Antidote to Perfectionism

I always say that I am a recovered perfectionist, but just like any other addiction, it’s something I have to continually manage.  For me it turns up as a tight body, a running commentary in my head about doing things “right”, self-condemnation when I don’t measure up to my own high standards, and fear of failing which sometimes paralyzes me …

Om Namah Shivaya (written)

Your Greatest Teacher is Within

I’ve never had one primary yoga or spiritual teacher with whom I’ve worked. There are many I’ve studied with, but at times I wonder if I need to find one “guru” and stick with that person for a long period. This weekend I leave for a week to start a meditation training program with Deepak Chopra.  I’ve been following his …

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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 …

dhyana mudra hand position

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 …