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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.

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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Impermanence: Of Tulips and the Transitory (Part 1)

posted by Charlotte Bell on April 10, 2012 |

impermanenceImpermanence and Appreciation I wish tulips bloomed all summer. Two weeks of glory is far too little. During their spring performance I find myself making excuses to sit among the tulips lining the walk leading to my front door. I can’t resist shooting tulip photos year after year, hoping to preserve them somehow but knowing that two-dimensional images can never do them justice. I love everything about tulips—the simplicity of

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Don’t Give Up

posted by Crystal Griffiths on April 9, 2012 |

give upDon’t Give Up:  When Things Don’t Go Our Way, It Might be a Gift A lot of people tend to think, when they are pursuing their dreams, that when things aren’t going the way they “want” or the way they “planned,” that they should give up. Many people want to give up when things get a little tough. And it’s interesting to me to see how easy it is for

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The Power of Thoughts

posted by Crystal Griffiths on April 9, 2012 |

power of thoughtsThe Power of Thoughts or The Power We Give Our Thoughts I realized something very different today. Here’s a liberating thought:  You don’t have to believe every thought that you think. And, not every thought that you think is true. You might be conditioned to think, “This always happens to me.” Or perhaps, “I don’t deserve love.” Or even better, “I don’t deserve to be happy.” Since when did you

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Don’t Stand Down

posted by Crystal Griffiths on April 9, 2012 |

don't stand downDon’t Stand Down:  You Just May be Right! In what ways do you make yourself wrong? I don’t know about you, but there are tons of ways for me to make myself wrong. No matter how hard I try, even when my intentions are pure, I am queen of making myself wrong when my actions don’t please someone else. Even when in my heart I know my actions are pure,

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Define Yourself

posted by Crystal Griffiths on April 9, 2012 |

define yourselfDefine Yourself:  Live in Fullness In the Western world, we spend a lot our time rushing around trying to “accomplish” something. Fill in the blank and we are trying to get it done. Make more money. Lose more weight. Find more love. Finish our to-do lists. Have more energy. Get a better job. Have more free time. Love ourselves more. Get to work on time. Get home on time. Western

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Opening the Heart + Breathing—Or, Why I Had a Meltdown in Class

posted by Anna Guest-Jelley on April 2, 2012 |

heart openingThe Heart Opening Breath I recently went to class with a new (to me) teacher. About halfway through class, she announced that we’d be doing pranayama (or breath work) for the last 30 minutes of class. “Great,” I thought to myself. “I love pranayama.” Getting Set Up After she guided us through a couple restorative poses to get grounded, we set up for pranayama. We got our pranayama pillows and

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Practicing Patience: Allow the Tree to Grow

posted by Lynae on March 27, 2012 |

patience Patience by Lynae Hermansen Growing up, especially while in college, I would become very anxious and beat myself up for not having already “arrived” at what and where I wanted to be, such as having a secure path that ensured financial success and happiness, already having a degree, let alone even knowing what I specifically wanted to major in, which college, and how I wanted to make a career out

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