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Mindfulness Creates Momentum for Healthy Choices
People who are more mindful are more receptive to making positive changes.
The Miraculous Sigh
Excerpt from The Foundations of Mindfulness
The Real Secret of Yoga (Isn’t the Yoga)Often when we hear the word “yoga,” we think of static physical postures like Downward Dog or Headstand. But what if yoga wasn’t about the pose at all? What if the postures were mo…
Eat With Grace to Deepen Your Connection With Others and the Earth
Eating with mindfulness and awareness may be one of the clearest pathways to understanding the soul/mind/body connection and can help strengthen our bond to the rest of the natural world.
5 Relationship Red Flags to Never Ignore
When it comes to our significant other we often want to explain away or even deny uneasy feelings, but these relationship red flags should never be ignored.
8 Tricks for Controlling Holiday Binge Eating and Drinking
Avoid overeating and drinking too much this holiday season by mindfully focusing on giving yourself pleasure rather than trying to numb the pain.
Homeschooling Mindfulness Meditation
Consider teaching your child mindfulness during this period of homeschooling.
Mindfulness & Breathing Meditation
Be present in the moment and relieve stress
108 Day Mindfulness Practice
Here are 108 suggestions for your own personalized 108-day mindfulness practice.
The Happiness Track: Is Mindfulness a Racket?
Is mindfulness really the panacea for today's stress?
Mindfulness for the Wallflower
Meditation is at the core of a new generation of treatments for social anxiety.
Mindfulness in Messaging
While I would love to tell you “all communication is good communication,” it simply isn’t true.
Film Review: The Mindfulness MovementThere have been lots of documentaries in recent years about various aspects of mindfulness, but Rob Beemer’s The Mindfulness Movement seeks to be a total guide to the many div…
Mindfulness as an Attitude
How to make mindfulness easy and incorporate it into your life without it feeling like a chore.
Mindfulness: More Rigor, Less Hype
A panel of experts calls for more consistent scientific examination of mindfulness.
5 Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids
Teaching mindfulness to kids has been said to improve their wellbeing, boost performance in the classroom, increase emotional intelligence, and reduce stress and “negative” behavior.
Mindfulness Can Get You There
“It takes courage to let go of habits and beliefs championed by our parents and those we respect, but we must if we are to ever get close to a mindfulness practice.”
Awareness at Your Fingertips: Mindfulness and Multitasking
Mindfulness and multitasking aren’t necessarily in opposition to each other. But when you are in a relationship, make time for single-tasking too.
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a non-profit organization offering in-depth mindfulness programming for youth and parents, and the professionals who support them.
Practicing Mindfulness at MohonkSince its very beginning in 1869 in New York’s Hudson River Valley, Mohonk Mountain House has been inviting guests to be inspired by spectacular scenery that creates a sense of spa…
Simple Anytime, Anywhere Mindfulness Meditation
An audio meditation you can use anytime to reduce stress and lift your mood.
Mindfulness for Menopause Relief
Being aware of the present moment may reduce certain symptoms.
Reduce Cravings with Mindfulness
Can meditation help you avoid a Snickers or a cigarette? A new study says yes.
Mindfulness in Difficult Times
We interviewed Sharon Salzberg for this issue to honor her remarkable career. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind as we went to print, she graciously allowed us to share an adapted excerpt from Real Happiness.
Intensive Mindfulness for DepressionWhat’s been on your mind lately? If you’re like most of us, a lot of your time is spent pondering things that are rooted in the past or the future: the dentist appointment in a few…
Mindfulness with Internet RelationshipsTechnology has revolutionized relationships in so many ways. We can now find old flames, new sweethearts, and future spouses online. We can search under any category of desire, “La…
Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain
Mindfulness meditation can help us befriend the pain sensations and teach the brain that it doesn’t need to sound the alarm so hard.
Using Mindfulness to Tackle Clutter
Just as mindfulness helps us clear our minds, it can also help us clear a path through the house.
What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation
Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.
How to Cultivate Mindfulness by Listening to Your Thoughts
Try this exercise to develop mindfulness by meditating on one’s thoughts.
Ram Dass Explores the Essence of Mindfulness
There’s no philosophy about this, it’s a simple quieting of the mind.
Mindfulness Lives In Single-TaskingDo you pride yourself on being a talented multi-tasker? Well, a new study says that may be an illusion. The study, conducted by Stanford University, says that multitasking may be d…
6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep
Mindfulness techniques are being incorporated more and more for sleep health. Here are six expert-recommended mindfulness practices to help you fall—and stay—asleep.
Richard Davidson: Advancing the State of Mindfulness
Pathbreaking work by Dr. Davidson is tapping the power of meditation and mindfulness for greater wellness.
Mindfulness: A Gentle Approach to HealingThere’s an interesting story about a woman being chased by a tiger. She is running for her life and comes to the edge of a cliff. Here, she notices a sturdy vine, and climbs down t…
When Anxiety Spirals and Mindfulness Isn’t Enough
The world doesn’t stop being confusing and cruel just because we decide to think positively. When anxiety has you gripping the sheets, ask yourself these questions to redirect.
Kiss the Moment: Meditate Mindfully
Misconceptions about meditation can get in the way of practice. “When you’re kissing somebody you want to be there for the experience. You don’t want the other person looking out the window.”
How Mindfulness Can Help Us Forgive Betrayal
Is it possible to forgive infidelity and to overcome the emotional pain of betrayal?
Struggling with Food Cravings? Mindfulness Can HelpDo you struggle with intense food cravings? If so, you understand that powerless feeling—when the craving takes control and you begin to feel like a passenger in Mr. Toad’s W…
How Mindfulness Helps Caregivers More Than Positive Psychology
When success is “The first time I have not cried all the way to the mailbox…”
How to Catch a Thought: 3 Tools for Mindfulness“Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” —RumiAs humans, we are creatures of habit. We not only stick …
How Meditation and Mindfulness Help Ease Chronic IllnessA novel study suggests that meditation and mindfulness can greatly improve the lives of people with chronic illness, particularly those with diabetes mellitus or coronary heart dis…
Mindfulness, Itchy Eyes, and Protecting Yourself From COVID-19
In the age of COVID-19, mindfulness is a way to stay safe.
The Spiritual Hug
Hugs are good for you, but do you get or give daily hugs? How long do they last? Up your spiritual hug count and reap the many benefits of this shared connection.
8 Ways to Practice Memory Mindfulness for Loving Relationships
Extending your mindfulness practice to your memories will serve your loving, harmonious relationship.
Is Mindfulness Really the Best Way to Reduce Worry?
A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot
Dr. Su Ravindran Talks About Mindfulness-Based Cognitive TherapyMany of us are well aware of what mindfulness is and the health and holistic benefits it provides. Those who practice mindfulness meditation, for example, understand personally how…
Mindfulness Therapy Kicked My Autoimmune Disease to the Curb
How I turned my life around by changing my way of thinking.
Teaching a Stressed System to Relax: Living in the Gaps
“The more I practice cultivating the gaps and being really present for them, the more my nervous system gets the message that I’m okay.”
Why We Need to Stop
Find ways to pause, rest, and be mindful.
3 Simple Rules to Maintain a Healthy Weight, Digest Better, and Heal Your Relationship with Food
Follow these simple rules (and a secret fourth) and change how you eat.
Lovingly Managing Weight Fluctuations
Writer Julie Peters talks about a past eating disorder, how she overcomes feelings of food obsession, and how she frees herself from internal oppression.
TIM RYAN: Leading the "Quiet Caucus"
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, spoke with Rabbi Rami about his efforts to bring more mindfulness to the U.S. Senate.
Bridging Your Work and Your Purpose with Leah Weiss, MD
Rami talks with contemplative scholar and author of How We Work Leah Weiss, MD.
Dr. Daniel Siegel's Wheel of Awareness
One of the leading experts in the human mind Dr. Daniel Siegel talks to Rabbi Rami.
“Radical” at Its Roots
S&H Editor in Chief Ben Nussbaum reflects on the word “radical” at its roots.
14 Affirmations for Increasing Body AwarenessThis incredible body of ours is a cloak for the spirit. Our bodies are a high form of intelligence that not only includes the fascinating brain, but also a network of consciousness…
Healing from Within with Dr. Joel Bennett
Building a new health consciousness.
13 Tips to Boost Confidence
For Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga Teachers
Moments of Sweetness: Nonattachment in Difficult Times
Something joyful, beautiful, pleasurable, or delicious is happening: Notice moments of sweetness.
Mindful Weight Gain in Pregnancy
Bringing a mindful approach to pregnancy means listening to both your body and your doctor when it comes to weight gain.
On the Virtues of A Coffee MugI spent last week away from home, work, studio, email, and Facebook in the city of my youth, Montreal. I remember it well, but only this past week did I really notice something str…
Ceremony for Dying: The Altar
Using altars to focus intention and connection in a space.
3 Rules for Mindful Sex
Want to be more mindful when it comes to sex? Try following these three rules.
How to Train a Wild ElephantHow to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in MindfulnessBy Jan Chozen Bays, MDWhile it is becoming more and more evident that the practice of mindfulness is life-transform…
Yoga and Mental Health
Yoga and mental health are inextricably intertwined. Yoga helps promote mindfulness, healing from trauma, and boosts creativity.
Surfer-writer-adventurer Jaimal Yogis brings mindfulness to his outdoor passions.
Drink Less, Meditate More
Even casual drinkers are giving up booze for a month, a year, or forever in a movement that combines mental and physical wellness. Melissa Howsam talks to two mothers of the movement.
Dantian: What "Move from your Center" Actually MeansAccording to many traditions, the energy center of the body lies in a specific location, known to house an abundance of life-force energy or qi. In Chinese Qigong it is called the …
The Power of Slow Living in a Fast-Paced World
“When we live with purpose, when we slow down and take stock of what is really important to us, voluntarily letting go of what isn’t, we begin to live more truthfully, on our own terms.”
Labyrinths are soul-soothing and insight-making. What is the future of the labyrinth movement and how can you do a labyrinth walk from home?
Create Your Child’s Best Day Ever… And Ever
A guided meditation
Think Verb, Not Noun
Breath action into everyday words. “You might be surprised at how many nouns in the English language can be used as verbs.”
The End of Seeking
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Shift Your Body, Shift Your MindAt the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have worked for the last few years to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq an…
Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain Sarah Bowen explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.
The Truth about Going Retrograde with MercurySeptember is a bit of a wild month, astrologically speaking. There is a solar eclipse with the new moon on September 1st and a lunar eclipse with the full moon on September 16th. I…
Pandemic Silver Linings: Accounting for Good News
2020 was a year. But maybe there's a silver lining (or two) to this pandemic after all.
5 Touchstones for “Good Enough” Parenting
The good news? Research shows that parents don’t have to be perfect to raise secure children.
6 Practices for Building Resilience
Building resilience does not require superhuman feats. Begin today with these accessible, science-backed strategies.
Invite the Sacred into Your Kitchen Space
The keys to creating a kitchen that makes cooking into a beautiful, spiritual experience.
Mindful Eating: The Benefits and How to Start
Mindful eating means being intentional about what, when, and how you eat. It can become more intuitive the more you practice.
We All Suffer From H.E.L.P. (Human Existential Looping Problem), but There’s Help!
Stuck in a rut—or a loop? “Thoughts we’ve had thousands of times are easier to have again than new, creative thoughts. ... So what are we to do about our loops getting stronger with every repetition?”
3 Important Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai chi is a low-impact traditional Chinese medicine practice that engages the mind and body. The benefits of tai chi include increased mindfulness and focus, improved balance, and relief from chronic pain.
Guided Morning Meditation
Start your day with intention and mindfulness with this guided meditation.
The Spiritual Side of S’mores
The surprising history of the yummy treat, plus tips on sweet ingredients that do good
Being in the Flow of Heartache and Pain
Yoga and mindfulness can help us recognize that our discomfort has a flow.
6 Steps to Ignite Your Power of Intention
What do you want? Use the power of intention to focus your mind on your next steps.
Reclaim Rest: A Rest Guided Meditation to Help You Connect to Calm Instantly
Reclaim rest with a rest guided meditation that will take you on a journey of self-exploration.
Waiting to Exhale
I know as problems go, this is not the biggest thing, but I really miss practicing yoga in a studio.
No Place Like Alone for the Holidays
“The absence of holiday fuss clears the way for all kinds of spiritual opportunities.”
Is Beauty the Only Necessity?
What is beauty? Why is it important? “Perhaps we should think of beauty—not only as something that we should have—but as something we should be.”
Writing Letters: A Spiritual Practice
Looking for a new practice to calm the mind and connect with others? Try writing an old-fashioned letter.
What to Do When You’re the Emotionally Unavailable OneI am addicted to reading articles with titles like, “are you dating a narcissist?” and “signs you should get out of your relationship now,” because deep-down I’m afraid that I am t…
Six Life Lessons From Six Philosophers
You're already a philosopher—“all you need is an enquiring mind.”
The Art of Deep Listening
Struggle to stay focused when you meditate? Learning to listen like a musician can deepen both your meditation practice and your mindfulness.
Book Review: Emotional RescueEmotional RescueHow to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers YouBy Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheTARCHER/PENGUIN“Emotions get their power from…
Ram Dass on Unconditional Love, Surrender, and Transformation
In his posthumous memoir, Being Ram Dass, the beloved cultural and spiritual icon and bestselling author of Be Here Now, shares his experience of his journey from the mind to the heart, from the ego to the soul.
Brokenness Expands Our Capacity for Non-Judgment
Empathy and non-judgment lie at the heart of the therapeutic experience. “Strength and brokenness are not opposites.”
Is Your Feline Sending Divine Signs?
“Are cats on their own spiritual paths to enlightenment?” Here are four divine signs your feline is sending you.
Too Much Stuff?
Tired of all the JUNK? Become inspired by Benedictine simplicity. Look for new ways to keep your space less cluttered.
Close to the Ground: Bowing to SpringAt the end of the third week of a monthlong pilgrimage to Korea some sixteen years ago, I was completely broken. Before we began the pilgrimage, I figured that a shaved head would …
5 Free Apps for Creating Healthier Habits
Turn your smartphone into a tiny health coach with these apps for better nutrition, mindfulness, and gratitude.
Suspending Judgment: Losing Control to Be in Control
How to use mindfulness to let go of preconceived notions.
The Labyrinth as a Walking Meditation
Meditation can be frustrating, with physical discomfort and constant, intrusive thoughts. Walking a labyrinth can be a wonderful walking meditation.
This Swedish practice will start your morning on the right note.
Honoring Sacred Sexual Energy
Connect to the sacred sexual and erotic energy living in your low belly, pelvis, and genitals. This energy is related to our desire, our connection with others, our pleasure, playfulness, and the possibility of personal growth. It is a powerful part of who we are, whether or not we share that energy sexually with anyone else. Breathe into this space to honor and listen to it, inviting its guidance in our lives. This is a very simple mindfulness-based meditation, there is no explicit material here.
Letting Go When You’re Holding On
How can you support yourself to let go?
Minding Your MoodsSometimes, in the yoga community, it seems that what we are always trying to do is feel good and happy and positive. Smile at all costs!Of course we all want to feel good, but if w…
Part 1: The Surprisingly Simple Secrets of Tantric Sex
The yoga of relationships.
10 Affirmations for Mindful Parenting
Here are 10 affirmations to help us be in the present moment when we are parenting.
Now Is the Time“Now is the time to know that all you do is sacred.” ~Hafiz Remember that moment on December 21st, 2012, when you wondered if just maybe the Mayans were right and the tides would…
Rewire Your Brain: Practice HappinessIn the wake of New Year’s Resolution season, some of us are taking a good hard look at what’s blocking our paths to happiness and health. There’s plenty: the world is full of distr…
The Stickiness of Stillness: The Challenges of Corpse PoseWhen I was a kid, I hated naptime. I would lie down in the cot like everyone else and watch my little kid friends drift off into a blissful sleep. I would fidget, giggle, and somet…
Yoga for Chronic Pain: Part 2Pain is important: it tells us that something is wrong. As I discussed in my last post, however, many of us live with chronic pain that is not a danger signal, but rather a pattern…
How Your Search for Happiness is Making You MiserableHappiness: we all want it, and we want to know how to get it. We read books about it, try to buy it, and attempt to pin it down in a lab. We get close to happiness—we fall in love,…
The Special Place: The Meaning of VinyasaMy dad has a special way he likes to order when we are out at a restaurant. First, order your beer. Then, wait to order your food until it’s also time to order your second drink. I…
Feeding the New Year‘Tis the season for drinking too much eggnog, eating too much, and pulling out old family hangover cures.We’ve just moved past the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the sun cycl…
Why a Little Guilt Can Be Good For YouGuilt is a horrible feeling. When we are little kids, before our moral compass kicks in, we have absolutely no sense of guilt or shame. We know we are not supposed to punch other k…
Self-Love as a PracticeWe all know there’s great value in loving ourselves. Self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-compassion can get us through painful times in our lives, help us to bounce back from fa…
Circles, Not Triangles
Triangles aren't sustainable when it comes to relationships. Embrace the idea of circles, which are stable over time.
