Archive for 2013

Fight the Good Fight?

victoryWe live in a culture obsessed with conquering…defeating the enemy…rising victoriously to the top of the heap.

I love the invigoration of a motivational message, song, experience, or movie…but life is so much more than that. A life lived fully isn’t one focused only on the masculine virtues. There is value in the quieter, unassuming aspects and in the supporting roles – those who make up the heap on which the “victor” ...

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The Blessedly Bored

How lucky are we? We are blessed with boredom.

And it’s about time we see it for what it is.

Boredom has long had a stigma attached to it – you know the saying about idle hands and the devil’s workshop – but I believe that taking away the negative connotation will do us some good. I think the last thing we need is to berate ourselves for having the feeling; there’s no sense in compounding the negativity. A lot of us try to get ...

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Love (Yourself) Songs

My kids sometimes ask what songs we’re listening to are about.

As a yoga teacher in a studio where we play a little of everything but a lot of top 40-type songs, I make playlists fairly often and test them by playing them while I cook, drive, or am doing things around the house. That in addition to the rest of the music I play means my kids hear a lot of different sounds.

So once in a while, one or more ...

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Mirror, Mirror

There’s a Justin Timberlake song out - “Mirrors” – that’s got me singing along, but also thinking about relationships; specifically, what we look for in them. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can check out the lyrics & video here, and also a pic of JT, because you’re welcome:

Dammit, he’s just so cute.

It sounds to me that he’s saying the character of his song loves his woman because she reflects his ...

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Manipura/Solar Plexus Chakra/Yellow


Colors: yellow, gold

Sanskrit: Manipura “jewel”

Sounds: Ram, musical note E

Signs: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Aquarius

Metals, Stones: gold, citrine, blue kyanite, peridot, pyrite, yellow topaz, tiger’s eye

Your golden solar plexus chakra is your inner sun. It is the light that shines forth around the center of your being and is your ego, identity, and sense of self in this lifetime. It radiates around that core of you – the hole ...

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Svadhisthana/Sacral Chakra/Orange

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Color: Orange

Sanskrit: Svadhistana “one’s own abode/dwelling of the vital force” and “sweetness”

Sounds: Vam, musical note D

Signs: Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Metals, Stones: copper, carnelian, opal, amber, pyrite, sunstone, orange topaz, tiger’s eye, fire agate, orange kyanite

Ever wonder why some Buddhist monks wear orange?

That isn’t the start of a joke…it’s struck me as bizarre that a group of people intent on not being sexual robe themselves ...

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Muladhara/Root Chakra/Red


Colors: Red, black, dark brown, grey

Sanskrit: Muladhara “root support”

Sounds: Lam, musical note C

Signs: Aries, Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn

Metals, Stones: iron, hematite, magnetite, bloodstone, red jasper, ruby, garnet, onyx

Getting to the bottom of things, the nitty-gritty, the base issue – that’s what the root chakra represents.

What’s at the root of our lives?







How do we often get these things? Initially (or rather, hopefully) we get them from ...

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Intro to the Chakras


As with astrology, learning about chakras means learning a new language.

The language of chakras is a fascinating one; it speaks of colors and sounds and vibrations, and when you get really in tune with this language you can actually see and hear not only the chakras in other people, but in literally anything – animals, plants, rocks, water…even the chair on which you’re sitting. Everything is made of ...

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Enough is Enough

I actively avoid commercials. TV, radio, printed – any form.


The blatant propaganda to manipulate the watcher’s sense of self when they show perfect people in perfect lives enjoying perfect products (because that’s all it takes to be happy!) is just more than I care to process.

My kids have always been banned from watching and listening to them. It’s as poisonous ...

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The Magic Crab

download (54)In our house, we have a magic crab.

And yes, of course it’s purple and glittery.

When my kids were little this crab was the epitome of the mysterious and the impossible…made possible. It was a physical manifestation of the power of the unknown.

We would sit across from each other, the crab between us. With whatever was handy – a towel, a shirt, a blanket – I’d ceremoniously cover the crab. Sometimes ...

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