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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.

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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There is No Lack: Possibility is in Your Reach

posted by Crystal Griffiths on May 31, 2012 |

lackLack is an Illusion Here’s a major block to getting what you want: scarcity or lack of consciousness. What’s that mean? It means believing that there is not enough to go around. Doesn’t matter what you think it is, this applies to all forms of manifestations. Love, money, success, happiness, whatever. Buying into the belief that there is not enough will only hinder you. Why? Well, first of all, in

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Whoever You Are, No Matter How Lonely

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 30, 2012 |

lonelyWhoever You Are, No Matter How Lonely The title of this post may be familiar to many of you as a line from Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese,” in which she writes, “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely/ the world offers itself to your imagination.” I’ve been thinking of these lines, particularly the first one because of what it says about loneliness. Sometimes, when I’m traveling for work especially,

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Forgiveness: Let Go of the Past, Turn to Your Dreams

posted by Crystal Griffiths on May 22, 2012 |

forgivenessForgiveness:  Free Yourself Part of being free means learning how to forgive. Forgive yourself first and then extend that forgiveness to those who have harmed you. You see, one of the biggest misconceptions about forgiveness is that by forgiving someone we somehow make right what they did. We believe that if we forgive, then we condone their actions. Nothing could be further from the truth. You see, your dreams and

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On Retreat

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on May 2, 2012 |

on retreatOn Retreat:  Heading to the Woods Once every year, I go to the woods, to a small Catholic retreat center in northeast Kansas, which may not seem like the likely place you would find a Jewish girl from New York and New Jersey, but it is the perfect place. I arrive on a Thursday at Shantivanam: Forest of Peace where, after greeting the caretakers of this center, I head out

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Yoga as Sabbath

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 16, 2012 |

sabbath yogaSabbath Yoga — Taking Time for Yourself Years ago, I read that if you don’t make time for your sabbath—or shabbat in Judaism—it will be made for you. In the middle of six grueling and adventurous months of chemotherapy at the time, I gasped in recognition. My cancer had felt all along like a kind of spiritual sabbatical after years of pushing myself too hard without taking care of my

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Impermanence: Of Tulips and the Transitory (Part 2)

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 10, 2012 |

impermanenceThe Reality of Impermanence The reality of impermanence was one of the first insights I had when I began meditation practice. As my mind began to quiet I could see for myself that the physical/mental/emotional sensations I felt were all in constant flux. As I learned the freedom of letting go, phenomena in my present reality, whether physical, mental or emotional, began to pass through with even greater speed. I

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