Yoga for Chronic Pain: Part 1Yoga as an embodied mindfulness practice has the potential to change your brain. You can become aware of samskaras, habits or patterns, and discover tools to change them. Chronic p…
Yoga for Releasing AngerAnger: we all know it, many of us well. But at a yoga party, it would be gauche to bring up the raging intensity sitting in your gut. We’re all focusing on the positive here, right…
Lessons from Yin Yoga for Managing Chronic Pain
Yin yoga works the connective tissue that wraps around our muscles and carries messages from the brain. By practicing yin yoga, we may be able to reprogram some of the physical patterns causing chronic pain.
Why Commit? And How?Once upon a time, people spent their whole lives in one career until they retired. In this world, marriage was a given: it happened early and it was lifelong. Commitment was easy: …
Snuggling Up to Our Obstacles
"We need to understand our fears and vulnerabilities, not so we can blast through what stands in our way, but so we can figure out how to support ourselves to manage whatever it is we fear."
Routines of Pleasure
Consider one way you could bring a little bit more pleasure into your day.
The Power of Fierce Gentleness
Gentleness with ourselves and our others sometimes means pushing back.
How to create social media boundaries to stay connected without getting sucked in.
5 Tips for Holiday Stress Management
Here are a few tips for keeping calm and taking care during the holiday season.
Toxic Anger vs. Healing Anger
“It’s certainly toxic to express our anger without thought, acting out with cruelty, meanness, or pettiness. But it’s also toxic to swallow that anger down.”
Me and My GuruI’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Sanskrit word “guru.” Most of us know it as “teacher” but the Sanskrit breakdown is a little different. See here from the Upanishads: The…
The Yoga of RevolutionYoga has been banned in several countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and within sects of Christianity in America. Some of the bans have been lifted, others have not. This sou…
Creative Flow: How Yoga Can Spark Your CreativityIf you didn’t know me as a person, and all you knew about me was that I was a yoga teacher and a poet, you would probably think I was pretty boring. You’d think of poems filled wit…
When "Just Breathe" Isn't Enough: Practices for Deep BreathingBreathing is, indeed, good for you. It’s been shown that breathing into the belly helps encourage a relaxed state in your body, nourishes your organs, calms the nervous system, and…
Let’s do a Spring Cleanse! From someone who hates cleansesHappy first days of Spring! It’s a celebratory season, and one that just can’t help but invoke change, transformation, and rebirth. It’s spring cleaning time–get the dusty clothes…
The Yoga of Being Sick (Plus 6 Holistic Sick-Day Tips)This week, I got sick. I’ve been feeling it coming on for weeks, and I finally woke up with that telltale sore, swollen throat that I know so well from my long and checkered past w…
Yoga for Shoulder HealthHow often to do you walk on your hands? Do you spend time crawling around the office, or traveling from couch to fridge on your hands? If you’re like most people, the answer is ne…
The Yoga Sweat: How Our Glands Process Emotion
Sweating up a storm? Discover the emotional and spiritual meaning of sweating.
Watch Your Mouth“Bellydance is a service,” my dance teacher was telling us. “We are offering something of ourselves to the audience, but we must be sure we are in control of how much we are offer…
Cool It Practice: Balancing Yin and Yang in Good MeasureAs human animals, we are affected by the weather. We like to think we’re not—our capitalist society expects us to be exactly the same amount of productive no matter what’s going o…
Yoga for MenstruationI love getting my period. I know that’s a weird thing to say, and many women groan at the monthly inconvenience. But I appreciate it for cyclically returning me to my body. It asks…
Karma: The Yoga of Action in an Unjust WorldIf you practice yoga, you’ve encountered the word karma at some point—in class, in the yoga texts, or perhaps on the label of a fancy bottle of water. It’s a simple concept: if you…
Endings and BeginningsDuring the time of the Fall Equinox, which fell this year on the same week as a new moon, the energy shift feels palpable. Many people can feel the change in light and weather, and…
Affirmations for Negative Self-TalkHave you ever pasted up a big sign on your bathroom mirror that says something like, “You are beautiful!” to try to improve your mood and self esteem? And found that it works not a…
White Supremacy and Judaism: A Response
After the terrorist attack in El Paso, Rabbi Rami is asked about the Tree of Life Synagogue murders.
Breathing: The Poetry of the BodyWe know intuitively that our state of mind will affect our breath: it comes quick and jagged when we are agitated, and smooth and slow when we are relaxed. The yogis figured out p…
Guided Meditation: Love Ritual for Valentine’s Day
This guided meditation helps you to remove any obstacles that are blocking your path to unconditional love.
What Non-Attachment Can Teach Us about Intimacy“Live in the now!” Garth exhorts Wayne as he fawns over a beautiful guitar he can’t afford in the film Wayne’s World. This is a message that we get over and over again in many East…
3 Exercises to Strengthen (and Relax) Your Pelvic Floor
Simple exercises that anyone can do to increase pelvic floor awareness and tone the muscles for strength and suppleness.
Yoga after 50, Still Going StrongThe story we are typically told about aging is that it is a downward slope: we get older, weaker, frailer, and sicker. Upon seeing images of young yogis, an older person might thi…
The Anxiety of Intuition
Is intuition a useful tool or will it lead you astray? Julie Peters weighs the answers.
Yoga as MedicineThe other night, my partner got a migraine. He was writhing in bed, ibuprofen scattered around the room, ice packs and hot water bottles strewn everywhere. I did what I do best in…
Reclaim Your BodyThe yoga that we practice here in North America has a fascinating and complex history and lineage. There are influences from different branches of Hindu religion, Buddhist philosop…
Is My Body Lying to Me?“The body never lies,” Janet Stone said in a workshop on the yogic concept of satya, or truth. “We misinterpret it, ignore it, and project our ideas onto it, but the body itself ne…
Yoga for Allergies Part 2: The Nervous SystemA few years ago, I had a very annoying skin allergy. Wherever I scratched, my skin would bubble up: the condition is called Dermatographia, or “skin writing” in Latin.I could write…
Recovering from Trauma? Listen to What Your Body's Trying to Tell YouThe massage therapist slid her hand under my sacrum, and waited. I wasn’t sure what this was supposed to feel like and apparently nothing was happening.“What do you feel?” she aske…
Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Gemstone Staircase
This guided meditation will lull you to sleep as you walk down a beautiful staircase encrusted with healing gemstones like amethysts, rose quartz, sapphire, and amber.
Yoga for Allergies or Seasonal Colds
Here are three yoga postures that can really help your body deal with coughs, colds, and seasonal allergies.
The Alchemy of the Heart: Witnessing Grief
When we allow pain in fully (and then release it fully), the heart can transform pain into gold.
The Wisdom of DisconnectionEvery now and then, I help facilitate a group of men who meets weekly to have conversations about what it means to be a man. It’s called Manology, and if I’m in the room, it’s prob…
Body as Compass: A Meditation for Decision Making
Tap into what you truly desire with this meditation that honors the mind, the heart, and the pelvic floor as valid sources of information.
Cooling Sleep Meditation for Hot Summer Nights
Use this guided meditation to cool off the body and mind and prepare for rest.
In Defense of Hands-On AdjustmentsHands on adjustments are a relatively common but also quite controversial aspect of yoga classes. Strong adjustments have been known to lead to snapped hamstrings or popped knees, …
A Ritual For Welcoming Moon Season
Fall is the perfect season to release that which no longer serves us. Try this moon ritual to help you let go and move on.
Engage My What?! Decoding the CoreThe most important instruction you’ll get in a yoga class may also sound like the most ridiculous one: “Engage your peeing muscles.” “Engage your vaginal walls like you were holdin…
The Legend of AshtavakraTwo years ago, I was hit by a car on my bike. I doubled over, twisted and rolled on the pavement, and was left with injuries that changed my yoga practice fundamentally. I was sudd…
Guided Meditation: Progressive Relaxation for Deep Sleep
Move through a guided relaxation process for your mind, your nervous system, your muscles, and your bones to help you calm down, slow down, and get the rest you need—whether you actually fall asleep or not.
Reclaiming Your Most Valuable Resource: Your AttentionDo you know where your phone is right now? If it beeps or vibrates, will you keep reading this or stop to check the notification? Of course you’ll stop and check. We all do it. In…
Conscious Rest: Yoga for InsomniaIt’s 3 a.m. You look at your blinking clock and think, “I have to get up in four hours. I need to get to sleep.” You toss and turn, worrying about the fact that you are not sleepin…
Heart-Opening YogaWe learn so many great lessons in yoga that totally fall apart in relationships. You are trying to learn about detachment and going with the flow, but you are in love with a person…
Yoga on the Go: A Sequence for CyclingMy friend Carol has been cycling—by herself—across America. She calls me from the road, tells me what amazing things she’s seen, and that her back hurts. She really misses yoga!My …
Accidental Meditation: You're Already Doing itMost people think they are bad at meditating. Can’t sit still and turn your thoughts off for at least 20 minutes? You’re not bad at meditating, you’re just a human with a brain.Act…
Stressed Out? Lean into ItStress has become a bad word in our culture. It causes illness and contributes to chronic pain. And we have too much of it. So we practice yoga: we meditate, do savasana, get relax…
Breathing into Balance: Explore Alternate Nostril Breathing
Though you can do this guided meditation anytime, it especially helps you fall asleep at night.
Cultivating Intimacy Through MeditationThere are three major issues facing our world today, according to Buddhist teacher Michael Stone: Climate change, economic inequality, and a crisis of intimacy. Further, it may be …
Guided Meditation: Body as Home
A simple guided meditation to help you connect to your breath and your body.
5 Stretches for a Long Plane Ride
Contorted into a plane seat? Here are a few (discreet) stretches you can do to keep your blood flowing, calm your nervous system, and release tightening muscles on a long plane ride.
Quick and Dirty Yoga Detox and Cleanse Yoga SequenceIt’s a New Year, and we could all use a little help to cleanse, detoxify, and boost our immune systems. One of the ways the body cleanses itself is through the lymphatic system. Ly…
The Healing Power of Celebration
Nudge your nervous system out of the stress habit through the act of celebration.
The Truth About Changing Your HabitsAt the studio I run in Vancouver, we used to participate in 30-day challenges where you can sign up to complete 30 yoga classes in 30 days. The studio would be jammed with people, …
Find Your Voice with the Deep Core Line“Just remember,” I told my friend right before she got onstage to perform a poem to a room full of strangers, “Speak from your vagina!”She laughed, but she knew I was serious. As a…
The Spirituality of DesireIn many religious traditions, desire, especially sexual desire, is best to be avoided or carefully repressed. From Christianity to Buddhism, celibacy is understood as an important …
Healing Meditation for Injury, Surgery, or Illness
This guided meditation will lead you through a visualization of healing white light to help support you in your internal healing from any injury, surgery, or illness.
Is Downward Dog an Invention of the 20th century?When I first started practicing yoga, I thought it was a 5000-year-old practice. I thought when I stretched back into Downward Dog that I was tapping into an ancient system of yoga…
Secrets of Chaturanga Dandasana PoseChaturanga Dandasana, which means “four limbed staff pose,” is an incredibly common posture in Vinyasa (Flow or Power) yoga. We can breeze through it 15 times in a practice without…
A Goddess Guide for the New YearTraditionally, the dark times—winter solstice or new moons—are times to reflect, to slow down and listen to the quiet voices at the heart of us that tell us what we truly desire, w…
The Goddess of IntoxicationThe sixth night from the new moon is presided over by Vajresvari Nitya—the Tantric Goddess of Intoxication. She is dressed all in red, the color of desire, sitting on a lotus flowe…
One More Reason to Wear PurpleYesterday, I wore as much purple as I could muster. Even my eyeshadow was purple.October 20th is Spirit Day: a day of awareness for bullying and suicides in the LGBT community. Coi…
Why I Will Not Occupy Any StreetI was once in a workshop with celeb-yogi extraordinaire Sadie Nardini, and she asked us a question that really stuck with me. I’m going to paraphrase here:“If you could tell the wo…
Happy Birthday, Rumi and MeToday is my 28th birthday. Birthdays have always been kinda hard for me, all the way since I was four and I had this beautiful confection birthday cake with roses that fell on the …
Tensegrity: The Softness in PowerOkay, so we all know we need to work on this thing called the “core” we keep hearing about. We know it’s good for the lower back, the digestive system, and we all want little teeny…
What is Love? Baby, Don't Hurt MeYou can’t think and feel at the same time. One of my yoga teachers, Nico Luce, said this in a class the other day, and it’s one of the sweetest, simplest, and most poignant senten…
How Yoga Got My Mom and Me Through the Worst Summer EverSummer. A time of fun in the sun, pretty clothes, romance, rainbows, and unicorns.Or, if you’re me, a bad breakup, moving back in with my parents, getting hit by a car, two rounds …
Using Technology So It Doesn’t Use You
Take these two actions to set boundaries around your phone and social media.
The Dark Side of Forgiveness: The Goddess TaraTara is one of the most famous and widely beloved goddesses in Buddhism. She was formed from a single tear shed by the sage Avalokiteshvara when, just before he ascended to enlight…
In Praise of the GigglesHave you ever had a giggle fit?I used to get them all the time when I was a kid—something would set me off and I would just lose it for minutes—the people around me would have stop…
Weight, Worth, and the Radical Act of Having a Body
Photograph from Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley (Workman Publishing). Copyright (c) 2017. Photographs by Christine Hewitt.
Your Self-Esteem is Not the ProblemLike everyone else, I’ve had difficult times in my life. I’ve had bad breakups, I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve been hurt. In these difficult moments, a lot of people have cheerfully …
Breaking Your Addiction to ThinkingThinking is obviously an important tool. Humans have the powerful ability to think about the past and the future, make narratives about our lives that help us navigate new situatio…
Kali, Goddess of Rage and ResistanceOnce upon a time, the god Shiva, the Lord of Destruction, was so busy meditating that he was not doing his godly duties. The other gods petitioned the great goddess Shakti to manif…
Chinnamasta: The Self-Beheading Goddess
Chinnamasta shows us the simple, playful, and fierce truth that much of what we need is already right inside our own hearts.
The Key to Creativity: ConstraintsWe do yoga to set ourselves free, right? That’s the message we get, anyway: the purpose of our practice is to liberate ourselves from sticky things like our bodies, desires, and re…
Celebrating Black Yogis for Black History MonthYoga has its roots in India, but it has changed and evolved hugely since it came to North America. For some people it’s a spiritual practice, and for others it’s purely physical. T…
You are Nobody. Thank Goodness.“I always wanted to be somebody. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” ~Lily TomlinA friend of mine recently shared with me something he learned from the philosopher Osh…
Taking out the Trash: Goodbye 2011As we pass the Solstice, the darkest night of the year, we are also entering into a New Moon cycle, which comes to a head on Christmas Day this Sunday.It’s dark out there. We’ve go…
The Goddess Matangi and the Joy of Being an Outcast
Matangi tells a secret—that there’s a hidden joy, even power, in being an outcast.
