Satya or truthfulness is one of the yamas or restraints described in the Yoga Sutras, which guides us to think, speak, and act with integrity. The word sat means “that which exists, that which is.” Satya, is seeing and communicating things as they are, not as we wish them to be. Satya means to be honest with what you have in body, speech, and mind. Thich Nhaht Hanh, one of my favorite teachers, addresses truthful and loving speech in his mindfulness training. Number 9 really
I have had a good friend since high school who once called me his wing woman. We have laughed over this time for many years now and how I actually failed him on this specific mission of finding love for him in a bar. However, since that day, I have studied the mind and body through yoga, meditation, and yoga therapy and how they are NOT separate. What goes on in one, shows up in the other. So what that means is chronic stress and day-to-day activities deeply impact us. This s
As I drove down to South Carolina on highway 95 an old song from my teen years blared through the speakers, “interstate love song.” Leaving on a southern train only yesterday… The familiar lines hitting my ears, catapulted me back to my younger self; where open roads lie ahead with endless opportunities. It got me thinking, do we really stop having endless opportunities OR do our own minds build constructs around the open highway of possibility? Life indeed is an “intra” stat
Where there is smoke, there is burning cheese on the bottom of the oven!!!!! It didn’t take me long to notice the smell of burnt cheese emanating from the oven where my homemade pizza was cooking. Small disasters can strike at any time. As I looked inside of my very hot oven, I noticed the cheese had dripped over the sides of the crust and melted onto the bottom of the oven creating a mini fire of sorts and a lot of smoke. Of course, these are small problems in the grand sche
Do you ever feel as if you have a monkey sitting on your shoulder or stressed out AF? We have all been there, especially over the pandemic. Spiritual teachings refer to the mind as a wild monkey swinging from branch to branch and mindfulness becomes not only a practice but a way of actually being when we add meditation to our lives. News Flash!!!! That means that you don’t have to run after every thought or take every darn thought to be fact. In fact, a lot of what you think
Peeling back the layers of ourselves and touching into the parts we want to push away or avoid can leave us feeling depleted or simply not wanting to go there. To sit in the feelings of not-enoughness or some long-held trauma from the past that we honestly would rather run far away from, I equate to feeling as heavy as lifting a two hundred pound weight! How do we feel it, heal it, and release it so we can uncover that inner resilience? The American Psychological Association
I love baking holiday cookies and cakes. I love the different butter cookies with sugar crystals on top, and then my warm, chocolatey chocolate chip cookies. However, this essence of *almost enough but not quite enough to make it a super fulfilling bite means I reach for one more, and another, and I think you get the picture. That idea that I will be satisfied with one more bite is already in the next bite of that other cookie. So I am already thinking about the next cookie a
This morning I was leaving a yoga studio I work at in Morristown and decided to grab a latte. I parked over by the green picked it up and as I ran back to my car, I noticed a homeless man gazing over at me. As I sat in my car taking a moment to turn on music; I looked over and there he was still looking. There was so much sadness and an emptiness that struck me. I started to feel like why do I have this coffee and he doesn’t. I’m sitting in a warm car with heat and he is not.
If we can all fast forward through time and see ourselves as older, maybe in a nursing home, lacking mobility, I highly doubt any of us would look back and say we wished we worked harder or spent more time shopping or going on social media! The stronger possibility is that we wish that we woke up sooner to our one precious, beautiful, and crazy messy life and maybe do things a little different to take that leap to live more courageously as ourselves! What if I told you the ti
Do we hold on at the edge or let go and dive into it? What do you notice about your triggers or conditioned responses at your personal edge on or off the mat? Discover equanimity this fall by using practices of mindfulness meditation and yin simply by being with yourself in stillness. Discover what IS actually happening inside of you to show up as your most aligned self in this one precious moment and life. Many of my recent posts have been about this deep transformational pr
“Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.” - Susanne K Langer Excavation. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, it means; “the action of excavating something, especially an archaeological site.” Archaeologists dig for physical and documentary evidence. Your topography will be a visual depiction of who you are today but much digging through documentary files must be done to touch the innermost layers to reach the real essence of who you
On July 4th, we celebrated freedoms we have realized and those we have yet to realize in our country. And of course, our newfound freedom from the pandemic world. We are literally sensing all the time. Am I safe or not safe? Not safe or safe? Masks have come off and we are all celebrating freedom this July, but do we feel free yet from this past year? Free of Worry. Concern. Fear. Change. Is it safe to go to a food store without a mask on? What will the future look like? Safe
I have been on countless flights where I have heard the dreaded voice over the intercom stating to all passengers to please return to the seats and fasten the seatbelts as there is unexpected turbulence. At that moment, I can feel my entire body tighten with fear as my hands begin to grasp the corners of the armrests, white-knuckled. My heart quickens and my face pales as the blood rushes to my toes, aka, panic attack. Hello, turbulence! Have you experienced those sensations
Where does true satisfaction lie if it’s not found in our cravings? My favorite dessert is a brownie. Now insert your favorite dessert, food, alcohol or shopping spree that seems to at first bring you happiness and satisfaction. Have you experienced difficulty or that dis-ease and you needed another bite or another drink? Shortly thereafter, one bite or one piece of cake does not fill you up or it becomes boring and your mind craves something else, or for it to be different?
"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” -Simone Weil; Gravity and Grace As the holidays are rapidly approaching, can we slow down enough to embody true presence for ourselves and others? The days quickly pass as the holiday planning begins and we deck the halls and get ready for yet another year. Without finding a pause in our lives or time to rest, the present moment and the direct experience of our lives seem almost ungraspable or blurry. I often have felt