Shine On

Shine On

Today, I splurged. Today, I gave myself permission to take three yoga classes taught by my tribe members. Today, I realized the importance of self-acceptance. In one of our dharma talks, we were taught that we need to accept where we are in this very moment, who we...
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Any Given Wednesday

Today I was awoken with a jolt before the sun had risen. Today I rushed to the ER with my mom who verbalized today was the day… She was dying. She was read to go. She was comfortable with this knowledge. What we do in the face of crisis is left as an open question. I...
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Santosha: The Second Yogic Niyama

Santosha, otherwise known as contentment, invites us into contentment by appreciating a calm center, a heart that is open in gratitude and practicing the paradox of “not seeking.”  As Deborah Adele graciously explains in her interpretation of the yamas and niyamas,...
The Shades of Gratitude

The Shades of Gratitude

When I was a teenager, gratitude meant being allowed to stay out past curfew with my friends. When I was in college, gratitude meant getting grades good enough to welcome a successful career. When I was 23, gratitude meant being thankful for having 23 good years with...