Friday, September 30, 2016

Easing Physical or Emotional Pain…Mindfully

In our society, we have almost become “programmed” to view pain as a bad thing.  Actually, physical pain serves a very helpful purpose as a messenger.  If we didn’t feel it, just think of the damage that could be done from, say, a hot stove or a broken bone!  As well, we also tend to […]

Finding Your Sanctuary

Recently, my family and I were fortunate enough to discover The Wild Animal Sanctuary, a place in Colorado in which animals (carnivores like lions, tigers, and bears…oh my!) are rescued, often from misinformed people who attempt to keep such animals as pets. The animals are taken to an amazing facility of over 700 acres, in […]

High School Reunion: Friend or Foe?

About a year ago, I was approached by my high school class president about heading up a committee for our class reunion (okay, I actually brought the subject up to him, so technically I volunteered…WHY do I bring these things on myself?!).  Fast-forward 6 months, and things were shaping up well, including my creating a […]

Is yoga like stand-up comedy?

“You’re a yoga teacher? Cool…show me something really impressive!” This is a typical response when I share that I teach yoga (and teach the teachers!).  I think that it must be what stand-up comedians feel when they divulge what they do, and hear the inevitable “Say something funny!” Oh, the pressure! When I get that […]

Birds-Eye View

The last time I went to Pikes Peak (not far from the place that I now call home), I had no intention of doing anything other than hiking and enjoying the scenery with my husband. Little did I know that I would have two experiences that changed how I feel about the world around me, […]

The Blessing of Affirmations

When you look in the mirror, what’s the first thing you say to yourself? If you are like most women, it’s not something kind or complimentary. Most of us are WAY too hard on ourselves, and the media doesn’t help with that. Think about it…can you recall ONE company that promotes happiness with what IS […]

Worth the “Weight”?

I never thought I could learn so much about myself from a cactus! Upon a recent trip to Arizona, I learned something about the Saguaro cactus (the really tall ones that can have a bunch of “arms”, once they are 75 years old). They can shrink and expand, based on how much moisture they hold […]

Releasing Emotion Can Set You FREE!

Is it just me, or does it seem as if violence in our country has reached a pace at which it is the ONLY topic of news these days?  I must admit that I am almost frightened to leave my house some days, in anticipation of being a victim myself.  What’s almost MORE scary to […]

A Change Could Do You Good

“Mom, I had a bad dream.” I heard this all-too-familiar whisper in my ear, from my 6-year-old son, at 4am this morning.  It woke me physically from a deep sleep, but mentally with a smile on the inside.  I hate that he has had such a jolting dream that he feels he must find a […]

Don’t Pause for the Flaws

“I wonder how I would look with pink extensions in my hair? That is a really cute pair of yoga pants…I wonder where she got them.  I could never wear those with these hips.  Oh my gosh, did everyone in class just hear my stomach growl? I could really go for a smoothie after this. […]

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