Tag Archives: self-acceptance
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 23rd, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Body Image and Self-Acceptance

For how many years have I wanted my body to be different? As I sit here in the middle of my sixth-and-a-half decade, I look back and remember … Refusing to tuck my blouses in during my high school years, for fear of exposing my large (I was certain) rear end Always wearing sweaters in […]

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Posted on September 15th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living

No Shame

Just how prevalent is fat shaming? In a study recently published in the Journal of Health Psychology, 50 women were asked to keep a diary for one week, documenting every time they were insulted, humiliated, or bullied because of their size. The results: 1,077 instances when people’s reactions made the women feel “less than.” Most […]

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Living from the Inside Out

I look in the mirror. I meet my gaze. A soft hum of criticism begins in my brain. Then John Lennon’s poignant song, “Look at Me,” comes into my mind: Look at me— Look at me—oh, my love. Oh, my love Here I am. Who am I supposed to be… Who am I supposed to […]

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Posted on June 18th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Getting Out of Our Own Way

I recently started working with a life coach. You know, those people who force you to get clear on your values, identify your goals, and then hold you accountable to doing what you need to do to achieve them. While talking to me about my goals, my coach said something that really stopped me in […]

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Posted on December 26th, 2012 by in Wake-Up Call

How Yoga Helped Me Learn to Love My Body Again

by Carly Sachs, guest blogger

I remember shyly asking my classmates to take off their shoes, the school linoleum cold on our feet as we teetered and crashed into our desks and each other. The assignment for Ms. Rotar’s seventh-grade English class was to give a  how-to speech. I had decided I wanted to teach my class to do yoga, despite the fact that I had never actually done yoga. So armed with my books from the public library, I taught my fellow students how to do Tree pose, Vrksasana.

Why I was so determined to do yoga still confounds me. I’d heard about yoga for the first time in the course catalog of my local Jewish Community Center under the classes for seniors, and soon after my seventh-grade speech, I asked my mom to sign me up.

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