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Being the Light During These Dark Days

My daughter Gretta, who has been gifted with joie de vivre, has been singing Jingle Bells at the top of her lungs all week.  During one of her renditions, I heard the lyric “making spirits bright” in a new way, making me think about how we can keep our our spirits bright this holiday season.  We are in a natural period …

Yoga is Good Medicine

I had the opportunity this week to lecture to 180 first year medical students about research on the health benefits of yoga.  They stayed awake, and were interested! Following my talk, the doctor who invited me said…”Wow, that data really makes me want to start yoga!” Here are some of the stats I shared with them that might motivate you …

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My Meditation Journey (thus far…)

It was 20 years ago I was first introduced to meditation while on internship at the University of Miami cancer center.  I was required to attend daily meditation over the noon hour.  At first, all I noticed was my racing mind, impatience, and annoyance that I wasn’t spending my lunch break in the warm sun.  Within a few weeks, however, …

Downshift as Fall Approaches

How is your life balance?  I spent years trying to find that elusive place of equilibrium with the perfect mix of work, family life, relaxation, and a clean house.  There were moments that felt balanced, but the operative word is “moments”…it never lasted. The yoga sutras teach that we can achieve balance, or a “sattvic” state in our mind and …

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Summer Solstice 2015

The sun is at the height of its power on Sunday when we experience the longest day and shortest night of the year. Solstice means “standing of the sun”, and is a major turning point in the earth’s cycle, providing a great time for self-reflection. Take a moment to honor all that has unfolded in your life since the solstice …

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Meeting Life with Full Presence

“Life is not meant to be a long series of unfelt and undirected experiences. We are not to be zombies and slaves, unconscious animals trapped in dumbness to the moment, leading mindless and powerless lives. We are not intended to be inattentive to our loved ones and the duties of life or the dreams in our hearts. Should we wish …