Conscious Living

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

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Creating a Life You Love

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger In her blog post “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” Australian nurse Bronnie Ware recorded the answers her patients gave regarding their greatest regret. At the top of the list was: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of [...]

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Posted on May 20th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Inner Listening

Danna Faulds, guest blogger I’ve always had an affinity for the idea of a “still, small voice” within, a form of inner guidance that requires vigilance in order to hear its whisperings. The fact that it is both “still” and “small” suggests that I have to lean in, be intimate with that voice, and listen [...]

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Posted on May 16th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Volunteering for a Longer Life

When I think about improving my overall health and increasing my longevity, I suspect I’m not that different from most. I imagine making physical adjustments: practicing yoga or another form of fitness more regularly, eating more vegetables and less sugar, drinking more water, taking those trusty fish oil supplements, and getting enough sleep. But I [...]

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Posted on May 9th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Knocked Up with Joy: One Woman’s Pregnancy Journey

When I was 17 I was obsessed with the idea of being pregnant. I sketched women round and bursting with child—over and over. I traced pregnant photos from coffee table books. I imagined, yearned, and fantasized about becoming a giant human peach. I didn’t actually want to be a teen mom, but I loved the [...]

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Posted on May 6th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

How to Live a Miraculous Life

By Gabrielle Bernstein In this excerpt from her new book, May Cause Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein discusses the key components to living a miraculous life, talks about how to ignite your ~ing—your inspiration and intuition—and explains what a miracle really means. Many of us long for a life of happiness and peace, but we don’t believe [...]

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Posted on May 4th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Weaving a Life

by Danna Faulds, guest blogger For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to weave. I made dozens of potholders as a kid, weaving colored loops of fabric on a small, square, metal frame someone gave me as a gift. Those potholders sparked an abiding interest. I knew―with that gut-level certainty reserved for [...]

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Posted on May 1st, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Hitting the Reset Button

How a retreat helped me identify my true calling. A few years ago, I hit a critical crossroad. I was unhappy at my job and had decided to resign, but felt stuck about what to pursue next. On one hand, I had an idea for a new business—a yoga management company. Many of my friends [...]

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Posted on April 29th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation

Your Brain on Mindfulness Meditation

One of the most well-known and utilized tools in meditation and yoga is the practice of self-observation without judgment, or mindfulness. Swami Kripalu called self-observation without judgment “the highest form of spiritual practice.” Likewise, if you go to any yoga or meditation class you‘re likely to hear words like mindfulness and nonjudgmental awareness repeated throughout [...]

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Posted on April 20th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Transformation the Kripalu Way

When he first attended the Energy Intensive at Kripalu seven years ago, David Ellner was living the life he’d thought he always wanted. As the CFO of a $400-million entertainment corporation, he had money, power, prestige, and an impressive title. “I thought those were the goals,” he recalls. “I was working 60-hour weeks, and when [...]

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Posted on April 18th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Selfless Service—A Reflection on Boston

Micah Mortali, guest blogger As I write this, it’s April 16, 2013, less than 24 hours since two explosives ripped through the crowd at the Boston Marathon leaving three dead and more than 100 people injured. I sat in my bed last night poring through the news on my iPad and I came across raw [...]

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