Erasing Spirit? The Cultural Appropriation of Yoga

Last year in a marvellous post titled why-i-stopped-teaching-yoga-my-journey-into-spiritual-political-accountability, Andrea MacDonald laid out her reasons for leaving the “industrial complex of yoga”. She writes, “I know in my heart, my mind and my gut that what we are doing in western yoga is an entitled, willfully ignorant act of theft”. This post created a small ruckus…

Skeptics versus Believers: The Grip of Magical Thinking

Many conspiracy theorists claim that behind the scenes of world history, secret societies like the Illuminati or Freemasons have worked tirelessly to create artificial dualisms in belief systems. The goal? To keep humanity polarized and fighting straw dogs while they pursued their quest of world domination. I don’t have the historical expertise to prove or…

Confessions of a “Seeker”

I have spent years in fruitless pursuit of smoking gun evidence of the divine.Looking for proof, I spent hours listening to the kind of talk radio that debates whether 2012 will be the apocalypse or hearken the next evolution of man. I studied chakra yoga, transcendental meditation, energy healing, attended spiritualist congregations and sweat lodges – even met my totem animals and spirit guides. None of it brought me any closer to the light….