Philosophy

Yoga, Ethics, and Integrity: a Recipe for a Saner Life

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in About Yoga, featured, Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle | 1 comment

Yoga, Ethics, and Integrity: a Recipe for a Saner Life

Do you have something you are avoiding right now? Something you promised to do, or some emotion you’d rather not feel? If you say no, I’m pretty sure you are lying (if only to yourself). Every one of us is out of integrity in some way. The state of being human is also the state of imperfection. Our willingness to look at and own these imperfections is what keeps them from unconsciously owning us and is a key piece of the elegant system for living that we call yoga. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word integrity has two definitions: “the quality of being honest...

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One small trick for dealing with big emotions

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in featured, Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle | 1 comment

One small trick for dealing with big emotions

I hate crying! I’m not talking about the occasional tear of either joy, empathy, or sadness. I’m referring to the racking sobs that make my face puff up, my nose stuff up, and my brain shut up. I’m willing to admit that such cathartic release of emotions is probably healthy on some level but the physical sensations plus the mental reaction that follows cause me to avoid anything that might trigger such a downpour. I think I spent nearly a decade of my life doing just that. I can’t remember crying, really crying, between the ages of about 15 and 24. At 24 the catalyst...

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Why You Should Befriend Your Shadow

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in About Yoga, featured, Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle | 3 comments

Why You Should Befriend Your Shadow

Do you have a part of you that just creeps you out? An aspect to your personality that you’d rather nobody knew about – even yourself? Do you have a persistent dysfunctional pattern that you keep thinking you’re over – until it pops up again? Of course you do. We all do. And it’s often referred to as our “shadow”. Just like everyone’s body makes a dark reflection on a sunny day, all of us have a dark element to our selves. For most of us this is not news, but the idea that you should actually explore this element of your self might be. And it’s no surprise that...

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Is it better to give or to receive?

Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in featured, Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle | 2 comments

Is it better to give or to receive?

Solomon peed on me the very first time I changed his diaper. I took it as a sign of affection. I drove the hour plus to Spartanburg, SC to visit my friend Kristin and her new baby on a sunny Saturday afternoon with my 9 year old daughter. Just one week old, Solomon has it made. Adoring mom, doting dad, and two (much) older siblings very much in love. This baby is not neglected (understatement). When he’s not nursing, he is being cuddled by one of his other family members. Every time I tried to hold him my own daughter begged for a turn. Rarely does his adorable little butt get put...

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How to become stronger than you ever thought possible…

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in featured, Philosophy | 18 comments

How to become stronger than you ever thought possible…

 My senior year of college I had the brilliant idea of writing and directing my own play. What I didn’t take into consideration was that I had never written a full length play before. I had no idea what goes into it or how long it takes to create a coherent story that works well on stage. What I had was a few scenes written in my play-writing class that had received a positive response from the other students. Since those scenes had been generated fairly quickly and the characters showed potential, I assumed I could do more of the same and whip up a full length play. When rehearsals...

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Attitude of Gratitude: the why and how of positive thinking

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in featured, Meditation, Philosophy, Yoga Lifestyle | 6 comments

Attitude of Gratitude: the why and how of positive thinking

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...

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