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Staying Present in Groundlessness

Staying Present in Groundlessness

Staying Present in Groundlessness

So last week I talked about the top 5 ways to eliminate fear. The first step was to admit you are afraid. Then the next thing I said was “step into that shaky place.” Here’s what I said:

Step into the “Shaky Place”. How do you do this? Courageously step into what I call “the shaky place” – that moment of groundlessness, where you don’t know how to find your balance, everything is shifting and you ...

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Top 5 Ways to Eliminate Fear

Top 5 Ways to Eliminate Fear

As we delve into the second month of our #yearwithoutfear challenge, I find myself looking at the ways I cope with feeling bad. We all have a natural fear of feeling bad – whatever that might be – pain, heartache, stress, financial difficulties, illness. There are a few simple things you can do to help yourself when you find yourself constricting around fear – trying to wall up and keep out the bad feelings, situations, circumstances, whatever.

1. Admit that you’re afraid. When we ...

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Meditation Can Prevent Fear

Meditation Can Prevent Fear

This week we are delving into the second shield of the Ego: Our beliefs and how we translate them in our spoken, written or artistically interpreted world. This shield “represents how we use beliefs of all kinds to give us the illusion of certainty about the nature of reality.” (Pema Chodron, The Places that Scare You)

How do we react when our beliefs are challenged? Do we dig in deep, certain that we are correct because we feel a certain way? One of the ...

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#30Crows 30 Day Conquer Your Fear Challenge!

#30Crows 30 Day Conquer Your Fear Challenge!

The First #yearwithoutfear Conquer Your Fear CHALLENGE!

Crow Pose is a pose I’ve been afraid of for a long time! I took a bodacious header in it 13 years ago when I started, and have been challenged ever since. To overcome my fear, I am doing 30 crow poses in 30 days – click the links below to see my videos documenting my progress! Tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to join me!

LIFTOFF!

FREEDOM!

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Shield #1 of the Ego: The External World

Shield #1 of the Ego: The External World

This week we start to explore the Ego a little bit deeper. There are three ways our Ego puts up a wall and says NO! to the softening power of Bodhichitta. This is when we look to things outside of ourselves to help us feel solid, safe and comforted. It’s our method of escape from the pains and aches of daily life, no matter if they are mental, physical or emotional.

Another way to think about this is our coping strategies. ...

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Deepening Bodhichitta in Your Life

Deepening Bodhichitta in Your Life

Wow, I’m only in week 2 of this “Year without Fear” challenge and already it is changing my life in deep and profound ways. It’s uncovering hidden treasures and lightening my spirit like a bird taking flight. Puzzle pieces are shifting and changing so that the puzzle doesn’t look like it did 2 weeks ago – a kind of magic that is elemental, human and totally in the opening of my heart. All flowery images aside, there is some very ...

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Year With Out Fear, Issue #1

Year With Out Fear, Issue #1

So this week starts a journey for me – 365 days of my commitment to understand, learn about and overcome fear. Why did I take on this task, you might wonder? Not far back, I noticed that fear of things drove simple, every day decisions. I was afraid of failure, of responsibility, of disappointing loved ones – you name it. And I got tired of it. Yoga and my studies of nueroscience have taught me ...

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10 Ways to Decrease Pain with Yoga

10 Ways to Decrease Pain with Yoga

My goal as a yoga teacher is first and foremost to help you deal with pain, and fully experience joy. All else comes from that. In my recent Freedom from Pain workshop, we went over 10 tools you can instantly use to free yourself from pain on a daily basis.

1. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Sound amazingly simple? It is. When we do this type of breathing it does a few things. First, it brings ...

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