Self Study

Be Observant by Caren Baginski

                  The one thing you should never forget to do every day is be observant of the mind.Note how I didn’t say “count your blessings” because that’s selective and dismissive, or “be present” because that’s often too vague and

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Know Yourself (Svadyaya)

Also spelled Svahdyaya  Self-study is an on going process of self-awareness and looking within. We are born into the world with pure, unhampered minds and through time we pick up subconscious influences, perceptions, defenses, limiting beliefs, and more. Svadyaya, the fourth Niyama (personal observances), means learning about

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Manipura (Poem for the Solar Plexus) by Beth Beard

  Advancing forward in my strength Honoring myself…believing in myself Choosing how to frame history- No longer the victim…fatally injured A humble yet proud warrior glimmering with color My agonies transform to liberty My pain shifts to opportunity My core is engaged Blazing rays of light from

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You Are One With All That Is

You Are One With All That Is Much of this world is your own reflection. People reject this because it puts the burden back on them. Criticizing an external world is so much more convenient. Deluded by ignorance into identifying himself with a specific body, a human

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Learning From Our Emotions

Emotion is energy moving through the body. Emotions are a gift of awareness. By studying our emotional layer (manomaya kosha), we can learn how our own beliefs affect our reality. When we become attached to our emotions we essentially become what we are feeling. For example, instead

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How to Manage Your Anger by: Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Anger is one of the most destructive emotions. It ruins relationships, intimidates co-workers, and creates bad feelings. So it’s surprising that it’s often an overlooked issue. In some quarters anger is actually considered positive, a tool for getting what you want. At some point, however, many angry

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Be Grateful to Everyone

If we were to make a list of the people we don’t like-people we find obnoxious, threatening or worthy of contempt-we would find much about ourselves that we can’t face. If we were to come up with one word about each of the troublemakers in our lives,

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Yoga is A Mirror

“The practice of yoga postures is a mirror for the practice of life, so over time you will find yourself more confident in situations off the mat,” Carol Rossi  As we become mindful of our reactions in our practice, we notice how it correlates to life outside

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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson

Chapter One I walk down the street.  There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.  I fall in.  I am lost …. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault  It takes forever to find a way out.   Chapter Two I walk down the same street.  There

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Creating Your Future

“It is said that extraordinary people live their lives backward. They create a future, and they live into it. An exercise I teach is called A.C.T. I want you to try it. The A stands for accept your present state. Understand your strengths and weaknesses, as we

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