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Journey Pages, The Hugger Mugger Yoga Blog

category "Inspiring Stories"

A potpourri of thought-provoking posts on many different daily-life subjects.

Opening the Door of Compassion: A Response to the Tragedy of Cecil

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2015 |

compassionThe Door of Compassion “The idea that some lives matter less than others is at the root of all that is wrong with the world.” ~ Paul Farmer I grew up in a mini menagerie. At various times my parents, sisters and I shared our homestead with parakeets, a goat, a horse, chickens (pets named Sam and Henry), tropical fish, rabbits, turtles, mice and cats, always cats. For years, my

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Compassion: On and Off the Mat

posted by Bruce Black on May 28, 2015 |

compassionHow Practicing Yoga Cultivates Compassion It’s a mystery how it happens, but, thanks to the poses that I do on my mat, I can feel a deeper sense of compassion for others and for myself. Why is that, I wonder? When I press my palms against the mat in Downward Dog, I can feel compassion for my tight hamstrings and stiff shoulders. Standing on one leg in Tree Pose, I

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Can Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear?

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on May 13, 2015 |

fearCan Yoga Help Us Overcome Fear? I’m not sure when I realized this, but yoga has helped me to overcome many fears—fear of being seen, speaking in front of groups, trying new things. Fear stopped me from moving ahead. I have used and can use my practice to move through just about anything. Insidious as it sounds, the benefits of a daily yoga practice have a way of sneaking up

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The Season of Generosity

posted by Charlotte Bell on December 23, 2014 |

generosity’Tis the Season of Generosity One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn’t

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What is Iyengar’s Legacy?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 26, 2014 |

iyengar's legacyWhat is Iyengar’s Legacy and What Will be Yours? September 6th will be the 30th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Taken by a sudden heart attack while talking on the phone, his death was a huge shock. He was not old—63—and very athletic, vital and energetic. Here one moment, gone the next. About a year after his passing, my sisters and mother and I got together for a few days.

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Why Be Mindful?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2014 |

be mindfulWhy Be Mindful? Anything Can Happen Any Time One chilly February day in 1997, I was rushing to a meeting with the founder of the soon-to-be-opened Cancer Wellness House. About three blocks from my appointment, I was happy to be greeted by a green light at a major intersection. As I entered the intersection, BAM! Suddenly, my car was turned sideways in the middle of the intersection and I was

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A Steady Unfolding: The Yoga of Patience

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2014 |

sukkhasana-300x199The Yoga of Patience I had the good fortune to spend 18 days at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the past few weeks. My partner and I attended two back-to-back nine-day retreats. The first nine days focused on the cultivation of kindness and compassion, and the second nine days focused on mindfulness practice. I feel immense gratitude for the teachings, the practice and the wisdom of the teachers. When I

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Cultivating Appreciation – Knowing You Have No Toothache

posted by Charlotte Bell on May 19, 2014 |

appreciationCultivating Appreciation – Knowing You Have No Toothache A while back some nasty bacteria set up camp around my lower right wisdom tooth. The sensation was one I’d never felt before. Swollen gum tissue had displaced the tooth, so much so that the only teeth that articulated in my entire mouth were the infected one and the upper one opposite it. And when those two teeth came together, shock waves

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Always Remember to Cherish Yourself

posted by Crystal Griffiths on April 16, 2014 |

cherish yourselfCherish Yourself It’s very easy to make other people and their priorities more important than you and your goals. Make sure to hold your own goals, dreams, desires and needs in a very high regard. Do not give away so much of yourself that when you need energy there’s none left. Being of service is one of the fastest ways to be happy and to find success, but there is

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Why Things Go Better When You Listen to Your Body

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on January 8, 2014 |

listen to your bodyWhy Things Go Better When You Listen to Your Body Once I started listening to my body (admittedly <1% of the time, especially at the beginning), I was surprised by how it affected how I felt. (I’m obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed sometimes.) My bodily experience shifted—in that, I actually had one. Unreal. (Thank you, yoga.) Shouting From the Rooftops As my yoga practice helps me continue

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