Archive | Meditation

Breathe!! You are alive!

Take a deep breath. Now take another one. Notice where your breath starts. In your chest? In your abdomen? Notice how you feel. When I first learned the simple technique of abdominal breathing, I hadn’t noticed that most of my day, I had been breathing shallowly. If you have ever watched a baby breathe, you […]

My Bitter Teacher

Overcome any bitterness that may have come to you because you were not up to the magnitude of the pain that was entrusted to you. You are called upon to meet it in joy, instead of self-pity. This is a Sufi saying, as elucidated by the author and poet Stephen Levine. Every day I am […]

Emotional Detoxification

The beginning of a new year  presents wonderful opportunities to improve ourselves and our environments, to create goals, and make resolutions. We also tend to look for things to add to our physical and mental lives: new vacation plans, new gadgets, and other distractions. But what about our emotional health? Emotions are a normal part […]

Celebrating the Holidays: Five Essential Tips

The holidays can be a time of joy, love, family and friendship. Between the demands of traveling and socializing and the emotional aspects of meeting with family, holidays can also be taxing. At family gatherings, emotions from the past may come up. The abundance of sugar and alcohol, paired with decreased daylight can heighten emotional […]