Personal Growth

Awake at the Bedside

by guest | July 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media

a guest post by Koshin Ellison

In Awake at the Bedside, pioneers of palliative and end-of-life care as well as doctors, chaplains, caregivers and even poets offer wisdom that will challenge, uplift, comfort—and change the way we think about death. The following is an excerpt from the book.

6 Soulful Ways to Savor Summer

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | July 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth

If you’re like me, the summer months seem to fly by. Before I know it, the leaves have turned golden-hued, falling into October. Summer is inevitably fleeting.
To make the most of this precious season, we need to celebrate its beauty: sunny skies, warm breezes, and sweet produce. These six soulful experiences will help you savor the warmer months. Slow down and experience the best of summer with these ideas:

3 Ways to Embrace Summer

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

Summer. It’s a season of fun, vacations, and time spent outdoors in a more relaxed environment, enjoying the warm days and cooler nights. Unfortunately, with all of the fun and relaxation, your yoga practice may be the one thing that is in flux during the summer.

6 Low-Cost Ways to Nourish Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | July 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

A lot of us think of self-care as splurges—that massage you have been waiting for or a big night out with friends. But for the most part, the way we treat ourselves on a moment-to-moment basis has the power to affect our state of being.
Our daily rituals have the potential to nurture a sense of ease that renews us in a life of adventure and challenges. The more moments we take to honor ourselves with love and kindness, the more we can give to our passions and loved ones every day. Here are six acts of self-care that require little commitment and almost no money. They will leave you feeling rested and ready to take on the world.

Freedom Is a State of Mind

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | July 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth

I have written about freedom several times now, and it’s fun to look back and re-read how I defined freedom on various occasions, along the timeline of my life.

I’m not surprised I like to write about freedom or that it evolves each time I come to it; I mean the word is tattooed on my arm. Apparently, on some level it is important to me.

An Interview With Koshin Paley Ellison

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison is a Zen teacher and Co-Founder, with his partner Robert Chodo Campbell, of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care —the leading organization engaging and integrating contemplative training with caregiving through study, care and meditation. He serves on the faculty of two medical schools, their curriculum is now implemented in thirty-five medical residency programs, and they have trained over 1100 physicians from across the world in contemplative approaches to care of the dying. We sat down with him to talk about his book, Awake at the Bedside.

Yoga, Body Image, and Diversity: The Conversation Spreads

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

As a long-time yoga practitioner, I remember speaking with my teachers and fellow students 15 years ago about the discomforting fact that images in the publications were almost always those of young, white, athletic women or prominent male “gurus.” Some of us wrote letters to the editor protesting this fact, but nothing really changed.

Connection

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | June 8th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth

I’ve been sitting with this idea all week long and it’s been a little challenging. You see, the idea of connection came to me when I sat at San Dominican University last weekend, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, to pay tribute to a special young man I had only just begun to know.

Taking Your Gaiam Yoga Wear to the Streets

by ResourceGirls | May 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth

It can be easy to fill life with excuses. Anyone with us? Especially when it comes to working out. We don’t want to get all sweaty at a certain time of day, we’re tired, we have too much going on.  You name it, we’ve been there. As Resource Girls, we pride ourselves in always trying to help cut down on these excuses and find better ways of doing just about anything.

6 (Useful!) Eco-Tips for Health and Beauty

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Home, Personal Growth

Show of hands: how many of you have ever looked at your cosmetics’ ingredient list, scrunched your nose, and asked, “What in the world is that?” If you’re like me—and the tens of millions of other American women who put time, effort (and money!) into a healthy lifestyle—then it’s worth knowing that your efforts are also healthy for the environment. From recycling programs to essential oils and lowering the carbon footprint of your suds, here are six tips for considering the planet while taking care of yourself.