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Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

Practicing Aparigraha during the holidays

In this season of excess, how can we practice aparigraha? This important yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and to let go when the time is right.  Practicing aparigraha means non-hoarding, non-collecting, and letting go. […]

Moving forward after a loss

Moving forward after a loss

The other night I had a bad dream. I arrived at an airport, ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime. I had my suitcase full of clothes, but at the last moment, I realized I had forgotten everything else! I didn’t have my […]

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment. Many of us have difficultly staying fully present. Our thoughts wander back into our past, reliving events over and over. Sometimes our thoughts jump ahead into the future, and we worry about possible outcomes. […]

August Summer Reading

August Summer Reading

I love talking about books! Here is a list of what I read in August: four good ones, and one stinker. What books have you read lately? The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand My rating: 4 of 5 stars A who-done-it set in Nantucket. Who […]

Chakra Clearing Meditation

Chakra Clearing Meditation

Here is a short meditation for Chakra Clearing. Enjoy. 

Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude changes our outlook on life, as well as how life looks out on us. Join me for this brief meditation on gratitude.     Sending gratitude to my teacher, Alanna Kaivalya, who taught me this meditation.  

What I’m Reading this summer

What I’m Reading this summer

Time for Summer Reading, y’all!   The Great Alone The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah   Usually I love Kristin Hannah’s books, but this one just didn’t have the same appeal. On the other hand, I disliked “The Nightengale” on my first read — it […]

Learning new things: Yoga assists and adjustments

Learning new things: Yoga assists and adjustments

I finally did it. I signed up for a 300-hour yoga teacher training. I have been putting this off for years. I waffled on it for several reasons, but here’s the biggest reason: I have never been comfortable giving assists and adjustments in a yoga […]

Working through my depression

Working through my depression

I have been feeling depressed these past several weeks. And this depression seemed to come out of nowhere. It was alarming, actually, how suddenly it just washed over me, like a rogue tidal wave.    Usually an episode of depression is triggered by something. But I […]

Four Ways To Practice Mindful Eating

Four Ways To Practice Mindful Eating

I am always looking for ways to be more mindful. I have written about monotasking, mindful dog walking, and meditation (on a snow globe and in my own life). Here’s another way to bring mindfulness into your life: Mindful Eating.   Mindful Eating helps us to […]