Life Lessons

Kripalu life coaches share their experiences and pearls of wisdom.

Looking for Gratitude, One List at a Time

by Valerie Reiss If you’ve picked up a magazine or clicked on a link in the last few years, you know that the research is in: Gratitude heals. Regularly practicing gratitude in written and verbal form may boost immunity, ease depression, inspire generosity, improve relationships, and enhance overall physical and emotional well-being. I started making […]

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“Wise Selfish”: Cultivating Compassion

by Daniel Goleman Some years ago, my wife and I had an unexpected bit of downtime with the Dalai Lama while he waited for an event to start in Mon­treal. He told us he had just come from Austria, where he had spent some time shopping. That was startling—the Dalai Lama rarely shops. My wife […]

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Posted on November 12th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Inner View, Life Lessons

The Transformative Power of Difficult Emotions

by Janet Arnold-Grych I am charmed by Ria, the 78-year-old Dutch grandmother captured on video taking her first airplane flight with 71-year-old An. An’s paralyzing fear of flying had kept her grounded. Ria hadn’t flown because her deceased husband had been afraid as well. In the end, both women have the trip of a lifetime. […]

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Posted on October 28th, 2015 by in Inner View, Life Lessons

It’s Written in Stone: Death as Part of Life

by Lara Tupper When I feel stuck at my writing table, I walk through the local cemetery. I stroll the length of a tree-lined path and read the stones for clues. It’s like eavesdropping—so many suggestions of stories in the engravings. There’s a hierarchy (big graves versus little graves). There are decorations and decay. The […]

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My Year as a Spiritual Gangster: One Thing I Kinda Sorta Know for Sure (I Think)

by Lisa Lampanelli Lisa Lampanelli is a professional comedian, writer, and actor who lives primarily in New York City. She began to call Kripalu her second home in mid-2014, when a family crisis led her on a quest to bring new meaning into her life. Since then, Lisa has attended programs and R&R Retreats at […]

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Posted on September 16th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Life Lessons, Wake-Up Call, Words from the Wise

How to Find Your Calling: Seven Ways to Shift Your Thinking About Your Life’s Work

by Tama Kieves We live in inspired times. The old-school idea of lifelong job security—a job you could count on, even if you didn’t love it, for as long as you needed it—is gone. Still, there is a path of certainty. You were born to do what you love. It’s time to experience your own […]

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The Richness of Real Life: Creating Ease Every Day

by Janet Arnold-Grych It’s easy to think that Kripalu isn’t representative of “real life.” Many of us are able to leave responsibility at the door when we come here, and find an ease that eludes our minds and muscles when we’re back home, in the unceasing flow of schedules and to-do lists. But when I […]

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Posted on September 7th, 2015 by in Conscious Living, Inner View, Life Lessons, Wake-Up Call

Time Affluence: Why Doing Less Makes Us Happier

by Kim Childs Recently, I returned early from a weekend trip to Cape Cod because my traveling companion had a Sunday appointment. While I typically stay on the Cape as long as possible and come home to jump right into the work week, this time I had a whole afternoon and evening to use as […]

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