[caption id="attachment_12420" align="alignright" width="155"] Sneaky monkey. Aw...so cute![/caption]
Anxiety. Just the word makes me tighten up my shoulders and lose my breath. More and more people are realizing and admitting to their experience with chronic anxiety. In a fast paced and depend-on-yourself society, it’s not hard to imagine why this unwelcome experience and condition is flourishing. We’re losing our breath. We can’t relax. We’re bombarded and overwhelmed with task after task with no one but ourselves to rely on, and we’re just waiting for the moment when things will finally fall apart. Are you feeling it? That monkey on your back? The weight on your shoulders,
December is truly my favorite month! I love the sights. I love the smells. Even the sounds of music and ringing bells that I've heard every year before don't get old. The sense of magic I felt as a kid flutters back to life as new traditions are made and old ones are celebrated.
One of these traditions is the year review that begins as I write my holiday letter. What did I do this year and where has life taken me? What did I love, lose, and accomplish? Often I'm left amazed at everything that's transpired in the course of twelve months! From that jumping off point I take another step and write down my goals for the year ahead. By the time I'm done I feel like I know myself a little
I was recently asked by someone if I have a daily spiritual practice. The question caught me off guard and I had to stop and think. Do I? If I do, what is it? What inspires me from day to day and brings me a deeper sense of connection to myself, the world as a whole, and everything that exists beyond? In that moment I was stumped and my lack of response left me sad.
In the following weeks I tried to pay attention to anything that might fill my personal need for a spiritual practice. I was surprised to notice that it was actually already present here and there in my life: practicing yoga in my kitchen (not what I’d consider a “spiritual” environment, but it’s the best flat surface
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Robert Butera, author of The Pure Heart of Yoga and Meditation for Your Life.
Today we welcome the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Games. It is known that a high percentage of Olympic athletes meditate, visualize, or use some form of mental concentration practice to enhance their performance. Individual performers, be they swimmers, gymnasts, or runners, are known to visualize each stroke, move, and step. Team performers have various meetings where they practice a form of group consciousness via a formal prayer or a common intention. Since a majority of athletes are using meditation and related topics, the question may be asked, "Should