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Don’t Let Your Story Stop You

Over a decade ago, I moved from Colorado to California. This was long before my exposure to Yoga and meditation but in hindsight, I can see that I had a spiritual practice even back then. It wasn’t on the mat or in a meditation hall, instead it was on my bike. I didn’t ride a traditional road bike –  the kind you sit on for hours on end. I rode a smaller bike. Much smaller. 20” rims, no brakes, knobby…

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Start over and begin again

We are born into this world as human-beings and at some point have transformed ourselves into human-doings. We are doing-machines that pride ourselves on how much we can do and how quickly we can do it. The need for accomplishment is powerful; it can motivate, innovate and inspire. But there is a shadow side too. The need for accomplishment can also dissuade us. It can frustrate, agitate and annoy. In the moments where we feel unable to do one more…

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Enduring Well-Being in an Age of Speed

Enduring happiness, arguably, is one of the most important goals in life. But happiness is a very loaded word. It elicits imagery of the “perfect” job, the “perfect” family and the “perfect” car. I prefer to use the word well-being. One of the most important concepts that has come out of positive psychology, is a formula for well-being. According to Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, Schkade and Seligman, well-being (W) is the sum of our biological set point (S), the conditions of our…

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If I had a hammer

Yoga, Like a Hammer, Is a Tool and you can use it effectively or not   According to an ancient Sanskrit text called the amarakosa, there are 5 synonyms for the word Yoga. One of those synonyms is, upaya, which means (along with other definitions), a ‘tool’. A tool is an object that can allow someone to accomplish something that they could not do otherwise. A hammer, for example, will give you the capacity to drive a nail into a…

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play with everything

If You Want a Toy Play with Everything   Life is full of the unexpected and it is for this reason that many of the greatest gifts come when we least expect them. I am not talking about the class action lawsuit check you unknowingly received in the mail or the “5 day, 4 night” cruise you happened to win by chance at the raffle. I am not using it as a benign platitude to talk someone down from the…

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