Category Archives: happiness

Why I Love Costa Rica and Maybe You Should Too!

Pura Vida is Costa Rica’s unofficial national slogan, and you hear it everywhere. The meaning of pura vida is “pure life,” and symbolizes the simple, cheerful outlook and lifestyle of what is often called the happiest country in the world. Pura Vida can be used to say “hello,” “good-bye,” “okay,” “you bet,” “don’t worry, be

Strengthen Your Heart Connection—”Hello Beautiful!”

It’s estimated that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. Whew! That’s a lot. What’s even more amazing is that, according to research, 75% of these thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive. We excel at criticism and judgment. And these repetitive, automatic thoughts lead us to believe ideas about ourselves that are less than

Tis the Season to Be More Loving

Here is one version of the season: Tis the season to buy stuff during Black Friday and Cyber Monday (thank goodness that’s over!), the season to go to parties and eat and drink too much, the season to then worry about how much you ate and drank and feel bad about it, the season to

Invitation to Gratitude – Are You Ready to Change Your Life?

Every morning when I wake up, my mind does not start with thoughts of gratitude. If you’re anything like me, your mind starts thinking about what went wrong yesterday, what could go wrong today, and what might go wrong tomorrow. This is not a great way to start the day. What I have learned from

“Hassle” or “Opportunity”? Ways to Look at Life

Early Monday morning I gazed at the garage and knew it was time to clean out the recycling that had piled up over the past few weeks. There is only so much clutter I can stand before it starts to drive me crazy. And, since we don’t have pick-up by the city anymore, you need

Taking It Off The Mat: Yoga For Your Life

I’m in the middle of teaching the 21-Day Summer Sunrise Yoga series. Every two days I teach one of the Yamas or Niyamas (basically the yogic directions on how to live your life found in Limbs One and Two of the Eight Limbed Path of Yoga). Each Yama and Niyama have an associated mudra (hand

Let’s Play!!! Making Life Radiant and Vibrant

The word “play” has been popping up in my awareness lately, and I’m wondering if I’m any good at it. I believe I have a good work / play balance—meaning that my days are a combination of getting items done on my work to-do list while not letting those get in the way of exercise,

Deconstructing the House of Sorrow: A Winter Solstice Reflection

At the moment of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he reached down to the earth goddess to affirm his triumph over Mara, the destroyer. He had seen through the house of sorrow that he had built around himself. The first teaching given by the Buddha after his enlightenment was the Four Noble Truths, which lays out the

Put Down the Phone and Tune Into Yourself

What do you do when you first wake up in the morning? My guess is many of you start checking your phone for the news, swipe through all your social media accounts, and then go to email. And your mind might immediately get caught up in obsessive, ruminative thinking about something that’s not going well.

Becoming Generous in a Greedy, Messed-Up World

Almost our entire biology is geared toward protection and defense and our culture teaches us to grab what we want, even if it means taking from others. To work against this conditioning takes great courage and practice. The ethical and philosophical practices of yoga and meditation give us guideposts for leading a life in alignment with our values. When I practice them, they never fail. The key is remembering to wake up to our conditioning and make a different choice.