Conscious Living

Kripalu community members share their insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on October 26th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Hardwiring Happiness

I don’t like to admit this, but I definitely have a hard time being happy, especially for extended periods of time. In any given situation, I’m masterful at finding something about which to be frustrated, disgruntled, or disappointed. I loathe this quality in myself, but a tendency to focus on the negative rather than the [...]

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Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Building Courage Muscles

As a student in Kripalu’s Certificate in Positive Psychology program, I learned about something called self-perception theory. Developed by social psychologist Daryl Bem, the theory states that we form beliefs about ourselves by watching our behaviors, just as we form beliefs about others by watching theirs. We may therefore think of ourselves as confident after [...]

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Posted on October 15th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Path of Radical Acceptance

By Tara Brach Mohini was a regal white tiger who lived for many years at the Washington DC National Zoo. For most of those years her home was in the old lion house—a typical twelve-by-twelve-foot cage with iron bars and a cement floor. Mohini spent her days pacing restlessly back and forth in her cramped [...]

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Posted on October 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Forging an Edge, or How to Audition for The Voice

Prior to attending yoga classes, The Edge, to me, was a quiet Irish man who played reverb-y guitar, no one I had to worry about confronting. My yoga instructors think differently: the edge is a place for mindful exploration, like Yosemite or the Everglades, where we can stretch ourselves into new territory, bit by bit. [...]

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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, Medical Insights

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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