Posted on November 27th, 2014 by in On and Off the Mat

Thanksgiving and the Practice of Gratitude

Cultivating gratitude is something we can practice year-round, according to Kripalu Yoga teacher Devadas Gregg Day, who says that when he is “paying attention, gratitude just (naturally) bubbles up.” Studies find that showing gratitude helps lower stress and depression. In The How of Happiness, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky explains that “grateful thinking promotes the savoring of […]

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Posted on November 26th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

Appreciation and Looking for the Good

While any time of year is a fine time to practice gratitude, this season seems to lend itself especially well to the acknowledgement of our blessings. Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador Stephen Cope says that year’s end is actually “a very good time to embrace contemplation and introspection, and to ponder the many gifts we […]

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Posted on November 25th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Putting a New Spin on Your Story

When my ex-husband and I were first splitting up, I was overcome by a powerful need to share the story of our breakup with my dearest friends. Over and over, I detailed the subtle series of events that led up to our eventual decision to part ways. In telling the story many times over to […]

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Posted on November 24th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

When Happy is Hard

When people hear that I’m a Positive Psychology Coach, they sometimes mistakenly assume that I’m all about positive thinking and denying or sugarcoating reality. While the science behind Positive Psychology does point to the value of appreciating, cultivating, and savoring the good in our lives, it also acknowledges that life is full of loss, pain, […]

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Posted on November 23rd, 2014 by in Moment of Quiet

Moment of Clarity

Enjoy this moment of clarity to simply breathe. As we let go and head into a new week, set your intention for self-awareness. Happy Sunday!

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Posted on November 22nd, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Difference between Empathy and Enmeshment

by Karla McLaren I’ve spent a lifetime exploring how empathy works, how it goes awry, and how we can create a ground for self-care and self-empathy in our everyday lives. Here’s how I define empathy: Empathy is a social and emotional skill that helps you feel and understand the emotions, circumstances, and needs of others, […]

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Posted on November 21st, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Vegan Sweet Squash Soup

This Kripalu Recipe is not only hearty and warming, it might also help you ward off seasonal colds and viruses. Butternut squash is “golden” when it comes to its carotenoid content—plant compounds that are converted to vitamin A in the body, an essential component in boosting the immune system. Serves four. 2 tablespoons Earth Balance […]

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Posted on November 20th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Savor Your Life

by Danna Faulds The monks of Zen Mountain Monastery conclude each day by chanting these words: Let me respectfully remind you―Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by, and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken… awaken. Take heed. Do not squander your life. When my friend Roxie shared […]

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