Face the Storm to Find the Sunshine

Face the Storm to Find the Sunshine

I regularly take class with a yoga teacher that radiates sunshine. Her positive energy is infectious. People flock to her classes like the beach on a hot day to bask in her warmth. I too love a good soak in her vibrant rays. But I can’t teach sunshine. You see, I know that sometimes storms barrel in. I know that wanting the sun when the rain is pouring down doesn’t make the rain stop. In fact, wanting the sun when you are in the...

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The World Is a Mess—It’s Time We Get Messy

The World Is a Mess—It’s Time We Get Messy

There is no denying that our world is complicated. As inventions have made many things easier and the world more connected, we are realizing that, even so, life is not easy. According to the Buddha, life is suffering.  The word suffering is translated from the word Dukkha which can also be interpreted to mean unsustainable, difficult to endure, imperfect and unsatisfying. It is a big word that encompasses many feelings of discomfort, and, in...

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In the Name of Happiness

In the Name of Happiness

If you google “how to find happiness” and “books”, you will encounter 29,000 possibilities. We are a society obsessed with the pursuit of finding this elusive state. In my journey to understand how our mind and body work, I have found this seemingly noble quest can be a very big part of the problem. The Greek Stoics focused, not on finding happiness, but instead on finding serenity by confronting fears and challenges....

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Are Goals Setting You Up for Failure?

Are Goals Setting You Up for Failure?

The mind fascinates me. In the book called, “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking”, the author, Oliver Burkeman, dives into what he refers to as our our “goal crazy” society. Sighting a number of studies he has determined that people create goals in the name of planning for the future and productivity, but in reality, it is a means to remove the unsettling feeling of...

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Girl Power

Girl Power

I am nearly done leading an 8 week program for middle school aged girls in self-empowerment and yoga. It has been an incredible experience. The Girl Power program teaches so many important lessons in a very short time. 1. Just as hunger pains tell us to eat and thirst tells us we need a drink, feelings tells us information about our authentic self that we need to address. 2. Our thoughts alone do not give us enough information to make good...

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Creating Bliss

Creating Bliss

I have been reading a fabulous book by Stephen Cope called The Great Work of Your Life. It is a surprising page turner. Using concepts from the Bhagavad Gita about discovering one’s unique life purpose, Cope weaves in stories about famous people such as Jane Goodall, Susan B. Anthony, Henry David Thoreau and their path to finding bliss and dharma with everyday people struggling to find their way, committing to or missing their true calling. My...

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