Tag Archives: happiness
Posted on August 14th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

The Letter I Never Sent

By Kim Childs, guest blogger         In the field of Positive Psychology, there’s a famous happiness-boosting exercise called the gratitude letter. Designed by Dr. Martin Seligman, it involves writing, delivering, and reading a letter of gratitude to someone whose life enriched yours. When Tal Ben-Shahar, my teacher in Kripalu’s Certificate in Positive Psychology (CiPP) program, […]

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Posted on July 17th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Gardening, Louis C.K., Howard Stern, and Living from Your True Self

I hate gardening. Don’t get me wrong; I love the idea of gardening. Truly. And I wish I was a gardener. I know that gardeners are better people than me. So I do try. Sometimes, on a Sunday, I join my wife and our boys in the back yard. I squat down among the carrot […]

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Posted on July 16th, 2013 by in Meditation

The Power of Kindness

Sharon Salzberg, guest blogger In northeastern India, there is a town called Bodh Gaya, which formed around the tree the Buddha was sitting under when he became enlightened. In 1971, an 18-year-old New Yorker named Sharon Salzberg traveled to Bodh Gaya and took her first intensive meditation course. Motivated by “an intuition that the methods […]

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Posted on July 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Garden Therapy

When my husband and I moved into this apartment, our backyard was a strip of dirt that lay between our stairs and the garage. Construction debris was scattered throughout, and a rusty stove sat at one end. Once the junk was cleared away, I saw that this dirt was also home to a beleaguered rose […]

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Posted on June 10th, 2013 by in Yoga

Imagining Change: The Power of Visualization

Change is a fact of life. Even if we take no steps to improve our lives, we’ll still grow older. Time will march forward. The question is whether we’ll move in a direction that leads somewhere we want to go or somewhere we don’t. So often, we think that if we want to experience this […]

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Posted on June 1st, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Be a Miracle Worker

Even if you believe miracles are hogwash, I doubt you’d say “No, thank you” to winning the lottery, falling in love with your soul mate, being offered your dream job, or finding out from your oncologist that your tumors had spontaneously disappeared. If a miracle showed up, you’d do what anyone would: rejoice. According to […]

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Posted on May 22nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Creating a Life You Love

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger In her blog post “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” Australian nurse Bronnie Ware recorded the answers her patients gave regarding their greatest regret. At the top of the list was: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of […]

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Posted on May 14th, 2013 by in Meditation

Meditation Boosts Your Brain’s Ability to Focus

Jennifer Mattson, guest blogger New scientific research shows what Buddhist monks and meditators have known for centuries: a mindfulness practice greatly reduces stress and improves our ability to focus. And, it turns out, that can translate into higher test scores and a better memory. Mindfulness meditation, traditionally done sitting cross-legged on a cushion, uses the […]

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Posted on May 6th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

How to Live a Miraculous Life

By Gabrielle Bernstein In this excerpt from her new book, May Cause Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein discusses the key components to living a miraculous life, talks about how to ignite your ~ing—your inspiration and intuition—and explains what a miracle really means. Many of us long for a life of happiness and peace, but we don’t believe […]

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Posted on May 1st, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Hitting the Reset Button

How a retreat helped me identify my true calling. A few years ago, I hit a critical crossroad. I was unhappy at my job and had decided to resign, but felt stuck about what to pursue next. On one hand, I had an idea for a new business—a yoga management company. Many of my friends […]

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