In this episode, we talk about Be-ing and how to “get there”. It’s a bit disingenuous to say that anybody can “get there”, because in reality, there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do. It is a recognition of Being and going back to your roots.
This is what is meant by the great perfection; meditation. To be, and to simply watch your thoughts, emotions, sensations, patterns, concepts, and basic human experience arise and pass away from moment to moment from one eternal, unchanging, permanent place. Any moment.
If all is passing through and changing, then what is left?
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This is a self-portrait of artist Demi, whose works and website you can find here. He is inspired by the moon, which is a symbol of stillness in the chaos and is a grounding principle in his meditation sessions. He also paints abstract and wild portrayals of the female, geometry, and nature.
In our episode, I want to ask who he is as a person, an artist, and a non-dual creature. We never know how the conversation will flow, yet he delves straight into the fascism happening in Italy right now… he left Italy to set up a better life for him and his daughter in a mission to express himself creatively in London.
Artist-to-artist, we know how challenging it is to be able to paint in an environment that’s constantly in flux with the same hem-and-haw of change that every city goes through: destruction and creation, especially concerning the unrelenting property-development of our artistic community in Hackney. Just as the seasons change, so does the community but to a less predictable degree. (And it frustrates the hell out of us, sometimes!)
Concerning our spiritual nature, which Demi avidly explores, he is a constantly playing with material reality and is ultra-curious on how this whole paradigm operates on a macro and micro level. Experimentation with plant medicines, which we go into in the episode, has been part of his search for truth, expansion, and the divine. He will not stop until he reaches the final frontier and is no stranger to the yin-yang of passing through darkness and light, as we all have to on this planet earth.
Enjoy, and it was a pleasure! Don’t forget to email me at email@example.com to be featured and meet, human-to-human and spirit-to-spirit.
Good morning or afternoon, wherever you are! Jana Rosenbergova is a massage therapist working out of East London — in London Fields near Broadway Market, to be exact. She has been in the trade for around six years. With her expertise, she has been growing and learning the art of massage through traditional techniques such as deep tissue and Swedish massage, hot stone, and even Indian head massage, yet she integrates her own spin on the practices that can only be described as divine.
Jana’s instinct towards freedom, imbibed in her personality, comes out in each and every treatment session as she meets her clients where they are.
I am one of them. For years, I have experienced back pain; chronic, to the extent that it has been hanging around for as long as I can remember, but also just another human facet of busy London-life, breakups with ex-partners, a dash of ruffled-up sleeping habits, and perhaps not enough yogic postures to keep my spine limber. I am also a daily runner, trekking between 5-10 kilometres per day every morning, so massage is paramount in the weekly routine to keep my body happy and healthy. Jana has met me in this juncture, as a runner and as someone who has carried around a bit too much in her past.
Knowing Jana for just over a year has been such a pleasure and we have created a bond that will last a lifetime. (We even joke that we knew each other in the past and the bond will last multiple lifetimes!) She knows not just my physical pain but also my mental and spiritual pain, and I’m completely safe to put that into her “hands” and let the tensions melt back into the source.
Jana is first and foremost a healer and takes seriously the desire for spiritual and emotional growth and wellbeing for the people and natural elements of this planet. In the future, she hopes to go to a more lush and natural setting, like South America, to further her skills and learn from more masters.
You can email Jana for a massage at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at holisticandhair.co.uk.
In this episode, I share the recent insights gathered in a spontaneous Satsang, unplanned and natural. There will be more organic Satsangs in the future. A Satsang is a sacred gathering, where beings meet to come to meet Themselves, as They really are — or meet reality, as it is.
Satsangs are lacking in Western societies by and large, and non-duality is not a buzz word on the streets and isn’t ready as a conversation starter at the cocktail bar, yet they have been going on in India since time immemorial. Regardless of this notion, we can also come together in a virtual Satsang where we share from across the globe and meet non-dual awareness together no matter your country, upbringing, age, or background. Those don’t matter, because they are not who you are!
In 2012 and 2016, I sat with my guru, Mooji, in Bethnal Green in London. He taught the way of the Satsang with the help of his master, Papaji, and his master, Sri Ramana Maharshi. Mooji has shown me the light that I needed to be propelled, against all odds, to awaken to my true nature. You can, too. Here’s a preview below of a Satsang by Papaji, a wise and hilarious character, now gone beyond. Enjoy, and om namo Buddhay!