breathe: a practice & meditation,the nature of silence, a summer recipe from the White Lotus Kitchen
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Don't Go Back to Sleep


The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.


by Tracey Rich

Silence holds that contemplative space I so often crave. The infinite space between the breaths. Silence is a place to rest in, where the context of everything melds into a singular whole. It is both empty and full. Within silence, we sense we are alive and a part of everything.

When we sit in silence the expansion of our awareness extends outward through our senses and inward through observation of our mind and consciousness moving through us. Silence is a still point, a reboot, and it requires stillness, even if only for a conscious breath or heartbeat. Silence affords a reflective moment and the opportunity for perception of the connective tissue of life that we are part of.

Currently, silence is...

From the White Lotus Kitchen

Grilled Romaine Summer Salad with Goddess Dressing

White Lotus chef, Tamara Everett gives us a super casual, happy summer inspiration to keep our juices flowing. When I invited Tamara to contribute something for this Solstice newsletter, she commented that she wanted to offer something to spark people's creativity and liked giving us more of an idea with guidance, than a precise recipe.

I know for myself that using what is emerging in my garden definitely inspires, or making creative use of what is next up in my fridge feels good. More people that ever are supporting their farmers and ordering CSA boxes and also farmers markets are opening up around the country as summer comes on strong. This time of year also makes what is in the market more abundant and interesting and should lift our spirits as our mobility is still limited. We appreciate all the healthy, feel-good moments that we can look forward to in our daily lives.

Tamara's grilled romaine with her incredible goddess dressing is so delicious and fun to make. Her "recipe" also points us in numerous additional directions for fabulous ad-on's also found in our library section in From the White Lotus Kitchen, as well as alternative variations. We hope you will stay healthy and be inspired with this perfect, summer offering.


with Tracey Rich

We invite you to join us for a breath meditation. Breath is that vital source at the center of life and of Yoga. Long have yogis spoken to the awareness of breath. It is one of the foundational pillars of the Ha and Tha of Yoga.

A singular breath with intention can change the moment and your mind. It can turn inaction into action with greater clarity. It can soothe and temper tension and cultivate greater energy. Time spent developing this conduit to increased vitality and well being, that strengthens the respiratory system and calms the nervous system, as well as stimulates the immune system, is also a source that can tap into the greater awareness of meditation.

More than ever, the world is keenly conscious of their connection to breath. We honor that cry and hope that we will all find our deeper connection to life force.

Om Shanti

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