Category Archives: Quotes

Gone, Baby, Gone

emptyroomLast week I threw out a “mix tape” from the 1990s. It was a gift from an ex-boyfriend.

I had that tape for almost 20 years and moved it across the country and into countless residences. But last week I trashed it by answering a simple question: does seeing this item make me smile?

The answer was no.

I actually got the question from decluttering expert Brooks Palmer’s blog, which provides helpful guidance for making such decisions.

Armed with this question, I was ready to render a verdict regarding the mix tape. I found it interesting — lots of great, semi-obscure songs on there from back in the day — but it was not inspiring or worth taking up anymore of my time or space… READ MORE

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Pay Attention

firebreathing1If you’re reading Yoga Bits today it means you survived Black Friday and the kick-off of the Season of Insanity, so let’s just consider that the week’s miracle.

Things seem to get quite sticky this time of year. There are people I have met who really do enjoy the holidays but I would have to say that, sadly, they are the minority. The holidays for many people are consistently an emotional minefield and the 2012 season is no exception.

The good news is that within the sea of chaotic pressure swirling in and around you, you have a life preserver that is always available to you — always (if it’s not, it means you are physically dead). This omnipresent tool is your breath…Read more

Yoga Bits — How Do I Judge Thee?

Thanks to yoga, I know gently stretch to conclusions instead of jumping to them.Various positive influences, including yoga, have helped me recognize that judgment in the form of discernment is a reasonable and necessary human trait.

This week’s Yoga Bits explores the concept of constructive vs. destructive judgment.

Yoga Bits — Take This Job and Love It

Stop the glorification of busy.This week’s Yoga Bits suggests that our satisfaction with work actually has little do with WHAT we do and a lot to do with HOW we do it.

Yoga Bits — To Be or Not To Be

Laurence Olivier as HamletWhat’s with our culture’s romantic notions of adversity? In this week’s Yoga Bits, I say anguish is overrated (notwithstanding tragic Shakespearean masterpieces, that is).

Pain happens…but what I truly love makes me stronger.

Yoga Bits — Words of Wisdom

Cat and ButterflyWhy tamper with perfection? Instead of messing with the masters, in this week’s Yoga Bits I decided to let them speak for themselves.

Yoga Bits — Mirror, Mirror

Looking Glass“Instead of looking at someone and saying, ‘Who are you?’ look at them and say, ‘Who am I?'” — Guru Singh

This week’s Yoga Bits offers some food for thought about how my reactions to others reflect on me, not them.

Learn to Choose

butterfly

Powerful words from Viktor E. Frankl, author and Holocaust survivor:

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
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The Spiritual Warrior

Orange blooms“There is nothing you can get without giving. You have to make a sacrifice to achieve something. Every victory has a price. Every defeat has a pain. Therefore, don’t let your ego play an unnecessary role. The best way is to accept the Will of God. And the Will of God is what is the best for all, not what is best for you alone…If you sacrifice your will for Divine Will, then you wish good for all and you shall be the best. That is the way to cross the crisis.” — Yogi Bhajan

Yoga Bits — Life As a Merit-Based Event

Michael Phelps

“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.” — William Shakespeare

Have you been taking life personally? Read this week’s Yoga Bits to consider a different approach.