2013
Posted on December 21st, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Empathy and Connection

Why do some people have long-standing marriages, strong family connections, meaningful friendships, and thriving careers? Qualities such as diligence, dependability, flexibility, and commitment surely help people craft successful lives, but one often overlooked quality that contributes to the health of relationships—personal or professional—is empathy. “When we exhibit empathy, we understand others from their point of […]

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Posted on December 20th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Berkshire Pie

This week’s Kripalu Recipe is a rich, delightful broccoli and cheddar cheese pie that will warm up a wintry evening, or serve as a showstopper at your holiday buffet. You can substitute dairy ingredients for vegan options, if you prefer. Enjoy! Serves 6. 1 recipe Basic Pie Crust 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups onions […]

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Posted on December 19th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Rituals for the New Year

If you’re looking to create lasting change in 2014, you might want to introduce a tool more powerful than willpower. Instead of making a resolution to let go of a bad habit, make more money, or meet Mr. Right, try performing a ritual around it. “Rituals are the spiritual technology of the 21st century,” says […]

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Posted on December 18th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

A Christmas Memory

The ache of this memory is etched in time, reignited today in this cold December afternoon. It is of another cold winter afternoon in a long-ago December that I speak. I am 12 years old and I sit alone on the city bus in the fading light, heading up to the Hill Section and my […]

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Posted on December 17th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

The Art of Letting Go

by Rolf Gates An excerpt from Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga Do everything with a mind that has let go. —John Chan I rarely teach a class that doesn’t include at least one student who is brand-new to yoga. Working with beginners affords me an excellent opportunity to observe […]

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Posted on December 15th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Yoga and the Year of the Selfie

There’s been a lot of talk this past week about President Barack Obama’s selfie at a memorial for Nelson Mandela. That moment, now frozen in time, shows Obama, Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, and her British counterpart, David Cameron, posing like three giddy teenagers while first lady Michelle Obama appeared to scowl off to […]

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Posted on December 15th, 2013 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Mindfulness

Take a moment of mindfulness to pause, to breathe, and to exhale. As we let go and head into a new day, set your intention for self-awareness, mindfulness, and inquiry.

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Posted on December 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Living Your Heart’s Purpose

About 18 years ago, I was living in Vermont and trying to decide what I was going to do with myself if I wasn’t going to be an actor—the only profession I had ever considered. So, I went to a career coach, where I answered a series of questionnaires, filled out personality profiles, and spent […]

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Posted on December 13th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Tempeh with Capers and Lemon Butter

Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans, and is equivalent in protein quality to animal sources. You can get the full range of amino acids you need from soy. There has been discussion, and even some controversy, around eating soy in recent years, but it has advantages over animal alternatives, including potentially lowering cholesterol, helping to […]

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Posted on December 12th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

I Am Judging You

I’m having lunch at an Indian buffet in New Jersey. A guy at the next table is eating gulab jamun. That’s the little Indian donut holes soaked in sugar syrup. He has two on his plate, a very sensible portion. But these things are all dairy and gluten and sugar, so I am disgusted and […]

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