Born on a Thursday #31 – Nothing is as it Seems

Last week I was so busy and simultaneously rocked by unexpected (and unwelcome) news that I completely forgot about my weekly post. This week is raw – there have been a few moments of catching my breath, moving through quickly-shifting emotions, facing fear, and being open to love and compassion.

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“Your Brain on Writing . . . ” repost

Reposting this from Writing the Energetic Body: I found a post with a graphic about writing and it’s effects on the brain. One of my favorite bytes is what it says about writing and stress: Writing can have similar effects on the mind as meditation. Your breathing slows down and you get into a “zone” […]

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now that you’re all grown up, who is your tribe?

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn

When we are growing up, most of us do not have a choice about whom we are spending our time with until we start making friends in school. We are surrounded and influenced by our families and/or caretakers. (Some people would argue that we do choose our families before we are born, and maybe that will work for this post as well. Whatever you believe is fine).

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I get by with a little help (and laughter) from my friends

I saw three friends who I haven’t seen face-to-face in fifteen years today! They are such sweet people. They flew in from Los Angeles and are going to Sedona for some healing work. These last two very intense (and dark for me) years have taught me that my friends are so important. And of course, because I was going through a dark time, I isolated, so I barely saw anyone. Now that I am beginning to feel better, I am making an effort to see people – and oh yeah(!) – it feels great to see my friends!

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20 Notes on Lasting Happiness by Swami Sitaramananda (reblog)

1. When the mind is more focused, you are happier. When the mind is one-pointed, it doesn’t swing so much. If it doesn’t have many waves, then you are happy.

2. Objects appear to give you happiness because of the conditioning of your mind to like this and dislike that, but truly objects cannot bring you lasting happiness. All objects are external things, but happiness comes from within you; it is your true nature.

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Happiness Habits

I love making new habits, especially new good habits — and I know I am way more productive when I am happy . . .

To see the transcript to this video, and other great talks – visit TED.

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An Open Letter to the Yoga Alliance – Chris Courtney

My friend Chris Courtney makes some great points in his Elephant Journal article: An Open Letter to the Yoga Alliance. [It appears that the link to Chris’s article no longer exists]. I finally registered with Yoga Alliance because I needed to be an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) in order to get certain jobs. And, in reality, […]

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