and villages and up to a rare “Snake Temple”, walking through old-forest and doing yoga with the mighty Himalayan trees!, driving up to the heavenly heights of Rhotang Pass (at 11,ooo feet!) and experiencing first-hand the infinitely expansive bliss of mind-free consciousness! I know we all directly felt and knew that space of freedom and pure majestic being. Thank you for being there to share that experience and I hope when you meditate the memory of infinite bliss stay in your awareness forever.
And how we shared participating in the Dushera festival, walking with the Goddess as she made her way with the shaman and the villagers down the hill from her temple towards the valley festival. That experience was a gift that could never be planned!
I most loved the evening singing and silent meditations. Going beyond the mind, we could sit in perfect Oneness together.
I’m sending my love to each brave participant of OM Meditation Retreat! I will continue to post here this winter as I remain in the Himalayas on a continuing meditation, study and writing retreat; and look forward to seeing you in 2015 in Canada or maybe at another OM Retreat!
With my love, Padma
A meditation retreat with Padma lingers on the soul
Articles by Pamela Irving
The hallmark of a truly great retreat is not necessarily what happens while you are there, but what lingers long after it is over.
Thus it was with Padma’s weekend meditation retreat at Bodega Ridge Resort on British Columbia’s Galiano Island in November 2013.
Padma is world renowned as a guru through TV’s ONE channel, workshops, DVDs, retreats, classes and one-to-one sessions with clients face-to-face, by phone or Skype. She takes her expertise wherever it is called for. Padma is eminently accessible, yet has the distinct air of a spiritual leader. Despite the irrepressible giggle occasionally punctuating her conversation, there is a sense of a deep reserve.
Crossing over the ferry to Galiano Island, I stood at the back of the ship watching the bright full moon rise over the dark calm waters while the other participants chatted under the fluorescent light of the ship.
Padma appeared beside me. “Do you know what you have come for?” she asked. It was a big question, not just idle conversation.
“I have come to learn to meditate,” I said, explaining that though I practise hatha yoga, I have never formally learned to meditate. “An inner calm will help negotiate my full and busy life. Can you help me achieve this?”
She smiled. “Of course. It’s why we are here.”
Throughout the weekend, we performed hatha yoga, learned and practised simple yet effective meditation techniques, wandered through the rainforest, conversed with roommates over homemade food in cozy log cabins and generally decompressed.
When I returned home to Victoria, I was lighter in spirit but deeper in clarity, with glimpses of my true self: calm, pure and free. You cannot put a price tag on that.
Part of me would like to go to Padma’s Meditation and Enlightenment Retreat in the Himalayas. But for now, my life path is here. At home, applying new insights and meditation techniques to the daily discourse of life. I got what I went to the retreat for and with much, much more to explore.
Pamela Irving, owner of Living Communications, finds meditation improves both her personal and professional life.
The other day, I was sitting in the Himalayas along with a group of friends, all meditators, and my guru was leading us into a long silent meditation. I heard him saying something about how our minds are used to looking for questions and then looking for satisfying answers to these questions. How we’re happy when we feel we’ve found an insightful question, and we’re really happy when we believe we have the right answer.
The last words I heard were: Close your eyes; Don’t speak; Don’t Listen.
As I sat with my eyes closed, I understood that speaking is the same as thinking, or coming up with questions. Listening is the same as waiting for answers. I decided to try to sit and not speak and not listen.
I noticed my mind habitually going towards thinking something, commenting in whispers about the situation, or attempting to figure out some answer to a question. I resisted these automatic habits. With no speaking and no listening, I was left in between all thoughts. I had to hover there, resisting allowing thought in any direction.
When you can just sit and not think, all that is left is a still and alert awareness. There are no mind activities, but the fullness of your alertness and life are not at all diminished. This means that even without thinking, your full presence is not at all gone, rather the real existence of yourself is in that moment undeniable.
Original meditation is this simple, still and focused discipline. You might be wondering, “Why would anyone want to do that?” We have been filled with ideas that meditation is for some purpose: for relaxation or stress-management, or for gaining control of a monkey mind.
Our minds like to have a good reason to do actions, and we like to believe in concrete results to our actions. Do we ever value simply sitting and being still, and having a direct, undistracted vision of who is actually present, who we are when we are not obscured or distracted by our own thinking, or by the weather of the world around us? Who is present throughout all situations, in all moments of our life?
