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For-giving back, for letting go

For many years I’ve counseled people around forgiveness. Forgiveness of themselves, forgiveness of others. We’ve all been on both sides of the desire for forgiveness. The issue is, as Nelson Mandela said: “Holding on to resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” So forgiveness is the key, but how […]

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Vulnerability = Strength

When you read that vulnerability = strength, what was your first reaction? To some of you, it may seem an Orwellian (war=peace) stretch, to others it may be the most natural thing in the world. I keep hearing people mistake vulnerability for weakness, and I’d like to offer a different perspective, as i think that […]

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Establishing a state of gratitude

I’m so glad you’re even looking at this post.  Thank you. To help establish you in a deeper state of gratitude, I have a few questions for you:  What’s the difference between actual gratitude and the word “gratitude”? What is the feeling sense? How grateful are you for how well your life is going at […]

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Karma, Samskara, Potholes and the Splits

Yoga and several other eastern philosophies are built around the concept of the wheel of karma and samskara. Karma is action.  Samskara is the imprint of the action: the unresolvedness of the action. POTHOLES, a metaphor Where I grew up there were still a few dirt roads left.  I’d often see in these dirt roads […]

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Yoga and Emotions

Leaving class the other day I overheard something both beautiful and curious. A student who was leaving the class I just taught said to someone who hadn’t, something like “I want to go home and have a good cry.”  The other person (I’ll call them “Chris”) said “I know, I always feel like that after his class, […]

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What is Spirituality?

I’ve been meeting with a group called the Center for World Spirituality. What’s exciting to me about them is that they seem to be creating a place for Spirituality to blossom independent of religion. For people to foster their connection to spirit rather than their connection to a place or system of worship. Which has […]

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