Don't Surrender Your Loneliness So Quickly“My Eyes So Soft”by Hafiz, trans. Daniel LadinskyDon't surrender your loneliness so quickly.Let it cut more deep.Let it ferment and season youAs few human or even divine ingredient…
The Power of the “And Principle”: A Lesson in TantraThis year, I’ve been deepening my research into Tantric yoga philosophy while also taking courses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT), which is a modern psychological practic…
The Blood Moon and your Fierce FaceOnce upon a time, the great god Shiva and his beautiful consort Sati were having an argument. Her father was hosting a party and hadn’t invited the couple. Infuriated, Sati wanted …
How to Be a Yogi and Still Read the NewsIt was a bad week for news. This week’s news made me feel angry, helpless, and sick. So what’s a good yogi to do? Focus on her breath and try to forget all about injustice?The Hind…
The Goddess of Vulnerability: Bherunda NityaIf you look up at the moon on the fourth night from now, you’ll see a beautiful crescent shape. If it’s close enough to the horizon, it’s often a sweet hazy golden color. The godde…
The Fallow Field: The Virtue of Doing NothingI’ve been spending a lot of my evenings lately sitting at home watching Netflix.Not very romantic, I know. On these evenings, after long days of meetings, teaching, yoga, meditatio…
New Moon, New Year: Wisdom from the Chinese New YearA month or so into 2016, people are feeling a little low. Everyone seems exhausted, frazzled, and cranky (am I just speaking for myself here?).When we start our New Year on January…
Yoga on the Go: Moon SalutationThere is definitely a specific pleasure in taking a public yoga class: listening to the wisdom of the teacher, exploring new postures, and simply being in the studio space with th…
Strengthen Your Relationships through the ChakrasI’ve always thought the lessons of yoga were really easy: non-attachment, forgiveness, compassion, and going with the flow are no problem—until you try to apply it to relationships…
Finding the Light in the Shadows: On Shri and KaliIt’s 2012: the end of the Mayan Calendar, the year of New Age spiritual transformation, year of the Water Dragon. I started off 2012 learning about the Divine Feminine with Shiva R…
Unpacking the Warrior PosesOnce upon a time, Shiva, the Lord of Yoga, became infuriated to discover that his beloved, Sati, had immolated herself with rage when her father, Daksha, insulted the couple by not…
Removing the Gu: The Trouble with Guru Worship"see if they wet their pants"by KabirThe words Guru, Swami, Super Swami, Master, Teacher, Murshid,Yogi, Priest,most of those sporting such a title arejust peacocks.The litmus test …
Idiot Compassion: Why Living Your Yoga Isn't Always EasyThis week, I saw something going on that I thought was wrong. Someone bigger than me, with more authority, was doing something I thought was unethical. I needed yoga.Not the kind o…
Past Lives and Concurrent Universes: Why Anything Is PossibleI recently took a workshop with a teacher named Gahl Sasson called “Past Life Regression Meditation.” Past lives is one of those theories on the afterlife that feels very real to s…
Waxing and Waning: Yoga for the MoonEveryone, at some time or another, has felt a personal connection to the moon. Most of us forget about it most of the time, but everyone I know has, at some point, looked out a win…
Happy (Belated) Earth Day! I Got You Some Trash.Earth Day 2012 was just a few weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking about what that means to us now, as yogis and as human beings.Humans are a funny species: We love to shout “Save the…
The True Key to Happiness: Peeing in the PoolIf you’ve ever wondered and searched with the greater population of the world for the true meaning of happiness, you’ve probably heard, at some point, that it’s some form of seva, …
Dhumavati: Goddess of Empowering Ugliness
So how can we, with Dhumavati, embrace the ways in which we are, powerfully, ugly?
Biological Time: Slowing Down the Aging Process
Find little ways every day to slow down, even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.
Summer System OverloadIt’s been a hot summer. I showed up to my yoga studio the other day, and noticed that the air purifying machine was blinking and beeping, which made me think of my kitchen lights, …
Support in Service of SweetnessOne of the most famous yoga sutras—the short aphorisms in yoga attributed to Patanjali—is sthiram sukham asanam. The phrase means essentially that your asana, your seat…
Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring New Moon
Julie Peters shares her personal ritual for the new moon.
Lessons in a Bad Yoga ClassThe other day, I took a bad yoga class. I went to see one of my favorite teachers, and as usual, her class was intelligent, well-paced, and well-focused. But as I moved through the…
A Pilgrimage: Making Sense of a Labyrinth Walk
When a labyrinth is walked with even a small amount of direction, it becomes a powerful field for self-discovery, transformation, spiritual deepening, processing grief, relieving stress, and finding clarity.
The Yoga of Being SickThe day after I finished a major project (my new book, Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses), I came down with a fever. For a few days, it hurt my brain to do anything other…
The Goddess of Escaping from Your Daily Life (If Just for a Moment)In the Tantric tradition, the goddess of the 13th night from the new moon is called Sarvamangala. She is calm and quiet, surrounded by a crowd of 76 other deities, including the go…
Celebrating the DarknessIn many spiritual traditions, God is seen as the source of light, banishing the darkness and bringing hope. Darkness is seen as the enemy, a terrifying place where we are out of co…
Loving Through ChangeNon-attachment is a pretty familiar concept within the worlds of yoga and meditation. In Buddhism, the word anicca refers to the concept of impermanence, that nothing stays the sam…
Writing to Connect to your BodyA major aspect of my practice has always been about coming home to my body. We live in a culture that doesn’t always honor the body; we tend instead to objectify it as this thing t…
Befriending PainOver the last several years, I’ve come to believe that the greatest, most powerful, most courageous thing we can do in our lives is learn to befriend our pain. This idea is a majo…
The Spirituality of AngerAnger is not the most comfortable emotion to feel. It also may be the most abhorred emotional state in spiritual contexts. We often get the message that anger is what our practices…
The Power of Your MistakesWe are living in a time of more choice than ever before. Not only can we order pretty much anything online, we are free to marry whoever we want whenever we choose, we can pursue w…
Guided Meditation: The Healing Waters
This gently hypnotic meditation will take you along a dirt path into a candlelit cave with a clear pool filled with healing power. Relax through the guided meditation or allow it to help you get to sleep at night, encouraging your parasympathetic nervous system to wake up your internal capacity for healing.
Stop Opening Your Hips: Yoga for SI Joint PainI’ve been dealing with pain right between my sacrum and my pelvis at the joint where the spine and hips meet, for years. I’ve been to massage therapists, chiropractors, and sports …
When Your Calling Doesn’t Call: What Do You Do Without a Life Passion?
“If we don’t know what we want to be when we grow up, is there something fundamentally wrong with us?”
The Wisdom of UncertaintyOne of the best things about yoga, for me, has been learning to tap into the wisdom of my body. We live in a very thinking oriented culture, and when I’ve been worried about someth…
Meditation for Emotional Healing: Transformative Fire
This guided meditation allows the listener to release unwanted emotions.
How to Tell if You Are Following Your Bliss or Chasing A Craving
The work of pleasure and desire is to be honest with ourselves.
Why Your Anger Could Be Good for Your RelationshipMany of us fear and avoid anger, especially in the realm of intimate relationships. We think of it like fire—a spark could burn the house down. Anger is, however, a vital tool, and…
The Naked Truth About Mistakes
Why we shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes.
Tips for Insomniacs with Busy MindsI’ve struggled with insomnia my whole life. It’s partly because I think a little too much, and sometimes when I lie down and get quiet in my body, my mind thinks it’s a great oppor…
5 Signs You’re Suffering from Toxic Stress
If these signs feel familiar, here's what you can do about it.
Tapping Into your Gut: Learning from a Source of Deep IntelligenceOne way of thinking about yoga is as a form of education into your own body. There are literally muscles that you can’t feel when you are first introduced to them because there is …
Boost Your Confidence with a Power PoseOne day, I showed up to my yoga mat with a broken heart. I’d just gone through a wrenching breakup, and it hurt. My body felt heavy and stiff. I tried to flip over from Downward Do…
A Beat You Can Breathe To: Yoga and MusicHave you ever noticed the music yoga teachers play in class?We know intuitively that music affects our emotions. It hits us deeply, unconsciously, elevating us, calling forth an ol…
The Secret Sacredness of the Yoga BodyMany yoga practitioners get curious about the deeper practices behind what we are doing on our yoga mats. What exactly are the philosophies we are following here? What’s the meanin…
Practices for Death and Rebirth for Scorpio Season
Honor your grief as we enter into the season of generative death and prepare for the coming season of rebirth.
Yoga for the Moon CyclesOver the last couple of years, I’ve been tuning into the energetic cycles of the moon. I find that a mindful nod to the moon in my yoga practice can be very nourishing, and shine…
Showing Up Matters: Stories of the GoddessWe are in a moment of change. Some of us are hopeful, others rageful, and others fearful. I’ve been thinking lately about a set of stories told by Sally Kempton in her book Awakeni…
On Meditating BadlyEvery morning, I meditate. Badly. I know meditation is good for me. Meditation can help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem and a whole host of other things. There are a m…
The Art of Receiving What You Are GettingWe don’t always get what we want. But we always get what we receive. In Sanskrit, the word diksa means initiation. It usually refers to the teachings passed on from a guru to a st…
A New Definition of Love in Divisive TimesThe other day, I had one of those moments which must be unique to this particular historical moment: I put an opinion on the internet and got some incredibly mean comments in respo…
Understanding Your CravingsDieting mythologies have taught us that cravings are our enemies. We are told to ignore the plaintive cries of our evil bodies as they try to trick us into feeding them!Cravings ar…
Winter Solstice Meditation
A winter solstice meditation can be a time for grieving, acknowledging what's been lost, and letting go.
Fall Is So Yin: Embracing Autumn Energy
“The fall/winter ... is full of yin energy, a darker, softer, slower energy. Now is the time to head indoors, eat warm cooked food, and get close to our loved ones.”
One Simple Trick to Make Life EasierI don’t always make New Year’s resolutions—I find the darkest coldest months a pretty difficult time to start new things. This year, however, I did make one that not only helped me…
Celebrating My Inner MasculinityThis week, I skipped out on yoga. Instead, I tried kickboxing for the first time. I also tested out capoeira and jujitsu—it felt like a good week to do a bit of kicking and punchin…
The Complications of Living in the NowWe all know living in the moment is a key aspect of happiness. We know we need to learn to pay attention to what’s actually happening around us, the people we are with, and all the…
Secrets of Yogic Breathing (Ujjayi Pranayam)Ujjayi Pranayam means Breath of the Warrior. When we do this breath, it can make us feel like that—calm, focused, fierce warriors on our mats. It’s often taught as a whispering sou…
The Art of ReceivingThere’s an origin story that many yogis have: there was a first moment, a realization, a falling in love, a desire to shout from the rooftops: “Yoga saved me!”. For me and many oth…
Contemplating Injury: What Yoga Has Taught Me About PainThis is how bad things have gotten: I am squatting on my floor by a low table to write this because I threw out my back again and I am in extreme pain. Pain, however, can lead to r…
Pregnant During a Pandemic
Pregnancy naturally causes anxiety—then tack on a pandemic. Writer Julie Peters shares her journey and how working on stress-management skills helps.
Surrender: A Practice of Uncertainty
COVID-19 has anxiety on high. To cope: It’s time to surrender.
5 Spiritual Lessons We Learn From Cats
Spiritual inspiration from felines can be found throughout history. Here are five lessons your cat wants to teach you.
Four Ways to Social Distance Without Screens
When we are on screens so much, it is important to find ways to relax and recharge without them. Here are some simple ideas.
Listening for the Wisdom of Chronic PainChronic pain isn’t always telling us that something is wrong, necessarily, but it is telling us something. When we can tune into the pain, listen to it, and care for it, we may act…
Summer Solstice Meditation: Celebrating the Harvest
The longest day of the year is the perfect time to celebrate the fruits of your labor.
Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Starry Night
Walk into an evening field and settle by a warm fire to enjoy the stars. Settle into a relaxed state, imagining your ancestors there to support you, your heart making wishes on shooting stars. Let your mind rest while your body makes its way toward sleep.
Guided Meditation: Deeply Relax (Or Sleep) With Breathwork
This gentle, progressive breathwork will help your body return to the rest-and-digest state so you can calm down, detoxify, rest, clear your mind, soothe inflammation.
Guided Meditation: Pelvic Floor Wellness
This meditation involves gentle, relaxed breathing and some light muscular engagement.
The Antidote to Toxic Positivity
“Positivity becomes toxic when an overfocus on rainbows and flowers leads to bypassing necessary emotions and experiences. Difficult emotions are there for a reason.” There's one cure for toxic positivity ...
New Moon Meditation for Calling in What You DesireNew moons are traditionally about planting seeds, setting intentions for what you desire. They are not times to take any action—not yet—but rather times to pause, to si…
Celebrating the Spiritual Meanings of Halloween
More than just candy and costumes: Halloween is a holiday that can, with a little thought, become deeply spiritual.
How to Use Guided Meditations
Guided meditation can be used to promote better sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and even to relieve chronic pain.
Meditating With Your Anger
An audio meditation to engage with our anger and compassion without shame.
Guided Meditation: The Moonlit Pond
In this guided sleep meditation, we will gently relax the body while we explore a moonlit forest with a peaceful pond filled with lily pads.
What to Do With the Winter Blues
This year is bluer than most—and this may be the bluest winter on record. Fight the winter blues in five ways.
Yoga for Constipation
Feeling stuck? Yoga can help with constipation. Get your digestion moving again with simple yoga flows.
Embracing Loneliness in a Pandemic Winter
Loneliness means your heart wants to open. What do you want to open it to?
Matrescence: The Deep Spiritual Transformation of Pregnancy
“This idea has struck me deeply as I have watched my body change in fascinating ways—some beautiful, some almost gory. And I haven’t even given birth yet. I entered into this pregnancy unsure if I could do it at all, and I’m amazed by how my body seems to know a lot of things I don’t.”
Self-Regulation Skills in a Crisis: Four Tools to Calm Down Now
Self-care staples include eating well, sleeping well, and connecting with friends and loved ones. Now is the time to double-down on these basic practices—and to make sure you're not spiraling into a black hole of stress.
Full Moon Meditation for Clearing and Letting Go
"Take a pause around the full moon (ideally within three days of it) to reflect on what you might be ready to let go of, and gently cleanse it from your mind and body with this simple meditation practice."
Hollow Body Meditation
An excerpt from Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness
A Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Country Road
A guided visualization to help guide you to a deeper sleep.
Meaningful Rituals for Winter Solstice
How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.
Reset and Recharge: New Year Yoga SequenceDuring the holiday season, we’re out of our routines, we tend to eat and drink more, and we might be dealing with some cyclical grief that comes up during the darker season. Not to…
Instant Calm Breathing Meditation
A guided meditation to calm yourself.
Detoxify Your Gut: Relax Into a Healthy Rhythm
The secret to a happy, health gut is knowing it’s not what you eat, it’s how.
Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Cozy Fireplace
A guided visualization to help you drift off to sleep.
A Love Commitment for Valentine’s Day (With or Without a Partner)
One of the most powerful ways we can support our lovers is by taking care of ourselves.
Nonviolence: Self-Care vs. Soft CareWe often think of self care as something we do only when we’re stressed, in grief, or otherwise hurting, but it’s really something we have to be doing every single day in order to …
How to Develop a Home Yoga PracticeI used to think having a home practice meant I had to get up at 4 a.m. to chant mantras, meditate, and practice asana for two hours. I am not a morning person. Also I love going …
The Humble Power of Habit
The most important habit to start with is the one that will help us listen to our bodies more.
Self-Trust: Two Secrets to Try
We can’t second-guess every choice we make. So how do we know what it means for something to feel right?
Meditation for Heartache or Emotional Pain
An audio meditation for times of emotional pain.
Guided Relaxation for Deep Sleep
This simple guided meditation is inspired by the Yoga Nidra meditation practice, which is a progressive relaxation of the entire body.
Guided Meditation: Floating Above the Clouds (For Playfulness and Creativity)
In this meditation, imagine yourself playing and dancing with the wind high above the clouds. Remember your sense of playfulness and creativity as you explore the lightness and freedom of the element of air. This can be done as a seated meditation or to help you fall asleep at night.
How (and Why) to Feel a Feeling
“The problem isn’t the depth of sadness or anger that we feel. The problem is our resistance to them.”
Breath-Focused Meditation for Deep Sleep
Follow your natural breath to help relax your mind and your body. Gently switch into the parasympathetic rest-and-digest state by effortlessly allowing each exhale to drop you deeper into relaxation so that you can sleep sweetly.
Not My Problem: A Compassionate Mantra
“Becoming clear on what is our problem and what is someone else’s is revolutionary.”
What Should We Do With Our Judgment of Others?
“The impulse with judgment is usually to shame the person we are judging, to make fun of them or ostracize them. This is not an adaptive response.”
When Friends Break Up
“Those moments can be very painful, but sometimes we should let certain friends leave our lives.”
Guided Meditation for Self-Protection: The Shield
Imagine a protective sphere that keeps in positive energy, releasing what we do not need.
Meditation for Loneliness
Explore the power of loneliness and isolation through guided meditation.
Winter Solstice Ritual and Meditation
Celebrate the coming of longer days with a winter solstice ritual.
Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Colorful City of Your Mind
Immerse yourself in a colorful city in your mind to rock you to sleep.
Desire: Are You Content or Simply Settling?
“Desire is the feeling that there is something more out there for us, something bigger, something that has meaning and wants to drive us forward in our lives.”
Breaking the Bad Love Spell
What can your anger teach you about yourself for better relationships?
On the Passing of Michael Stone and Mental Health in the Yoga Community
Yoga, self-care, and alternative forms of medicine cannot always fix everything.
“Self-love isn’t a given, it’s a practice.” Begin your self-love practice today through guided meditation.
Self-Love Practices for Valentine’s Day
Be your own valentine this year. Recommit to “the most important relationship of your life: the one you have with yourself.”
Refresh Body and Spirit With a Moon Practice
Does your New Year’s Resolution feel like a distant memory? The moon provides a monthly fresh start.
Yoga for Arthritis
Hurting? Yoga for arthritis can soothe your joints and diminish pain.
Energy Meditation for Healing Yourself After Illness, Injury, or Surgery
Wounded in body or spirit? A energy meditation can assist with healing and recovery.
11-Minute Prenatal Meditation
Breathe deep with this guided prenatal meditation by renowned yoga teacher Julie Peters.
