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Perspective + Psyche

What really matters

What really matters

Last week's post on creating a bigger container seemed to resonate with many people. Grief and loss touch all our lives and remind us of our togetherness. Related... for the past couple of months, a friend and I have been sitting together every morning at 7 am....

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Bear It or Bare It?

Bear It or Bare It?

Hard to believe we're into the seventh month of the year. And what a year it's been! As I've been hearing from many of you as well, this year has been a doozy for me. Health issue after health issue, carefully crafted plans getting demolished, a lot of personal...

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It’s always something

It’s always something

Do you ever feel like it's just "one thing after another?" Or have you heard yourself say, with some amount of sourness, "it's always something!" Of course you have. You're human and all kinds of things happen in life. (I hope you haven't felt like that recently.) I...

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The energetic snow globe

The energetic snow globe

The holidays can be particularly challenging for introverts and empaths. If you are exhausted by large groups or tend to pick up other people’s energy easily, parties can be a real drag. Especially in the winter, most gatherings take place inside and it’s harder to...

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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue

You may have heard of compassion fatigue as a condition used to describe the stress associated with working with people who are in crisis, trauma or suffering. Think of people in caregiving or helping professions like nurses, doctors, therapists, veterinarians and...

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Recommitting to Quiet

Recommitting to Quiet

Apparently I have a hard time keeping quiet. Back at the beginning of summer, I said I'd be stepping back to work on my writing project. And while I have been working on that project, I've also been doing a bunch of other stuff -- fun stuff! -- and engaging, busy,...

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Pitta Project

Pitta Project

Summer Solstice Here we are at the peak of summer -- the summer solstice! It's the longest day of the year, and the official first day of Summer. For many people, there's a felt difference in their energy, urges, even physical and mental states in the different...

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Unsupportive Resources

Unsupportive Resources

If you recognize that your main resources are unhealthy or harmful, like social media, video games, alcohol or other substances, here are a few things to consider. First, know that it's totally normal to self-regulate! You aren't bad because you utilize a way of...

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Wait 30 minutes

Wait 30 minutes

While on our honeymoon road trip through the Berkshires, we spent some time in Lenox, Massachusetts. It was the middle of May and still very spring-like with unpredictable weather. It would be sunny and warm, then we'd go outside again and it would be gray and windy....

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Four Favorite Poetry Books

Four Favorite Poetry Books

...and one poem. Yesterday was a day of poetry. I've been sharing a poem at the beginning and/or end of class on Sunday mornings again recently. Poetry used to be as important to me in class development as the asana, but as happens with the cyclical nature of things,...

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The practice of perplexity

The practice of perplexity

"Part of the spiritual tradition is to unsettle us." That's a line from a recent On Being podcast with secular Buddhist teacher and writer, Stephen Batchelor. The discussion is about what Batchelor calls the immediacy of the mystery.  Many traditions have practices of...

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It’s Just Yoga

It’s Just Yoga

After selling It's All Yoga last year, I realized that if I were to open a studio now (which I'm not and don't have plans to ever:), I would name it It's Just Yoga. Not that the practice isn't a serious endeavor. Not that our practice doesn't sometimes feel like life...

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My sleep test

My sleep test

Tired of being tired For years I have dealt with insomnia. Some of it seemed "normal" -- anxiety over buying my first house, restlessness before an early flight, worried about a meeting the next day. Those temporary and situational bouts of sleeplessness were...

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