Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Looking for Gratitude, One List at a Time

by Valerie Reiss If you’ve picked up a magazine or clicked on a link in the last few years, you know that the research is in: Gratitude heals. Regularly practicing gratitude in written and verbal form may boost immunity, ease depression, inspire generosity, improve relationships, and enhance overall physical and emotional well-being. I started making […]

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“Wise Selfish”: Cultivating Compassion

by Daniel Goleman Some years ago, my wife and I had an unexpected bit of downtime with the Dalai Lama while he waited for an event to start in Mon­treal. He told us he had just come from Austria, where he had spent some time shopping. That was startling—the Dalai Lama rarely shops. My wife […]

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Posted on November 19th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

Spinning Tales into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir Writing

by Portland Helmich I consider myself fairly self-aware. I’m relatively in touch with my feelings and can put words to them. I have a good sense of my strengths and weaknesses. I know where I trip myself up. And yet, I’m never as aware of what’s really going on inside me, of what I really […]

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Posted on November 17th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living, Meditation, Yoga

Slow Down: Restoring Pathways to Connection

by Jess Frey There is more to life than increasing its speed. —Mohandas K. Gandhi Go-go-go. More-more-more. Faster-harder-better. We live in a culture of speed and disconnect—disconnect from self, others, and the world around us, which gradually takes us away from the natural rhythms and cycles of our body, nature, and life. Conditions such as […]

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Posted on November 12th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Inner View, Life Lessons

The Transformative Power of Difficult Emotions

by Janet Arnold-Grych I am charmed by Ria, the 78-year-old Dutch grandmother captured on video taking her first airplane flight with 71-year-old An. An’s paralyzing fear of flying had kept her grounded. Ria hadn’t flown because her deceased husband had been afraid as well. In the end, both women have the trip of a lifetime. […]

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Posted on October 17th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Yoga

Holiday Helpers: Practices for Staying Grounded in the Season of Celebration

The holidays are upon us, a season that for many brings joy, celebration, and gratitude, warm hearths on chilly days, and the heartening pleasures of exchanging gifts while reconnecting with loved ones. But, as much as the holidays can elevate our spirit, they can also tax our system. There are travel arrangements to be made, […]

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My Year as a Spiritual Gangster: One Thing I Kinda Sorta Know for Sure (I Think)

by Lisa Lampanelli Lisa Lampanelli is a professional comedian, writer, and actor who lives primarily in New York City. She began to call Kripalu her second home in mid-2014, when a family crisis led her on a quest to bring new meaning into her life. Since then, Lisa has attended programs and R&R Retreats at […]

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Posted on September 21st, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living, Teachers Corner

Self-Care to Nourish the Yoga Teacher

by Randal Williams We all must travel a long distance in this physical body. If we do not care for it, how can we reach our goal? —Swami Kripalu Inspired by yoga’s sister science of Ayurveda, self-care is one of the three guiding principles that define Kripalu’s approach to yoga teacher training. (The other two […]

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