How to Care For Your Body Better in a Cold, Dark Season
“When we do not listen to the signals of our bodies as they shift from season to season, we are causing a subtle, constant form of stress. Here are a few ways you can help your body rebalance during the winter season.”
Audio Meditation for Connecting to the HeartThe heart holds our love, connection, joy, and forgiveness. It can also hold grief and anxiety. Sometimes what the heart feels is very different from what the mind thinks it wants.…
Meditation Medication Part 1: Grounding for Anxiety or Overwhelm
The first in three-part meditation series inspired by Ayurveda.
Bagalamukhi the Paralyzer and How Stillness Moves Us Forward
Stillness and movement work together and can help us sense what we deeply desire, what’s gotten us stuck, or how we might want to change.
Audio Meditation: Relax into Your Breath
This meditation is ideal if you need a pause from your day to slow down and calm down, and you may wish to put it on as you are lying in bed at night preparing to sleep.
Self-Healing Meditation for Injury or Illness
Meditation can help boost our internal capacity to recover and heal from illness or injury.
The Spiritual Meaning of the Easter Season
“Regardless of what traditions you follow, the spiritual meaning of Easter is a new light after sacrifice or tribulation.”
The Spiritual Meaning of Pain in the Right Shoulder
Bearing the weight of your world on one shoulder? Consider the spiritual meaning of right shoulder pain and how to address it.
The Spiritual Meaning of Pain in the Left Shoulder
When it comes to the spiritual meaning of left shoulder pain, your heart is at the heart of the matter.
Healing Sleep Meditation for Dealing With Illness or Injury
Allow yourself to rest with guided meditation as you recover.
Pratyahara Meditation to Focus the Mind and Calm Anxiety
Use this guided meditation to draw the senses closer to connect with the body in the present moment.
New Moon Meditation: Pause the Breath, Pause the Mind
Try this audio meditation for slowing down the mind.
Self-Care This Season
Self-care is vital, especially in the winter months when darkness—quite literally—settles in. “We respond to the weather, the seasons, the moon, our emotions, and the food we eat.”
Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring Full Moon
On the full moon, create a ritual that has meaning for you.
Stiff and Stressed? Yoga for Tight Shoulders to the Rescue
It happens: After a long day of sitting, your neck and shoulders feel awful. Yoga for tight shoulders can provide relief.
Yoga for Better Sleep
You can improve your sleep just by implementing bedtime yoga sequences into your daily practice. Yoga for better sleep can be done from the comfort of your own bed.
Practice of Self-Love
The practice of self-love isn't one-size fits all. Your body knows what it needs. Create your own practice by tapping into your emotions and listening to your body's signals.
Yoga for Sore Feet
Sore, achy feet affect your mood, not to mention cause pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Find relief for your feet by practicing yoga for sore feet.
Reflection and Meditation on Saying No
Protect and honor your boundaries with a simple two-letter word: no.
Being Mindful of Toxic Positivity
There's a crucial difference between a positive outlook and toxic positivity: "It’s very easy to become so focused on staying positive that you end up denying any and all negative experiences."
How to Protect Yourself From Other People (and the News)
“If you are a sensitive person, you might notice that you are highly affected by other people’s moods, what others might think of you, and the news you hear about the world around you.”
Meditation for Calm Even in a Loud Place: Pratyahara
This guided meditation connects with sounds and distractions to help us get centered. This classical technique, called pratyahara, allows the mind and body to calm down, focus, and feel a lot better.
Guided Meditation for Stress Relief: Breathing With the Pelvic Floor
A guided meditation to release tension.
The Fullness of Emptiness: A Guided Breath Meditation
This guided meditation explores the bottom of the breath.
Guided Meditation for Self LoveIn this Valentine’s month, it’s very important to spend some time loving ourselves. Honoring the relationship with our own hearts goes a long way towards supporting our relationshi…
Desk Yoga for Your Hands and Wrists
Use hand mudras to save your hands and wrists from overuse.
Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Forest Grove
A guided visualization for better sleep.
Guided Meditation and Breath Practice for Balancing Your Energy
Start or end your day with this breath practice.
Medication Meditation Part 3: Energizing for Lethargy, Sluggishness, or Emotional Blockage
Get a boost of energy with this Ayurveda inspired audio meditation.
A Goddess of Post Traumatic Growth: Nilapataka Nitya
This goddess encourages us to courageously churn the oceans of our inner selves, to explore the painful feelings and old traumas in our psyches and let them teach us something.
Audio Meditation: In the Flow of Discomfort
This audio meditation is for those times when there’s discomfort in the body, whether emotional or physical, that doesn’t easily go away.
Creative Moon: Writing Prompts for the Moon Cycles
Try this free writing journaling practice coinciding with the moon phases.
Guided Meditation for Loving Your Belly
This meditation will help you to explore your own belly, offering it thanks, appreciation, and perhaps a little bit of healing.
Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Warm Sunset Beach
A guided visualization to lull you to sleep.
3 Poses for Releasing Neck Tension
The key to letting go of neck tension.
Guided Meditation for Befriending Loneliness
Tolerate the discomfort of loneliness.
Composting for Your LifeIt’s Spring 2012, and we just had a super full moon: The moon was closer to the earth than it’s been all year. Here in Vancouver, it’s just starting to get warm, though the cherry …
The Yoga of MoneyYoga teachers are afraid of money.Well, not all of them. Some of them love money, revel in it, take baths in it (perhaps). But many of us abhor the green stuff, and wish it would s…
The Science of YogaI went to take a friend of mine’s class a while ago, on a full moon. She talked about how humans are made mostly of water, and the moon pulls the tides, so therefore it must have a…
Yogis Need Boundaries TooBefore I became a yoga teacher, I assumed all my teachers must have had it all figured out. They always had such great lessons, and seemed so calm and collected. I wanted to be lik…
The Yoga Fight: Why Yoga & I Are “On a Break”I have a confession to make. I haven’t been practicing yoga. But I HAVE been flossing. Every night. Sometimes, too, I do put on some sweet tunes and roll around on my mat for a…
Emotional Intelligence: A Practice for the ChakrasIn last week’s post, I talked about the vital importance of emotional intelligence. Medical professionals are learning that a huge, overlooked reason many North Americans get sick …
The Yoga of Critical ThinkingI was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes three to four classes every day. He was a little worried about the effect that might be having on her bo…
The Positivity Plague
We’re thinking about stress all wrong. “Pain is our absolute best teacher, because it forces us to change something.”
Ordinary SuperpowersI have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me immensely in my life. It’s this: Why am I doing this? I don’t even think the answer to that question …
Synesthesia: A Practice for Translating Body LanguageOne of the reasons we practice yoga, in my opinion, is to become better translators.Our bodies have a complex language, and they are talking to us all the time. Our guts are receiv…
The Delicate Art of Listening“Close your eyes,” my yoga teacher says. “Don’t open them again for the next 90 minutes.”We laugh a little, like, Is she serious?Then she says, “I’m serious. Don’t open your eyes.”…
Rage and Relationships: How Anger Can Help Intimacy
When we can channel our anger into compassionate communication, it can help us cultivate a stronger sense of self along with even more intimate and satisfying relationships.
5 Reasons Not to MeditateI’ll be honest: I’ve never liked meditating. I’ve dabbled in it, and forced myself to sit for 30 day meditation challenges, and it was boring and hard. Plus life is so busy: Five m…
Pitch, Pace, and PauseAs some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally speaking, that I talk about my feelings in front of half-drunk audiences on Monday nights at a neighbor…
Tao Te Ching and the Complexities of Going with the FlowLately, I’ve been reading the Tao Te Ching. It’s the seminal text of Taoist philosophy, a system of thought that I’ve been attracted to since I was a stressed out, straight-A unive…
The Hidden Dangers of Sunshine and FlowersAs many of you already know, I am not what I would describe as a ‘sunshine and flowers’ yoga teacher. Listening to teachers talk about how wonderful all creation is and seeing insp…
Pratyahara: Withdrawing the Senses and Feeling FeelingsThere’s a principle in Patanjali’s classical text on Yoga, the Yoga Sutras, called pratyahara. It’s usually translated as “withdrawal of the senses,” and it’s a part of the classic…
The Surprisingly Simple Secrets of Tantric Sex Part 3: Listening with the Body
When it comes to sex, listening goes a lot deeper than hearing.
The Season of SaraswatiWell, we’ve finally made it to March. Here in Vancouver, that means it’s still kind of cold and raining, but there are little shoots coming up under still-bare trees, and there are…
Life Lessons from Yin Yoga, or, Should I Stay or Should I Go?Yin yoga, in case you’ve never heard of it before, is a style of yoga in which you wiggle yourself into a pretty intense stretch and just try to relax there for five minutes or som…
Testing your Hippie Boundary: ReincarnationI was once at a workshop about managing grief through yoga practice. I remember a girl in the back piping up and saying, “Sometimes you just need to discover that it’s pain from a …
Meditation for Deepest Desires: The Lush Garden
Invite your desire to speak to you in your dreams.
How Do I Find The One?Around Valentine’s Day, a lot of people are thinking about love—whether they want to be or not. A set of particularly anxious questions can arise: How do I find the One? How do I k…
Yoga in Your PocketYoga is a good thing to have in your pocket.I’m writing this from the hotel restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I’ve spent the past week at the National Poetry Slam comp…
How to Tone a Flabby HeartThe whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts. ~Bertrand Russell We live in a world that …
Your Body is Talking. Are You Listening?Injuries often happen in the silliest ways. We are intelligent adults; we look both ways before crossing the street, we don't run with scissors or swallow toothpaste. But we badly …
Sun Salutations: A Dance with the BreathI wish I could speak like music.I wish I could put the swaying splendorOf the fields into wordsSo that you could hold TruthAgainst your bodyAnd dance.I am trying the best I canWith…
How to Be Heard: The Yoga of AuthorityI taught my first kid’s yoga class last week, at the school where my mom works. “Just around 30 kids, Julie,” she said. “Grade 7. They can’t wait to meet you. You’ll love it.” I ha…
Puppy Guru: Why My Dog is My Best Yoga TeacherA couple of weeks ago, I adopted a dog from the animal shelter. His name is Finnegan, and he is the best ever: he is snoring belly-up beside me as I write this.I wanted a dog partl…
An Alternative Spiritual Guide to Disaster
“There’s always some new world on the other side of that destruction, even if we can’t imagine it yet.”
Heartache to Heart Opener: How I Tuned Into My Body's Innate IntelligenceI used to love backbending. It was my favorite part of my yoga practice for a long time.Then I got my heart broken. I was amazed to see how quickly my body took on the metaphor: al…
Yoga and FeminismWhen I was in school, I wanted to talk about feminism all the time. I loved its possibilities: a world where we could all be more feminine, a world where we all could be more mascu…
Portrait of a Yogi"A Rabbit Noticed My Condition"I was sad one day and went for a walk;I sat in a field.A rabbit noticed my condition and came near.It often does not take more than that to help at t…
Expose Yourself: A New Year Intention, Inspired By the MoonBecause the moon feels loved, she lets our eyesfollow her across the field, steppingfrom her clothes, strewn silkglinting in furrows. Feeling loved, the moon lovesto be looked at, …
Translating the Secret Language of Your DreamsI was on the hunt, seeking amrit, the nectar of immortality. I had to cross a river, so I found a boat made of ghost bones and stealthed to the opposite shore. I discovered a back …
End of the World as We Know It: 3 Rituals for Solstice 2012Well, folks, we’ve almost made it through 2012. The end is nigh. As someone with absolutely no authority or ability to predict the future, I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely…
How to Create Your Own Personal MythologyEvery worldview, whether religious or cultural, is steeped in the structure of a story. Christians, for example, elevate the value of love through the archetype of Jesus, the ultim…
Goddess Matangi: Salty Old Lady, Teen Angst HeartSoon, I’m turning 29. My birthday always sends me into an introspective tailspin about what age means, considering the past, and wondering what the heck I’m doing with my life.When…
Are You a Stressaholic? Here's a Five-Minute FixIncreasingly over the past couple of years, I’ve been having outbreaks of hives and itchy skin. I finally sat down with an allergist, who gave it to me straight. I am allergic to p…
Hello Sensation: An Audio Meditation for Befriending Your Body
This meditation is a practice of honoring and acknowledging the range of complex sensations and emotions that may be present at any given moment.
Three Tools for Managing Social AnxietyWhen you are feeling stressed and anxious, what’s your strategy? If you’re like many of us, you head home to hide under your covers. What if I told you the cure was at the cocktail…
Yogic Prescription of the Week: Read Some Good FictionI was sitting with a yoga teacher friend the other day, and he was having one of those freak-out moments we all have from time to time. You know the one: “I’m not good enough, I do…
Yoga for Stick Figures: Every Body is DifferentI am a yoga teacher, and I have scoliosis. I am not a straight-spined person. My dad has a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of arthritis in which your bone…
Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad: Shame and the Primal Brain
Rather than piling shame on top of shame, we need to slow down and honestly feel whatever it is we feel.
Bad Yogi! Bad! On Yoga and ForgivenessI often say that yoga makes you better at absolutely everything, except remembering where you put your car keys.A regular yoga practice boosts your immune system, regulates your ho…
Mindful Sex Part Two: Forget Goals
When the only goal of sex is pleasure through play for the sake of itself, we can surprise ourselves with how much is actually possible.
Your Breath Is Your Super PowerIf you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ve heard some reference to the breath at some point. We know it’s incredibly central to the yoga practice; the awareness of the breath is per…
Putting My Body in Your Hands: The Vulnerability of the Yoga PracticeAttending a yoga class is a fundamentally vulnerable thing to do.I think about my body a lot; not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a woman. As I have expressed on this blog befo…
The Secrets of Your Core, or Why You Don't Need to Punch Your Yoga TeacherThe other day, my friend and yoga teacher Meghan Currie said to me about the core: "There's just this layer of energetic garbage around your core. You kind of have to burn through …
The Chakras for Emotional ClarityIn emotionally confusing situations, our first urge is to try to understand. We use our logical brains to try to figure out things like grief, pain, and (strangest of all) other pe…
Foreboding Joy“The best thing about yoga,” a teacher of mine used to say, “is that it makes you more sensitive. The worst thing about yoga is that it makes you more sensitive.” We sometimes get …
Enter the Goddess: Shiva Rea and the Divine FeminineShiva Rea, a yoga teacher/surfer who teaches flowing vinyasa on beautiful beaches, is not the sort of woman you ignore when she's telling you to stand with your legs wide and hold …
End of Year Ritual: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself
A simple and effective end of year ritual is to carve out a little time for yourself to meditate and journal.
Learning from Our Worst Selves: Feeding the Shadow Wolf
Sometimes fear, anger, or sadness are appropriate responses to the complexities of life.
Meditation for Listening to Your Many Selves
An audio meditation to open our understanding of our different voices.
Guided Meditation for the End of the Year
Say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new.
Guided Meditation for (Good) Gut Decisions
An audio meditation to tune into how you feel.
Releasing Your Stress Muscle: 3 Poses for the Psoas
Try these three helpful poses to bring stress relief to your muscles.
Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair OutIf you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…
How to Occupy Raging Bulls: The Way of the TaoI’m going to tell you a story.One day, there was a raging bull in the middle of the main street of a small village. None of the villagers could get past. Everyone was upset about t…
Moment Medicine: An Everyday Healing Practice
We need to feel safe in order to heal.
The Many Possibilities of Joy in a Small Cup: Yoga, Life, and the Second ChakraLately, I’m really into joy.That probably makes me sound like a jerk. I don’t mean the kind of joy that comes with huge life-changing events like winning the lottery or making a ba…
Yoga, Transformation, Silence, and Why I'm Just Like GandhiWhen famous yogi and author Yogananda visits Gandhi in his memoir Autobiography of a Yogi, it happens to be Monday, Gandhi’s weekly day of silence. “Years ago,” the great master ex…
Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee GeesI’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and my work as a yoga teacher are really just exactly the same.I do think of teaching yoga as a form of…
In the Fullness of Emptiness
Calm down using the breath and slow down your exhale.
The One Relationship You Can Never Leave
Do the work of being in a loving, healthy, committed relationship with ourselves or suffer the rest of our lives with an internal roommate we hate.
New Moon Meditation: The Goddess of Loneliness
A preview of Moon Meditations: 16 Nights for Desire, Heartache, and Connection
Meditation for Letting Go with the Waning Moon
An audio meditation for letting go and moving on.
The Most Important Yogic Tool You Have: The Bullshit DetectorYoga has this wonderful quality of opening our minds and bodies at the same time. We get more physically flexible, and more mentally and emotionally so as well.We flow like water, …
Meditation Medication Part 2: Cooling Meditation for Anger, Irritation, or Inflammation
An audio meditation to calm emotional and physical inflammation.
