Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

Empowering Girls on the Heroic Journey of Adolescence

By Meg Agnew, SuEllen Hamkins, and Cindy L. Parrish It’s an observable phenomenon for girls in our current society to have strong “voices”—until the age of 11 or 12. Author Carol Gilligan and other social scientists have noted that, at this point in her life, a girl who previously was sure of herself, eager to […]

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Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Drawing Closer to Nature

By Peter London On the fourth day of a weeklong course for artists and art teachers, I brought a group of 20 adults to the woods not far from our campus. A few hundred yards into the nature preserve, we stopped at a pretty place underneath some giant pines. A stream nearby could just be […]

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Posted on June 21st, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

Moving from Love, Not Shame

By Sarahjoy Marsh One of the ways we’ve unknowingly learned to make ourselves the most uncomfortable is through the voice of our inner critic. I can tell you with great conviction: your inner critic has nothing new or intelligent to offer you, does not have your best interests at heart (and never will), and cannot […]

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Posted on June 18th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

There’s No Time Like the Present

by Sarah Susanka “There’s no time like the present,” my new student says to me as she rushes off to pack her car after meditation on the last day of our retreat. She’s joined by a couple of other super-achievers who are intent on taking advantage of the few minutes before breakfast to get everything […]

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Posted on June 17th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Journaling and Bypassing the Inner Critic

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Jonathan Foust (Sudhir) guides us in a journaling meditation. Can you find the words while you let go of the inner critic? Let the breath be your guide.  

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Posted on June 12th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Relationships

My Father, My Car

I was 36 years old when I bought my first car. I was about to spend the summer volunteering at Kripalu, where public transit was not an option. Newly unemployed, I asked my father to help me find a reliable used car. In less than a week, he spotted his choice: a 1989 Honda Civic. […]

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Posted on May 29th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Fathers and Sons

by David Harshada Wagner Every son has a father. And in every father-son relationship, there’s a chance for deep spiritual growth. Years ago, when I was first getting into serious spiritual training, I worked with a brilliant psychotherapist. In my first session he asked me what my intention was. “I don’t want to be like […]

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Posted on May 27th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Nine Ways to Be Like a Shaman at Work

By Brant Secunda and Mark Allen The Huichol people, an indigenous tribe that lives in the mountainous region of central Mexico, are some of the happiest, healthiest, wisest people on earth. Many of them are shamans, and a surprising number of their tribe surpass age 100 and work in the fields up until the day […]

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