It’s that time of year when it’s safe to pause your Hulu Live account. Who needs to stream old-school holiday specials, like Frosty the Snowman? Although, there’s a valuable lesson in this childhood classic: One of life’s biggest challenges is believing in things that cannot be explained. Somehow we view meditation and losing weight the […]
When life is getting sticky and the thought of, “why me?” appears and lingers, and conversely when life just feels a little too comfortable, and I catch myself smugly believing that “Oh, I totally got this,” I seek out the words of philosopher Mark Nepo. In the fast pace of life that can sweep us […]
“The body knows things directly, immediately, nakedly, without any conceptual overlay.” — Reginald Ray, The Practice of Pure Awareness Many traditions teach us to meditate from the top down – focusing on the mind and our thoughts. Somatic meditation teaches us to begin with the body. We settle into our body to find deep presence; […]
In a world of constant distractions from pocket-sized technology to the twenty-four-hour news cycle, it’s remarkable how meditation has begun to “trend” in a culture that never seems to slow down. But trends can become overwhelming, and meditation trends are no exception. You can download meditation apps, wear tech that helps you meditate and achieve certain […]
In his latest book of down-to-earth professional wisdom, author and designer Adam Kurtz deals out some sage, and often funny, life advice for creatives. I gobbled up the pocket-sized book, not only because it gave my creative self-esteem a much-needed boost, but because much of his advice felt applicable to life in general.
At times, we all feel dissatisfied. At times, we all feel stuck. Although many aspects of our lives may be fulfilling and fantastic, many of us, when we think about it, still find ourselves asking ‘is this it?’ The nature of life is such that we get carried away with our own busyness. Many of […]
If you have ever lain down on a blanket, eyes taking in the dome of the night sky above, then you are familiar with the sensation of wonder and peace that the cosmos brings.
In her bold new book Feminine Genius, LiYana Silver compares the cycles in our bodies with the four seasons of the natural world. She walks us through a powerful process of syncing with our cycles instead of resisting them. Getting in touch with the rhythms that connect our bodies to the natural world allows us to soften the critical internal voice that demands that we go-go-go all the time.
When it comes to finding relief from anxiety and depression, I have always looked towards exercise. While pushing myself out the door on a bad day isn’t always easy, I know a good sweat will ease the pressure. It’s also why I’ve tried different types of yoga over the years. Don’t get me wrong—I have found yoga to be beneficial, but rarely am I able to be truly mindful in a class. I had chalked up my inability to get “in the zone” to my personality, but when I first slid into a lane at our community center’s indoor pool, I realized mindfulness wasn’t some unattainable goal.
Life brings with it inevitable challenges, yet today it can seem as if those challenges are being presented to us at an increasing rate. How many of us are familiar with feeling overwhelmed physically or mentally, or have the sense that the changes we want for ourselves, our family and our society appear to be out of reach? Challenging conversations and uncomfortable feelings seem to greet us daily with little time to gather our thoughts before responding from a place that can sadly be driven by anxiety or defensiveness.