Posts Tagged 'compassion'

Practice Loving YOU

Practice Loving YOU

Sometimes it feels like there is nothing harder than loving ourselves. Patterns and conditioning from our life events or environment can adversely affect our skills of loving who we are, right now, in this very moment. There are lots of different ways to help boost our self-esteem, or love of ourselves, and the internet is full of suggestions. Here are three ways I’ve learned to love myself more through yoga.

Keep Showing Up

No matter what I think of myself on any ...

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Start Where You Are: A Yogic Approach to Goal Setting

Start Where You Are: A Yogic Approach to Goal Setting

So it’s that resolution-setting time of the year. Everyone has lots of advice about what goals to set, when to set them and how to be successful. What I would like to talk about is the energy before all that. Yes, change is good, but what happens to prepare you for that change?

Start Where You Are

In my experience, sometimes the desire to change arises out of suffering. The pain of that suffering motivates us to think the thought, “What must ...

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Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Practicing Compassion: A highly effective technique for happiness

Compassion meditation, often called “Metta” or “Lovingkindness” meditation is a key element in living a contented life. Compassion can be defined as the conscious recognition and acknowledgement of another sentient being’s ability to feel pain, joy, love, sadness, grief, happiness or any other emotion or experience. Practicing this meditation increases your ability to be compassionate to yourself, a soft gentle feeling that turns inward and can start to decrease the volume of negative or critical thoughts. This can ...

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A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique for Yoga

A.W.A.K.E.N. Technique

The following technique for mindfulness has been a powerful addition to my practice. It shows us not just that paying attention is important, but HOW to pay attention. You might have heard people saying to you in various ways that mindfulness and paying attention are the keys to happiness. While I don’t know if they are the only keys, they are certainly on the keychain of enlightenment and reducing our daily suffering. Here’s the technique briefly outlined below:

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How Not to Be Afraid of Truth – Communicating with Integrity

How Not to Be Afraid of Truth – Communicating with Integrity

Communication is vital for any profession, but for a teacher it is our livelihood. Our existence as teachers depends on our ability to communicate our ideas, thoughts and concepts to other people with effectiveness and clarity. I would also add in efficiency as an important characteristic.

I’ve had numerous experiences with communicating with integrity this week. From working with others to renovate and repair walls to talking to customers about buying a product to teaching my students concepts ...

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Overcoming MUD, FIRE, WATER and FEAR

Overcoming MUD, FIRE, WATER and FEAR
So yesterday I had the pleasure of facing a tough obstacle course called the Warrior Dash! This is my second annual attendance at this event in Huntersville, North Carolina. The day dawned with perfect weather – 60 degrees and sunny. What a perfect day for a race! And what a difference between this year and last year! Last year, the race was much tougher. Why? There were a few things that made it much, much harder:

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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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