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category "Inspiring Stories"

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

Three Gratitudes for Thanksgiving

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 27, 2012 |

gratitudesThree Gratitudes for Thanksgiving Many of my friends as well as numerous facebook pals keep gratitude journals, noting three things to be grateful for each day. While I don’t tend to keep such a journal, this Thanksgiving, I’m thinking happily of three obvious qualities innate to being human. 1. Breath: Every life starts with the first gulp of air and ends with the last gasp. How we land in ourselves,

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Gratitude: We All Built That

posted by Charlotte Bell on November 21, 2012 |

gratitudeIn honor of the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are republishing this blog about gratitude that we ran in September. Enjoy! Gratitude:  We All Built That September 6th, 1984 is etched deep in my cells. I remember exactly where I was sitting (in my kitchen), and what I was reading (The Vegetarian Epicure) when the phone rang. Back then there was no caller ID, but when I picked up the phone,

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Live your True Calling

posted by Crystal Griffiths on October 24, 2012 |

imagesLive Your True Calling Life ends not when you die, but when you stop believing in your true calling. Your true calling isn’t something your friends, parents or lovers want you to become. Your true calling isn’t living vicariously through someone else. And most certainly your true calling isn’t working just to “make a living” and “get by.” Your true calling is that soft voice within you urging to be

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One Percent More: Embracing Progress Over Perfection

posted by Crystal Griffiths on October 4, 2012 |

one percent moreOne Percent More One of my favorite things about life is that we all get a chance, once a day, to start over. The morning comes bearing gifts of renewal, redemption and a chance to start all over again. The fresh dew on the spring leaves glimmers as the sun is just starting to poke her head out from the horizon and imbue each morning with the promise of revival.

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The Power of Transitions

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on October 3, 2012 |

transitionsThe Power of Transitions, On and Off the Mat When I’m teaching, I like to remind my students that one of the times they’re most likely to get injured in yoga is in the transition between poses. Why? Because they’re less likely to be paying attention. It’s eas(ier) to get all kinds of focused during a pose. Turn the foot here, align the knee there, move with the breath, elongate

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Rejection is an Essential Part of Your Process

posted by Crystal Griffiths on August 21, 2012 |

rejectionRejection Brings You One Step Closer to Your Dreams It’s amazing to me how many people are afraid of the word “no,” especially when it comes to intimate relationships and being an entrepreneur. I’ve seen in my own life and in the life of many of my friends that we tend to spend so much time avoiding a “no” that we waste time. Instead of marching right through our fears

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Summer Bodies

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on August 14, 2012 |

summer bodiesSummer Bodies When we were 16, my stepsister and I used to talk incessantly about what swimsuit we would get for the summer. For me, being out of shape and thinking I was overweight (if only I knew then what I know now about how a 5’4″ girl is not fat if she weights 120 pounds!), that swimsuit needed to be a one-piece in a dark color, perhaps with a

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The Counterpose of Grief

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on August 6, 2012 |

counterposeThe Counterpose of Grief I’ve always been attracted to the idea of pose/counterpose in yoga. The idea is that once you’ve done a type of pose, or series of poses, in one direction, you want to make sure the body is balanced, so you also offer a counterpose. This may be something that takes the body in the opposite direction, but it may also be something that is energetically complementary—grounding

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Living Your Dreams

posted by Crystal Griffiths on July 26, 2012 |

living your dreamsLiving your dreams takes courage; it just does. On the one hand you have your heart, your soul and your intuition nudging you in one direction. On the other hand you have your personality and your mind desiring to stay in your comfort zone. Living life on the edge in pursuit of your dreams happens as you take action from your intuition, and you stay with the fear as your

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Working with Addiction: Replacing Unhealthy Habits with Heatlhy Ones

posted by Crystal Griffiths on July 5, 2012 |

addictionOvercoming Addiction:  Replace Unhealthy Habits with Healthy Ones Most human problems are created by our inability to properly feel and express our feelings. Example:  addiction. An addiction from my point of view is a way of distracting yourself from yourself. So, instead of feeling your feelings you’re eating, drinking, working, sexing, drugging, being violent, etc. Addicts from my experience and point of view are not just homeless bums on the

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