This still and direct knowledge of your own pure presence is discovered in original meditation practice.
Why would one want to know who is real, living and present?
I believe we all do.
Join Padma in the Himalayas for the OM Meditation Retreat September, 2014.
YOGA AND LIFE
Padma August 15, 2013
A dear friend of mine had the Sanskrit word Mrityunjai tattooed across his left chest. The word means “victorious over death.” This friend was a true yogi, someone who faced death, and knew for himself that death does not exist. We met after he’d had a bone marrow transplant due to a second episode of cancer. He was forced to go farther and look deeper into living than most of us ever have to do. It’s as if he was destined to be god-realized in this lifetime, whether he chose to or not. This word Mrityunjai gets to the heart of the most esoteric and spiritual message of yoga: You are Ever-Present. Of course this does not mean that our bodies won’t die. Everything in this changing world must continue to change. Doing yoga poses, practicing breath work and eating a vegetarian diet makes you healthier, and can possibly extend your lifespan, but it is in meditation and self inquiry that the profoundest meaning of yoga is known. In meditation you simply sit, with your eyes closed. At first you only see the changes in your mind, but after settling into stillness, you start to witness the ever-present space of being in you. This unchanging space is always there when you meditate. Behind the colourful and varying imagination and memory of your fantastic mind, this formless space of awareness is always there, waiting for you to notice it’s subtle existence. This subtlest space is your eternal being. This pure presence is the base of your existence and what you were before you were born, who you are now, and who you will be once your body has lived its years. The miracle of this space is that it can be know to you immediately. Right now, know that the purest sense you have of who you call ‘I’, is this pure space of being. Normally, you automatically associate this ‘I’ with your name, your body, your status and a thousand other qualifications. But if you meditate on the words “I am I”, then you will come closer to realizing that you are this subtlest space of pure being. In deep meditation, when your mind has become still, you’ll witness that the purity of your real being exists. It’s incredible that we assume to fear death so much. Of course, we see bodies dying and passing away. But we really don’t have any direct proof that the existence of a person is extinguished. We see a body die, but is a person just their body? This begins the inquiry into who a person is, who you are. Meditators ask themselves, “Am I just this body?” Intuitively, some of us realize that we are more than this. You might say there is also no proof that life doesn’t die. But there is proof: the direct experience of countless visionaries who came to know in their own awareness that life is one, eternal, immortal, ever-present, and pure existence. These true sages have spoken to people in all cultures, in all centuries. Their message is simple: “Know that you are pure and free forever. Do not have any fear due to an idea of death. You are immortal and blissful.” This is the message for my dear friend, who will never die. And for all my dear friends who desire pure freedom. Padma Meditation Meditation Teacher Training www.padmameditation.com www.padmayoga.ca
YOGA AND LIFE
A dear friend of mine has the Sanskrit word Mrityunjai tattooed across his left chest.
The word means “victorious over death.” This friend is a true yogi, someone who has faced death, and knows for himself that death does not exist. We met after he’d had a bone marrow transplant due to a second episode of cancer. Now, 10 years later, he’s in a third episode, once again being forced to go farther and look deeper into living than most of us ever have to do. It’s as if he’s destined to be god-realized in this lifetime, whether he chooses to or not!
This word Mrityunjai gets to the heart of the most esoteric and spiritual message of yoga: You are Ever-Present. Of course this does not mean that our bodies won’t die. Everything in this changing world must continue to change. Doing yoga poses, practicing breath work and eating a vegetarian diet makes you healthier, and can possibly extend your lifespan, but it is in meditation and self inquiry that the profoundest meaning of yoga is known.
In meditation you simply sit, with your eyes closed. At first you only see the changes in your mind, but after settling into stillness, you start to witness the ever-present space of being in you. This unchanging space is always there when you meditate. Behind the colourful and varying imagination and memory of your fantastic mind, this formless space of awareness is always there, waiting for you to notice it’s subtle existence. This subtlest space is your eternal being. This pure presence is the base of your existence and what you were before you were born, who you are now, and who you will be once your body has lived its years.
The miracle of this space is that it can be know to you immediately. Right now, know that the purest sense you have of who you call ‘I’, is this pure space of being. Normally, you automatically associate this ‘I’ with your name, your body, your status and a thousand other qualifications. But if you meditate on the words “I am I”, then you will come closer to realizing that you are this subtlest space of pure being. In deep meditation, when your mind has become still, you’ll witness that the purity of your real being exists.