Making (Good) Gut Decisions
Your gut can be a really important source of wisdom in your life.
Making Everyday Spaces Sacred Through Intuitive Ritual
Draw sacredness into your life whenever you need it with simple intentional rituals.
Guided Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Flowing River
Get to sleep using this guided visualization.
Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Wildflower Field
Fall asleep while visualizing yourself in a field of flowers.
Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Private Beach
An audio meditation for sweet dreams.
Teach Me, Teacher(s)!Classically, the yoga practice (physical asana yoga as well as the meditation and other practices) were passed down from a master to a student. Here in the West, yoga has come to m…
3 Poses for Happy, Healthy Hips
Strengthen, support, and stretch out your hips.
Connect to Your Sexual Energy as a Life Force
When we're connected to our sexual energy, we’re connected to our libido, our personal power, our sense of self, and our ability to go after what we want in life.
Meditation for Connecting to Sexual Energy as Life Force
A guided meditation to harness your sexual energy.
Why You Should Resolve Not To Make Any New Year's ResolutionsThe end of December: a season of long, dark nights, cold weather, and a bunch of holidays that try to make us feel better but often end up making us actually feel worse. Then New Y…
Audio Meditation: A Pleasure Practice
A guided meditation for tasting a little sweetness.
Relaxing Guided Meditation for Rest or Sleep
A useful tool to get to sleep.
Meditation for Feeling your Feelings
For this meditation, you choose an emotion—something that’s present for you and easy to access in your body.
Open Your Heart to the Truth. NO, WAIT, SHUT THE WINDOW!The truth will set you free! So they say. Lately I’ve been wondering—set you free from what, exactly? Satya, or truthfulness, is one of Patanjali’s five Yamas, or precepts for li…
3 Poses for Neck and Shoulder Tension
Learn how to release tension in the neck and shoulders with these exercises.
Books We Love
This year, our Books We Love section examines self-care from an ayurvedic perspective, how food affects mental health and immunity, and how to cultivate a moon practice, and more.
Excerpt from Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness by Loch Kelly
Resolution Solution: Holistic New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions never seem to stick. Explore a more holistic approach.
A Tourist Town Where Mindfulness Is the Main Attraction
Book Review: Walking Through Anger
Conte’s approach hinges on the principle of Yield Theory: the idea that anger is best defused when we meet other people where they are, as opposed to where we would like them to be.
5 Questions to Help Decode Your Chronic Back Pain
That chronic back pain is a message from your body. Are you listening? These 5 questions will help you gain insight.
A combination of hatha yoga, mindfulness meditation and playful fun.
Mindfulness meditation could help you avoid a common decision-making trap.
My Practice: Listening to the Basil
A zen priestess shares how she brings mindfulness into her kitchen
Toolbox: Mindful Resources
Bring your attention to the present moment with these tools for mindfulness.
What Would the Dalai Lama Do?
Contemplating creativity, compassion, mindfulness, and body image with singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer
Moving toward Recovery
“Dancing Mindfulness” combines healing movements with free-form expression to provide a new therapy for trauma.
A Practice to Heal Prejudice
How loving-kindness meditation taps the roots of empathy
Chasing HappinessLike the Buddhist notion of longing, individuals who place a high value on happiness are desperate to be happy. They say things like, “Happiness is extremely important to me,” or “…
Mindful Sexuality, Divine Sexuality
Sexual energy may be an expression of the divine within each of us. That's one reason a mindful approach to sexuality is so important.
More Are Less Rushed Than Ever
So maybe the real problem is not feeling stressed enough?
Radically Choosing Your Wild and Precious Life
We tend to put others first—and it's time to break that contract and start living a life that is full and wild and precious.
The Mindful Counter-Revolution
Is all the mainstream-media coverage of mindfulness and meditation good news for ancient-wisdom traditions…or not?
Mental Health and the Black Lives Matter Movement
Far too many in the Black community are suffering in silence. Mental health, particularly stopping suicides, must be part of the BLM conversation. Here are three barriers to care we must overcome and four ways to make lasting change.
A Reminder: Green Tea Is Good for You
Drinking green tea can be a daily mindfulness ritual. And it’s packed with health benefits.
Working Mindfully With Physical Pain
Pain can offer an invitation to soften, writes Mark Coleman, the founder of the Mindfulness Institute.
Easing the Angst of Adolescence
Practicing mindfulness can help teens cope with the pressures of growing up—and even ward off symptoms of depression.
3 Ways to Find Your Way Back to Self-Compassion
“Self-criticism is, in many ways, a consequence of human longing to belong, an attempt to preempt criticism from others. ... Self-compassion can help you be more motivated by desired for growth instead of by desire to avoid criticism."
Copper Beech Institute
Copper Beech is an idyllic mindfulness and contemplative practice retreat center in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Spirituality and Anxiety
Anxious? Approaching the problem with self-compassion and mindfulness may help. Discover more about spirituality and anxiety.
The Unexpected Gift of Caregiving
Mindfulness and caregiving are intricately intertwined. Look to caregivers to learn how to practice acceptance, heighten observation, and boost loving-kindness.
Writing Yourself Back to Yourself
Meera Lee Patel’s latest journal, Create Your Own Calm, is publishing as anxiety levels across the world are rising dramatically. Patel shared her creative process and personal journaling practice with S&H.
Meditation for Teen Emotional Wellbeing
A unique retreat program combats increasing rates of stress, anxiety, and depression in young people.
Jessica MoreyJessica Morey was introduced to mindfulness at 14. She served as executive director of iBme 2011 to 2020. Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) offers in-depth mindfulness pro…
Ceremony at Commemorative Event: Do Something
Ideas for commemorative events beyond traditional funerals.
Ceremony at Final Resting Place: Revisiting your Dead
The final resting place is where, for those who seek it, we come to sit, reflect, and share with someone who has died.
Podcast: Therapist Maci Daye, Specialist in Hakomi Therapy and Sex Therapy
Mindfulness can help us discover our pure erotic potential, says therapist Maci Daye, regardless of sexual identity, gender identity, age, and physicality.
Is Your Mantra Organic?
20 things you’ll want to know about classic meditation mantras.
The Inner Work of Racial Justice
Racism and the harm that it brings persist, despite the best intentions of many of us. This book teaches how to use mindfulness to achieve greater racial awareness.
Lindsey Derrick HuntLindsey Derrick Hunt is the Branding and Marketing Strategist at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a nonprofit that offers i…
Removing the Veils: Seeing Ourselves in the New Light of Forced Change
“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to feel about being in isolation or quarantine in this unprecedented situation. ... We are being stripped—like Inanna in the underworld—and we are being offered the gift of hard-won wisdom.”
Ceremony When the Body is Removed: Leave Taking
In the Presence of Death: Using ceremony to explore mindfulness in the journey of dying, death, and the years following, in this 9-part series
Micki Fine, M.Ed., L.P.C.Micki Fine, M.Ed., L.P.C. is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction trained at the Center for Mindfulness at the…
Ceremony at Death: Do Nothing
How do you stay present in an out-of-time time?
Ceremony for First Year Anniversary: Reconnect
People new to mourning are often surprised at how brutal the run-up to the first anniversary of the death can be.
Ceremony after Death: Preparing the Body
A devotional, mindful attendance to the body in death.
Julie Peters, the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses, shares her wisdom on building a moon practice.
Ceremony before Death: A Living Memorial
Suggestions for Living Memorials—gatherings for a person who is present and alive before death.
Ceremony for First Year Milestones: Do Not Hurry
In the Presence of Death: Using ceremony to explore mindfulness in the journey of dying, death, and the years following, in this 9-part series
Mike Annesley is a poet and the author of Practical Mindfulness. He has a poetic imagination with a deep absorption in the Mind Body Spirit ethos.
Shauna ShapiroShauna Shapiro, PhD, is a professor and clinical psychologist. She is one of the leading scientists studying the effects of mindfulness and self-compassion on wellbeing. …
Getting Emotional with Donald AltmanRabbi Rami talks to author Donald Altman about how he came to Buddhism and how it pushed him to explore the many facets of the mind, emotions, and mindfulness. A review of his late…
Vidyamala Burch on Living with Chronic PainYour host Rabbi Rami talks to Vidyamala Burch about her book You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Well-Being—An Eight-Week Pro…
Richard Wolf is an Emmy Award–winning composer, multi-platinum-selling music producer, and professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he teaches classes on music and mindfulness.
Here and Now with Hugh ByrneRabbi Rami talks to Hugh Byrne about switching from fast thinking to slow thinking, the beauty of silence, and his book The Here and Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break U…
Compassionate Unmasking with Kelly Boys
Kelly Boys talks about unconscious patterns of behavior and the benefits of being aware of them.
Sharon SheltonSharon Shelton is a businesswoman, life coach, and mindfulness teacher currently studying under Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She also facilitates a Meetup group (listentoyou…
Following the Spiritual Path of the Coyote
“I’m in awe of the way coyotes practice mindfulness in their day-to-day lives. They display a calm awareness of everything that’s going on around them and give complete attention to what they’re experiencing on a moment-to-moment basis.”
12 Misperceptions About Buddhism
Although Western interest in Buddhism has clearly grown in recent decades, with a special interest in practices such as meditation and mindfulness, some people may still dismiss it as either an ancient Asian religion involving arcane rituals or a fad of rock stars and Hollywood actors.
Ten Ways to Overcome Guilt and Perfectionism
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The Four Keys to Well-Being
Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened. Courtesy of The Greater Good Science Center.
Antasha DurbinAntasha Durbin is a spiritual writer, life-long student of the universe, and psychic tarot card reader. Her website, cajspirituality.com, is dedicated to simplifying the spiri…
A Little Meditation Goes a Long WayYou don’t need to be an expert in mindfulness meditation to experience its amazing stress-relieving benefits. In fact, in a new study, participants who meditated for just 25 minute…
Progressive RelaxationIn this mindfulness meditation class, Andrew Johnson will teach you to use full body relaxation techniques that will help you unwind and relax at will. If you enjoy this class, be …
Yin Yoga and MeditationThis easeful, quieting practice requires as much from the mind as the body. Join Yin Yoga Expert Cindy Walker for long held, simple stretches that challenge the mind to process neg…
Cynthia KaneCynthia Kane is a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor and the founder of the Kane Intentional Communication Institute, LLC. She is the author of How to Communicate Like…
VIDEO: Garrison Institute: Fertile Ground for Contemplative PracticeAs our planet evolves, more and more seekers look to contemplative practice to deepen their spiritual connection. For me personally, dedicated mindfulness retreats have been a corn…
Raven GibbsRaven Gibbs is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Law and Cognitive Science. She is current…
This Summer Camp Teaches Stop, Breathe & Think
And it changes the world, one interaction at a time.
The Zen of Dishwashing
A new study suggests that washing dishes can be a form of meditation, promoting a positive state of attention on the emotions and thoughts in the present moment.
Is Meditation Self-Centered?
Adapted from The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works by Shinzen Young
Genuine Connection with Dr. Richard ChambersEve Hogan talks to Dr. Richard Chambers about the current popularity of "heartfulness" and his new book Mindful Relationships: Creating Genuine Connection with Ourselves and Others…
34 Affirmations for Healthy Living
Try positive self-talk to eat better, feel stronger, and rejuvenate your body.
Kimberly BrownFor over a decade, Kimberly Brown has offered classes and retreats that emphasize the power of compassion and kindness meditation to reconnect us to ourselves and others. Her teach…
Book Review: SilenceSilenceThe Power of Quiet in a World Full of NoiseBy Thich Nhat Hanh HARPERONEIn his popular writings, Thich Nhat Hanh presents Buddhist teachings in a way that anyone can int…
Video: Thich Nhat Hanh's Green MonasteryHigh in the hidden mountains of Escondido, California just outside sunny San Diego, lies the Deer Park Monastery, founded in 2000 by Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Each year, t…
7 Coloring Books to Calm Your Mind
The popularity of coloring books is no surprise considering the benefits—from stress-relief to mindful awareness. Color your way to peace with these 7 picks from Spirituaity & Health.
Sweta Srivastava VikramSweta Srivastava Vikram is an international speaker, best-selling author of 12 books, and Ayurveda and mindset coach who is committed to helping people thrive on their own terms. S…
How to Nurture Your Most Important RelationshipIf you were asked How do you nurture your relationships?, would you be able to give a good, concise answer? Maybe not, as talking about relationships is a lot like talking about lo…
"Fear" by Thich Nhat HanhBy Thich Nhat HanhOur greatest teacher lies within. Birth and death are only concepts. The present moment is our true home. Everything in life is impermanent.These eternal truths f…
Lovelight Yoga + Kirtan Festival: Groove is in the HeartIf you love heart opening music, camping under the stars and yoga, then don’t miss this episode, filmed on location at the annual Lovelight Festival on 200 acres of beautiful campg…
Zen Medication: Can Meditation Heal Us?A study published in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice reveals that Zen meditation and its secular sister, mindfulness meditation, effectively reduce depression, anxiety, an…
Book Review: Mindful of Race
Understanding and Transforming Habits of Harm
Book Review: Awakening TogetherFrom climate change to white supremacy and the threat of nuclear war, the world’s alarming problems seem to be growing exponentially. That means we need to tackle them as teams, as…
Maria PoloncheckMaria Polonchek holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Kansas. Her parenting essays can be found in outlets such as Brain, Child, …
Mindful EatingA Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship to Food(includes a CD of guided mindful eating exercises)By Jan Chozen Bays, M.D.Shambhala, 2009, $16.95The Zen tradition…
Mindful LoveJust when we think we have mastered mindfulness alone in our daily practice, we enter a relationship and realize what novices we are. Relationships are the graduate school of mindf…
Jasmine BilaliBased in Manhattan, Jasmine Bilali is a Holistic Life & Wellness Coach, yogi, and writer. Her approach is based on applied positive psychology, holistic lifestyle, mindfulness, and…
Meditation Helps Relieve Migraine MiseryA new study shows that mindfulness meditation may help lessen the duration and severity of a migraine—one of the most painful and debilitating types of headaches. This is a s…
Kelly BoysKelly Boys teaches meditation and emotional intelligence to tech companies, veterans, prison inmates, humanitarian workers, and psychotherapists. She directed the launch of a …
Has Meditation Gotten Too Easy?
When people are meditating so they can perform better at work, we have to ask: Is that really the point?
Film Review: Walk With MeNarrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (his rich, mellifluous baritone is immediately recognizable), this beautifully immersive documentary was produced over three years among the Buddhi…
7 Affirmations for Daily Walking MeditationsMany new studies suggest that mindful walking is good, not only for mental health, but also to relieve stress. Moreover mindfulness, in general, is shown to improve chronic inflamm…
Nathan ErwinNathan Erwin is an educator, mindfulness practitioner, food sovereignty advocate, and rural poet. With a family tree rooted in the North and South, Alabama moonshiners and Vermont …
Pouria MontazeriPouria Montazeri grew up with Rumi’s poetry and teachings. He draws from his 28 years of experience with Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, and other mystical and contemplative practices …
An Interview with Daniel Goleman
Podcast: Shauna Shapiro, PhD
Clinical psychologist Shauna Shapiro talks about how to use neuroplasticity to reach a place of kindness and compassion, of self love, instead of judgment and fear.
Return to the Present Moment
An excerpt from How Love Wins: The Power of Mindful Kindness
The Nuts and Bolts of our Meditation PracticeWe had 12 people last Sunday night in our local group for our regular meditation and discussion. We spent our time talking about about the nuts and bolts (yes, sometimes sitting ma…
Spirituality and Relationships
Close relationships can bring out the best and worst in us. A mindful approach to relationships requires a mindful approach to life in general.
August BriceAugust Brice of Tech Wellness is an EMF (electric and magnetic field) expert bringing mindfulness and balance to our relationship with technology. She is passionate …
James Van Auken, PhDJames Van Auken, PhD, is the vice president of Academic Affairs at Atlantic University, the director of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage, and a member of the senior management te…
Conquering Autoimmune Disorders
Two alternative approaches offer hope to those suffering from chronic pain.
Podcast: Oren Jay Sofer on Leading with Presence
A thoughtful discussion about nonviolent communication, curiosity, and care in our relationships to ourselves, others, and the world.
Sustenance Rituals to Replenish the Well
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Trying to Be a Good MeditatorWe started a new chapter of our book, One Dharma in our meditation group on Sunday: “Purifying the Mind.” Here’s part of the opening poem, by the 13th century Sufi mystic called Ru…
Spirituality and Transcendence
Does your spiritual practice take you out of this world or out, into this world?
How To Stop Being Absent-Minded
Want to stay sharp and focused all day long? Here are a few tips.
4 Steps to a Happy New Year—All Year Long
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3 Ways Your Body Can Help Bolster Creativity
Getting in tune with your body can be a powerful tool in accessing your creativity.
Calming Chronic Pain with Beth Darnell, PhD
Beth Darnall talks to Rami about making life adjustments to manage chronic pain.
