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Ma Jaya affirms that we can choose freedom from the karmic spaces, and she offers a practical teaching to be lived. As readers apply these teachings to their lives, many have shared their stories with us. If you have a story to share, click here.

Jan 19, 2012No Comments

Jealousy Trip

For years I thought Hinduism was too vast a philosophy for me to even consider studying. Yet, when I was a child, my father, a professor, brought his graduate students into our home. I loved the Indian students especially. They would dress me in their saris and when one went home to marry, I spent hours drawing pictures of his …more

Jan 13, 20121 Comment

Why Me?

I sat in the hospital between my 82-year-old mother who had just had knee replacement surgery and my 88-year-old father who, with failing short-term memory and poor hearing, was clearly struggling to understand why she was here and not home caring for him. It was my birthday and my thoughts were dancing through the karmic spaces: anger at feeling overwhelmed …more

Jan 10, 2012No Comments

Being Present For A Stranger . . .

As I was preparing for a holiday road trip, I stopped by the local Farmers’ Market. While I was at the cheese counter, a woman a few years older than me turned with a smile and complimented my Tie-Dyed shirt. I was delighted by her genuine joy, and remarked, “Many people don’t really appreciate it for the gifts it is!”


Jan 2, 2012No Comments

The Story of Eloise

I was a certified nursing assistant taking care of a woman named Eloise who had Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband, who had profound hearing loss and who never wore his hearing aids, was also present in the house.

One day as her husband was preparing to go to the grocery store, Eloise had what I now know to have been a …more

Dec 19, 20111 Comment

Stopping a Petty Tyrant with Kindness

I was familiar with the concept of a “petty tyrant”, an impossible person in an authoritarian position which one has to deal with in life. I first read about it in the spiritual books of Carlos Castaneda. I didn’t realize, however, that one day it was to be one of my best teachings.

I had a job where my boss …more

Dec 12, 20111 Comment


When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was told that my chemotherapy treatments had to be regularly administered and as luck would have it, one of them would fall on my birthday. Still feeling victimized by my diagnosis, I was outraged that my Disney outing plans were to be thwarted.

As I continued to attempt to manipulate the date around, …more

Dec 9, 2011No Comments


I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of my sick cat howling.  In the living room I discovered he had peed, yet again, on my furniture, this time my favorite chair. The vet said it was kidney failure, but we could “buy some time” with a special diet.   I was clinging to that thread, because …more