It’s incredible that we assume to fear death so much. Of course, we see bodies dying and passing away. But we really don’t have any direct proof that the existence of a person is extinguished. We see a body die, but is a person just their body? This begins the inquiry into who a person is, who you are. Meditators ask themselves, “Am I just this body?” Intuitively, some of us realize that we are more than this.
You might say there is also no proof that life doesn’t die. But there is proof: the direct experience of countless visionaries who came to know in their own awareness that life is one, eternal, immortal, ever-present, and pure existence. These true sages have spoken to people in all cultures, in all centuries. Their message is simple:
“Know that you are pure and free forever. Do not have any fear due to an idea of death. You are immortal and blissful.”
This is the message for my dear friend, who will never die. And for all my dear friends who desire pure freedom.
With Love, Padma
** Happy Glorious Springtime!
This week the first white plum blossoms appeared on trees in orchards up and down this remote Himalayan valley. My landlord is a farmer and has been planting under his trees potatoes, garlic, herbs and cilantro. He has put in rose and Night Queen bushes, and from my porch I’m looking down over pear, apricot, almond and apple trees. The song birds have arrived, with all the glorious colours of spring. I hope you’re finding some springtime bliss too! Let me know if you’d like to take private meditation Skype classes (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/product-category/skype/) with me directly from the Himalayas by Skype! High technology has reached even here!
** Padma Chants (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/product-category/audio/)
I’ve finally finished my CD of Sanskrit (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/product-category/audio/) and Himalayan songs!
With my friends here in the Himalayas, I recorded eleven sacred chants that are among my favourites to sing. Each of these are perfect for meditation, or just creating a nice mood in your home. Some are sutras from the Gita or Patanjali for those of you who are studious meditation students! These songs were all made with lots of love and I hope you love them.
** Lotus Leaf
Padma Meditation Newsletter
March, 2013, #4
Life has been full and abundant as always. I’m living in the mountains in the western Himalayas now, in a cute apartment overlooking a pomegranate orchard, by the banks of the Vyaas River. The terraced hillsides rise straight up all around. After 13 years of full-time teaching meditation and yoga in Canada, and producing 148 TV episodes!, I’m taking time here to do my own practice and be with my guru. I’ll be back in Canada in the autumn though, offering workshops from September to November in Vancouver, Toronto and other locations. I hope that if you want to study meditation (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/product-category/workshops/) with me this year, you’ll schedule for that time. I look forward to more wonderful times together!
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** Sanskrit Word of the Month
Self Knowledge. Gyaan is the Sanskrit word for knowledge. Knowledge of all the changing forms and names of the world is knowledge only of what is transient. Knowledge of what is ever-present and ever-real is known as Aatma Gyaan, knowledge of true being. This is the ‘being’ of everything that exists, and of everyone who exists. Aatma Gyaan is considered the aim of meditation practice, to put your mind’s attention on the actual being of yourself, and know this is the true being of every person.
** Meditation of the Month
In meditation, observe the space that you see when you close your eyes. Notice that this space has no name or definite form. Come to realize that this space is the presence of your own being, just yourself existing. This essence of yourself has no name or shape or definition. You simply and purely are. Stay watching and knowing this pure space of being for 7 minutes, then open your eyes and remember that the space is still existing even if you are not paying attention to it. Be at peace knowing that your true essence is pure and blissful always!
** Q & A
Q: Dear Padma, when I meditate, I rest in a clear place of consciousness. Why do I then forget this consciousness for the duration of each day until returning to it again?
A: Dear You, your consciousness rests in your own true nature during your meditation. After that, you go into the waking state, where by definition, you forget your true nature of bliss. You believe that your waking state mind is all of reality, and this is the forgetting.
Remind yourself that even while your waking state mind is functioning through the day, still the ever-present bliss of your being has not died or gone anywhere else. Your bliss still remains. The waking state mind merely covers it over.
So know that you are always pure and free and blissful, whether your mind can remember or not.
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** Beautiful Stillness!
Don’t you just love the still darkness of wintertime? It’s a perfect time to lengthen your daily meditation time to 45 minutes or an hour. At my mountain retreat in BC, the snow is just arriving and it’s dark at 5pm. Yesterday, I caught a mouse and felt bad having to put him out in the cold, since it’s so cosy inside. After the activities of autumn, and before the rush of holidays, it’s lovely to take a pause and relish a few moments or hours of not doing much. Take time to remember to appreciate the simple purity of being alive. Have a magical day.
