Addiction, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Nutrition, Overexercise, Psychology, Self-Care, Spiritual Journey, Yoga

Addicted To Stress & What To Do About It

Are you hooked on being wired and stressed out? If you experienced childhood trauma, eating disorder, depression, anxiety, and/or other mental illness(es) early on in life, or if your sweet mom was stressed out during her pregnancy, you are probably addicted to stress! If you resonate with all of the above, you are not alone! Me too. It’s not as…

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Awareness, Ayurveda, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Movement, Self-Care, Spiritual Journey, Travel, Yoga

Hot Yoga: A Westernized Ayurvedic Perspective

When you practice asanas (yoga postures) in India, it’s hot, and you sweat. No heated room necessary! In 2017, I stayed at an ashram in March and April outside of Bangalore in the south of India. It was an extremely hot and dry time of the year, analogous to spring, sort of… I completed an Ayurveda training program as well…

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Addiction, Awareness, Calories, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Movement, Overexercise, Psychology, Self-Care, Spiritual Journey, Weight Loss, Yoga

Exercising to Eat: My Shift Away From Overexercising

I have made the mistake, time and time again, of adding in way too much exercise way too fast. For example, I start running again after months or years off. A week later, I’m running a 10k everyday. Or, I get back on my road bike after 3 years off, and suddenly, I’m riding 50 miles a day everyday. This…

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Awareness, Calories, Carbs, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Low Fat, Psychology, Raw Vegan, Self-Care, Special Diet, Spiritual Journey, Vegan

5 Warning Signs Your Lifestyle Needs to Change + 5 Steps To Get Back On Track Now

Are you familiar with this cycle?  Make healthy changes. Fall off track. Get back on track. Fall off track. Repeat… I have experienced this cycle an embarrassing number of times.  However, I catch myself when I fall off track more and more quickly, because I know what to look out for.  Awareness is the very first step to change! Here…

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Spiritual Journey, Travel

The Next Stage of the Adventure: Snow in Atlanta, Cancelled Flight, Deeper Surrender

Yesterday I left Karme Choling where I’ve been living and volunteering in the kitchen for the past three months. Somehow I managed to take all the prerequisites there that I needed for the temporary monastic program at Gampo Abbey that starts in January. See my post about how the first three worked out thanks to the kindness of friends. Since…

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Spiritual Journey

Give Every Day A Chance

It’s been one of those days when I woke up feeling like shit that has turned into glorious auspiciousness. Just goes to show me that you can’t call a day too soon. Give each day a chance. Even the ones when you roll out of bed feeling miserable and don’t want to do anything but stay in bed and indulge…

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Spiritual Journey, Uncategorized

Abandon Hope, and Victory is Yours

I’ve written about surrender before. It’s one of those buzzwords that is probably in danger of losing its meaning.  That’s why I love the lojong teaching: “Abandon any hope of fruition.” I am working with Pema Chodron’s book, Always Maintain a Joyful Mind, and in it, she presents 59 slogans and corresponding brief commentaries. Like a deck of angel cards…

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Addiction, Psychology, Spiritual Journey

The Meditator’s Performance-Enhancing Drug

Society is trying to wake up. And, it is using coffee to do so. You don’t have to be very perceptive to see that nearly everyone is addicted to caffeine. Unfortunately, this habit only leads to a pervasive fixation on speed, efficiency, and distraction. People race through their lives faster than ever before, neurotically ticking boxes off their to-do lists.…

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