Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on January 13th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Getting Your Groove Back

Many years ago, when I was living in Vermont, I taught English as a Second Language. I created my own little business tutoring the many engineers and scientists who came to Burlington to work at places like IBM and UVM and needed to improve their communication skills. I was really good at it—a natural—and yet […]

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Posted on January 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Moving Into Happiness

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but I’m a yoga teacher who dislikes exercise. To be more precise, it’s the thought of exercise that turns me off, because I usually do feel better afterward. I’ve long considered exercise a chore that takes time away from other things that I need or want to be doing. What […]

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Posted on January 1st, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Choice of an Open Heart

An excerpt from Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness There are moments in life when the forces that be hit us over the head and say, “Here. Now. Pay attention. This is important.” Infants arrive, towers fall, homes burn, lost ones return, illness erupts, children die—such moments carry […]

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Posted on December 24th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Presence Over Presents

In recent years, I’ve become a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to holiday gifts. It’s not that I don’t want to give to the people I love, I just dislike the whole shopping scene and the enforced buying of things that I’m not sure they’ll even like. Lately, I’ve been trying something else: […]

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Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Yoga

The Yogi’s Guide to Giving

By Shannon Sexton If you love yoga, you’re probably eager to share the gifts of healthy living, delicious food, spiritual wisdom, and the joys of practice with your family and friends. The good news: If they already have a practice—or are curious about starting one—you can give them meaningful gifts that reflect your values while […]

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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 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 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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