If you have questions about your meditation practice, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com?subject=Meditation%20question%20to%20Padma)
Plan ahead! In the autumn of 2013, I’ll be offering my Meditation workshops and the whole Padma Meditation Teacher Training Program. Join any of these truly inspiring workshops, or complete the whole program and become one of Canada’s first certified meditation teachers. Excellent continuing education for all yoga teachers. Everyone welcome to expand your happiness and insight. See padmayoga.ca (http://www.padmayoga.ca/meditation-training-and-workshops/teacher-training-workshops/)
** Lotus Leaf #3
Padma Meditation & Yoga Newsletter
Let’s take time to refocus on what quality of daily life you want. Meditation philosophy discusses the power of indrawing your attention and connecting with your truth. First, meditate to let go of the clutter of your current thinking and allow a free space of mind to become present. Then, listen deeply to your heart and let the purity of being reveal itself.
** Snow in the Himalayas
Most of us think of India as hot and dry, but winters in the mountains can be freezing. So many people in the world are hunkering down for the winter, braced against winds and snow. If you’re warm and dry this winter, take a moment to appreciate your great fortune and abundance, remembering that there are people who are cold this winter, even in your own home town. Next time you see someone living out in the cold, think of how good they would feel to receive some attention and even a little warm human compassion.
** Private classes
In the spring, take private meditation classes directly from the Himalayas! Yes, it’s a 12-hour time difference, but we sort that out! Email (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Private%20meditation%20class) to schedule a time and I’ll talk with you soon by Skype! padmayoga.ca (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/product-category/workshops/)
** Find your meditation space
When you can, find time and a place to sit in meditation each day. Remember the value we can bring to our own lives and to the lives of others when we are at peace and strong. Don’t underestimate the value and power of sitting in silence for some time each day, and finding the pure freedom within yourself that is never gone. Then bring this power to everything else you do. The more you connect with the space of life in yourself, the more you’ll know this is the same life in every person you encounter.
Padma Yoga & Meditation DVDs are available on the website www.padmayoga.ca (http://www.padmayoga.ca/store/) . Collect all 11 DVDs available and own the whole collection of ‘the Elemental Series’, ‘Modern Meditations Series’, plus the ‘Ocean’ DVD. You can also download episodes (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/product-category/blissful-living-downloadable/) of the ‘Blissful Living’ television series and enjoy these 26 blissful episodes.
** Meditation Shawls
This teal blue colour is one of my favourites of our meditation shawls. I had produced and brought back a variety of beautiful pure cashmere shawls from a local weaver in the Himalayas. The fine pashmina is soft, warm and strong. There’s nothing better than wrapping up in one of these to meditate in this winter. Other colours are Cranberry Red, Midnight Blue, Sky Blue, Black, Purple and Cream. Treat yourself, or give one to a loved one. You’ll love meditating with a fine Himalyan meditation shawl. We also have smaller sized stoles that are now on sale! Available exclusively here at the Padma Store (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/product-category/clothing/shawls/) .
** Sanskrit Word of the Month
This Sanskrit word refers to the real essence of being that cannot be destroyed. No matter what forms manifest and then change and disintegrate, there is an underlying base of exitence that is contantly present. This permanent, un-changeable source of being is your own source as well.
When you connect to this source in your own being, you realize that this is actually the entirety of your real being. All the transient aspects of life are in constant change, but Aksha, the indestructible, is ever-present, un-changing, and forever, free.
With all the business of living, it’s so important to take time to re-connect to this base and regain stability and ease in yourself.
** Practice of the Month
It’s amazing how easily you can connect to the indestructible source of your being. Simply sit down, wrap yourself in a warm shawl, and close your eyes. After the whirl of thoughts passes by for some time, you’ll naturally settle into a space of stillness and peace. Just wait for it and it will show up! It’s bound to happen since this peace is at the base of your being. If you’re frustrated that all you experience in meditation is your thinking mind, then spend a few minutes listening to the inhale and exhale of your own breath and let your mind connect to this for a few minutes. Know that this easy space of being is inside yourself.
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Lotus Leaf #2 Autumn 2012
Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! It’s a dazzling blue and crispy cold holiday weekend here in Vancouver. I’m just back from two months in India, where the steamy monsoon rains poured down, soaking the hillsides and flooding the Vyaas river with dark HImalayan soils. Now back in BC, I’m looking forward to my upcoming meditation and yoga retreats here. These are always so wonderful, spending time with friends, doing yoga together, have amazing discussions, and meditating. I hope you can join us!
