Words from the Wise

Sometimes a seemingly simple gesture, phrase, mantra, or anecdote inspires us to pause and take note. Here, we share such tidbits from the Kripalu community.

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Four Little Words to Live By

by Tresca Weinstein For some people, it’s “What would Jesus do?” For some, it’s “Do unto others …” or “Live and let live.” The wise words I return to again and again are “Permission to be human.” I first heard that phrase from Tal Ben-Shahar, in the Certificate in Positive Psychology program at Kripalu. Tal […]

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Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Words from the Wise

Creative Expression for the Care of the Soul

By Dan Leven Sometimes my creative spirit is like a bear hibernating; at other times, it’s like a blossoming field of sunflowers. When I teach Kripalu Noon Dance, I often find myself in that field of sunflowers. This creative state is not just a frame of mind, it encompasses the body and breath as well. My […]

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Posted on August 18th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Meditation, Words from the Wise

Breaking Free Of Our Daily Addictions

We live in a culture predicated on our addictions to things like coffee, sugar, our cell phones, checking e-mail, and plain old busyness. “From a Buddhist perspective, all beings are addicted, and that manifests in different ways,” says author Noah Levine, a founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Noah knows a thing […]

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Posted on June 16th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Free to Be You and Me

Sometimes I think you might be a better, more productive, more interesting person than me. You seem so confident. You know how to make whipped cream from scratch. Or maybe you can build a shed or name the members of the president’s cabinet. And you’re so good with kids. Last week, I went on a […]

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Posted on May 12th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

The Blank Page

By Dani Shapiro An excerpt from Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Michelangelo saw a statue in every block of marble, “shaped and perfect in attitude and action”—an angel waiting to be released. The woodworker George Nakashima believed that when a true craftsman brought out the grain that had been imprisoned […]

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Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Lessons from the Life of Birds

by Rebecca Coffey This winter, I have been taking classes from some very wise teachers. They just so happen to be birds. I’m a high school English teacher, and I bring my love for meditation, movement, and nature into my classroom. My students this year have learned how to meditate and pondered life—and yes, the SATs—as […]

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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Outliving Your Cravings

Like many of us, after dinner and before bedtime is the part of the day in which I might find myself hungry—not necessarily physically hungry, but wanting something to fill me up. As I trolled around my kitchen one night, some years ago, an extraordinary thing happened. I noticed that my hand was reaching, as […]

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Posted on February 11th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

The Lessons of Positivity

Just about the time when we finish our formal education, most of us have figured out that our deepest learning has occurred through the process of being educated rather than the content that’s been offered. The gauntlet of homework and exams, the pressure of peer relationships that succeed or sometimes fail, the negotiation of status […]

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