Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Quieting the Critic with Ahimsa

by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s said that when Swami Kripalu first came to the United States, he was surprised at the harsh self-judgment that students in the West seemed to possess. In our culture, many of us are familiar with that sharp-edged inner voice. When I first started practicing yoga, my teacher had a particular balancing […]

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Posted on November 28th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Practice of Gratitude

All of us go through tough times—breakups, divorce, major disappointments, sickness, the loss of people we hold dear. Sometimes that means we enter the holiday season less than joyful. And that’s okay. Yoga is about showing up as we are. It’s easy to be grateful when everything is going our way. The real work begins […]

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Posted on November 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Human, Being

Have you heard about the MIT rats who got smarter by chilling out? In 2006, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) placed rats in a difficult maze to see how quickly they’d find their way through. The first group of rodents, once they’d made it to the cheese at the end of the […]

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Posted on November 25th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Breaking Up with Cake

I used to have a thing for cake. Who am I kidding? I still have a thing for cake. I don’t think you ever really get over cake. It’s like that summer fling you had when you were 18—you never forget the magic of it, but you also know that it might not be the […]

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Posted on November 20th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Playing With Scissors

by Lara Tupper Not long ago, I found a sad, peat-colored mug in Mom’s cupboard and remembered: In junior high, I loved Art Club for the plain joy of making a mess and doing something crafty with my hands. My glaze was off-color, my papier maché was lumpy, my seashell mobile tilted, but no one […]

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Posted on November 11th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

Putting Your Soul on the Page

This is my story in a nutshell: I grew up in the Midwest, the older of two children.  My mother was emotional; my father was dominant. She stayed home; he worked a lot. I was a strong student. I went to college in New York City, fell in love a couple of years after graduation, […]

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Posted on November 5th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Five Reasons I Take Retreats

by Renée Peterson Trudeau I grew up watching my parents go on meditation and spiritual retreats, beginning in the early 1970s. I wasn’t really sure what happened during these periods when we were left to fend with the other parent, but I do remember how peaceful, grounded, and loving they were when they returned from […]

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Posted on November 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

The Five Stages of the Creative Path

For a long time now, a handful of my close friends have been telling me that I should write a book. “You’re such a good storyteller, Portland,” my friend Molly frequently says. “You’ve got a book in you,” my friend Eden often reminds me. “I wish you’d write your stories down.” But I haven’t. I’ve […]

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