Teaching mindfulness to beginners for many years, I’ve learned that people tend to focus on certain aspects of the teaching and forget or have a harder time grasping others. Specifically, people focus on the “being present” part of mindfulness but quickly forget both the intention and the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, and nonjudgment that
Wake in the early morning, escorted by pastel shades of dawn. Sit in the consciousness of stillness and become poised to listen. Let yoga speak to you as the sun rises. There is no better way to awaken than moving your body on the mat and aligning your heart and mind to spirit. Sound enticing?
Everybody loves the feeling of falling in love. Even more, we cherish the constant love of companions, be they the family we were born with or the families we form along the way. As the song goes, “Love makes the world go round.” When we love someone, we invest a lot of ourselves into
The snow is coming down and the temperatures are as well. There is no day above freezing in the forecast any day in the near future. I am dreaming of palm trees and a warm tropical breeze blowing through my hair. I am supposed to be in Costa Rica right now teaching a yoga and
The quality of resilience is something particularly important during these challenging times that we are all facing. Everyone I know has had friends or family members fall ill or die, encounter difficulties through employment and housing, feel the loss of hugs and other benefits of intimate relationships, and much more. According to the definition, people
Start the year 2021 with a new hope, not a diet plan that won’t work. Shift the focus from weight to well-being, from shallow promises to values that bring your life meaning, and from outer to inner wisdom. Spend ten weeks with a community of people who are all learning this new path of inner
One a recent walk with a friend, she asked me if I had made any New Year’s Resolutions. She’s known me long enough to know that the answer was “no” before I even answered. I have a little bit of an aversion to the typical New Year’s resolutions, because they often seem based on rigid
About midway through the Eat for Life class, Julie admitted that she had still been trying to eat by dieting rules while simultaneously trying to apply the principles of mindful eating. This strategy was obviously causing a great deal of conflict and mixed results. Upon further investigation, Julie realized the conflict was due to the
It’s election day, and I’m typing with one hand because of surgery on my fractured wrist last week. In case you’ve never tried, it makes typing quite slow and tedious. My current state of being and the election collide in metaphors and the need to simplify what I write today. The heavy sling on my
There is so much to be learned by his story about not just overcoming, but actually thriving against the odds. The two parts that stood out to me was the idea of finding new tools and opening to wisdom that had been inaccessible before.