Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

I Am Judging You

I’m having lunch at an Indian buffet in New Jersey. A guy at the next table is eating gulab jamun. That’s the little Indian donut holes soaked in sugar syrup. He has two on his plate, a very sensible portion. But these things are all dairy and gluten and sugar, so I am disgusted and […]

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Posted on December 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Practice of Paying Attention

by Reyna Eisenstark For the past several years, my New Year’s resolution has been the same: to pay attention. This sounds pretty straightforward, until you really think about what it means. To me, paying attention means trying to notice everything, and sometimes this means noticing things you don’t want to see. We tend to ignore […]

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Posted on December 4th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Separation: An excerpt from The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

by Charles Eisenstein Charles Eisenstein’s writing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution have generated a vast following. In this excerpt from his new book, he explores the idea that our society is at a moment of transition—between a system that no longer works and a potential renaissance in which everything must […]

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Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Yoga

Quieting the Critic with Ahimsa

by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s said that when Swami Kripalu first came to the United States, he was surprised at the harsh self-judgment that students in the West seemed to possess. In our culture, many of us are familiar with that sharp-edged inner voice. When I first started practicing yoga, my teacher had a particular balancing […]

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Posted on November 28th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Practice of Gratitude

All of us go through tough times—breakups, divorce, major disappointments, sickness, the loss of people we hold dear. Sometimes that means we enter the holiday season less than joyful. And that’s okay. Yoga is about showing up as we are. It’s easy to be grateful when everything is going our way. The real work begins […]

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Posted on November 27th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Human, Being

Have you heard about the MIT rats who got smarter by chilling out? In 2006, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) placed rats in a difficult maze to see how quickly they’d find their way through. The first group of rodents, once they’d made it to the cheese at the end of the […]

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Posted on November 25th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Breaking Up with Cake

I used to have a thing for cake. Who am I kidding? I still have a thing for cake. I don’t think you ever really get over cake. It’s like that summer fling you had when you were 18—you never forget the magic of it, but you also know that it might not be the […]

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Posted on November 20th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Playing With Scissors

by Lara Tupper Not long ago, I found a sad, peat-colored mug in Mom’s cupboard and remembered: In junior high, I loved Art Club for the plain joy of making a mess and doing something crafty with my hands. My glaze was off-color, my papier maché was lumpy, my seashell mobile tilted, but no one […]

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