5 Practices to Purify the Mind (Manomaya Kosha)

5 Practices to Purify the Mind (Manomaya Kosha)

The whole yoga path is an extensive process of purification~ Sri Swami Satchidananda

I have a tendency to live in my head.  I learned from childhood trauma, like so many of us, to disconnect from my body and play out endless fantasies and scenarios in my mind. It is a default setting for me to escape into my thoughts.  One of the greatest challenges with this approach to living is that we tend to create a false sense of reality based on our own individual past experiences. It is my perspective, my idiosyncrasies, fears and judgments that get played out repeatedly in my mind and then spill over into my many interactions.
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What is Your Part?

What is Your Part?

This thought provoking question from Chris has stayed with me all week: “What is your Part?”

Disclaimer: This is an extremely un-yogic response to a stress-filled sleep-deprived experience. Please feel free to skip over this blog post entirely:)
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The Gift of Being Human

The Gift of Being Human

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
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Balancing the energy of our intentions and keeping our feet in the soil

Balancing the energy of our intentions and keeping our feet in the soil

As we wind our way through January, many of us are pulled into the upper chakras. We are focused on setting intentions, manifesting our dreams and visualizing the upcoming year. The upper chakras focus on creativity, intuition and divine guidance. They are crucial in helping us fulfill our life’s purpose and living the life we love. As we work on choosing our words for the year, creating our vision boards and manifesting our dreams we must also learn to balance keeping our toes in the dirt. What this means is we must also keep ourselves grounded. We must channel our energy into the lower chakras as well. We must remember to take action, not just dream. The lower chakras focus on our roots or history, grounding, our emotions and our sense of pleasure and personal power.
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3 Tips for Clean Eating Out

3 Tips for Clean Eating Out

Last weekend, I attended a friend’s bridal shower. Although I had a lovely time, I ended up over indulging in sugar to the point of a headache. The yoga sutras tell us that when we engage in this type of old conditioning that produces suffering, we should cultivate the opposite mental attitude or reflect on our behavior (Sutras II.33-II.34). I realized I set myself up for failure as I had forgotten the three essential tips for clean eating outside the home.
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