I’m a huge infographics geek, and I’m not alone judging by the sheer volume of how many are out there. One of my favorite blogs on tumblr is ilovecharts, but I digress. I did a post a while back on … Continue reading
If someone were to ask you, “Who are you” how would you answer? Would your self-description consist of hair color, eye color, job, family status, race, religion, gender? In yoga, there’s a sutra called Avidya, which roughly translated from sanskrit, … Continue reading
As a child, when a nightmare would wake me from sleep, I couldn’t easily shake it. In fact, if I tried to fall back asleep, it was as if I was right back in the nightmare exactly where I’d left … Continue reading
True happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things. But to be aware of little, quiet things, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be Present…. – Eckhart Tolle … Continue reading
There are as many ways to meditate as there are breaths. There’s walking meditation, sitting meditation, transcendental meditation, journey meditation, vibrational meditation, body scan meditation, guided meditation, and the list goes on. In fact, these are just the types … Continue reading
Meditation can relieve pain, by activating multiple brain areas, according to an April 2011 study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Fadel Zeidan of Wake Forest University and his colleagues scanned people’s brains as they received uncomfortably hot touches to the leg. When subjects practiced a mindful meditation technique that encourages detachment from experience while focusing on breathing, they reported less pain than when they simply paid attention to their breathing.
Read more on Meditation and Pain, from Richard Brunner’s blog Therapy and Wellbeing.
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Have you ever wondered about how much information you actually take in during a given day, and what happens to it? I’m not talking just about the computer content you consume at work, but everything. As you read this, you’re … Continue reading
I once had an intense meditation experience in which I saw what I later discovered was my fear. It was this horribly ugly, misshapen, gray blob. It was like a weird Cartoon Network creature. It had one eye, some random … Continue reading
Since I started this blog, and started telling my story, specifically, “When Breathing isn’t Easy – A Cystic Fibrosis Adult’s Journey to Teaching Yoga,” I began to get emails from people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) or parents of children with CF from all over the world. I’ve done my best to give advice based on what I’ve learned and on my own personal experience. I often hear from yogis with CF about their struggles with practicing yoga without being self-conscious, which I don’t think is unique to people with CF.
So, here’s a letter to the yogis who have expressed doubt about pursuing yoga because they are afraid some aspect of their illness will be bothersome to other people in a yoga class. While this one is targeted at someone with CF, the message is applicable to all of the yogis out there battling chronic illness.
“Dear Awesome Yogi,
Again, while I know this is slanted for someone with a respiratory disorder, the message is the same. Don’t be ashamed of who you are, no matter what. If you have an illness that you’re battling and someone in your yoga class is ‘disturbed’ by it. That’s their problem to work through. Allow you to be yourself, and all that comes with it. Accept yourself with the same unconditional love you would show a child who needs you.
Love starts with you.
(Photo: The Conversation)
This weekend, I met my friend’s new 8-week old black pug, Tallulah. She was the most precious thing I’ve ever seen. Full of energy and light. Her eyes revealed a true purity of soul with a tinge of mischief. … Continue reading