compassion

Embracing Impermanence: How a Control Freak Learned to Let Go

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 17th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: awareness, breath, compassion, control, impermanence, mala, meditation, meditation chair, mindfulness, practice, Yoga

I have been making friends with impermanence. It may sound silly, but after a profound meditation experience, I came face to face with the realization that I am a control freak, and while that control has helped me in some ways, it has also caused me much suffering. I’ve opened up to the reality that everything is in a state of impermanence — the seasons change, each day is different from the previous one, all living things grow, relationships change, the years go by.

At first this was rather scary to me, as it brought up all of my fears of the unknown. I wanted to hide in my usual pattern of planning in order to maintain some power over the future. Then it dawned on me: My life is in a much better place than it used to be, and that is due primarily to the moments over the past few years when I let go and went with the flow.

January: Films About New Beginnings

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | January 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: 37°4 S, Chronophobe, compassion, DVD club, films, January, Joe Dispenza, movies, new beginnings, Papadopoulos & Sons, Pink Balloons, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Stephen Dillane, Stephen Simon

Our Spiritual Cinema Circle film program for January is inspired by new beginnings.

The short film Chronophobe asks the question: How do we use our time?

Pink Balloons is the story of two strangers learning to understand one another with compassion.

November: Films of Love and Inspiration

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | November 5th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: believing in miracles, blind date, cancer, communication, compassion, DVD club, films, inspiration, Jillian's Vantage, love, Michael Daube, movies, Neil Slade, November, rain forest, Revelations, school dance, Spiritual Cinema Circle, The Blue Butterfly, The Most Beautiful Thing, true story, Way of Life, William Hurt

This month’s film program is all about love and inspiration.

In Jillian’s Vantage, a couple on a blind date learn to see from one another’s perspective.

In The Most Beautiful Thing, two teenagers getting ready for the school dance teach each other about communication and compassion.

In Revelations, a man’s life is judged in an unexpected way.

3 Lessons Yoga Has Taught Me

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | August 26th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: awareness, benefits of yoga, compassion, letting go, life lessons, meditation, perfection

Yoga Life LessonsRecently I was talking with a friend of mine about life and the decisions we’ve made and I came to the realization that practicing and teaching yoga are two of the best choices I’ve ever made.

We’ve all heard of the many benefits of yoga: improved coordination, stronger bones, better posture and balance, stress reduction, body-mind connection, overall strength, and flexibility.

Life and Yoga: The Art of Balance

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 19th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: arm balances, bakasana, balance, change, compassion, crow pose, gratitude, headstand, learn, lessons, life goals, negative thoughts, negativity, peace, positing thinking, stress, teach, Yoga, yoga pose

When life gets busy, it’s easy to get out of balance – emotionally, physically and mentally – from trying to maintain equilibrium between the activities that fulfill us and the demands of life. Very rarely are we able to maintain the ‘great Tree Pose of balance,’ as our lives are in a constant state of change.

3 Steps for Setting a Yoga Intention

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | May 28th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: authentic life, career, challenge yourself, change, compassion, core, gut, habits, heart, intention, intuition, life purpose, love, meditation, patterns, personal life, professional life, Relationships, san culpa, work, yoga pose, yoga-practice

yoga intention

At some point in your yoga practice, you’ve probably been asked to set an intention or San Culpa. Setting an intention is a wonderful way to start your practice, your day, or any new beginning, but in doing so it’s always good to step back and ask why you’re doing it. What is intention? What does intention mean to me?

June: Films of Compassion and Connection

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | May 21st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: compassion, connection, DVD club, empathy, fatherhood, film club, media, movie trailer, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, SCC, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Stephen Simon, video

The Spiritual Cinema Circle film selections this month explore empathy in the lives of families, friends and strangers.

In the short film Of Teaching Killer Whales Compassion, a homeless young man adrift in society finds hope for change after a chance encounter. A behind-the-scenes written interview with the filmmakers is included in the DVD insert. Our other short films this month, Lucy and Far, also tell stories of people seeking connection in the world.

Yoga — Why So Serious?

Brian Penny by Brian Penny | April 5th, 2013 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: Ally Ford, ashtanga, Bikram, compassion, discipline, disruption, expression, fun, joke, laughter, Mysore, sense of humor, serious, Shala at White Orchid, smile, solemn, Yoga, yoga class, yoga studio

serious yoga

I don’t mean to Bikram-bash, but my first yoga studio experience happened to be in a Bikram studio, and it wasn’t great. What turned me off the most about the experience was the energy in the room. Nobody was smiling. I can’t stand being places where no one’s smiling — my defense mechanisms kick in, among them a very snarky sense of humor. I found myself trying to fight laughter from the jokes I was telling myself internally to qualm the awkwardness, while staying as silent externally as everyone else. It’s difficult to ground yourself and balance on one foot when you’re shaking at your core from fighting hysterical laughter!

This isn’t the way a yoga class should be. Yoga is fun. I enjoy the practice. So why do most yogis seem so serious all the time?

Motivation for Your Yoga Practice

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 8th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: alive, Big Happy Day, body, boost immune system, cancer, celebrate being alive, celebrate life, coach, compassion, daily yoga practice, dedicate, Dedication, discipline, exercise, Fitness, friendship, Hillary Rubin, inspiration, lost loved one, memory, motivation, move in your body, movement, muscle of discipline, no presssure, presence, video, wellness, Yoga, yoga mat

Wellness pioneer Hillary Rubin encourages us to stay motivated to make it to the yoga mat — and to practice compassion for ourselves on the days when we don’t. One of her favorite motivators? Dedicating your daily yoga practice to someone or something that inspires you.

A Lesson in Compassion

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | September 24th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: acceptance, addiction, addicts, anger, anxiety, Aspberger’s syndrome, compassion, crime, drug abuse, drugs, fear, high school, intolerance, methadone clinic, neighbors, obsessive-compulsive disorder, OCD, opiates, patience, protest, protesters, protestors, safety, understanding

CompassionIn the east end of my city is a methadone clinic, a safe place where opiate addicts can ingest a less harmful substitute under the supervision of doctors and addiction specialists. This clinic is new, operating out of a pharmacy in a residential area.

Concerned residents, led by a university student who lives in the area, are outraged that a methadone clinic was opened without consulting the neighborhood, though it adheres to the city’s bylaw that clinics in residential areas serve no more than 40 people.

The group has taken to photographing the addicts as they come and go, which has, of course, created an environment of fear and shame among those who use the clinic, already prone, as addicts often are, to fear and shame.

These protesters insist that they’re only taking photographs so that “if crime increases,” they’ll have shots of the “likely criminals.”

The media story around this has inspired equal anger on the parts of many citizens, who have sent e-mails filled with threats and accusations to the protesters. An eye for an eye, it would seem.