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January 23, 2018

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A three-pronged approach to experiencing our potential and moving beyond limitations.

# 2 Satsang 

You Are What You Eat  . . . and Who You Hang Out With

Just as we become what we consume regarding food, we also become the experiences we consume–and that includes who we spend our time with. 

If we spend our valuable time with people who have a problem for every solution, who gossip, complain, worry, and negatively compete and compare, we fill our mind with this type of thinking and express our life through the lens of limited potential and envy. On the other hand, by developing friendships that focus on possibility, curiosity, love, compassion, vision, creativity, and solutions, we naturally and mutually strengthen our unique gifts.

In the world of yoga, a community that gathers for the experience of truth is referred to as satsang. A community that gathers for greed, limitations, jealousy, and so forth is called kusang. In simple terms, we can say that satsang is go...

January 20, 2018

If you have set a positive intention to manage your stress, improve your health, or develop a yoga practice, if you have committed to creating meaningful work and relationships only to find yourself sulking in more guilt and stress, then STOP! Stop and take a deep breath. There IS a solution as to why you keep missing your mark, and it isn’t ‘one size that fits all.’ This solution is unique to you.  

In the yoga and holistic world, the following three approaches, though ancient, are as relevant today as they were then. This three-pronged approach, when explored with curiosity and applied with commitment and consistency, is your formula for success in any endeavour.  This blog explores the first prong.

#1 Self-Awareness

From a young age, we’re given a name and taught a variety of things about ourselves and the world we live in. Based on this information, we identify with a particular path. The problem is that most of us don’t know who we are, independent of the titles and traits...

January 9, 2018

Reunited...I had forgotten about chili. It's easy to make, filling, nourishing and energizing!

This is my recent recipe.

As always I encourage you to make it your own. 

Ingredients

1 can black beans drained and rinced

3 medium sized tomatoes chopped

4 carrots chopped

1/4 cup cauliflower chopped

2 sticks of celery sliced

1 or 2  jalepenos chopped

1/2 yellow pepper chopped

1/4 red onion diced

1 can tomato paste

1 can yellow corn

1/2 can coconut milk

2 tbs chili powder

1tsp cumin

1 tbs olive oil

chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

Bring olive oil to low heat, add carrots, onions, cauliflower, peppers and celery. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes then add all ingredients except for cilantro. Bring to a boil while stirring, then reduce heat and let simmer for a few minutes. Add salt to taste and sprinkle cilantro before serving. 

January 9, 2018

As you may know, in the world of yoga we believe in the power of food to either sustain or deplete mental, emotional and physical health.

There's an ancient yoga saying that goes "As is the food you eat, so is your mind." Or as David Frawley says in his book Vedantic Meditation Lighting the Flame of Awareness: "The consumer is the consumed." 

These statements consider everything we consume through all of our senses as a form of food that either creates vitality or takes it away. This includes what we eat, look at, talk about, listen to, smell and feel. And, just as we can choose to eat nourishing and energizing foods that enhance vitality we can do the same with the conversations, reading materials, televised or online media and so forth we choose to take in. This doesn't mean we ignore challenges,  but like planting a garden, if we ignore the garden or if we feed the weeds instead of the vegetables the weeds are what we grow.  

Simply put, when junk food and...

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