Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on October 12th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Thinking Body, Feeling Mind: How Yoga Can Help Shape Our Emotions

by Megan McDonough You know this to be true: Yoga improves your emotional state. That’s obvious to anyone who has stepped onto the mat, or taught others and noticed the shift in the room as the class progresses. What is it about the Breath of Joy that actually makes us feel joyful? Or the strength […]

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Posted on October 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Right Livelihood and Vampires

I am a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist, I’ve been meditating for 25 years, and I have countless new-agey weekend degrees. Still, somehow, five years ago, I found myself working not in a spa or ashram, not teaching yoga or giving massages, but writing vocabulary workbooks for the SAT test. These were […]

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Posted on October 8th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Yoga of Making Tough Decisions, Dance Breaks and All

Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness all provide tools to help us get in touch with ourselves, so that we can make tough choices about how to create the life we want. While sitting on the cushion, in the flow of a great yoga class, or consciously adhering to yogic philosophy, such as ahimsa (refraining from violence […]

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Posted on October 3rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Following Your Bliss—with Eyes Open

As a people, we Americans are the workhorses of the world. We work longer days and have less vacation time than anyone in the industrialized world. We retire later, too. And yet a recent Gallup poll found that 70 percent of Americans don’t like their jobs. Think about it: If we’re spending most of our […]

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Posted on September 26th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Studies, News, and Trends

A Working Guide to Lasting Happiness

A recent study confirms what those in the field of Positive Psychology have been saying for years: Namely, happiness isn’t a state of being, but a process that must be worked at and practiced. The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that focusing on the positive and using tools such as mindfulness […]

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Posted on September 16th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Living on Purpose

This summer, researchers at UCLA and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that, when it comes to our genes, there’s a difference between happiness derived from feeling good and that which comes from doing good. According to the study, people whose happiness stemmed from having a sense of purpose and meaning in […]

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Posted on September 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Confessions of a Fanilow

by Lara Tupper Long before I’d heard the term “codependence,” I had an unbalanced relationship with an older man I idolized beyond all sense of reason. I was five years old. He wrote the songs that made the young girls sing. He had no idea who I was and still, for more years than I […]

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Posted on September 4th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Mindfulness for A Happier, Healthy Brain—and Life

Dr. Dan Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, has taken the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, or awareness, and tied it to the science of the brain. As a medical student, Dan found his professors taught medicine as if the mind didn’t exist. Frustrated by the lack of integration in […]

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