Posts Tagged 'fear'

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:

Allow

Much of ...

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7 Methods to Confront the Fear of Failure

7 Methods to Confront the Fear of Failure

Phew! It’s been six weeks since I did a blog post, and to be honest, the last couple of weeks I’ve been avoiding doing a newsletter because I FAILED! I failed in providing you daily and weekly inspiration. Well, I’ve confronted that FEAR today for my year without fear, and I am going to promise you I will stay on track!

I’ve been talking a lot to my yoga therapy clients about failure lately – its a hot topic. I’ve been ...

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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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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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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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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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