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Inspiring Stories

A potpourri of thought-provoking posts on many different daily-life subjects.
  • Yoga Dog - The Yoga of Living with a Big, Naughty Dog

    Yoga Dog - The Yoga of Living with a Big, Naughty Dog I love our dog Shay, who arrived at our front door a little over a year ago with a look on his face that clearly communicated, “You are my people.” At the same time, this dog drives me crazy. The crash that wakes me up turns out to be the compost bucket, its contents once against strewn across two rooms. Although Shay doesn’t eat banana peels, he eats just about everything else, like my husband’s pajama bottoms, which I grabbed away from him just in time, remembering...

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  • Boston Marathon: Remembering Our Buddha Nature

    Boston Marathon:  Remembering Our Buddha Nature When I heard the news of the Boston Marathon bombing on NPR yesterday, like most of us, I was horrified and saddened. I still can’t wrap my mind around why anyone would want to kill and maim innocent people who were there simply to celebrate a fun, venerated community event. I immediately thought of my friend and fellow musician, Cory Maxfield, a flutist I’ve played with regularly in the Salt Lake Symphony, a woodwind quintet and with whom I performed a duet for her master’s recital. This was Cory’s third Boston Marathon. As...

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  • Let Go: Have Faith in Your Path

    Choose Faith There are super frustrating times on The Path. Instead of fighting against frustrating times with more frustration, anger and resentment, take a higher road today. Remember, a delay is not a denial. The world’s timing is always perfect and if something isn’t quite manifesting yet, there is a reason. So today, instead of choosing to be angry, hurt or just plain ol’ pissed off, take a big deep breath and know that everything is happening in perfect time. It might piss you off to know that it’s not happening in your time, but it is happening in...

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  • Three 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, how we listen to others, how we summon up the strength or courage for new endeavors often and always comes down to breathing. I’m grateful for the long inhalation that lifts my chest and...

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  • Gratitude: We All Built That

    In 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, the brief silence at the other end of the line told me something was wrong. When my mother spoke, her lilting voice seemed weak and vacant. “I have some...

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  • Live your True Calling

    Live 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 creative. Your true calling is your vision of a better life. Your true calling is your Creator whispering to you who you really are. One day we will all...

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  • One Percent More: Embracing Progress Over Perfection

    One 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. Moments like these remind me that life goes on. And not only does life go on, but this very morning you have a chance to make a new decision...

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  • The Power of Transitions

    The 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 the spine. Depending on the type of class you take, the instructions alone could completely occupy your mind during a pose. But once it’s over? Once it’s over, we’re...

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  • Rejection is an Essential Part of Your Process

    Rejection 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 and on to the next, we delay, delay, delay. The logic goes something like this: We delay getting a “no” because if we get a “no” then we will...

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  • Summer Bodies

    Summer 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 pattern to distract from what I was sure were hippo hips. My stepsister, shaped more like a short Barbie doll, focused with laser-precision on the bikini for the summer...

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