Conscious Living

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

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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Posted on August 29th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

10 Steps to Reclaim Your Life from Distraction

by Peter Bregman, guest blogger Life is distracting. According to research, people are interrupted, on average, four times an hour. Here’s the kicker: The more challenging the task you were working on, the less likely you are to go back to it after the interruption. In other words, we’re most likely to leave our most [...]

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Posted on August 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Living Gratitude

Twenty years ago, I was driving solo along the highways of New Mexico with some books on tape to keep me company. The most memorable of these was Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, a self-help classic by the late Susan Jeffers. In addition to offering good ideas about managing fear, Jeffers suggested that [...]

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Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Seven Back-to-School Strategies to Help You Stress Less and Simplify Your Life

by, Renée Peterson Trudeau Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of a new school year signifies opportunity, a fresh start, and a chance to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, juggling, and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath, pause, [...]

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Posted on August 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Letter I Never Sent

By Kim Childs, guest blogger         In the field of Positive Psychology, there’s a famous happiness-boosting exercise called the gratitude letter. Designed by Dr. Martin Seligman, it involves writing, delivering, and reading a letter of gratitude to someone whose life enriched yours. When Tal Ben-Shahar, my teacher in Kripalu’s Certificate in Positive Psychology (CiPP) program, [...]

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Posted on August 12th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Turning Point: Jim PathFinder Ewing

Jim PathFinder Ewing is a Reiki master, shaman, award-winning journalist, author, and organic farmer. His six books include Reiki Shamanism: A Guide to Out-of-Body Healing; Dreams of the Reiki Shaman: Expanding Your Healing Power; and Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating. Visit his website for more. Q Describe what you do in 15 words or [...]

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Posted on July 31st, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

The Joys of Solitude

As a single woman living on my own, I often feel the need to fill my time. I pack my days with friends, outings, activities—even when those things aren’t really what I want to be doing. Lately, I’m challenging my tendency to overschedule my life by consciously basking in my moments of alone time, whether [...]

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Posted on July 24th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Healing Chöd: Do Nothing, Feel Everything

If you’re the kind of person who makes to-do lists (I am), you might feel that self-care—cooking healthy, practicing yoga, even meditating—is just another chore to check off your list  (I sometimes do).  So when a friend invited me to participate in an ancient Buddhist ritual that literally involves doing nothing, I was intrigued. It’s [...]

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Posted on July 17th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Gardening, Louis C.K., Howard Stern, and Living from Your True Self

I hate gardening. Don’t get me wrong; I love the idea of gardening. Truly. And I wish I was a gardener. I know that gardeners are better people than me. So I do try. Sometimes, on a Sunday, I join my wife and our boys in the back yard. I squat down among the carrot [...]

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Posted on July 11th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Practical Magic

A Q&A with Martha Beck Martha Beck earned three Harvard degrees before deciding to spend her life helping others tap into the deep, wordless wisdom already within them. A New York Times best-selling author, she has been referred to as “one of the best-known life coaches in America” by Psychology Today, USA Today, and NPR. [...]

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