The Japanese practice shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest” and yoku means “bath.” It is not a physical exercise, it is simply connecting with nature through our senses, sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste.Read More
There are very few exercises that have such a profound effect on your body and mind the way that yoga does.Read More
When you have the good fortune of seeing a rainbow, it’s a symbol to hold onto hope and believe that blessings are open to all of us.Read More
Queen Anne’s Lace symbolizes sanctuary in the language of flowers. It seems very fitting that it should flourish at the end of summer, as we long to linger in the warm evenings and wish that summer would never end.Read More
July is the perfect time to harness the power of the the third chakra, the solar plexus chakra (Manipura), anywhere in the northern hemisphere.Read More
The Root Chakra is associated with the first task we undertake after birth, and that is to determine “Do I belong here?” …on this Earth and in this family system. It is not a conceptual question based on (thinking) cognition. It is instinctual.Read More
The flowers blooming all around you can be powerful meditation tools.Read More
Retirement is the perfect opportunity to pick up new wellness strategies for warding off illness and nurturing longevity. Yoga and meditation are two wonderful ways to accomplish this.Read More
I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen. (Anne Lamott)
When Valentine’s Day rolls around it’s easy to get caught up in thinking love is only about romance and fairy tales. But love is all around us. We see it, feel it, hear it, smell it, and touch it each and every day—if we open all our senses to it.
The Radiant Buddha said:
Regard this fleeting world like this:
Like stars fading and vanishing at dawn,
like bubbles on a fast moving stream,
like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass,
like a candle flickering in a strong wind,
echos, mirages, and phantoms, hallucinations,
and like a dream.
–The Eight Similes of Illusion, from the Prajna Paramita Sutras
Pratyahara, the fifth limb in Ashtanga yoga, means to consciously withdraw energy from the senses and the world. In yoga one way to begin to understand it is to practice the corpse pose. By remaining motionless and letting go of all stress and tension, you begin to achieve a wonderful state of stillness while the world goes on around you. You achieve a state of nonreaction—like a leaf floating on the water, you are in the world, but not of it.
The spiraling contortion of serpents indicates an expansion of knowledge as well as the undulating dance of cosmic forces.
Venus is in retrograde until November 16. This means the planet that rules love, harmony, and compassion goes into reverse motion. Old lovers or old issues can resurface during this six week cycle.Read More
Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true. ~Ram Dass
When training the mind, we cannot rely on external conditions.Read More
We bow to the sun in gratitude every morning as we rise and appreciate the breath of life.Read More
"Give happiness and you will end up happy," a quote found on a Yogi Tea tag, inspires us to find joy in the simple things we find around us.
And I wish that I could spend my days among the stars
filling up my soul with the cosmic drink of the universe.
“Being fully present isn’t something that happens once and then you have achieved it; it’s being awake to the ebb and flow and movement and creation of life, being alive to the process of life itself.”