In this excerpt from her latest book, Aruni—a life coach and 20-year Kripalu faculty member—explores the idea of practice as a conscious experiment in compassionate self-observation. The concept of practice is both misunderstood and underutilized in our culture. Our Western minds set us upon a new endeavor as a task, like a dog with a [...]
The temperature was only 39 degrees this morning, the lowest it’s been in months. Walking the dogs at 6:00 am, I huddled into my insufficient fleece jacket, hands punched deep in my pockets. Where were my gloves? Scarf? Hat? It seems like only a few minutes ago that I put all those wintry things away. [...]
I never was happy with summer’s end and the onset of Labor Day. Don’t get me wrong—I’m a big fan of the Labor Movement, the people who brought us the weekend. I love my weekends. But Labor Day marked the end of so much—of summer, of expansion, of shorts and bikes and swimming and outdoor [...]
Change is profoundly challenging. How many times in your life have you seen change rolling toward you, and deemed it unacceptable, not your plan? Found yourself working wildly to prevent or ignore it? Of course, it happened anyway. And how many times have you felt the urge, the deep internal pull, to change some lifestyle [...]
Sustained, transformational change happens through the alchemy of mindfulness and the right use of will. In life, just as in yoga, you must start where you are before you can take the next step. Clearly, this is one of life’s greatest paradoxes, and it snags us every time. Our tendency is to work diligently to [...]
In this edition of Ask the Expert, Aruni Nan Futuronsky, life coach, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and advisor for Kripalu Healthy Living programs, answers your questions about using yoga philosophy to address the challenges of everyday life. Are there tools you recommend for finding closeness with our partners in this hectic pace of modern life? I feel [...]
It’s easy to lose connection with our feelings. In this fast-paced world, with all the responsibilities that we carry, we are often exhausted by the day’s end. Self-connection is pushed to the side in the face of our busyness and the time devoted to others. This is the moment to consider getting in touch with [...]
We spend so much of our time focusing on what is not happening or imagining what might transpire, yet there is such abundance in our lives. Gratitude has been called the highest prayer, a profound practice that effortlessly returns us to the present moment and opens the doors for more blessings to be bestowed upon [...]
How can we, as mindful people, make our way through this time of senseless and unimaginable loss? Here, Aruni Nan Futuronsky, Kripalu Senior Life Coach, shares some ways we can all seek solace and cultivate connection in the wake of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Renew your gratitude for what is. Take a few minutes today to appreciate what you have in your life: Speak your gratitude to others. Savor the love that is present. Enjoy and appreciate your children. We live in the illusion of permanence. Life, by definition, is impermanent. By becoming more aware of what is, by savoring it more, perhaps some meaning might emerge from this tragedy.
Our mental time-travel away from the present moment is one of our primary dilemmas: Oftentimes, it’s much easier to focus on what might be happening, on what’s not happening, or on what has already happened than on what’s currently happening. Ultimately, it benefits us physiologically, energetically, emotionally, and spiritually to train our minds to return to what is happening right here, right now—and the meditative anchor of gratitude can ground us effortlessly back into reality.
Here are some ways you might practice gratitude: