Tagged as: Buddhism

your destiny: the one big teaching that Buddhism, yoga, and self-help miss out on

The Beauty of In-Sight From Buddhism we learn to navigate our thoughts and emotions, take responsibility for them, and not label them as good or bad. We invite in fear, anger, or jealousy and sit with them instead of avoid them. From self-help with learn that when we’re upset with people, it usually has more…

Aug 20, 2013 · Read More · Comment

5 steps to create your dream year on Winter Solstice or New Year’s Eve

Aligning with what’s vital Last year, this simple Winter Solstice ceremony changed my entire year. Friends of mine decided to do it on New Year’s Eve. I took my month-long trip to India off the table. I paused my plans for putting other things on hold, and decided instead to invest more deeply. I heard…

Dec 21, 2012 · Read More · Comment (1)

we all have darkness. it helps us see the light

“Not me, I’m not angry.” “Not me, I’m not vulnerable.” “Not me, I’m not insecure.” How many times do we tell ourselves this? Are you answering, “Not me, never?” I spent a lot of my life telling myself, and sometimes other people, these things. Of course, that meant I was riddled with these qualities. Pop!…

Jul 29, 2011 · Read More · Comment

compassion, buddhism, yoga + depression. at least 10 insights from Michael Stone

  GUEST POST BY MICHAEL STONE  Part 2. Suicide is an attempt to resolve feelings of being overwhelmed by one’s own image of oneself, or part of oneself. Suicide is an attack on one’s own representation of one’s body as an object. It’s as if the death of the body can help one get rid…

Jun 9, 2011 · Read More · Comment

is suicide sinful? what yoga + buddhism have to say. guest post by Buddhist, yogi, + psychotherapist Michael Stone

GUEST POST BY MICHAEL STONE Awake in the World from Centre of Gravity on Vimeo. Yoga and Buddhist Practices work in terms of complementary opposites. If you want to settle your inhalation, for example, you spend time getting your exhalation very smooth; if you want to find extension in the hamstring muscles, you refine the…

Jun 7, 2011 · Read More · Comment

meditation as resentment management: aka that person who really peeves me is my teacher

“Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.” Part of the Buddhist Tonglen meditation teachings is this statement. I’m no expert, I’m new to this Buddhist stuff, but from what I’m learning, it’s worth loving. This statement rose up to meet my irritated mind the other day. I was thinking of someone I know who absolutely drives…

Apr 13, 2011 · Read More · Comment (1)

i’m loving: sensual reading, ramped-up comfort food, loving the unlikeable, and, well, Oprah actually

Here are just a few of my favourite things right now–sharing with Libre Living readers because they might become faves of yours, too, if they’re not already. 1. The Gift: Poems by HafizWhen I read these poems I get flashbacks of devouring them like cake last summer, lying on my back beneath a startling blue…

Mar 9, 2011 · Read More · Comment (2)

love your life, and yourself–in one minute and 30 seconds [vid]

THIS is gorgeous! THIS is beauty. THIS is worth the one minute and 30 seconds, Libre Living readers. It’s also right in line with what Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron shares. “What if it just doesn’t get any better than this? You might find that inside of the sadness, the grief, the despair, lies something else,…

Mar 3, 2011 · Read More · Comment

don’t freak out: 6 yoga tips for when life goes nuts

9 pm. 10 pm. 11 pm. The hours tick by like minutes. So do the days. I’m fueled by a dream–my soon-to-be-shared officially incorporated dedication to spreading practical, inspiring tools for a life well-loved. So what does this mean for my daily routine? Gone are the seamless evenings spent writing or painting. Gone are the…

Feb 3, 2011 · Read More · Comment (2)

Q + A: yoga tools for when people really get you peeved + a tip from Pema Chodron

Somebody recently asked this question on the My Yoga Online community forum: How do I deal with the people I can’t avoid who negatively affect my mood and energy? The answer I gave was something I needed a reminder of myself. Funny how that works. “This is a toughie and super common. I can share…

Jan 21, 2011 · Read More · Comment (1)