Who Inspires Us
Buena Onda Yoga is nourished by many writers, artists and change-makers. The following is a list of our current favorites.
Her teachings, best consumed in her weekly podcasts, blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.
True refuge is that which allows us to be at home, at peace, to discover true happiness. The only thing that can give us true refuge is the awareness and love that is intrinsic to who we are. Ultimately, it's our own true nature.
Literary curator and writer Maria Popova created Brainpickings out of a series of emailed book-reviews she started sending her friends in college and now maintains this treasure trove of art, poetry, and what cannot be called literary criticism but rather literary illumination you could say. Her choice of books and what she highlights and draws out of them create a reading experience that though secular, always points the reader to the biggest human questions and inspires hope. Some of my favorites are her reviews of David Whyte's books, click the button to start exploring.
Rainer Maria Rilke
If you don't already know this Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, we suggest you listen to this amazing conversation between Krista Tippett and Joanna Macy. Here's a snippet of Rilke's astounding poetry:
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
I have been circling around God, that primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and still I don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
Mary Oliver is one of our greatest living poets, beloved and often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds. Again we direct you to Krista Tippett's OnBeing conversation. We recommend you buy any of her books, but we especially love Why I Wake Early.
Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!
What a task
of anything, or anyone,
yet it is ours,
and not by the century or the year, but by the hours.