Our life is shaped by our words, we become what we think. –Gautama the Buddha As we gear up for the thanksgiving holiday, it is a good reminder to contemplate and appreciate all the blessings in our lives. While each of us has things to be grateful for, we also experience pain and suffering. I am currently going through a difficult time with someone I love very much. I experience periods of deep sadness, frustration, and grief. However, these negative emotions pass and the feelings of peace, love, and joy return surprisingly quickly. I attribute this directly to the practice and...Read More
Photograph by KatB Photography Have you ever been nervous for a job interview or a date and had someone tell you to “just be yourself”? What on earth does that mean anyway? If you’re anything like me, the command to be yourself is likely to make you even more self-conscious than ever. We have so many different identities and often take on different roles in different situations. Think about what you are like around your friends vs your family. The roles we take on in a given situation can be useful, but they can also start to change us in unhealthy ways. During my brief stint as a web...Read More
I’d love to have a penny for every person whose told me that they wish they could meditate, but… (insert an excuse here). I get it. As simple as meditation is on the surface, it is a very difficult thing to do in this fast paced world. The picture above is a lovely stereotype for how meditation looks and feels…However, when we first start meditating, it’s easy to feel like a failure because we don’t attain the above ideal. It has taken me years and years of trying to actually develop a regular practice. And honestly, I still fall off the wagon sometimes. ...Read More
Anytime meditation to relieve suffering – you can do this sitting or anytime, driving, doing the dishes, walking, etc.
Begin by cultivating a loving acceptance of yourself. Soften and open to your own good. Breathe and feel and experience the love you feel for yourself. Think of someone who automatically brings up feeling of love for you, such as a child, intimate friend, or spiritual teacher. Absorb and memorize the feelings that they bring up for you. Think of someone neutral and continue to project feelings of deep love to this person. Think of someone that you struggle with. Send them love and compassion. Check in with yourself and see how you feel, both physically and emotionally while doing this. When...Read More
I just found a quote that puts my last post in a concise and beautiful form. This is from Julie Rappaport in her book 365 yoga daily meditations: Practicing yoga without clear attention to the breath is like trying to grow a plant without giving it water.Read More