Tag Archives: gratitude
Posted on December 10th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Nurturing Pleasure

Pleasure and gratitude are two of the most important ingredients to add to any meal. One compelling option for exploring pleasure in the kitchen is to sensually appreciate the foods themselves. A wonderful practice is to focus on one sense each day, deepening your perception of sight, touch, hearing, scent, taste, and essence. Really look […]

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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 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 15th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Eight Tips for Self-Care During the Holiday Season

Early winter is a time of family, connection, and festivities. With so much going on, it can be tough to maintain the self-care routines that keep us grounded. Good rest, healthy eating, and exercise can fall by the wayside as we celebrate with late nights and rich food. We asked two Kripalu experts to share […]

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Posted on October 13th, 2014 by in Meditation

Zazen and the Practice of Simply Sitting

Years ago, when I was in my 30s, I conducted a television interview with a Zen Buddhist priest about the transformative power of meditation. At the time, I’d dabbled with various types of meditation, but certainly didn’t practice it regularly and couldn’t attest to its benefits. While I really liked the priest and everything she […]

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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 3rd, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Befriending Your Resistance

Several years ago, I was invited to be a writer and facilitator on a wonderful project. On the morning it began, I found myself dawdling and stalling on my way out the door for the 9:00 am meeting. Once in the car, I encountered rush hour traffic and arrived 15 minutes late. The other staff […]

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