Meditate & Thrive is pleased to announce the opening of Thrive! Kriya Yoga Meditation Center located at 19851 Hartmann Road Unit #C in Hidden Valley Lake, CA. You may be thinking, “what, another yoga studio?” Well, no. Yoga is a comprehensive system of practice including the physical disciplines of yoga asanas (postures). The postures are but one aspect of the complete lifestyle. Thrive is a meditation center teaching and practicing the spiritual philosophy and meditation techniques known as Kriya Yoga.
One day, after I completed my morning meditation, my thoughts flew to people suffering around the world, and my heart broke open. Suddenly, into my mind came a person whom I often struggle to include among the beings I cherish in my daily prayers. To my great surprise, I did not turn away. My heart did not shut this person out. I felt great compassion, and this prayer welled up in my heart, “May they be happy, may they be at peace.” Not for one moment did I wish to take it back, nor did I feel pride. I simply felt loving-kindness and compassion overwhelming me. I felt such joy that I wished everyone could have the opportunity to pray this prayer, “May they be happy, may they be at peace.”
September 29, 2018: the first day of The Bloom’s existence. David and I stood in front of our booth at the Pear Festival, handing out business cards and sharing our idea with the thousands of people passing by. During a lull in the crowd, a woman with short hair, coffee-with-cream eyes, and a compelling presence walked up to me. “It’s all good news, nothing bad,” I heard myself say for the hundredth time. “It’s all about the best part of living in Lake County.” My memorized speech rolled off my tongue. “I’m Reverend Priya,” she replied, holding out her hand for me to shake. I smiled and continued my spiel. But this time was different. I felt a real connection with this woman, like she truly cared not only about what I said, but also about me and who I was as a person. Before I knew it, we were no longer talking about the paper, but about humanity and the fact that we have more in common than not. We chatted about how faith, love and community not only bind us together, but also bring out the best in who we are. “Now I know why I came today,” Rev. Priya said as our conversation wound down. “I was destined to meet you.”
This pandemic time finds us all in the deep, dark woods, looking for that stream of grace. Yet this stream is trickling right beside each of us in every moment. Grace appears as a neighbor dropping off some fresh vegetables with a post-it note saying, “these are virus-free.” Grace appears as friends in cars, driving by, honking loudly, to wish you a happy birthday, or to celebrate a high-school graduate. Grace appears as a woman offering free masks at the post office, it is senior hours at the local store, and it is you at the sink, washing your hands to protect your household. This pandemic is a call to love that I believe we are answering. As we come near the possibility of relaxed restrictions of the SIP order, let’s stop for a moment and ask again: What is most important to me? How can I love more?