yoga

Identity Is Not Fixed

“I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end, nor do I really know myself.” –Thomas Merton, Christian contemplative “It is who we become that transforms the world, not what we do.” –Sandra Ingerman, Shaman, teacher, writer My yoga teacher recently told me, “I wake up every morning a different person.” “Me too!” […]

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A Prescription for Love (and Freedom)

When I did yoga teacher training several years ago, we learned about the different phases along what is known the eight-fold path. First we had to understand the underlying foundational principles of yoga, including “yamas” and “niyamas.” These were like the 10 commandments of being a yogi, and the principles lined up with those of major religions, such as acting with nonviolence in all things, and being truthful. Within a […]

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Saying Yes to Your Life

Do you know how to let go? I certainly didn’t, for a long time. I grasped on to everything tightly, like a kid gripping her bicycle’s handlebars. I thought that would keep me in control. Nothing would fail. Things wouldn’t go wrong, because I wouldn’t let them. Isn’t this cute? It reminds me of a boyfriend I had once who, when I told him that the relationship wasn’t working, declared, […]

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God Is Not a Game You Win

“Oh, life. It’s bigger. Is bigger than you, and you are not me.” –R.E.M., “Losing My Religion”  “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” –Hamlet   I met a man once who said he was an atheist, but that if anything were to happen to one of his kids, he knew he’d immediately pray. He also spent his Thanksgiving volunteering at […]

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Changing Your Story

“For if we think of this existence of the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident that most people learn to know only a comer of their room, a place by the window, a strip of floor on which they walk up and down.” –Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet So many lives, so many worlds, live within each of us, and most of us […]

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Dance in the Temple of Your Love

What is it going to take to reveal your hidden, magical, mysterious, beautiful body? Seriously. What is it going to take? Becoming embodied has little to do with sex or stripping or showing off. Becoming embodied is about nurturing your soul, doing the inner work that makes the energetic body free. And once you clear the energies that haunt you, the wounds of the past, the shadows you still carry […]

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The Middle Way

There is no such thing as sin; rather you yourselves are what produces sin when you act in accordance with the nature of adultery [unfaithfulness], which is called “sin.” For this reason, the Good came among you, pursuing (the good) which belongs to every nature. It will set it within its root. This is why you get sick and die: because you love what deceives you. –Gospel of Mary Magdalene […]

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