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When we’re hard on ourselves or judgmental of others, we suffer. We might find ourselves having a shut down, internal experience, while on the outside appearing seemingly okay. How can we let go of inner-resistance, criticism, and self-pressure? How can we invite ease and expansion into our everyday experience? The conscious practice of compassion for
Do you find yourself completely consumed with erratic, non-productive thoughts? Is your endless stream of worry and rapid-fire stress keeping you from achieving a sustainable, serene, mindset? Awareness Meditation was developed to help individuals slowly and calmly process thoughts through a state of complete and unadulterated awareness. Awareness Meditation helps individuals expand their understanding of
What do you really want? Many people don’t give themselves full permission to harness and own their true desires. Whether it’s fear of selfishness or egoism in pursuit of their innate passions, we tend to push our own pristine vision of what we truly want out of the way. Meditation is key for identifying, contemplating,
Is it possible to meditate while you work? Is it possible to relax while you work? Yes and yes! Guided Meditation Video So how would you approach the practice of meditation towards work? In the following video, I share a few tips and tools on how to invoke a meditative state while you work. What
If you want to have a consistent practice, it’s important to create a meditation practice that inspires you to meditate every day. Each person is unique. To give one practice to everyone and expect it to work for them long-term seems impractical. The majority of folks cannot sit in cross-legged position on the floor. Many
Healing means different things to different people. Some people assume that if you need healing, something is wrong with you and you need to be “fixed.” Others may see healing as a journey towards your highest self and potential. You’ll notice the word “heal” comes from “health.” It is the process of becoming whole, of
Life today moves at a faster and faster pace. The rhythm at which we move, engage, and receive information can throw off our own internal sense of rhythm. We might find ourselves feeling caught up in the whirlwind of busyness, unable to slow down and catch up with ourselves. When we’re moving quickly, we might
In today’s busy, ever-demanding world, we find ourselves constantly running around, unable to slow down and take care of ourselves. Our incessant busyness can make us run near empty. When we’re so caught up in giving to others, fulfilling obligations, and performing tasks, we forget to reflect on our own mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.
Do you get annoyed when people don’t agree with you politically? How do you apply the practice of meditation to parts of your life that feel messy, stuck and drama-queen crazy? In this short video clip, I offer meditation tips where you can apply this ancient practice to the challenging areas of your life today.
One of the things I often hear is, “I’m too busy to meditate! I have to do my taxes, housework, and everyday responsibilities!” Meditation for Daily Life What can you do instead? Meditate while you do. Here’s a 10 minute video guide on how you can meditate while you do anything, even washing your dishes! Learning
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I love snow, but Michigan winter was getting me down. My skin was dry and flakey and my body was tense from subzero temps! I decided to book a trip somewhere warm. That’s when I discovered the Sivananda Yoga Center in the Bahamas from a random yoga nidra youtube video. You must check this video
Friends, to honor Martin Luther King today, I wanted to share one of the most inspiring stories I know about King, one that many people do not know about. It is a story about a time when King faced his greatest fear. King’s rise to leadership was completely unexpected. It was Dec of 1955.
Whether we are embarking on a new life change or want to discover our life’s dream, we will all face obstacles along the way. Paulo Coelho’s book, “The Alchemist” illustrates the challenges we face when we follow what we love. It is a simple fable about a shepherd boy in search of dreams and the
I was in Chicago over Thanksgiving and made the mistake of going to Whole Foods right before Turkey day. It was totally packed. They were playing loud, upbeat music and people were running over us in their carts. Everyone was rushing. I felt stressed! It’s easy to get caught up in the rush over the
There’s a little voice in my head that thinks it knows what is “spiritual.” When I wake up in the morning, I have a daily practice of writing and meditation. On rare occasions, I cannot do this the first thing in the morning. Say I am traveling, or really stressed out and have to take
When I first received the inspiration to produce Sura Flow, “Self-Discovery Yoga,” the message I received from spirit was “Sura, help show people how to surrender.” How would you help people learn to surrender? I didn’t even really know myself. Besides, I did not want to make a yoga video. 1) It was going to
I absolutely loved Sarah Kathleen Peck’s blog post: “How do you find the right people that are right for you? Hint: it’s all about energy.” She talks about the energetic quality of relationships, like “Negative Influencers” who seem great on the surface. These are people who are wonderful and charismatic, you cannot say anything
When I lived in Salt Spring Island, I tried equine therapy. I have always loved horses, and through coaching, I heard that horses were masterful at helping people grow and become more self-aware. Horses are highly psychic and intuitive, and tend to reflect energy. If you are confident or unsure, a horse is sure to
I’ve always been skeptical of healers. Maybe because I am one myself. I don’t think anyone can heal someone else. It comes from within, when that person is ready. Just to clarify, let’s talk about what healing is, since it means different things to different people. Generally speaking, healing is the journey towards wholeness. You
Have you been feeling more intense emotions this year? It seems many people are experiencing this, myself included. I’ve noticed that I’ve been experiencing a wider range of emotions, with greater intensity. As collective consciousness expands, it could be that more people are experiencing emotional healing and cleansing, even at a deep cellular level where
It can be that if we’re not aware of some aspect of our life, that it will likely show up in the body as body pain. Eckhart Tolle talked about the pain-body as an egoic entity that comprises all of our past pain and emotion. He says: “The pain-body wants to survive, just like every
Hi friends, I’ve been off the grid for a while. 2013 has been like no other year, and I needed to take time to go deep within and be quiet. It’s been a big year of transformation and transition. Earlier this year, I kept having visions and dreams of a lake in Central America. After
We all feel stuck at some point in our lives. We make New Year’s resolutions, talk about it with friends, even get excited. Sometime later, our enthusiasm fizzles, and you wonder what your new years resolutions even were. Life doesn’t change much. You still feel the same. You have the same problems and the same
I was excited to see my new soul guide in Huffpost’s GPS for the Soul. Beautiful photos, affirmations & peaceful music. Take some time to enjoy this compilation of artwork to rest your soul. Thanks to friends who contributed music & photos: David Gordon, Dasha Gaian, Joshua Simas, Lisa Dugdale & Lani Kwon. Love &
I had to share this blog post by Paulo Coelho, a favorite author, who wrote “The Alchemist.” Beautifully written. Very poetic and prayerful. 2013: the first year of the rest of my life No one can go back, but everyone can go forward. And tomorrow, when the sun rises, all you have to say to
Did you make a new year’s resolution to start meditating? Are you wondering how to start? Learning how to center yourself and slow down the mind is an invaluable aspect of health. Meditation is an excellent tool for learning how to be present. There are many benefits to learning how to meditate: It helps to