My Journey to Love

Hello, my name is Matt, or Matthew, or sometimes even Mateo, depending on my mood and the environment I’m in 🤣. I teach yoga and meditation here at the Abbey, and it’s been a long, strange, winding journey that led me here. My journey started on a worldly path, studying biology, training to be aContinue reading “My Journey to Love”

Om Namah Shivaya

The mantra Om Namah Shivaya is an invocation of Shiva, the Hindu deity of meditation and yoga. Chanting these words help us transform into the highest possible versions of ourselves. This is a rough recording made at the Abbey of the Redwoods. We’re hopefully working on some higher quality recordings in the near future 😊.Continue reading “Om Namah Shivaya”

How Loving Ourselves Helps Us Make Better Choices

Do you ever feel haunted by compulsive, self-defeating behaviors? These can range from obviously self-destructive patterns of alcohol or drug abuse to more subtly unhealthy relationships with food, people, work, or even exercise. All too often, we’re faced with a temptation to indulge in some type of instant gratification that we know – deep downContinue reading “How Loving Ourselves Helps Us Make Better Choices”

Perspectives on the Abbey: Heathens, Heretics, and Wholeness

In the Western, developed world, the Christian church is dying. Membership is shrinking; young people are taking their spiritual lives elsewhere. When one reflects on the kind of religion being peddled in such churches, particularly in the evangelical and fundamentalist factions, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. It’s certainly not a surprise toContinue reading “Perspectives on the Abbey: Heathens, Heretics, and Wholeness”


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