Sunday, February 28, 2021

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 […]

The Variety of Addictive Experiences

We welcome Chris Kingman, LCSW to the Real Deal as a regular Contributor with this post!  WATRD Editor.  Taking an historical perspective often illuminates complexity while simultaneously deepening our understanding of the subject in question. In thinking about addiction, it is valuable to remind ourselves that human beings have been failing miserably in their attempts […]

Do You Believe in Coincidences … or Miracles?

I met Doris Smeltzer a few years ago because she had suffered a terrible tragedy — she lost her daughter to an eating disorder — and I was interviewing her to help create educational films for the NORMAL nonprofit.  I decided to share the below 12 minute clip because the power of Doris’s story is […]

No Belts For No Bullying.

This guest post graciously submitted by Shihan Michelle Gay Today, on our first belt ceremony day, no new belts were given out at the dojo. Instead an impromptu protest was staged and we have declared our dojo to be a “bully free zone”.  And we mean it. After a rash of dressing room events over […]

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.

I grew up in a religious home, attending church and youth group, Sunday school and bible study. This part of my childhood was very formative in my life for a number of reasons. Religion or spirituality plays a strong cultural component in identity development and learning for many individuals. One of the more interesting and […]

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