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Inspiring Stories

A potpourri of thought-provoking posts on many different daily-life subjects.
  • The Counterpose of Grief

    Barren


    The 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 if you’ve been doing arm balances, for example.
    Widening the Scope
    In addition to the neatness of this paradigm (my...

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  • Living Your Dreams

    What

    Living 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 mind and personality resist, cry, act fearful and want to quit.

    Accept that it’s totally natural for your mind...

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  • Working with Addiction: Replacing Unhealthy Habits with Heatlhy Ones

    Overcoming


    Overcoming 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 street looking for drugs and alcohol. Addicts are people who run from their feelings and suppress them in unhealthy ways. I’m not...

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  • There is No Lack: Possibility is in Your Reach

    Don’t


    Lack 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 an infinite world the thought that there isn’t enough is just a...

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  • Whoever You Are, No Matter How Lonely

    Loneliness


    Whoever 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, I find myself feeling just a little lonely. Calling my 16-year-old son at home, I discover he’s a little lonely...

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

    Forgiveness


    Forgiveness:  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 your journey are present-time things. They know nothing of the past and are unconcerned with the future. Dreams manifest in the...

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  • On Retreat

    Woodsy


    On 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 to a small cabin in the woods. There is no internet, only phone service when standing on certain hills when the stars are aligned...

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  • Yoga as Sabbath

    Sukkhasana


    Sabbath 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 health and healing. As a practicing Jew, I had become an expert at squeezing in extra work on weekends between driving the kids all...

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  • Impermanence: Of Tulips and the Transitory (Part 2)

    Today’s


    The 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 was no longer hindering their movement by holding on.

    This insight has changed my life in many ways. I no longer grasp on...

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  • Impermanence: Of Tulips and the Transitory (Part 1)

    Impermanent


    Impermanence 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 their form, their unabashed brightness. I love their tenacity, how their leaves lance the near-frozen ground in the gray days of February to...

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