As I sit on my mat, soles of my feet pressing together, knees floating above the ground, my hips trying to release some deeply-held tension, I bow down over my legs and dangle my head over the soles of my feet. In this position I feel the tension in my back begin to soften, but… Continue reading Forgiveness Begins Within
Last month, I discussed the difference between authenticity and truth. Authenticity is “the truth of bearing who you are”, I said. It’s the work of diving deep, peeling off layers to reveal your authentic self, your dharma. Truth is the scalpel that dissects and cuts away kleshas and samskaras to reveal our diamond self. But… Continue reading Truth: We are Love
Life isn’t about avoiding pain, feelings – any feeling! Even uncomfortable feelings like hunger, addiction, craving, fear, anxiety, depression. It is about learning to lean into those feelings, relax into them, wrap them in compassion, and then send them on their way. In meditation, we practice being with our thoughts – outside them, not inside… Continue reading Working with Uncomfortable Feelings
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi When I first started practicing yoga, I often would cry a lot (sob) during my practice. I didn’t really understand why this was happening and a part of… Continue reading Opening Your Heart with Yoga
New yogis (or those who are “yoga curious”) often wonder if Yoga is a religion. It is not. Regardless of your personal belief system, you can practice yoga. Yoga teachers need to understand this so that they can include people from all backgrounds and belief systems. If you attend a class where the teacher says… Continue reading Are You Practicing the Law of Love?
Jiddu Krishnamurti passed away 13 years ago today at his home in Ojai, California and so today I’m suggesting a meditation on one of the subjects he spoke about often: the relationship between freedom, death and love. His works are so massive in quantity and scope, that it’s difficult for me to quote one bit… Continue reading Meditation Suggestion: On Love from Jiddu Krishnamurti (video)
A Thought For Your Consideration There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and… Continue reading Meditation Suggestion: Love vs. Fear – John Lennon
Finding your center, and finding your balance around the holidays, (or anytime) is about finding your center point of LOVE. It’s not only what you are made of, it’s literally who you are. Your personality, your ego, your belief systems….those are a part of you too, but the real you, the truth of who you… Continue reading Consciously Create Your Holiday Through Love by Lori Hamann, MSE
Over at The Simple Marriage Project (a great blog that I highly recommend) they’re challenging their readers to express gratitude 3 times each day for the next 10 days and then report back the results. Sounds like a challenge good enough for us yogis. Join in on the fun and find some unique ideas on… Continue reading What is The Gratitude Project?