Category: Mind Body Soul

the pinball effect: how to stop smacking up against life and move towards your dharma

Bam! I ricocheted off the wrong career path. Again. Whammo! I recoiled from a relationship with the wrong man. Again. Kerblang! I curled away from a potential future ‘friend’ who actually wanted to be a mentee. Again. Zing! I escaped the oh-so-wrong-for-me networking group just before the hefty membership fees kicked in. Again. THEN: HEADING…

Apr 17, 2012 · Read More · Comment

truth! some days I want to give the finger to the universe. failing, trying, falling, getting up

TRUTH! The other day was a rough one. Truth: I cried for nearly an entire evening–except for the time when I was teaching a yoga class, when I refused to let my mind be anything but present–and failed, and tried again, and failed, and tried again. Truth: At one point during the day, I thought…

Apr 3, 2012 · Read More · Comment (4)

what the what? de-coding body talk

Can you hear it? Your essential self—genetic legacy, tastes and talents, the core you that makes decisions from a place of love—talks to you through your body. Our essential self goes beyond the language and logic of the social self. Guess what? The verbal, logistical, analytical, numeric brain processes about 40 bits of information per…

Jan 17, 2012 · Read More · Comment

how do you know what you really want? your essential vs. social self

E: Wanna play today? S: Nah, too much work work work to do. Later. E: Wanna play now? S: Nah, dishes, laundry, vacuuming to do. E: (sighs) How about tomorrow? S: Tomorrow. Maybe. Play: a : recreational activity; especially : the spontaneous activity of children b : absence of serious or harmful intent : jest…

Jan 10, 2012 · Read More · Comment (2)

winter solstice, New Year’s Eve, aligning with what’s vital, and why I decided NOT to go to India

WINTER SOLSTICE The North Pole tilted as far away from the sun as it will get this year on Wednesday, December 21. For lots of North Americans, the shortest day of the year signals celebration, reflection, and a time to take stock for the upcoming year. The next day, the light began to make its…

Dec 27, 2011 · Read More · Comment

5 + ways to stay sane during the holidays (and other nutty times)

1. Breathe. Our breath is the most powerful area of the nervous system we have the most control over. One of the first and most immediate side effects of the activation of the sympathetic nervous system–in charge of our fight, fight or flee response–is the shortening of our breath. Ask nearly anybody how they’re feeling…

Dec 13, 2011 · Read More · Comment

Why Living Our Dreams is Less Work, More Play

CLEAR SKY, FUZZY HEAD The sky was clear, the sun was rising, and I was charging over the Granville Street Bridge, pony tail bouncing, shoes click-clacking: purposeful, determined, energized—and confused. The little things count. Everything we do or dedicate our intention towards matters. Especially when we’re living a dream. As ease-full as it can be…

Nov 22, 2011 · Read More · Comment (2)

overriding lizard brain. 5 ways to go beyond fear, anger + negativity

THE WAY IN The mind has a way of taking control. Scientists call our Amygdala–the region of our brain pretty much in charge of feelings of anxiety, fear, anger and negativity–our “lizard brain.” Why lizard brain? Because this area of our brain evolved a loooong time ago, back when our primal lizard-ish concerns were much…

Nov 15, 2011 · Read More · Comment

daring to go the distance: kundalini yoga, gloria latham + gurmukh

5 Q’s WITH KUNDALINI ROCK STAR GLORIA LATHAM, SEMPERVIVA YOGA Can you talk about the importance of a personal yoga practice? Yogi Bhajan said that 90% of insanity comes from our inability to commit. Our inability to commit to a daily yoga/spiritual practice is our only impediment to our growth. If you want to grow…

Oct 18, 2011 · Read More · Comment

tantrums + tiaras. what does your inner kid-critic throw at you?

I haven’t named her yet. Some people call theirs Fred. I’ve heard Fang. And Lucille. I haven’t gotten to that step, but I sure know what she likes to wear: tiaras. And I sure know what she likes to throw: tantrums. My inner self-saboteur is about two years old most of the time. Sometimes she’s…

Oct 12, 2011 · Read More · Comment
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