Since I was a kid, I’ve had to ‘watch’ my blood sugar. If I don’t eat regularly or try to maintain a healthy level, I can get quite cranky. In fact, an ex of mine used to joke that if I didn’t get fed when I was hungry, our whole relationship was on the rocks.
It’s well known that the key to maintaining a healthy weight and eating regimen is keeping blood sugar even. If you don’t, it can drop. If you eat the wrong foods, it can peak and send you crashing later. It’s the same thing with our emotions.
Emotions can peak and valley superficially depending on the story we attach to our feelings, and our ability to recognize when they’re ruling us.
The old adage ‘this too shall pass’ is something we often bring to mind when something terrible has happened. But, an astute teacher once told me that we should exercise the same recognition of fleeting feelings of happiness. Not in a doom in gloom kind of way, but rather noticing that feelings are transient. It’s when we attach our story to those feelings that the out of control ‘emotional blood sugar’ takes over.
Our minds have a fascinating way of taking us on a roller coaster ride, if we let them. The key is training your mind not to indulge in every pleasingly sugary experience or ride the hill of fear at the detriment of your peace.
If you’ve ever undertaken a move to a new home, you know how overwhelming it can be — where to start, what to pack, what to toss, the transition itself. In many ways, our thought patterns are the same way, … Continue reading →
Remember when your mother would say, ‘don’t talk with your mouth full’ reminding you of your manners? Or, what about, ‘chew your food. I was a hasty eater when I was a kid. Always anxious to get outside or go … Continue reading →
Most days when I meditate, the experience is unremarkable. I sit in silence and allow my brain to defrag like a bogged down hard drive. A flurry of thoughts typically arises like a snowstorm and one by one the snowflakes … Continue reading →
If someone were to ask you, “Who are you” how would you answer? Would your self-description consist of hair color, eye color, job, family status, race, religion, gender? In yoga, there’s a sutra called Avidya, which roughly translated from sanskrit, … Continue reading →
According to Heraclitus, “the only constant is change.” Call it perpetual motion, flux, evolution, development, metamorphosis; but it is what it is — change. We all know change is inevitable, and yet, we often resist ; straddling the fence … Continue reading →
As yogis who are after more than just the physical practice of yoga, we are spiritual seekers. As spiritual seekers, we are open to new ideas, concepts, and most definitely introspection. As introspect-ors, we begin to examine ourselves under a microscope, study ancient texts, and try to make heads or tails out of this mortal coil. As we dive into ancient spiritual texts, we learn that non-judgement, non-violence, suffering, and non-attachment as philosophical principles illuminate what might once have been darkness.
Many new yogis get so caught up in consciously adhering to what’s written, that they create a new kind of tension. Rather than allowing the transformation to happen by meditating, and bringing awareness to our actions, we can quickly get caught up in a cycle of self-judgement for not being “the perfect yogi.” Not to mention any added shifts in energy and selflessness you experience as a yoga teacher, reiki healer or yoga therapist. Continue reading →
As a yogini and a teacher, I always bring my practice back to opening the heart as a way to end suffering. Everyday, we may not even be consciously aware of what we’re doing to sabotage our own happiness. Things like attachment, aversion, and fear creep into our lives when we aren’t even looking.
Opening the heart happens off the mat and on through asana, spiritual practice, meditation, and nurturing our creativity. During my classes, I often end class by reading an excerpt from a meditation book I’m reading, or poem by Rumi or Hafiz, or something I’ve written myself that speaks to the moment. Continue reading →
“You are already happy. The reason you don’t experience it is that it’s covered up by layers of suppressed emotions and negative thoughts. Shift your attention and your inherent happiness flashes forth.” – Steve Ross The other day, I had … Continue reading →
I’m a huge fan of comic book hero movies, so of course, I was one of the contributor’s to the $1B that the Avengers movie grossed over the weekend. As much as I love the super powers that explode on screen thanks to computer generated imagery (CGI), I’ve always been fascinated by the back stories of the characters. In Batman, Bruce Wayne becomes empowered by surrendering to his overwhelming fear of bats. In the surrender, he conquers his fear.
And, then there’s the Hulk. The emotionally volatile alter ego of Bruce Banner appears Bruce is exposed go gamma radiation. When he becomes angry, Bruce transforms into a giant, green, uncontrollable rage monster. The conflict between Bruce and his inner Hulk is something many people struggle with everyday. Continue reading →