I hope you enjoy the photos on this month’s newsletter. These were taken by my friend Mayank who lives in the Himalayas. You can see and order his art at watercolours and photos (http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/mayankswatercolours.html) .
** The Lotus Leaf
** Padma Meditation & Yoga Newsletter
October 6, 2012
You might notice that the Lotus Leaf is now from Padma Meditation & Yoga rather than Padma Yoga. This is because I’m going forward specializing in teaching meditation and meditation philosophy. My workshops of course will continue to include yoga, breath work and so many other skills, all supporting our core practice: daily silent meditation. I hope everything I’m offering helps you to develop and maintain a regular, delightful habit of sitting, closing your eyes and discovering the essential bliss of your being!
** Shuswap Lake Retreat
October 13 & 14, 2012
Come to the beautiful Shuswap Lake region of central BC next weekend and experience a magical meditation and yoga retreat. Crystal clear air and silent hills set the scene for our third annual retreat at Eagle Bay. October 13 & 14. Immerse yourself in the “Elemental Foundations” Workshop, a full weekend of yoga, meditation, chanting, the study of eastern philosophy and Sanskrit. Autumn is a glorious time in the Shuswap area. Don’t miss this exquisite weekend retreat. This workshop also gives you credit for Workshop #1 of the 108-hour Meditation Teacher Training program that continues in 2013.
Email Wendy (mailto:Padma%20Workshops%20%3Cpadmaworkshops@gmail.com%3E?subject=Shuswap%202012) to register and for accommodations, or call 604.850.4799
See padmayoga.ca (http://www.padmayoga.ca/meditation-training-and-workshops/calendar-tuition/) for more information.
** Deep Stillness Workshop
November 4, 2012
Join a one-day meditation workshop at Roberts Creek, BC. Yes, this photo is of the Himalayas!, but we’ll be meditating at Yoga By the Sea studio. Learn meditation or deepen your practice. Set yourself up for your winter meditations with an experience of perfect inner silence. Padma will lead you through practices of Himalayan meditation that will take you to an easy space of peace within yourself, and you’ll learn how to get there yourself.
Register here (http://www.padmayoga.ca/shop/knowing-deep-stillness-a-1-day-meditation-workshop/) or call Marney at 604.740.2382
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VANCOUVER YOGA CONFERENCE. NOVEMBER 9, 10, 11
Vancouver Conference Center
I’ll be teaching meditation, Sanskrit and yoga workshops at this Vancouver yoga festival next month. Check the conference guide (http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Yoga-Conference/conf_merged_2012/2011121701/?referrer=http%3A//www.theyogaconference.com/vancouver/&utm_source=Vancouver_2012+Registration+Now+Open&utm_campaign=reg+open+van&utm_medium=email#14) for times and locations and sign up to save your spot. (See page 15 of the virtual guide.) See you there!
** Freedom! An exploration of the Bhagavad Gita
December 2, 2012
Another Himalayan photo! This workshop will actually be held in Kamloops, BC. Come join a day of meditation and study with Padma exploring how to find freedom and deep peace in your every-day life. We’ll chant and study verses from the sacred text of Yoga, the Bhagavad Gita. You’ll leave fully refreshed, deeply revitalized and profoundly inspired.
Let’s Move Studio
925 McGill Place, Kamloops, BC
Sunday, December 2
Email email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Kamloops%20workshop) for Information.
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** Sanskrit Word of the Month
This delicate word describes the pure state of your own being which is beautiful and excellent. Kalyaan means complete well-being, the sense of generous and illustrious fortune. This abundance doesn’t come from external accumulations, but from a deep and real knowledge of the infinite value of yourself. You realize and appreciate how fortunate you are to have and know life. You are happy and prosperous, being connected to the source of all life. Being Kalyaan, you are not in need, but rest in the wholeness and oneness of existence.
** Meditation of the Month
Before you begin any new project, or even before meeting up with anyone or heading out of your home, take a moment to stop and close your eyes. Exhale and gaze into the dark space you see. Remember the sense of complete well-being that you connected to in your longer meditations. Take these short, mini meditations throughout your day to re-connect to the infinite and rich quality of space within yourself. Move from this space and you’ll see the quality of your life is joyful and abundant.
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