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Peter Ferko, (www.peterferko.com), writes about finding “Grace” in everyday life for Happiness Series. He pursues happiness on several fronts. He has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and is a teacher at ISHTA Yoga in New York where he trains new teachers. He is an artist in several media, including writing, photography, music, and graphic design. His latest project is a novel in which the main characters are all looking for a way to gracefully negotiate their lives, and it’s no surprise they are turning to yoga as a path. Peter’s work can be found at www.peterferko.com.

The Miracle of Happiness

The Miracle of Happiness

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali provide a thorough explanation of meditation — the purpose, means, obstacles. The process and results are summed up in the first few lines: Yoga, the experience of the now, the experience of who we really are, is found when the fluctuations of consciousness — thoughts — are stilled; when they […]

In Sickness and In Health

In Sickness and In Health

I’m sick. Even though I’m a vegetarian and practice meditation, chant, and exercise, I’ve got a head cold. The bad instead of the good. Last night, while sucking cough drops, I delivered my semi-annual lecture, entitled ‘Intro to Tantra,’ in which I have the pleasure of trying to convince idealistic students that the nature of the […]

In Sickness & In Health... Working Through Karma

In Sickness & In Health… Working Through Karma

I’m sick. Even though I’m a vegetarian and practice meditation, chant, and exercise, I’ve got a head cold. The bad instead of the good. Last night, while sucking cough drops, I delivered my semi-annual lecture, entitled ‘Intro to Tantra,’ in which I have the pleasure of trying to convince idealistic students that the nature of the […]

Surfing the Cosmic Wave

Surfing the Cosmic Wave

Finding Grace… Surfing that Cosmic Wave By Peter Ferko Tantra Yoga ascribes the beginning of this iteration of the universe to the same event that physicists now assign it: the Big Bang. I say iteration, because both Yoga and science describe a cycle from beginning to end to beginning again, so this Big Bang will […]

Why meditate no matter who you are

Why meditate no matter who you are

One of the most common comments I hear from people in class is that they cannot meditate. It usually comes as, ‘I can’t sit still,’ ‘my mind is racing,’ ‘it’s amazing how much stuff comes into my head.’ Sometimes people say, ‘I had a great meditation last week — I finally got it, but this […]

Graceful Love, Part 2: Openhearted

Graceful Love, Part 2: Openhearted

OPENHEARTED By Peter Ferko In yoga class, I’ve been talking about something that came up at a dinner last week. It was an all-yoga teacher table at Saro, where the chef is the husband of teacher Jackie Dawn Logan-Elhalal, with my wife Wendy Newton, our dear friend Rachel Zinman, and her friend John Weddepohl talking […]

Grace

Grace

Lose the “BUT” By Peter Ferko My teacher Alan Finger at Ishta Yoga says, “everybody has a but” which always gets a lot of laughs. What he is talking about is the way that we rationalize our negative reactions. You know, that moment when you thought you had it all together and were successfully using […]

Grace

Grace

How to be Graceful When a Tsunami Just Hit You By Peter Ferko The natural disaster in Japan raises the question that all disasters and all human atrocities bring out: how can we find happiness in a world where this happens? The answer lies hidden in the mysterious nature of our life on Earth, in […]

Grace

Grace

Be Ruthless in Your Search for Happiness By Peter Ferko Happiness, from a yoga perspective, is called samtosha, or “contentment,” and every moment, we are being tempted to move away from it — often without any awareness that we’re choosing which way to move. So I appreciated Sheila’s tone in Episode 2 when she insisted […]

Grace

Grace

How to be Late… Gracefully By Peter Ferko Being fashionably late is one thing, but being late to a job, a meeting, or an appointment is not quite as hip. Instead being late is stressful! I’m often running on several tracks at a time and find myself running late more often than I’d like. I […]

Grace

Grace

Graceful Love, Part 1 By Peter Ferko Imagine a graceful relationship. Fantasy, right? I used to get upset that my romantic partners and I could not maintain the common civility that’s so easy with everyone else I know. But over the years, it became clear that those intimate relationships we create are like laboratories for […]

Grace

Grace

Graceful Self By Peter Ferko People all carry opinions about themselves, and have patterns of response and behavior that are deeply ingrained. Since the moment you were born, you’ve been using whatever tools you have along with your experiences to hone a “self,” or identity. Yogis locate these deeply held beliefs in the energy center […]