Category Archives: Mindfulness

Seeking Harmony in Divided Times

Inspired by the trip I’m on, I woke up this morning wanting to explore how to get along with people of different backgrounds, beliefs, opinions, cultures, gender, etc. There are plenty of examples in our daily news feed and nightly news shows of how we don’t get along.  While some of this information is important,

In and Out of Rain

I’m in Edinburgh, Scotland this week and enjoying “the beautiful sunny weather”—as the gentlemen exclaimed at the airport as he greeted us. That is a joke, of course, as it has rained every day. But, it has also been extremely beautiful—lots of lush green, friendly people, and wonderful sites of ancient architecture, as well as

Angry For No Reason!

While everyone else was deeply relaxing into savasana (the corpse pose) at the end of the yoga class I taught, I was sitting on my cushion feeling angry. It had been a fully balanced and relaxing posture practice so my body felt pretty awesome. But, there was definitely a shit storm going on in my

Where is Home? Finding Your Center in the Midst of Change

Home has mostly positive connotations for people. It might not be the home that you grew up in but the home that you have created for yourself. Either way, we seek to create a home that gives us a sense of peace, comfort, and familiarity.  We like to have something that we can count on.

What’s Enough? Mindful Consumption in Abundant Times

In yoga class this week I discussed the concept of “nonexcess,” the yogic philosophy called Brachmacharya. Certainly, it is not difficult to see how much our modern lives are consumed with the opposite—excess! We live in a “more is better,” “all-you-can-eat,” “get more for your money,” “buy the new shiny thing” world. When times were

The Mindful Eating Revolution: Are You Ready?

Last week I was leading a retreat in Brazil for Eat for Life Teachers-In-Training and members of the Centro Brasileiro de Mindful Eating. We carefully went through the orientation and ten-week program to talk about important concepts and review the challenges that can arise when people take the class. At the end when everyone was

Happy and Healthy Doesn’t Have a Weight

About a month ago a good friend got in my car to go to the gym and immediately blurted out “Can I ask you a personal question?” I said “Sure,” being pretty open to people about most things in my life. It turns out that she wanted to know how much I weighed. To her

Practicing Truthfulness: Exercises in Mindful Living

Last week I wrote about the ethical precept of nonviolence, or Ahimsa from the teachings of yoga.  This week I have been practicing with the second precept of  “truthfulness,” or Satya. You really can’t practice truthfulness well without nonviolence, so it’s convenient that they come right after the other. But even when you speak with

Eight Ways to Create Peace

This week in the yoga classes I teach, I have been talking about the ethical practice of non-violence, or Ahimsa as it’s called in Sanskrit. Non-violence is at the heart of the teachings in yoga and provides the foundation for the other guidelines. Regardless of its historical or religious underpinnings, I think most people would

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

“In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow.” Pico Iyer             I often teach what I need to learn and, boy, is this lesson a big one for me. I move fast, talk fast, think fast, and drive fast. The faster I move, the more lost in thought I tend