Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 by in Conscious Living

How to Give Like a Yogi

The holidays can be challenging for those of us who want to celebrate the season of giving in a way that feels authentic, and doesn’t center on expensive gifts. How can we show appreciation for our loved ones in a mindful way that’s aligned with how we want to live our lives? Kripalu life, career, […]

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Posted on December 17th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Entering the New Year with Intention

by Reyna Eisenstark New Year’s Eve has the tendency to provoke all kinds of anxiety. There is this idea, an insistence really, that you must spend New Year’s Eve doing something incredibly special, because the way you enter the new year will tell you exactly how the next 364 days are going to go for […]

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Posted on December 8th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Facing the Dishes

by Myron Katz, Kripalu Steward Supervisor We all have situations in our lives that may appear overwhelming, times when an inner voice tells us “this just can’t be done” or “this is too much.” In the Kripalu dishroom, the possibility exists for that to become an ongoing universal chant! Imagine how daunting it is to […]

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Posted on December 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Art of Awakening

By Jack Kornfield A story is told of the Buddha when he was wandering in India shortly after his enlightenment. He was encountered by several men who recognized something quite extraordinary about this handsome prince now robed as a monk. Stopping to inquire, they asked, “Are you a god?” “No,” he answered. “Well, are you […]

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Posted on November 29th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Finding Fellow Travelers on the Journey

by Reyna Eisenstark Many years ago, one summer, I took a bike trip for five days through Vermont. When I think about that trip, it’s never the actual riding I remember. It’s how all of us would arrive at our inn each afternoon, exhausted, filthy, and starving, and sit there eating huge plates of food […]

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Posted on November 25th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Putting a New Spin on Your Story

When my ex-husband and I were first splitting up, I was overcome by a powerful need to share the story of our breakup with my dearest friends. Over and over, I detailed the subtle series of events that led up to our eventual decision to part ways. In telling the story many times over to […]

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Posted on November 24th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

When Happy is Hard

When people hear that I’m a Positive Psychology Coach, they sometimes mistakenly assume that I’m all about positive thinking and denying or sugarcoating reality. While the science behind Positive Psychology does point to the value of appreciating, cultivating, and savoring the good in our lives, it also acknowledges that life is full of loss, pain, […]

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Posted on November 22nd, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Difference between Empathy and Enmeshment

by Karla McLaren I’ve spent a lifetime exploring how empathy works, how it goes awry, and how we can create a ground for self-care and self-empathy in our everyday lives. Here’s how I define empathy: Empathy is a social and emotional skill that helps you feel and understand the emotions, circumstances, and needs of others, […]

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