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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