a blog by Ellen Davies

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Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

Act with no attactments, let go of the outcome.

I have been thinking this week about attachments to outcomes. One of the principles of mindfulness is acting for the sake of the action, and not for the sake of the outcome. For example, we wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes, not […]

I wasn’t always this enlightened

I wasn’t always this enlightened

I wasn’t always this enlightened. That title makes me laugh — as if I am enlightened now! (I am not, but I’m on the path somewhere.) . Back when I was a teenager, I was a mean girl. I was also immature and insecure. I was […]

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Everything in the universe is a vibration. You’ve heard of string theory, right? According to string theory, all particles in the universe are actually tiny vibrating strings. Each type of vibration corresponds to a different particle. . You’ve probably heard the expression “good vibes.” You […]

Book Club: The Bhagavad Gita

Book Club: The Bhagavad Gita

This week I am starting a book club at the yoga studio, and our first book is the Bhagavad Gita. I have avoided this book for years. The premise doesn’t appeal to me at all — the book is about a battle, where the main […]

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 […]

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.  

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 […]

Is yoga Christian?

Is yoga Christian?

Several years ago, I had a brief conversation with a woman who is a strict Christian. I happened to mention that I taught yoga, and she immediately put up her hands, as if to ward off evil. “Oh no, I don’t want any of that […]

flower buds and possibilities

flower buds and possibilities

Flower buds are powerful symbols. They represent new life, the arrival of spring, and the possibilities of beauty. It’s been a very cold winter in Pennsylania, with more snowstorms than I can keep track of. I’m a person who really loves snow—but even I am […]