7 places to experience silence
Go On, Change It All
Multiple, simultaneous life changes are possible.
A Purpose-Driven Life Leads to Better Sleep
Cultivating a purpose-driven life by day leads to more peaceful slumber at night.
How Much of Aging Is in Your Head?In 1979 a young Harvard psychology professor named Ellen Langer (soon to be played by Jennifer Aniston in Counter Clockwise) realized something astonishing — and true. “Without kno…
5 Natural Antidepressants for Managing Depression Over the Holidays
For those with SAD, the holidays will pass, winter will eventually thaw, and help is always near if we reach for it.
Mark Thurston Ph.D.Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is an educator, psychologist, and author of more than a dozen books about personal spirituality, dream psychology, meditation, and mind-body well-being.&n…
Let Go of Perfection to Find Creative Flow
How knitting can strengthen the connection between the right and left hemispheres of your brain.
Dreading the Next Family Gathering?
Getting together with family, especially during the holidays, can cause a lot of stress and anxiety—even if it’s all love. In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, gives us the tools to cope.
Yoga and Meditation Protect Cancer Survivors at Cellular LevelMeditation and yoga are renowned for their ability to help cancer survivors alleviate mental and emotional distress. But now a significant new study has revealed that their benefit…
Spirituality and Addictions
"When I’m trying to encourage clients struggling with addiction to attend a 12-step program I often hear 'I don’t get anything out of that' or 'I don’t see how hanging out with a bunch of people talking about how terrible their lives are is supposed to help me.' Notice the self-focus in both objections to getting help."
Film Review: In Pursuit of SilenceWhat exactly is silence? Patrick Shen’s hypnotic documentary, shot around the world, seeks to explore both the scientific and psychological concepts of silence, and posits the idea…
3 Tips to Get You Meditating TodayMeditation. It’s just a glorious thing for those who have experienced it. But many people have trouble either beginning a practice or maintaining one. However, there are several si…
3 Tips for Building a Meditation Habit
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Self-Compassion: Why We Sometimes Feel Worse Before We Feel Better
“Self-compassion takes strength, courage, and faith. Trust the process, and allow yourself to slowly let in more self-compassion, more kindness, a few degrees at a time.”
To Those Who Listen, All Are Teachers“I would sit,” she offered unapologetically, “uncomfortable in my own skin, and think to myself that it would be worth the suffering because when I finished, I’d be happy. Like I w…
Morning Meditation Mini Challenge“Woke up, fell out of bed...” Do you start your day running around, like the gentleman in The Beatles’ song, “A Day in the Life”? He staggers downstairs, downs a cup of coffee, gra…
4 Animal-Inspired Tips for Better Sleep
If you're looking for ways to naturally sleep better at night, where better to look than in nature?
Retreat Guide 2020More…
What inspires people to change their lives? What do they do when they are inspired?
Unfortunately, it’s too often a negative crisis that inspires people to change their lives. Whether the need is how to be happy or how to relieve pain, we are glad that people seeking inspiration and answers turn to Spirituality & Health.
Sometimes, it’s a friend or family member who says: “You might try … ” Sometimes, it’s a spiritual leader, a yoga instructor, or a teacher who offers suggestions. And many, many times, the internet is the resource to which sufferers turn to begin their path to change.
Spirituality & Health is there for readers at the very beginning of their path to change. We know about 70% of the traffic to our website is arriving in search of those answers—which means advertisers can reach those visitors right at the start of their journey.
Survey Says Meditation Eases Chronic Pain for Prescription Opioid Users
Exciting new research indicates that mind-body therapies like meditation can help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic.
“IBS Is Real, Not Just in My Head!”
Exploring how an irritable mind affects an irritable bowel does not imply IBS symptoms are not real. It means that in IBS, and many other conditions, the mind-body connection can create real symptoms—and can be used to bring real healing.
Train Your Mind to Break That Habit
An Interview with Hugh Byrne
How to Follow Your Dreams
A retreat can bring more balance into our lives so we can move boldly towards our biggest dreams.
Brain Wash: Rewire Your Brain for Healthier Habits
Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter explain how we can rewire our brains to develop healthier habits.
Mind Over MuddleThere’s a funny tale about how God created the world. Upon completion of His beautiful work, He realized that the meaning of life was so valuable, if it were too freely given, most…
A Nature Meditation for Finding Stillness
Navigate these uncertain and unsettling times with this open-eyed, open-senses meditation to ground, center, and enliven you reconnecting with the natural world.
Mindful Sexuality with Dr. Cheryl Fraser Part 2Host Eve Hogan talks to Cheryl Fraser about mindful sexuality and tantra including the "passion triangle" and ways to keep the interest with your lover alive.Dr. Cheryl Fraser is a…
Spirituality and Depression
Therapist Kevin Anderson reflects on the connection between spirituality and depression. "I tell depressed people that I have given up on self-esteem and I hope they will too. Focusing on increasing self-esteem amounts to trying to prop up the small-i self."
Living Well With Chronic Pain
An Interview with Vidyamala Burch
Lift Off! Yoga to Prepare for InversionsInverted postures in yoga include any pose where the head drops below the heart, and can be as simple as downward dog or as hard as headstand. These postures increase circulation a…
Separating Physical Pain from Emotional Pain
When we suppress emotional energy, it lands in the energy system for the physical body, generating or exacerbating pain, illness and disease.
A Dance for LifeTango is often thought of as a sultry dance for the young and flexible. New research shows that this passionate form of movement offers mighty benefits for all ages—backbending not…
The Top 10 Scientific Findings that Will Change How We See Ourselves
Happiness is good for you but not all the time—and other insights from The Greater Good Science Center
Mindful Loving with Dr. Cheryl Fraser - Part 1/2Join host Eve Hogan and Dr. Cheryl Fraser on Part 1 of our two-part series in which mindful loving of an imperfect person and relationship myths — such as soulmates and the fleetin…
Body of Work: Tina LassiterTina Lassiter’s passion in creative expression clearly shows in the breadth of her work as an artist, photographer, and writer. Little did she know when she started that a path tow…
Getting “Close” to Geri LarkinIn her new book, Close to the Ground, the S&H columnist and Zen practitioner explores Buddhism’s seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation, effort, ease, joy, …
5 Practices for Calming Racing ThoughtsRacing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in…
Review: The Buddha's Way of HappinessThe Buddha’s Way of Happiness: Healing Sorrow, Transforming Negative Emotion, and Finding Well-Being in the Present Moment By Thomas Bien, PhD, with Foreword by Lama Surya Das Th…
Free the MindDirected by Phie AmboWe’ve seen plenty of documentaries that seek to reveal the benefits of alternative therapies. Often these films are informative but unengaging. So Phie Ambo’s …
Book Review: A Fearless HeartA Fearless HeartHow the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our LivesBy Thupten Jinpa, PhDHUDSON STREET PRESSCharles Darwin’s ideas have often been used to portray human…
5 Apps to Quiet Your Mind
From meditation to mental health, try these apps to achieve stillness on the run.
Book Review: The Nest in the Stream
“By staying with our woundedness, we encourage the other to stay with theirs; that is when and how healing happens.”
To Winter Detox or NotWinter is here and brings with it shorter days, colder temperatures and, in many climates, less sunshine. It also seems to bring a fair number of holidays that are all about food. …
Calm Racing Thoughts with this Energy Practice
Jill Leigh answers your questions about energy, meditation, and more.
Acceptance: The Surprising Antidote to Suffering
“We tend to think of stress as something that happens outside of ourselves; something that happens to us. But science is showing that it’s not the stressors in our life, but how we perceive them that determines how much we suffer.”
Happiness Is an Inside JobPracticing for a Joyful LifeBy Sylvia BoorsteinBallantine Books, $13.00“I feel delighted to have been born into what the Buddha called ‘this realm of 10,000 joys and 10,000 woes,’”…
Center of the Storm
Lama Surya Das on walking an enlightened path in the modern world.
What We Yearn ForIf you’re thirsty, you crave water. If you’re hungry, you want food. If you’re lonely, you yearn for companionship. Once our basic needs are met, we sometimes strive for perfection…
Forest Bathing“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest, and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” —Alan Watts Ha…
How Can People Be Deeply Spiritual and Emotionally Immature?
An Interview with Jack Kornfield
Podcast: Spring Washam
Teacher, healer, and author Spring Washam talks about spiritual diversity, meditation, and more.
Book Review: Clearing Emotional ClutterClearing Emotional ClutterMindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformationby Donald AltmanNew World LibraryYou couldn’t swing a book bag …
Book Review: RewireRewireChange Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, and Conquer Self-Destructive BehaviorBy Richard O’ConnorHudson Street PressHabits die hard and science can now tel…
Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience
When the road gets rocky, what do you do?
Book Review: The Happiness TrackThe Happiness TrackHow to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate your SuccessBy Emma Seppälä, PhDHarper OneThe pursuit of happiness shouldn’t be such hard work. That’s the ba…
Think You Can't Meditate? Think Again.If I had a nickel for every person who said to me “I can’t meditate,” I’d be rich. But for the multitudes of people who have busy, focused lives yet say they cannot meditate, there…
You are Wise, Resourceful and Kind
Dathüns focus on how we can come into our heart, beyond the negative thoughts we may have about ourselves, and tune into what is really, fundamentally there.
Philosophy and the Good Life
Philosophy isn't just for professors. Embracing a philosophical attitude can make you healthier, happier, and (of course) wiser.
Book Review: Dream YogaDream YogaIlluminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of SleepBy Andrew HolecekSounds TrueDream Yoga is a book that makes big promises: According to author …
Don’t Make These Two Beginner Meditation MistakesThe two biggest mistakes we make when trying to start a meditation practice: Saying we cannot clear our mind of thoughts, so why try?; and saying we don’t have enough time.First, l…
What Really Happens When We Meditate
An interview with Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson about their new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
How a New Blend of Mindful Movement Can Help You Heal
Use this method to process traumatic experiences and work through challenging emotional states.
Notice Prayer When It Happens
In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, stresses that prayer is simply recognizing when joy, gratitude, compassion, or awe happen.
Spiritual Support for Mental Health Challenges
A new program explores the potential of spirituality-infused treatments.
Natural Stress Relief
It is possible to live a stress-free life with completely natural methods.
“How Can I Love You Better?”
An Ode to Thich Nhat Hanh
A Surprising Cause of Headaches
A new study blames improper neck alignment during computer use.
Yoga, Meditation and a Plant-Based Diet, Key Ingredients in Your Evolution
An excerpt from Russell Simmons’ new book The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Health, and Successful Life.
Rabbi Rami: "Is My Friend Responsible for her Cancer?"My closest friend has stage IV lymphoma. She’s always been a negative person. Could this be why she has cancer?Rabbi Rami: While our mental and spiritual states can impact our phys…
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My Two-Word Response to Daily Anxiety
Do you have daily anxiety? Welcome to being human. “... It would be great, because anxiety is a part of every day, if laughter could be too.”
Healing Heartbreak through Meditation During the Holidays
How to use meditation to grow with loss.
6 Stories on Aging GracefullyAge is nothing, but a number. No, literally – without knowing someone’s chronological age, science can’t pinpoint how old someone is. What does aging mean to you? Read these 6 stor…
The 3 Ways People Manage Emotions
Strategies tend to fall within set groupings. Which one do you use?
Animal DreamzzzKristen RaceAnyone who has ever suffered a bout of insomnia knows how frustrating it is to try to fall asleep when your mind is not ready; this is true not just for adults but also…
How a retreat leads to increasingly positive thoughts
If You Want To... Quiet Your Mind
There are different kinds of quiet, and each one creates its own rest.
Don’t run away. Engaging with dreams—even nightmares—can teach us a lot about our emotional selves.
Embrace Your Daily Grind
How to build a bridge between your work and your purpose
3 Keys to Unlock the Genetic Switch of Your Stress ResponseThe pinging phone, back to back meetings, rush hour traffic; most of us get a little on edge when we are face to face with high stress situations. We also probably know people who …
Practice: A Rite for Bill of Rights DayBy Cristina Spencer Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion are just a few of the individual liberties secured for Americans in the B…
The Happiness Track: How to Avoid the 3 Paths of BS
From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.
We learn best when we are not learning—when we make more room for silence.
What Are You in Service To?
When I think about service, I think about my first teacher, Arvis Joen Justi. In my 20s, I became interested in Zen Buddhism through a book I read by Alan Watts. I cannot remember which one it was, but at the time, in the early 1980s, Watts was a popular writer and one of the first people to bring Eastern spiritual teachings to the West.
How to Create a Morning Routine that Inspires You
Set the tone for your day by developing a morning routine that engages your imagination.
We Don’t Have to Be Perfect
A lesson learned: be true to yourself and to be grateful for who you are.
My Practice: Picturing the Moment
Learn how this artist starts her day with camera in hand.
Fine-Tune Your Mood With Color
Here's how you can harness color as a powerful mood enhancer.
Meditative State of Mind Linked to Breathing FocusYour state of mind is closely linked to the many physiological processes going on in your body. In fact, your entire meditation experience can alter depending on where your breathi…
3 Tips on Eating Right
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8 Ways to Be a More Mindful Listener“Mom, you’re not listening!” I’m accused of this all the time. Perhaps you hear similar things in your own daily interactions? I jump in too fast to finish a child’s sentence. Many…
6 Ways Improving One Nerve Can Change Your HealthWhile no one will argue the importance of building strong muscle tone, what might be more important to your health is the tone of a surprisingly complex nerve bundle that stretches…
Book Review: Unsubscribe“To be a spiritual rebel,” Josh Korda writes in Unsubscribe, “one has to give the middle finger to materialism, self-centered fear, self-serving luxury, financial security. We have…
Navigate the Backdraft of Self-Compassion
How do we shift that critical voice in a way that supports us rather than knocking us down?
Toolbox: Creative Cuisine
Try these picks from S&H to transform your culinary creation
My New Diet Involves Cutting Out the Violence
It took stubbing my toe to realize how overwhelmed I was.
The Self-Compassion DietThe Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-KindnessBy Jean Fain, LICSW, MSWIf you have invested in what Jean Fain describes as “countless one-way t…
Featured Artist: Carmen García Gordillo
With an assist from Google Translate, S&H editor Ben Nussbaum and Spanish artist Carmen García Gordillo discussed dreams, snakes, yoga, and much more.
Revealing Our True NaturesYears ago I heard an anecdotal story about the famous Italian artist, Michelangelo. While I have no idea if it’s true, the message so moved me and altered my perspective that the …
Explore the Labyrinth as a Walking Meditation
Add the winding path of a labyrinth to your journey and you have a perfect scenario for self-discovery and self-mastery.
Ways to allow for reflection while walking.
How to Stop a Panic Attack
3 steps to warding off rising panic
The Happiness Track: Creating an Inbox MeditationCognitive overload is a term psychologists use when referring to dealing with too much information or too many tasks. Such overload can impair our memory and decision making, and c…
Apps That Help You Break Your Bad Habits
Technology to help rewire your brain
A Roadmap for Creative Growth
Are you a victim, a vessel, or something else?
Nonviolent Communication 101
Want to learn more about compassionate conversations? Here’s how.
Seven Buddhist Lessons in Gratitude
Gratitude is powerful. Building your sense of thankfulness the Buddhist way.
The Art of Worrying
Worry creates a sense of powerlessness that fuels sensations of fear and anxiety. The more empowered we feel—the more we sense that whatever happens, we can successfully handle—the less necessary worrying becomes.
Go with the FlowMovement has the power to heal, to cultivate strength, and to nourish the mind–body connection. Try these DVDs to explore your own dynamic flow—all from the comfort of home. …
10 Stories to Nurture your Most Important RelationshipsDuring our last 10-day challenge, we explored the topic of nurturing our relationships. From self-love, to romantic relationships and from family to community – it’s so very import…
5 Steps to Solving the Opioid Crisis
By paying attention and anticipating pain (tension, need for energy, and so on), people come to “health consciousness” and are less likely to abuse prescription drugs.
A new field of research explores how diverse spiritual practices use the same scents, sounds, and movements to tap into our deepest selves.
Finally Stop Ruminating
You can't control what you think, but you can control how you respond to what you think.
Turn Your Weekend into a Retreat
Guidelines for designing your own intentional retreat.
New Year, New BeginningsMore…
Healthy Holidays: Chocolate Raspberry Tart
Enjoy this bright and healthy tart for the holidays.
The Confidence GapThe Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-DoubtBy Russ HarrisCan you think back to a time when an opportunity presented itself, and you let it pass you by? Perhaps yo…
4 Ways to Mindfully Consume News During Coronavirus
With news this intense and upsetting, we need to monitor our own consumption very carefully.
Science & Spirit: Avocados, Constipation, and Wigging Out
This week we present good reasons to stock up on avocadoes, an intriguing link between depression and constipation, and people wigging out while meditating. Intrigued? Read to learn more.
