Rehabilitation of a Yogi: The Joy of Not Gettin It

June 21, 2011 § 2 Comments

My question this week: is it possible to experience joy in not getting what you want?  Or, to turn the sword of inquisition around, how can I personally have joy in my life while not getting what I want? « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Desire, Alexander McQueen, and Patience

June 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

The Alexander McQueen exhibit stirs up emotions via the senses of sight, sound and touch (don’t touch the exhibits, but ooh those feathers look so soft, and the leather, and the chains). « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Good vs. Bad in My Head

June 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

A battle royale rages in my headspace.  Good is fighting Bad.  And Bad is fighting back.  What’s a sober Buddhist practitioner to do with her conflicted self? « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Dialogue with Fear

May 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sometimes Fear comes around, strong and undeniable.  He knocks on my door and this time I choose to let him in so we can talk over tea and cookies. « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Fantasy vs. Reality

May 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning, waters rising and I’m flailing about, working so hard to keep my head above water.  Feeling overwhelmed.  Anxiety.  Excitement.  Fear.  Aggravation.  The future is one big unknown.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Three, Four, Five, Refuge

May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

You do not have to be a Buddhist to take refuge in the teachings of the Three Jewels, the Four Noble Truths and the Five Precepts.  These are simple straightforward concepts that serve us well in times of great strife, great pain, great joy and great equanimity. « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Wisdom and Power on the Path

May 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

What is wisdom?  What is power?  Prajna, true seeing or discernment, is available to us in each moment.  Sometimes working with strong emotions can be a powerful tool for connecting with one’s innate wisdom. « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: I Am an Addict

May 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

I am an addict. My patterns are too obvious for me to miss, especially after a year of regular meditation practice.  Every morning I sit and I’m confronted with guilt, fear, shame, hope and desire. « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Mindfulness of Body (That One Day Will Be a Corpse)

April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

This body will be a corpse, but… not just yet.  I’m certain of it, due to the Sacroiliac Joint Discomfort which has provided a sturdy base of support for my mindfulness of body practice.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Do As I Say, Not As I Do Yoga

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Following recommendations from family, friends and students I decide to talk to my doctor about my back pain.  The prescription?  Rest, and staying clear of twists and forward bends.  What?!!?  But what is a life without twists and forward bends? « Read the rest of this entry »

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