“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!)
Posts tagged ‘mindfulness’
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
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.
“Never a failure, always a lesson,” according to a tattoo Rihanna rocks.
“Relationships are assignments. There are no chance encounters,” echoes the sagely advice of spiritual guru Gabby Bernstein.
So what then, if anything, was the universe trying to teach me when I was robbed on a Saturday afternoon, other than I wasn’t invincible, and people were not kidding when they referred to Brooklyn as “Crooklyn”? Read more