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7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

by guest | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: compassion, compassionate, forgive, forgiveness, meditation, meditation practice, mindful, mindful eating, mindful walking, Mindfullness, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, self-compassion, self-love, vulnerability, vulnerable

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would have imagined practicing mindfulness who now sit in daily meditation. When I look at the Seattle Seahawks, think of our military veterans or politicians sitting in the “Quiet Caucus” room, I’m filled with a whole lot of hope. An increasing amount of apps like Meditation Studio are offering us simple paths to practicing anywhere, anytime. I’ll be launching a 6-month Course in Mindful Living soon where people will not only have the space and time to deeply integrate mindfulness into their lives, but get support in ways that haven’t been possible before. In creating A Course in Mindful Living, I’ve based it on 7 things I see mindful people do differently.

4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude Daily

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | December 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: compassion, family, family exercise, family time, gratitude, gratitude journal, new year, new year's resolutions, passion, presence, self-compassion, vision board, visions for the new year, Yoga

I find that this is the ideal time of year to tune into the here and now and remember all there is to be grateful for. So if you are feeling stressed out by this season and always thinking of the future, these tips will help you reconnect to the present moment and the gifts you currently possess—through this season, and all that follow.

Heart Opening Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 24th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: compassion, forgiveness, love, self growth, self-love

It’s February and love is in the air. It fills the store aisles in preparation for Valentine’s Day and is all over the airwaves in music, movies, and TV. I used to find immense frustration in the commercial aspect of love during the month of February. As I’ve delved deeper into what it means to love and be loved, though, I can now appreciate the holiday as a time to tune into the feeling of love we all have within us in order to fully appreciate it and share it with others throughout the year!

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.