Can Ballet Teach Wisdom?
A new study suggests that classical ballet might lead to increased wisdom in much the same way as meditation does.
Creative Yoga Events to Inspire Community
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Transcendental Meditation is different from other forms of meditation.
Ten Ways to Ease Inflammation
Turn the inflammation dial down with these nutrition and lifestyle tips.
Why Change Is Difficult for Us (and Ways to Overcome It)
“In the new year, many of us will be contemplating changing a behavior or an aspect of our lives. Some will dream of it, while the brave ones will get ready to take action. There is a reason you feel that spark. Life is finite. Don’t squander it. Here are four tips to help you be brave, conquer your fears, and pursue the spark.”
Science & Spirit: An Easy Way to Feel Better, Memory Science, and the NCP
This week, find out how to boost your mood in only 12 minutes and read about a way that people are healing our deep divides.
Five Variations on 5-Minute Meditations
Easy options for 5-minute meditations
Heal Your Relationship with Your BodyIf you’ve ever looked in the mirror at your body with disgust, or punished yourself for eating one too many cookies by spending hours on the treadmill, then you may recognize that …
Feet on the Ground
Harness powerful physical and mental benefits by going barefoot.
Are You Attached to Pain?
The surprising reason why some chronic pain patients act like they don't want to get better—and how to help them.
How to Cope With the Loneliness of This Season
Loneliness is hitting especially hard during these holidays. Here are some ways to cope.
Healing Spas Now Focus on Cancer
If your stress level is 4 or above, it’s time for massage
9 Inspiring Quotes about the Sacredness of Seeds
Photography and quotes from the book Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays, a compilation of original essays inspired by physicist and environmental leader Dr. Vandana Shiva. Reprinted with permission.
Mushrooms: A Great Way to Get More from a Nature Walk
Gathering mushrooms adds a new dimension to walks in nature. Learn more about how to start your own mushroom habit.
Science & Spirit: 'Shrooms, Stonehenge, and Time
Our first Science & Spirit column explores 'shrooms, magnetoreception, and why time flies.
Q&A with Dr. Dan Siegel
Brainstorm author Dr. Dan Siegel on the power of harmony, cultivating “mindsight,” and why you should learn to think more like a teen.
Nourishing and Nurturing Yourself in NovemberI was blessed to take a yoga class recently at Ridgway Colorado’s Yoga Shala where each month the teachers choose a theme for their practice. They’d been exploring the nuanced diff…
Our Top 10 of 2015
Read these for New Year’s resolutions worth keeping
Science & Spirit: Acupressure, Cannabis and Scorpions for Pain Relief (eek!)
Chronic pain—that’s pain that lingers for at least 12 weeks or longer—afflicts about 20 percent of the American public. Managing that pain emotionally and physically isn’t easy, and is the focus of intense scientific study. For the latest news in pain management, read on.
You Are My Valentine. And You, and You …
Can we try directing our love toward’s everyone, just for one day?
Keeping Stay-at-Home Kids Healthy
Kids stuck at home due to coronavirus pandemic? Here are some ways to keep them mentally and physically fit.
Rabbi Rami: Everyone Says “Follow Your Heart.” But How?
Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler
“My Worst Panic Attack Ever Came Out of the Blue!”
The body has its own way of processing emotions. “The rush of symptoms people experience in a panic attack is a tsunami of fear being released in the body. The question is: What’s deep below the surface that keeps building up fear that needs to be released?”
Real Love is an Ability
Real love is love that is no longer dependent on another person. Instead, love comes from a sense of inner abundance. It’s the natural overflow from a capacity you’ve developed within.
Food Sensitivities and Gut Repair
Scientific researchers are clear that food intolerances are different from allergies and may take longer to show up in the body than allergies.
The Art of Letting GoWhether it’s your inbox, your phone or your own mind, right now you are probably juggling more in your day than you are comfortable with. Messages of learning to relax, practicing …
Guided Meditation: Three-Step Reboot
Excerpted from Siddhartha’s Brain by James Kingsland
Finding Calm in the ChaosThere is a population of people where anger is an accepted, indeed expected, emotion. The emotions of fear and sadness however, are not. In this culture, violence and addiction are…
Meds & Consciousness
Listening in on a great conversation between Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush
Contributors to our July/August 2018 issue: Kelly Boys, Sandra Dieckmann, Stephanie Ludwig PhD, Jan Phillips, Parker J. Palmer PhD, and Kazuaki Tanahashi
Dan White Edmonton: With a Spade Comes Renewed Wellbeing
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Play This Mind Game with Fruit and NutsRecently I was running a workshop on the MB-EAT program for therapists experienced in mindfulness meditation. We started with a mindfulness eating practice that focused on making c…
Rabbi Rami: How Do I Make Tough Decisions?
Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler
The Simple Mechanics of IntimacyEver wonder where we get our intimacy skills and beliefs? It concerns me that teenaged girls are learning their relationship mindset from romance novels that torment the reader wi…
The Ultimate De-Stressing Daily Routine
Put this anti-stress routine on your to-do list for a more zen approach to daily life.
The Magic of Beginner's Mind"In the beginner's mind there are so many possibilities; in the expert's mind, there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki Roshi As children, we're taught that having all the "right" answers …
Putting the ‘Om’ in ClassroomSan Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School is an unlikely beacon of hope. Shootings and murders are common enough in the California city’s southern neighborhoods that the loca…
Meaningful MorningMornings can be tough. Maybe you like to sleep in as long as you can, and end up getting ready for the day by running around your house like a crazed animal. Maybe you have a basi…
Your Path to Mindful Eating
An excerpt from The Complete Book of Mindful Living by Robert Butera
From the Editor: July/August 2018In this issue we’ve got a letter from Jacki Mallett, an original subscriber (Thank you!), who now appreciates Akhilandeshwari Ma, the Hindu goddess who is never not broken: “I mean…
Celebrate Whatever Life Brings: The Art of Seeing Each Day as a Poem
An interview with Jaqueline Suskin, author, poet, and healer.
My Practice: Mindful Walking in Town
In “My Practice,” we share personal routines that create wellness and happiness from spiritual teachers, yogis, nutritionists, and more, in hopes to inspire your own healthy rituals.
Crucial Practice: The Mindful Diaper ChangeCassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Becoming…
Strengthen Your Bond in NatureOver every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. —Theodore Roethke For many of us, overwhelming stress sends us straight into the arms of Mother N…
10 Telltale Signs of Low Self-Esteem
Anneli Rufus is a frequent contributor to Spirituality & Health. Her books Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and the Nautilus Award-winning Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On examined our lives as individuals in a crowded world. Rufus’ upcoming work, Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, will be released by Tarcher Penguin in the spring and continues this path, addressing self-esteem. It serves as the catalyst for this blog and asks: Why do we feel the way we do about ourselves?
Parenting As Sacred ActivismA conversation with a friend and fellow activist inspired me to offer some special love and appreciation to all of you parents out there this week. My friend, a longtime mover and …
Buddhism and the Twelve StepsFor some addicts, hitting bottom and having a spiritual awakening are the first steps along the path of recovery. That's why Alcoholics Anonymous, the oldest and largest of the twe…
Escape the Trance of Busyness: A Conversation With Tara Brach, PhD
S&H's Stephen Kiesling sat down with Tara Brach, founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance, to explore her RAIN practice: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.
How to Remain in Balance With Your EmotionsBlame it on the environment, your work, the stress, your partner, the kids, the overwhelm—yet the truth remains—your emotions are your own and for you to remain in bala…
5 Key Habits for Healthy Aging
What can you do to slow or reverse the ravages of aging?
6 Secrets for Planning a Retreat for a Group of Friends
You’ve envisioned it for ages—escaping for a retreat with a group of dear friends. Here's what you need to know to finally get it planned.
Money, Ego, and Relationships
Money and relationships don't always work in harmony, especially when the ego is involved. Learn to navigate them with a little humility, gratitude, respect, and responsibility.
Are You a Good Listener for the Wrong Reasons?"Thank you so much for letting me tell you all this," she said, reaching over and patting my sleeve. "I feel like I've been talking for hours, but this really helped me. You're too…
Editor Picks: Books, Films, and MusicThoughtful reads, alternatives to blockbuster films, and music to move your soul. Here are our May/June 2015 reviews:BooksBrain Maker The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect …
Making the Most of Your Commute
When what matters is listening to practically nothing at all
4 Steps to Reconcile Difficult Emotions
The process of finding emotional balance when faced with difficult situations.
The Fuel of All Things GoodA recent issue of Business Week has stuck in my mind. The cover story is “The Case for Optimism,” and it is full of inspiring stories and studies showing that optimism works. Stude…
Float Tank Into Happiness
Submerge yourself into complete bliss.
Six Secrets for Planning a Retreat for a Group of Friends
Stop talking about it! Here’s how to make a group getaway actually happen.
What’s to Learn From an Arthritic Hand?
A positive attitude is like a muscle. It gets stronger the more you use it.
Express Your Mind Without Your Tongue
Channeling Emotional Energy
Finding Joy In a World of Pain and Suffering
“Joy is found in discovering the bigger view, the purposefulness of the cycles of life, and the recognition that the cycle continues and never stops.”
Natural Approaches for Alleviating Anxiety and PanicI’m familiar with debilitating anxiety—intimately so. Three years ago, I was pummeled with my first panic attack out of the clear blue sky and it was a terrifying experience. But …
How to Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
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Build Resilience by Creating an Upward Emotional Spiral
Want to be more resilient? Start building your resilience now and benefit in hard times. Start by being mindful with your emotions and learning to focus on 'moments that glisten.'
Chronic Pain, Trauma, and the Nervous System
Chronic pain can be caused by lingering trauma, creating stress that is unresolved. Break the cycle.
Clear Air, Clear Mind
Keep body and mind healthy with fresh, clean air in your sacred space.
Six Steps to Get into Flow
Sky Nelson-Isaacs sees flow and synchronicity as “mutually dependent. In short, when we align with circumstance, circumstance aligns with us.” He describes a set of steps he calls the LORRAX process as a way to cultivate flow in our lives.
How to Ground and Refresh With a Bathtime Ritual
Try this loving bathtime ritual on your own and receive a dose of self-love you likely need and definitely deserve.
Finding Your (Heart) Center in RelationshipsOften in my work I encourage people to create a target of all the things they want in their lives and we post them on one side of the room. These usually include words like: love, …
Passion and Presence: Aging, Intimacy, and Mindful Sex
A conversation with sex therapist Maci Daye on the importance of bringing play, adventure, and curiosity into the bedroom and why “Great sex has more to do with the state of our mind than with the function of our body.”
Break Your Addiction to Brain Candy
Developing your ability to resist distraction is the key to breaking this addictive pattern.
Growing an Urban Eden
Edible forests offer a new approach to food security.
The Sacred Art of Conversation
Rebuilding the art of conversation with exercises based on three main parameters.
Art Heals the Mind, Body, and HeartThere’s so much to love about art. “Art is life, and life is art,” some say. It encompasses everything from drawing to painting, dancing to writing, music to theater – and more. It…
How to Listen to Your EmotionsWe all have bad days, where nothing we do seems to work out the way we planned. If these days are more common than not, you might feel like you are merely surviving your life. It i…
Giving Thanks for the Small Stuff (And Nothing is Small Stuff)Having suffered several losses in my family over the years, I must admit that it has changed my view of gratitude. Before my mom and brother got sick and passed away, I might have …
Love Earth Now
S&H Staff Writer Julie Peters and author Cheryl Leutjen explore ways to connect with and honor the natural environment while managing the stress of living in what sometimes feels like environmental apocalypse.
Learn How to Lucid Dream as a Tool for Self-DiscoveryIf you’ve ever wished you had the power to control your dreams, a process called lucid dreaming, you’ve now got a good reason to try—not that it wouldn’t be nice to be able to put …
Nourishing the Hearts and Minds of Children
“For children to be well-rounded humans they need education of the heart as well as the mind.”
5 Core Practices for More Meaningful Conversations
Here are five core practices you can start using today to improve your communication.
Nine Practices for Conscious AgingAs I live into my own process of aging, my worldview has been informed by the depth and insight of many great teachers. These include masters from different wisdom traditions, heal…
Through Yoga, A Path Beyond 12 Steps
Yogi Tommy Rosen uses his practice to help others in recovery.
Your Body Knows the Answer
An Interview with David Rome
An Inspired LifeMore…
Love SchoolThe Gottman Institute reports that the average couple waits six years before seeking help for marital problems and that half of the marriages that end do so in the first seven yea…
Helping Graduates Transition into the Real WorldAs the end of the school year approaches, expectations and anxiety begin to loom in equal measure. Prior to graduation, the notion that “now life really begins” fills people with g…
The Fine Line Between Helpful and Hurtful in RelationshipsFortunately, we live in a society in which helpfulness and kindness are fairly common values. We typically consult with our friends on our troubles, help a neighbor out and offer p…
7 Ways to Sharpen Your Intuition
"Intuition can become mute, stifled, or drowned out when we find ourselves out of balance. Here are some ways to help you get grounded so that you can reconnect with that inner voice."
“I Feel Like a Sham”
Are you a wounded healer? You're not alone.
Talk to Us: July/August 2018I gave you a second chance … I am a newcomer to your magazine. Upon reading my first issue (March/April) I was also “shocked” and disappointed to read the entry “Our Presid…
Handling Difficult Relationships by Going Gray Rock
Want to manage manipulative, triggering, altogether difficult people? Gray rock them.
7 Steps to Emotional Perspective and Transformation
Difficult conversations are a powerful time to learn to handle strong emotions. It's not an easy practice, but it is worth the effort.
Minor Effort, Major ChangesIt is my observation that people tend to get caught in the trap of thinking that big changes come from big effort. We tend to think if we don’t have an hour to meditate or pray, we…
The Extra Step…Toward LoveAfter 25 years of partnership with my husband, I realize that one of the things that keep us together —lovingly together, is what I call “the little extra step.” For instance, yest…
Rewild Yourself to Feel Connected
Rewilding means reconnecting with your “wild untamed soul.” Remember the way home with this practice.
Don't Tell Me To Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage
Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Ralph De La Rosa, author of Don't Tell Me to Relax, offers advice for living fully through difficult times.
5 Tips To Wake Up Your Brain And Enjoy LifeYou sleep all night, only to wake up in the morning feeling fuzzy and groggy. What will help wake up your brain so that you can enjoy life every day? Two main ingredients: blood an…
A Beautiful DistortionOne year, my wife and I attended several plays in the Fringe Festival in Dublin, Ireland, where we were living. I remember especially a favorite of mine, Play, by Samuel Beckett. W…
Health & WellnessMore…
Nourishing Self and Others
Clean eating to be more than a health practice; it can be a spiritual practice.
Close to the Ground: “The Answer is ‘Yes’”
Devote Yourself to Your Own Goal
“Meditation is not only one of the best forms of relaxation; it is free, fully accessible, and easily taught. The practice can be expanded to low-income and minority populations through four simple ways.”
Embracing All Emotions: An Empath Pioneer Shows You How
We talk to Karla McLaren about what we can learn from our anger, how to approach anxiety, why positive emotions aren't always positive, and more.
Body Image And Self-Respect
Learn a fascinating, new way of approaching food and find a healthy balance in mindful eating.
Service: Seane CornIn our spiritual luminary series, each week we will feature someone who personifies a key spiritual value. In the first installment, we chat with yogi and activist Seane Corn, who …
Releasing Trapped Emotions
Creative self-expression through movement and dance can help to release unprocessed emotions that have become lodged in the body.
From the Temple, for the Temple
Step inside a one-of-a-kind restaurant where the food is spiritual nourishment.
Keeping Hope Alive (When Things Seem at Their Worst)
3 ways to keep hope alive in the face of a grim reality.
8 Tips From an Introvert on How to Stay Home
"With stay-home orders issued worldwide and offenders arrested for attending funerals and weddings, it's time that society learned a thing or two from introverts."
Is Your Messy Kitchen Making You Overeat?
According to science, avoiding unhealthy snacking can actually be as easy as decluttering your kitchen.
Vote with 2020 Vision
Answer These 5 Simple Questions Before Election Day
The Four Aspects of LoveTwenty years ago, the Rodney King riots had just exploded in Los Angeles, and the image of a fallen man being beaten by police replayed itself over and over on television sets ever…
Steering a Relationship on the Rocks
Relationship on the rocks? If your relationship is a ship, the ego acts as a lookout. But it’s the spirit that captains it.
Just Say T–I–AMy wife, Amy, arrived with Patrick Dale Sutherland, our newly adopted 14-month-old son from Zambia, on Sunday, April 26. She had been in Zambia for 14 weeks. Zambia is a peaceful c…
Focusing on What Matters, Moment by Moment
“Many of the world's contemplative traditions teach that the normal mind is afflicted in various ways; that since it so readily brings us suffering and anxiety, it can't be deemed healthy.”
