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Inspiring Stories

A potpourri of thought-provoking posts on many different daily-life subjects.
  • What is Iyengar’s Legacy?

    What is Iyengar’s Legacy and What Will be Yours? September 6th will be the 30th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Taken by a sudden heart attack while talking on the phone, his death was a huge shock. He was not old—63—and very athletic, vital and energetic. Here one moment, gone the next. About a year after his passing, my sisters and mother and I got together for a few days. I clearly recall sitting in my younger sister’s apartment one afternoon, all of us ranting about politics. Reagan had just been reelected, and none of us was happy about it...

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  • Why Be Mindful?

    Why Be Mindful? Anything Can Happen Any Time One chilly February day in 1997, I was rushing to a meeting with the founder of the soon-to-be-opened Cancer Wellness House. About three blocks from my appointment, I was happy to be greeted by a green light at a major intersection. As I entered the intersection, BAM! Suddenly, my car was turned sideways in the middle of the intersection and I was completely dazed and confused. A witness told police that another car T-boned mine while running the red light. Although I was wearing my seat belt, my head hit the driver’s...

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  • A Steady Unfolding: The Yoga of Patience

    The Yoga of Patience I had the good fortune to spend 18 days at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the past few weeks. My partner and I attended two back-to-back nine-day retreats. The first nine days focused on the cultivation of kindness and compassion, and the second nine days focused on mindfulness practice. I feel immense gratitude for the teachings, the practice and the wisdom of the teachers. When I tell people who haven't engaged in this type of practice that I’m off to attend a silent meditation retreat, most reactions fall into two categories: “I couldn’t be quiet for...

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  • Cultivating Appreciation - Knowing You Have No Toothache

    Cultivating Appreciation - Knowing You Have No Toothache A while back some nasty bacteria set up camp around my lower right wisdom tooth. The sensation was one I’d never felt before. Swollen gum tissue had displaced the tooth, so much so that the only teeth that articulated in my entire mouth were the infected one and the upper one opposite it. And when those two teeth came together, shock waves shot through my mouth. My dentist thought the tooth itself was fine, and the infection was nothing antibiotics couldn’t cure. I’ve managed to avoid antibiotics for most of the...

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  • Always Remember to Cherish Yourself

    Cherish Yourself It’s very easy to make other people and their priorities more important than you and your goals. Make sure to hold your own goals, dreams, desires and needs in a very high regard. Do not give away so much of yourself that when you need energy there’s none left. Being of service is one of the fastest ways to be happy and to find success, but there is a balance. You can’t give away what you don’t have. Make sure you are filled up and taken care of. Your goals and dreams are very important; they are not...

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  • Why Things Go Better When You Listen to Your Body

    Why Things Go Better When You Listen to Your Body Once I started listening to my body (admittedly <1% of the time, especially at the beginning), I was surprised by how it affected how I felt. (I’m obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed sometimes.) My bodily experience shifted—in that, I actually had one. Unreal. (Thank you, yoga.) Shouting From the Rooftops As my yoga practice helps me continue to hone this tool, and my body has to use more of a microphone and less of a bullhorn (we’re still a ways away from a regular speaking voice...

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  • The Power of Generosity

    The Power of Generosity One of my clearest, most nostalgic memories from growing up is that of the excitement of Christmas morning. Our parents would round up my two sisters and me so that we could all converge on the living room simultaneously, run to our piles of presents, and ooooh and ahhhh in unison. The excitement of seeing my wishes granted, and the surprise of gifts I hadn't asked for that my parents imagined I might like, was just so much fun. That excitement sustained me through the day as we visited relatives and friends and gifted them...

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  • Happy Thanksgivukkah: The Yoga of Cleaning, Sorting and Cooking

    Happy Thanksgivukkah: The Yoga of Cleaning, Sorting and Cooking I spent a good part of the last few days scrubbing cabinets, amazed at how much sticky muck lines the tops and sides when you don’t think to clean them more than every decade. Then I started in on reorganizing the fallen piles of pots and pans, the giant bowl of never-used cookie cutters, and the menagerie of parts for food processors long gone. “You’re doing your fall cleaning,” my husband observed, and yes, I was, and with a vengeance. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah intersect this year, and suddenly, I’m enchanted with...

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  • What Love Looks Like

    What Love Looks Like This morning as I sat in meditation a stray thought popped into my head seemingly out of nowhere, as most thoughts do. I momentarily wondered what I would do if I went outside to feed my four beautiful feral cats and found that one of them was sick, injured or worse. Would I go to work anyway? How would I deal with it? I dutifully dismissed the thought and returned to my breath. After I got up from my sitting practice I went to feed the ferals. I first noticed that the bed one of...

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  • Share Your Gifts with the World

    Share Your Gifts with the World Ask for what you want. Think big and ask big. In an infinite world even the largest request is small. The key is don’t ask from your ego; ask from your heart. The ego asks because it wants to be superior, made larger and more significant. The heart asks because it wishes to share, heal and inspire the world. When you have a large vision and know your purpose, ask for it in all the biggest ways you can. Know that you have value and that your gifts need to be shared with...

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