Our hearts have been touched and our minds have been inspired by witnessing acts of kindness (both big and small) in our world. Generosity is the first of the Six Perfections or Paramitas in Buddhism, and one that can really transform our lives when we embrace it.When we give back, or simply learn to share what we have, we begin to overcome our idea of separation. We begin to understand that, whether we like it or not, we live in relationship to others. And when we understand our common connection, we want others to thrive too.Generosity stretches beyond giving money to charities...

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Feeling off balance lately? You're not alone. The good news is that there are many tools we can use to come back to our center and return home to ourselves, even admist all the chaos.  1. Breathe - as simple as it may sound, tuning into the rhythm of your breath cycle and sneaking a few slow, conscious breaths into your busy day can be a great way to calm your nervous system. Try breathing deep into the bottom of your belly and notice the way your body responds.  2. Get out of your head and into your body - Often times we feel...

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From the culture we live in, to our early childhood events, all of us have adopted habitual patterns of thinking and behaving that have helped us to cope amidst the life’s uncertainties. However, many of these patterns have also made us rigid and resistant to change.   The good news is that there are practices that can help us respond to life’s ups and downs with more openness and equanimity, and the style of meditation known as “Yoga Nidra” is one of them.  By encouraging bodily awareness and shifting us into the state of observation where we go between wakefulness...

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Establish a sacred space & clear the energy: Burn some incense by holding it in the flame for 30 seconds in an area with good ventilation (Canelo Wood, Sage, Palo Santo, and any other forms of incense will do just fine!) You can also turn on some meditation music or binaural beats to get you in the mood. Grounding: Begin to relax by bringing mindfulness to your body and breath  Set an Intention: Cultivate a vision/theme/goal for the practice, such as release, abundance, or connection Take Action: Bring the intention to life! You can recite some sacred words or a...

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As meditators, seekers, and sensitive souls, it is crucial that we use this present moment (as heavy and scary as it may feel at times) as an opportunity for growth. The future may be uncertain, but remaining hopeful and positive amidst everything we face is the key towards creating new pathways - to building a new world and lives that are not limited by our fear or doubt.   A big part of remaining positive is learning to become watchful of our own minds and the thoughts that we allow to occupy our precious mental space. By first noticing the...

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Through meditation and mindfulness practice, we become more familiar with how our minds work - meaning that we begin to notice how we are always creating stories and concepts about who we are and what is happening to us. We notice how easily our hearts and emotions can be stirred by our mental scripts, and how changing the mental story can change how we feel.When we see how much of our pain is caused by our own thought patterns, we can develop compassion for other people who are suffering like this, as well as ourselves. We can see with wisdom and clarity...

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