Posts from the ‘Mindfulness & Meditation’ Category
My dear friend Gabrielle Bernstein is throwing down some awesome knowledge about the key steps to manifesting your desires! In this Q & A, Gabrielle gives us crucial guidance on how to truly manifest and achieve our goals in 2013. Read more
Check out my exclusive interview with “The Nanny” & “Happily Divorced” star Fran Drescher, who talks candidly about her experience with cancer, and what she’s doing to find a cure.
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I recently received a question on the “Ask April” section of my site from a woman whose partner(s) always become very angry with her and she was very unsure what she had done to provoke such wrath. (You can read the exact question and response here.) This led me to share some tips on dealing with conflict in a relationship that I thought I’d share with you all as well.
Although they say that music soothes the savage beast, you don’t need to be a savage beast to make the most of the benefits that mood boosting music can offer. You can use music to relax, stay healthier physically, enhance creativity, and more. Download some mind changing mixes. Read more
“Downward Dog, Upward Fog” is chick lit for the spiritual set. Although fiction, it’s what I fondly refer to as “nonfiction” fiction, meaning it is written with such an element of truth that it could be true. There are also practices mentioned that you may choose to adopt and integrate into your daily life, making for an inspiring & invigorating read. (One of my favorites that I picked up: consciously acknowledging whether your first breath of the day was an inhale or an exhale. Nothing like mindfulness first thing in the morning!)
Book Review: Dr. Rick Hanson, Author of “Buddha’s Brain” Teaches You How to Develop Your Buddha Brain With “Just One Thing”
Dr. Rick Hanson first established himself as a pioneer in contemplative sciences with his previous book,Buddha’s Brain. As he states on his website, “Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and other great teachers were all born with a brain built essentially like anyone else’s. Then they used their minds to change their brains in ways that changed history.” Read more
No bones about it, everyone has skeletons, monsters, and demons from the past living under their beds and hiding in the closet. My storage space under my bed was well spoken for, and I used to need a bigger closet….there was clutter, to say the least. I probably should have been charging the creeps rent, because they were living all up in my space, and for free!
I remember being seven or eight years old, and so convinced a scary story was real, that I would literally leap off my bed in the middle of the night so that the monsters lurking under my bed couldn’t grab me by the ankle and drag me to the monster world. I was only safe when the lights were on. I would have to repeat to myself over and over again “There is no such thing as monsters, there is nothing under my bed, and that story wasn’t real!”
As adults, we still deal these demons, ghosts, & monsters and the feelings that surround them: fears. Surprisingly enough, the solution to exorcising them in our adult lives is exactly the same as when we were kids: Turn on the lights, and tell yourself it isn’t real! When we forget to let our inner light shine, we breathe life into the “bad guys”. We bring these vile creatures to life when we project our fears from the past into our present & future. And how many scary, untrue stories do we allow others to tell us about ourselves….or even make up on our own?!!
We play tricks on ourselves all the time, and tell ourselves things that aren’t true. The pile of toys in the corner that became a scary, ferocious, beastly monster when the lights went out may actually be a cute cuddly teddy bear, with just the the flick of a switch. Just like there are no monsters, there are no obstacles; there are only opportunities. What will you allow yourself to believe? Pull out your piggy bank. What will you invest in- truths or illusions? Love or fear? Love that teddy bear, don’t fear that teddy bear. Embrace that teddy bear, and with him, embrace all of your glorious opportunities.
In all those silly scary stories I read as a kid, ghosts haunted places because they had unfinished business. If you must, play another childhood game. Play pretend. Be an archaeologist. Dig up the past so you can let it go and put it to rest; a proper burial, if you will. Don’t carry your past around like the current season’s Gucci baggage; it’s dead weight. Dead and gone. It’s only haunting you because you give it a new life in the present. Love your ghosts, accept your ghosts, and then let go of your ghosts. Sometimes they only stay around because they think you need them. (Silly ghosties!)
Don’t share your lease on life with creepers; turn on your lights and let it shine. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!
The New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non profit founded by Bette Midler, has partnered with Harlem Yoga Studio and Brooklyn Holistics to provide free outdoor yoga classes to New Yorkers. Held in community gardens, these classes start in May and will run through September. Read more
Just a week ago, I was graced enough to mark yet another year that my physical being has journeyed around the sun. While I jokingly dreaded the day, commenting that I was now on “the other side” of my 20′s, I realized today just how beautiful that is. I don’t believe that we age; I believe that every year, we become more of who we really are.
When I look at who I was last year, I can say that I have been truly generous and loving with myself in this past year. I’ve been generous in the sense that I’ve allowed myself to be who I really am, and now I live my life in a way that reflects that. Home is where the heart is…and honey, I’m home!
Now that I’m home, mi casa es su casa. My house is your house. And as a good hostess, it’s only obligatory that I let you in on what I’ve learned- my Buddhayana.
But Wait- What’s a Buddhayana?!
In this case, Buddhayana can be described as a vehicle of knowledge, which provides you with the skills to show up for your life experiences.