Tag Archives: compassion
Posted on March 27th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Why Being Mean Doesn’t Work

Have you ever had success making sustainable changes in your life by being mean to yourself? Have you ever bullied yourself into change? Has white-knuckling it or an attitude of deprivation ever served you well? Let me guess your answer: Of course not. You might have been able to modify behavior for a time through [...]

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Posted on January 27th, 2014 by in Life Lessons

Kindness is a Strength

Back when I was single, I created a few personal profiles for online dating sites. When asked to name my religion, I wrote “Kindness.” While it sounded kind of flirty, it’s also what I truly believe in and try to practice. Kindness touches the soul, transcends language, and connects people on a primal level. Growing [...]

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Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by in Yoga

Your Yoga Story

What is a “yoga story,” and how can it enhance our experience of the postures? Iyengar Yoga teacher Kofi Busia answered that question for me when I interviewed him recently for a Kripalu Perspectives podcast. Kofi explained that a yoga story is simply our life story combined with awareness. To help me understand how a [...]

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Posted on October 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Right Livelihood and Vampires

I am a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist, I’ve been meditating for 25 years, and I have countless new-agey weekend degrees. Still, somehow, five years ago, I found myself working not in a spa or ashram, not teaching yoga or giving massages, but writing vocabulary workbooks for the SAT test. These were [...]

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Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by in Meditation

Defy the Lies and Serve the Truth! A Spiritual Revolutionary Manifesto

Buddhist practitioner, teacher, and author Noah Levine’s approach to spiritual practice is a radical one—he goes straight to the root of our beliefs, our society, and our humanity. In this provocative essay, he delivers a wake-up call, encouraging us to eschew oppressive systems for a direct, personal experience of awakening and the freedom that it [...]

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Posted on September 9th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

The Truth About Lying

Telling lies—to ourselves or to others—makes us feel icky, causes stress, and saps us of endless energy. In a recent edition of Goop, Dr. Habib Sadeghi talks about the importance of honesty. Habib, founder of Be Hive of Healing, says that if we’re not honest with ourselves, we’ll never be honest with others. Dishonesty isn’t [...]

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Posted on August 24th, 2013 by in Meditation, Wake-Up Call

The Ability to Be With What Is

The Heart of a Revolution A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to study with Noah Levine, the original maverick Dharma Punk, founder of the Buddhist community Against the Stream, and iconoclastic promoter of compassion, authenticity, and joy. Noah began the daylong intensive at Kripalu by discussing his background and practice. As I listened, [...]

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Posted on August 20th, 2013 by in On and Off the Mat

Re-Entry Post-Kripalu—Without the Burn

by Janet Arnold-Grych, guest blogger On the morning of my 49th birthday, I found myself captivated by the light streaming in through the windows of the Main Hall at Kripalu. Girish was seated a few rows in front of me, playing his guitar and softly singing a chant that floated up to meet the sunshine. [...]

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Small Amounts of Loving-Kindness Meditation Lead to Big Change

One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing one’s self and others to be happy, content, and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.” Where many meditation techniques encourage students to explore difficult feelings or emotions directly, in loving-kindness, the [...]

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Posted on July 25th, 2013 by in Wake-Up Call

Ditching Doubt and Embracing Amma, the Hugging Guru

I have a complicated relationship to gurus and so-called enlightened beings. The whole “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” thing seems to be a universal truth humanity just can’t get past—the rise and fall of the revered transcends boundaries of faiths, politics, and nations. And yet, in the spiritual world, it’s so tempting to [...]

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