Our Community Journal: The Real Life of Life Coaching
On being “an advocate, an activist for the expression of Love in all its forms . . .”
Best Retreats for the Spiritual SeekerNatural quiet comes in many forms: the quiet of the solitary mountain walk, the meditation cushion, the yoga platform, the beach, the candlelit dinner, the massage table, or perhap…
Nirvana and Spring PeepersThe weather here in northern Michigan is amazing! Scary but amazing. We should have several feet of snow, still, but hyacinths are pushing up, trees budding and starting to leaf, p…
The Guru is YouWhat is a guru, and does this concept have anything to do with your yoga practice?The idea of a guru is a fairly common concept in India, the birthplace of yoga. In the 1960’s, The…
Meditation Apps: Do They Work for Us or Against Us?
"Meditation takes practice, and in the beginning, like any new skill, meditation can seem challenging."
Five Kinds Of Breaths Everyone Should TakeBreath is life—something we take for granted, but couldn’t do without. In times of stress or grief, often we hear advice to “take a deep breath.” But sometimes deep breathing becom…
2020 Resolution: Balance Spiritual Self-Care with Being an Engaged Citizen
“Buckle up; we’re in for a bumpy ride this year. With the impeachment trial, the Democratic primaries, a presidential campaign that’s sure to be blistering (and probably embarrassing), and all the revelations, crises, and nastiness that are sure to arise, we have to be prepared for anything and everything.”
Will Dating an Atheist Push You Off Your Spiritual Path?
Here are seven ways to make a relationship work between an atheist and a spiritual person.
Finding Rest in a World that Just Wants You to Keep Going
Step away and create an “oasis time” for restoration, communion, and grace.
Inside the Mind of Chronic Pain
A new generation of researchers is getting inside the mind of chronic pain—and unlocking powerful psychotherapies against what might be the nation’s biggest health crisis.
How to Use Gray Rock
“In a nutshell, think of gray rocking as turning your back on someone without actually turning your back and offending them.”
4 Daily Practices to Increase Your Mental Health
Give yourself the time you need to succeed.
Being with Flowers
A sculptor of floral art reflects on his spiritual practice.
Why We Bless
An excerpt from 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World, reprinted with permission from O-Books.
Compassion for Dating in the Technological AgeRecently I had a young man working with me who showed me the Tinder app as a means of finding dates. Here, you could rifle through a series of pictures like speed dating online, an…
A Halloween-Time Practice for Finding Balance
Feeling off-kilter? This simple and powerful practice can bring you out of your swirling thoughts and ground you firmly in the present moment.
Why Following a Spiritual Path is Not a Picnic
Adapted from Everything Mind by Chris Grosso
Examen Practice: Following the Thread
An examen practice can assist in finding and interpreting the thread of spirituality that is always in your life.
Why Spiritual Practice is Essential in Crazy Times
Your spiritual practice is more essential now than ever before.
A Room of One’s Own
Many of us have an inner artist we want to nourish, but not the budget for a painter’s studio or writer’s retreat. Here’s how to carve out a sacred space for creativity.
The Limitations of Concrete: Disease Is a Verb, Not a Noun
Reality is constantly in flux. Life is ever-changing. Remembering that illness isn't a solid identity is a step toward embracing healing possibilities.
Self-Care Secrets for Your Busy Lifestyle
How do we remain healthy while successfully navigating a type-A lifestyle?
Vindictive Ex-Lovers—and Six Ways to Avoid ThemWhen I was in my late teens, still living at home with my parents, I broke up with a man I had been dating for a while. In response, he chose to write a letter to my dad and put it…
Shedding Fat by Fighting HungerYou’re in the frozen food section, facing one of those tough decisions: Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate?Starbuck’s Mocha Chip? Or perhaps something from Häagen-Dazs? Then suddenly you…
Five Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition
Get tips on how to strengthen your intuition, the critical tool you use to listen to that inner voice that often knows the best way forward.
The Warrior Goddess Way
S&H Staff Writer Julie Peters sits down with author HeatherAsh Amara to explore meditation, self-abandonment, and how women should embrace the warrior goddess within.
3 Exercises for Being Kinder to YourselfA lot of us have a hard time being kind, understanding and patient with ourselves. We know that self-compassion is good for us. But practicing it is a whole other matter. Because w…
The Essence of Stillness
An excerpt from Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mental Smog? Grab a Journal and Write“Know thyself”—PlatoGreat words of wisdom, applicable to practicing yogis and non-yogis alike. Yoga is primarily about self-study (Svadhyaya). We pay attention to who we are at any…
Going With the (Lava) FlowIt had been a long, hot day and I was ready for the heat to subside. Now, the sun was setting behind a stretch of jungle palm, ohia and mango trees, and as the ambrosial hour set i…
Fall Sick Mindfully
Observe the experience of your depression and learn it's language
The Happiness Track: Rest Within Yourself
Learn how to take a vacation within your own mind.
3 Steps to Rebuilding a Relationship
When trying to repair a relationship—even with yourself—take these intentional steps.
Reclaiming Energy Medicine
Intuition medicine pioneer Francesca McCartney has grown from a nearly silent little girl into an outspoken proponent of a once-clandestine healing technology, making the science of energy a respectable twenty-first-century health care choice.
How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult HealthDo the aftereffects of traumatic events we suffered as children follow us into adulthood in a physical way? Research about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) proves that enormous…
What Is Transformational Travel?
A new way of thinking about and experiencing the world takes your vacation to the next level.
Books to Give as GiftsMore…
Sit Up Straight: How to Deepen Your Meditation with Better Posture
If you’ve been meditating for some time now, but haven’t been able to deepen your practice, it may be time to check your posture.
“Quite Honestly, I Find Meditation Boring”
Bored by meditation? Change the way you meditate, at least for now. You're not likely to stick with a practice that is drudgery.
Getting to the Soul of Gratitude Practice
An excerpt from The Grateful Life
The Collective Spiritual FailureThat humanity faces monumental challenges needs no more proof than a scan of the daily news outlets. A deeper look reveals that the cause of our problems is not just political dysf…
Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith
A Light at the End of the Trauma Tunnel
When Love and Political Opinion ClashI regularly see posts on social media from people saying, “If you voted for_________ (fill in the blank), you can unfriend me,” or “never speak to me again,” or a variation on a di…
Marie Kondo Your Kitchen to Support Wellbeing
Thinking like a designer can help you transform your relationship with food and build healthy eating habits.
What to do When Your Mind Starts to Growl
An interview with Sylvia Boorstein
Our 20th Anniversary “Heroes in Action”
Read about inspiring people transforming the world — with a little help for S&H.
Not by Grit Alone: Grit + Equanimity + PassionsTo live your purpose, it’s important to recognize your deepest passions develop and grow over time. Living your purpose consists of an ongoing, cyclical process of passion and pe…
Do You Wonder as You Wander?We all know the drill with New Year’s resolutions. Make a fancy wish. Look to the twinkling lights of the holidays. Hope for the best. Mmm hmm.But haven’t New Years resolutions bee…
Recovering Your Sexuality After Trauma
"Our sexuality is one of the tenderest, most vulnerable aspects of who we are. It needs us to be safe and to feel trust. Then it can come out with the confidence, creativity, and even fierce passion that are its natural expressions."
Conscious Speaking: A Path of Awakening
Speech is our thoughts, our feelings, our intention, and our energy expressed as sound formed into words. Yet, how often are we awake and present enough to slow down this potent creation process?
Coping With a Lupus Diagnosis
Cope with a chronic illness diagnosis through small, mindful changes to your everyday routine. “Chronic illness is just one iota, one tiny ingredient that can be added to the cosmic mixture of what makes up a human.”
If You Want To... Invest in a Wellness Program
10 powerful paths toward finding optimum wellness—and a better you
10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down
If you’re easily overwhelmed, try these techniques to get centered.
Crossing the River of Self-Doubt
In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., shares how to tackle self-doubt and low self-esteem.
The 2 Reasons Women Have Low Sexual Desire
Low sexual desire is incredibly common. For some people, low sexual desire can limit their energy and vitality. The good news is you can take control.
Conscious Aging & Ceremonies for Seniors
In our senior years, we may benefit from support in creating a new and clear vision for our lives.
Let Your Soul Call the Shots
“How often do you allow your soul to call the shots? How much of your life is directed by your soul?”
Recent studies confirm that a "half-empty" outlook is literally bad for your health.
Create a Living Faith
And see what it feels like to be the author of your own spiritual beliefs.
Try This Gut-fulness Meditation
Take a month to figure out what you can and can’t eat.
3 Steps to Make Life CountConsider the story of Joanne: Although older than most of her peers at nursing school, Joanne looked like any other nursing student. Her personal journey, however, had been more di…
Rabbi Rami Shapiro: “How Can I Be Detached About My Children?”
Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler
How to Practice Self-compassion
The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up.
Avoiding Spiritual Bypass SyndromeWhen I first started “coming out” as a spiritual guy, so to speak, I was living in sunny San Diego, California. The West Coast seemed to be the birthplace of so much personal growt…
How to Encourage Contemplation With a Zen Garden
If you’d like to develop a Zen garden of your own, follow these suggestions.
Rabbi Rami: Can God incarnate as both Christ and Krishna?
Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler
10 Spiritual Leaders
We asked our readers to scout the spiritual landscape for emerging leaders who will help set our course for the decades to come. Your response was wildly enthusiastic, passionate, heartfelt, and all over the map (and the globe). Wow! What constitutes a spiritual path is becoming ever more diverse—and ever more likely to be led by women. In future issues, you’ll hear from more of your choices. We chose 10 (nine plus a wonderful collaboration of old and new) who represent your votes as well as our hopes for the spiritual future.
20 Creative (and Shame-Free) New Year’s Resolutions
Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure by making promises we can’t keep by initiating resolutions steeped in self-blame.
5 Tips if You Feel "Behind" in Life
When you feel like you’re falling behind in life, here are five things to refocus your attitude and get back on track.
Treating Inflammation with Ayurveda
Every choice we make, everything we do, is either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory.
Not Written in Stone
An Interview with Rabbi Rachel Cowan
Let’s Talk About Death
Excerpted from Let’s Talk About Death: Asking the Questions that Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die
A Better Way to Break-Up
The pain of divorce can bring us to our knees. What if there’s a way not just to regain our footing but to step onto a new emotional path?
Hope, Peace, and Love: A 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
A small way we can get out from feelings of overwhelm and helplessness is by using our dollars to support people, organizations, and values that are important to us.
Self-Compassion: How to Value YourselfThe secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up Strive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such message…
The Skeptic Visits a Shaman
After heartbreak, writer Rebecca Green finds healing—and her spirit animal—in a place she never expected.
7 Traits Of Positive Audacity
Audacity, by its nature, breeds polarized responses. Here’s how you can judge whether your next audacious act will be a catalyst for good.
7 Spiritual Lessons from a Thief
Grow spiritually ... with inspiration from a thief? Read on.
Try a Calm Approach to Your Relationship
An excerpt from Buddhism for Couples by Sarah Napthali
5 Mindful Ways to Transcend Stress
Try these practices when stress starts to overwhelm you.
Heal Yourself, Heal the World
Drawing from the wisdom of spiritual teachers, writer Emma Pearse focuses on healing herself to heal the world.
What the Heck is a Death Café? (And yes, cake will be served.)
“The objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death in order to help people make the most of their finite lives.”
Tantric Meditation and Orgasmic Bliss
Bliss and pleasure are enhanced by presence. Imagine making love that way.
The Pendulum of Desire and Discipline
An excerpt from Sarahjoy Marsh's Hunger, Hope, and Healing
The Tao of Chronic Pain
Suffering is Optional. Here’s how to find the teacher inside.
6 Tantric Techniques to Improve Your Sex Life
Applying Tantric techniques can transform your sex life—and your sense of “potent aliveness.”
9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right Now
There are many tools and techniques you can use to manage and eliminate anxiety and worry effectively. Here, experts share healthy ways to cope with and reduce anxiety right here, right now in this moment.
Dying Without Religion: The Existential Concern
Does a nonspecific spirituality (aka spiritual but not religious) suffice to address existential qualms at death's door?
Is Life an Illusion? Can a Child Have Two Faiths? Apocalypse Now?
“To these perennial questions, I offer some answers—not to close a conversation but to broaden one. I do not claim to know anything you don’t know, but if I can help you remember what you already do know, I am blessed.”
Giving Thanks for 21 Blessings in Disguiseby Belinda Munoz Editors’ Note: This guest post originally appeared on Belinda Munoz’s blog, The Halfway Point. We found Belinda’s list so inspiring, and are grateful to her for a…
What Helps and What Hurts
Yoga can be a great tool for recovery, but only if yoga teachers understand how to shape the practice to the needs of people healing from trauma.
The Joy of Spring
Modern living causes us to overlook the obvious. Here’s how not to let that happen.
6 Tools for More Freedom—the Buddhist Way
Discover ways to feel more free through Buddhist practices. “We all want freedom but we are not always so sure about what it is or how to attain it.”
8 Ways to Live With a Chronic Illness
Don't just cope with chronic illness. Discover ways to let go, address limitations, and move forward while living with chronic illness.
7 Ways to Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself
These simple daily practices can alter the neural pathways in your brain and help you turn your thinking around
7 Ways to Tame Anger With AyurvedaAnger is really an umbrella term for a multi-layered and complicated emotion. Sadness and shame can be at the root of anger. And if unattended or suppressed, anger can morph into a…
Our Roadside Oracle Answers Life’s 5 Big Questions
+10 More for Our 20th Anniversary!
What Happens During a Session with a Spiritual Advisor?
What Is An Energy Clearing? How Does It Improve Your Life? Spiritual advisor Judit Ronai answers your questions.
How to Focus a Wandering Mind
New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.
Habits for Success
Author G. Brian Benson shares with S&H Staff Writer Julie Peters that the key to success is continuing to be open to self-growth and self-exploration.
Best Retreats for the Multi-Generational Family“In the old days, the elders knew the stories of their sons—because they lived together,” writes Sam Keen his in beautiful new joint memoir Prodigal Father, Wayward Son: A Roadmap …
Divine Brine for the Dis-Ease of...The Comparative MindComparing is great for prices at the grocery store, but when we start treating the unique and sacred story of our own life that way, we always invite suffering.…
91-Year-Old Meditation Master Ruth Denison
In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.
The Art of Caring: An Interview with Frank Ostaseski
"In Buddhism, we often talk about enlightenment or awakening, but words like that feel far away to me. I speak about intimacy."
(We're reposting our interview with Frank Ostaseski from 2017 after we received news that he's recovering from a stroke. Our thoughts are with him and his loved ones.)
Just Say YesDr. Ron Alexander sat listening to the record company executives and staff he’d been hired to help. They’d sought him out as a mindfulness expert and corporate consultant to help t…
9 Keys to Lasting HappinessAccording to the ancient philosophy of the Vedanta, there are two types of happiness. The first comes from things turning out the way we’d like them to, i.e. getting what we want. …
Working to Stay Here
An Interview with Mirabai Bush
Peace Lessons From A War Horse
Could you teach a peace-loving and exquisitely sensitive animal to carry you across a battlefield into enemy fire? What would that teach you? A true story…
Practices for How COVID-19 Can Create Lasting, Positive Change
“As we find ourselves in the midst of various stages of reopening across the globe, our collective memory of this disaster can either fade away into history or become a drumbeat for a more just, equitable and sustainable society.”
Michael Regan, the Feral Mystic
An interview with speaker and guide Michael Regan.
2014 Holiday Gift GuideMore…
When Your Practice Gives You a Shove
The invitation can upend your life in ways you never expected—and create great joy. How will you respond?
My 5-Week, $500 Vacation from Anxiety
Showing Up for What Is
The contemplative life of women mystics.
Rituals for Wastelands
"Pastures ranged over the rolling hills. Tall oak and beech woods lined both sides of the valley, and when sunlight suffused through them, they seemed as enchanted to Lisa as when she and her sister had played there as children."
3 Best Practices for Future Happiness
“We all want our future self to be happy, so we ask: ‘What can I do to relieve this person’s suffering?’
How to Meditate in a Minute
An MBA turned to meditation—and turned the process upside down.
Is Buddhism True?
An Interview with Robert Wright
How To Heal From A Disaster
An M.D. faces the toughest test of a spiritual practice—healing herself from a terrible fall.
The Healing Truth
The goal of The World Wisdom Bible is not to create a world religion, but to create peace, 12 coffee cups at a time
Four Awakenings to CompassionIn 1965, a marine biologist named Roger Payne found himself relaxing on the stern deck of a sailboat on the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Headphones snugly in place, he recorded th…
One-Moment Meditation for ManagersHow an MBA turned to meditation and in the process managed to turn meditation upside down. While a student at the Yale School of Management, I decided to invite all the students, …
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