As a yoga teacher, I see this almost daily, expressed physically in class when the student on the mat is eager and willing to do “more” to deepen the postures: stretch further, kick harder, engage muscles with the dedication of an olympic champion.
But when the pose requires letting go and doing less instead of more, resistance sets in and sometimes even confusion, a lack of understanding for how to do less.
“Doing” embodies a more tangible thought process and effort.
“Letting go,” on the other hand, feels like doing “nothing” and is counter-intuitive. I see students (and myself) experience this as labored breathing, physical pain, and ultimately in reaching and maintaining a plateau in improvement both on and off the mat.
It happens every year: Summer bursts in and the power of the season is either harnessed or wasted...
Summer's Fire Element makes this the season of the tongue! Talking, connecting, being together in community are all signs of living in harmony with the seasonal energy.
This means you feel more awake, alive, and ready for action, and in command of your physical form.
Through seven years of marriage, plus working together everyday, here is the trick that saves us daily and the Taoist medicine behind it:
Stay with me here - I know the suggestion to drink more water is not news, but let me offer you the reason behind it, so you can gain new insight on why this is and how to implement this to your benefit.
In the Taoist Chinese Five Elements, every body part and all emotions are categorized into one of the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, or Water.
When you feel and look your best, physically and emotionally, each of these Elements are aligned with the others and working in balanced harmony. When don't feel or look your best, somewhere within your...
I took it like the champion birthday girl I am, with a smile and a thank you, but was instantly transported through a lifetime of birthday flashbacks, ripe with all of the unique, raw emotions another candle on the cake inevitably brings.
I remember feeling terribly anxious at birthday parties as a little girl. I worried excessively about fitting-in. The party games, my party dress, my present, even my shoes and those little white ruffled ankle socks that were a staple in little girl wardrobes when I was growing up, all represented bottomless wells of childhood angst.
I was about nine years old and this was the “school’s finally out and summer is here!” inaugural sleepover birthday party of the season. I was one of about 20 lucky guests on a...
It drips with images of freedom, happiness, ease, and even a touch of glamour. We all want to embody it, exude it, and live it.
But what, exactly, is empowerment?
7 individual aspects of life, when nurtured, collectively reveal how to discover, reclaim, and embrace, your own potential in order to fuel your own unique vision of personal empowerment.
The time I spend in Greece each year with my husband’s family highlights this. I struggled for years to communicate, drowning in the nets of language barriers and cultural expectations.
I’m embarrassed to admit to the hours of island perfection I sacrificed by hiding behind my husband (or glass of wine or cup of coffee) wishing to disappear and finish out a family evening unnoticed.
I made myself miserable, which...
I’m not asking you to dive into super control freak mode and make yourself crazy over every small decision in your life. I am asking you to notice the small victories in your day and find joy in simplicity. What better time to “stop and smell the flowers” then now, when the first signs of spring have finally appeared?
Life’s big choices take up the most headspace, get the most talk-time and forethought, and I mostly agree this… But I find too often the weighty decisions we make for our relationships, family, and careers unfairly elbow out the smaller daily decisions which, when combined, actually take up a very large portion of the day, and therefore can have a profound effect on happiness and productivity.
As an admitted perfectionist and high anxiety gal, the last thing I need is to overthink brewing coffee, brushing my teeth, or planning a meal. But finding simple pleasure in the...
The inability to forgive has a massive impact on your life design. A past betrayal can hinder your ability to be vulnerable and allow a new love into your life. Distrust can poison future opportunities and color every aspect of your day from impeding your ability to trust the next partner, to crushing your own self-image because you believe yourself a poor judge of character and unable to make sound decisions. The inability to forgive encourages looping negative thoughts while feeding anger and depression, two endlessly greedy emotional states.
A man visits his teacher seeking guidance. He says, “I'm having a really hard time forgiving. You are always preaching about forgiveness. And I believe in...