spiritual practice

Into the Wild: Take Your Yoga Practice Outside

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | April 16th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: adventure, gaiam, hiking, into the wild, nature, nichole golden, outside, peace of mind, spirit, spiritual, spiritual practice, spirituality, ToeSox Yoga Flip Flops, Yoga, yoga outside

yoga outside

Winter is an interesting time for me — well, more specifically, an interesting time for my feet. I love summer because of the ease of slipping my toes into a pair of flip-flops and floppin’ around unencumbered by shoes. In fact, during cold months I wear winter’s flip-flop equivalent, moccasins; a shoe that is as close to a non-shoe as it gets.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | February 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmations, healing, love, meditation, potential, relationship, spiritual practice, spirituality, Tina Turner, universe, Valentine’s Day, What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Sad woman on Valentine’s DayTina Turner sang the successful song “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Basically, it asked, “Why have a heart when a heart can be broken?”

In a way, I understand the feeling.

A lot of us have had our hearts broken. Many of us more than once. So, now here we are in February and reminders of Valentine’s Day are everywhere. It forces us to think about our relationship status. Are we someone’s valentine? Will we be someone’s valentine? Will our relationship Karma ever change? Will love finally come to us or continue to elude us?

A New Look at an Old Yoga Pose

Meryl Davids Landau by Meryl Davids Landau | June 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: affirmation, asanas, change, Cobra, deepen-your-yoga-practice, downward dog, Downward Dog Upward Fog, enlightenment, exercise, Fitness, forward fold, happiness, health, inner peace, intention, mantra, mantras, Meryl Davids Landau, mountain-pose, plank, practice, rush, self-love, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual-journey, spirituality, Sun Salutation, sun salutations, transformation, visualization, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga sequence, yogi, yogis

Sun Salutation on the beach

Ever felt yourself going through the motions of a yoga pose without focus or purpose? I think most yogis who’ve been practicing for a while have this experience, at least sometimes.

Several years ago, I found myself rushing through the Sun Salutation, praying for the series to end so I could move on to asanas I enjoyed more. I hated the way the pose strained my wrist and left me breathless, and it seemed to take forever to get through five or six of them. But since appreciating whatever you’re doing is a key spiritual teaching, I knew I had to do something to change my perspective.

Are You Living in the “Yes”?

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | December 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, doubt, fear, intention, meditation, negative thoughts, negativity, positive thinking, positivity, spiritual practice, spirituality, transformation, true self, yes

Happy womanRecently, I committed to a deeper spiritual practice. It included contemplating and releasing anything that did not support my highest good. Every morning, 45 minutes was dedicated to only this aspect of my practice. What came forward was a very old belief that no longer served me. I decided to acknowledge and consciously surrender it.

The amazing thing is that shifts began to take place immediately. As I listened and opened to embracing the old paradigm, something else moved in. It was a question: “Are you living in the YES?”

How to Harvest Your Blessings

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, blessings, contemplation, enjoyment, gifts, give thanks, happiness, intention, spiritual practice, thanks

The fall season is generally a time for harvesting crops. It is the time of year for seeing what has grown from the seeds that have been planted and then moving the harvest into storage for the winter. I was thinking about what I am harvesting at this time in my life, and what came is that I am harvesting a myriad of blessings.

Take Time Out to Contemplate

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | September 24th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, change, contemplation, intention, spiritual practice, starting over, stillness, time out, transformation

When my children were small, I would give them “time outs” to contemplate their behavior after a challenging experience. The intention was to support them in having time to gain clarity on the consequences of their actions. It didn’t always work, but it did support all of us in stopping for a short time to gain composure.

How to Believe in Your Dreams, Not Your Fears

Patricia Moreno by Patricia Moreno | September 4th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: how to believe in your dreams, how to face your fears, negative thoughts, Patricia Moreno, positive-thoughts, spiritual practice

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Once a month, I meet with eight of my closest friends. We are more than just friends. We know everything about each other, and we coach each other on living big. Lauren is the one who directs the meetings, and the work we do is based on the method of life coaching she developed called “The Handel Method.” I have been coached by her for about six years now.