My teacher often says: We don’t always get to do the things we want to do, but we have to learn to want to do the things we have to do. 🤯 In my heart, I know this is the case. In any areas of my life where I feel dissatisfied, applying more discipline is… Continue reading Tapas – Dicipline
6. How can I transcend my thoughts today?
6. How can I transcend my thoughts today? This is my focus. My teacher says: “I have a body and a mind, but I am not my body and my mind.” I believe this, or rather I know it. Just saying the phrase settles me. The whirling chaos in my mind, the narrative of pain,… Continue reading 6. How can I transcend my thoughts today?
How can I care for my body today?
I care for my body in a much different way than I did five years ago. Back then, I went to extremes. I got up at 5:30 am to squeeze in a 6 am cross-training class before my 7:19 am train to the city. Burpees, push-ups, squats, situps, planks, and things of that nature. After… Continue reading How can I care for my body today?
3. What support do I have TODAY? (Gratitude practice)
Gratitude is a biggie. I used to think of it as anodyne … something cheezy that Oprah tells us to “journal” about. The cynic in me thought gratitude was used to encourage people to be complacent … and accept their lot in life, for better or for worse. I was so unhappy and unhealthy when… Continue reading 3. What support do I have TODAY? (Gratitude practice)
Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?)
I wish to live freely, consciously, and with ease. I wish to live according to my own choices NOT according to unconscious childhood and cultural programming and reactivity. I value happiness, which I define as ease, health, humor, grace, love, sharing, compassion, creativity, effort, ambition … (moral ambition), and the will to uplift self and… Continue reading Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?)
1. What is healing?
Healing is a trendy topic, a trendy word these days. If you spend time on #mentalhealth social media, you see the terms “healing” and “toxic” thrown around a lot. Words mean different things to different people. To me, healing means letting go of the past and taking action toward one’s vision for a good and… Continue reading 1. What is healing?
Addicted to self help
Of all the things one can be addicted to, perhaps self help addiction is the least damaging. But like any other unconscious compulsive behavior, constant SEEKING takes us away from peace and equanimity. Powerful market forces trade on our resistance to present moment awareness and appreciation- self help is a is $13.2 billion industry. Santosha,… Continue reading Addicted to self help
the five kleshas
according to patanjali, the five kleshas are the five obstacles to yoga … the state of peace and union. my teacher talks about them often, and i can certainly see them at play in my own life. The obstacles are: 1) lack of knowledge (or understanding)2) egoism3) attachment4) aversion and 5) fear I’m sure i… Continue reading the five kleshas
4 keys to enjoying life and being happy
Be happy for others Have compassion for those who are struggling Celebrate those who do what we do and do it better Disregard the wicked According to Patanjali and the ancient wisdom of yoga as shared by my teacher today! i received a beautiful compliment from two fellow yogis today … they thanked me for… Continue reading 4 keys to enjoying life and being happy