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”
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”
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”
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a mantra of power that assists us in our spiritual evolution and acts as a blessing for the world. This is a rough recording of a new project recorded in the beautiful acoustics of the Abbey of the Redwoods – a preview of things to come! Featuring Chazelle Owens onContinue reading “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”
If we, as a society, are unable to accept the fact that there are consequences to our actions – specifically those actions that do harm to others – then we are doomed to be overrun by damaged people. Like the mob that stormed Congress on Jan 6 in an attempt to overthrow our government. ManContinue reading “Where Critical Race Theory and Critical ACE Theory Intersect”
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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