You know those moments where you’re in a situation – like the first day at a new job, a moment before a big presentation, or trying a new sport – and you suddenly realize “Holy F**k, I have no idea what I’m doing!”
The Guest Blog: Mindfully Dealing With An Apartment Leak By Ariane Hunter
About 1:45am Saturday night….drip…drip…DRIP…DRIIIP…DRIIIIIP…the sounds of water coming down woke me up out of my sleep.
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
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Sex Toys, Love, And Death: The Unexpected Joys of Yoga In A Senior Center
Once she arrived 20 minutes late to my half-hour chair yoga class. She loved the meditation part. When I rang my bell to end the quiet, she wanted to meditate again. “I’ve been to three funerals in one month,” she told me. “My friends are dying, and their funerals are all over me. Can you shake them off?” Not knowing what to do, I took a breath and brushed her coat sleeves. She grasped both of my hands in hers and held my gaze, which scared me and moved me to tears.
We Can Never Go Back to Before
That is, until 1988, when Peter Sterling and Joseph Eyer proposed the concept of allostasis, wherein the human body “achieves stability…through physiological or behavioral change.” Sterling and Eyer argued that exterior stressors change us eternally and we morph into new, positive states of existence.
Just Say No To Lulu
There’s been a lot written recently about the responsibility of Lululemon to be a good corporate citizen. Maybe that’s because it’s a lot easier to criticize a company than take a hard look at ourselves. Indeed it’s tough to realize that an organization like Lululemon is really just a reflection of our society.
The Art of Transformation
Just like the molten glass, a yoga student harnesses the flowing emotions of desire and anger and then cools them down in order to shape them. In yoga that shaping begins on the mat with asana. In glassblowing it can happen on the marver table…where the hot glass is rolled from side to side to create smooth edges.
Let The Elements Unite
One of the many ways yoga teachers describe the body is through the elements of earth, water, fire, air and space. A rough topography…the earth element is manifest in the feet and legs of the body. Water swishes in the pelvis, fire abodes in the solar plexus, air rises from the top of the heart through the throat and up to the third eye. Space opens the third eye to the crown of the head.
This way of construing the constitution also describes principles of psychology and it is through this bodyscape that I am beginning to understand my own hot headedness.
What Is Selfless Service, Exactly?
When Gretchen quit that job she told the New York Times that the work had stopped being about fund-raising; it was about egos, power and control. She left New York and took off to work in an AIDS hospital in Africa. She needed to do some real service, she said, and cleanse herself from something that just felt icky. She washed bedpans, held sick infants, even organized closets.
The Light Rain That Surrounds
So long, so far away/Emotion carried by escape/A cardboard star in a cardboard sky