Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Chakras and the Power of Connection

I’m a very grounded person. People use that word to describe me all the time. I’m down-to-earth, practical, not easily swayed by trends. I have a strong sense of self. While I appreciate my inner sturdiness, I know that my spiritual muscles, so to speak, are weaker. I don’t feel a strong connection to that […]

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Posted on January 21st, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

The last six years have been the most difficult in my adult life. Since my ex-husband and I separated in 2008, I’ve been trying to build a life as a single woman. But I’ve had a hard time believing that good things are on the horizon for me since I lost the foundation that my […]

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Posted on January 14th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Could You Just Listen?

Each spring and fall, I lead support groups designed to help people recover and express their passions and creativity. The process involves a fair amount of personal disclosure, as students identify their desires and explore what’s in the way of living them. In the first session, I distribute a handout called “Could You Just Listen?” […]

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Posted on January 13th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Getting Your Groove Back

Many years ago, when I was living in Vermont, I taught English as a Second Language. I created my own little business tutoring the many engineers and scientists who came to Burlington to work at places like IBM and UVM and needed to improve their communication skills. I was really good at it—a natural—and yet […]

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Posted on January 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Moving Into Happiness

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but I’m a yoga teacher who dislikes exercise. To be more precise, it’s the thought of exercise that turns me off, because I usually do feel better afterward. I’ve long considered exercise a chore that takes time away from other things that I need or want to be doing. What […]

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Posted on January 1st, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Choice of an Open Heart

An excerpt from Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness There are moments in life when the forces that be hit us over the head and say, “Here. Now. Pay attention. This is important.” Infants arrive, towers fall, homes burn, lost ones return, illness erupts, children die—such moments carry […]

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Posted on December 24th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Presence Over Presents

In recent years, I’ve become a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to holiday gifts. It’s not that I don’t want to give to the people I love, I just dislike the whole shopping scene and the enforced buying of things that I’m not sure they’ll even like. Lately, I’ve been trying something else: […]

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Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Yoga

The Yogi’s Guide to Giving

By Shannon Sexton If you love yoga, you’re probably eager to share the gifts of healthy living, delicious food, spiritual wisdom, and the joys of practice with your family and friends. The good news: If they already have a practice—or are curious about starting one—you can give them meaningful gifts that reflect your values while […]

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