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We’ve all endured difficult situations with other individuals. People can throw us off-center every single day. What do you do when you feel pulled, pushed, depleted, compressed and driven haywire by the most challenging people in your life? The way we process stressful connections has a lot to do with how we perceive and digest
Meditation perfectly complements an array of health practices, meetings, and yoga sessions. Whether it’s for a tense work environment, or an individual with his or her own spiritual practice every morning or night, meditation can serve and enhance any situation. Meditation promotes health and reduces stress, but it also offers so much more than maintaining
Everyone has that feeling of “not enough” money, resources, sleep, and energy throughout a typical day. Perhaps you feel that who you are is not enough. We may feel that in order to be “enough,” we have to do more, create more, be more. We buy into a way of living that thwarts us out
If you had two hours to watch a movie, would you want to see it on an old TV or a new high-definition TV with surround sound? Obviously you’d choose the HD TV. Just as technology can enhance our experience, so can the practice of meditation. From improving our senses, our intuition, our creativity, meditation
Our thoughts can cause us undue suffering. Have you ever stopped to consider how many of them are actually true? If you find your thoughts are too loudly in the foreground, overly negative, or incredibly unproductive, you can try this simple meditation technique. This approach takes about 2-3 seconds and is gleaned from metta meditation,
We tend to look for energy, look for love, and look for compassion outside of ourselves. The source of true love and true joy, however, resides inside all of us. It is completely accessible and always present for us to tap into. Too often it’s easy to blame external factors and get caught up in
We’ve all faced health challenges at some point in our lives. During those times, it can really shake us up. It can force us to take a closer look at our lives, the way we live, and how we take care of ourselves. Several years ago, I came down with a parasitic illness that didn’t
I love long road trips. I’ve come to fall in love with them. But before I started journeying in my prius cross country, I used to hate driving for long periods of time. It wasn’t until I started driving out of necessity, that I began to truly enjoy the solitary time alone in my car
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
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When something feels too hard in my life, I know it’s a red flag. Why? Because I know we’re not meant to live in a state of stress and effort. There’s a difference between being challenged, and wasting our precious life force energy. When we live in too much “hard” energy, it throws us off
One of the unexpected gifts I received when I was sick was the experience of having short hair. It was disheartening to see my long black hair disintegrate to brittle nothing. I had to cut it off and start over. I went to the stylist and found a picture of Amy Tan in a
Dan Millman was 20 years old, at the peak of his gymnastics career, when he shattered his right leg in a motorcycle accident. A competitive gymnast at Berkeley University, he was training for the World Gymnastics Championships as a potential Olympian, when he was told he might walk but never compete again. That’s when he
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