Occupy Heartbreak

November 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

This essay was originally published on The Under 35 Project under the title Heartbreak and Revolution.  A version of this piece appears in the January 2013 edition of Shambhala Sun Magazine.

Margarita M.It’s a windy October Wednesday afternoon and I am heading down to Liberty Plaza to meditate at the Occupation of Wall St.  My heart is bruised, raw… I feel an ache in the center of my chest, a lump in the back of my throat that I can’t swallow away.  It hurts and it hurts and it hurts.  The one I loved and trusted has kicked me to the curb.  There were words.

“This is not working for me, and please don’t take it personally.”

Ouch.  This silly heart, she breaks so easily.  I should be used to it.  How many times have I nursed this frivolous risk-taker of a heart this year?  Four times?  Five? « Read the rest of this entry »


Organizing a Yogi: The Magic Ingredient | The Interdependence Project

March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

The word of the day is kindness.  It’s the magic ingredient for creating stress-free productivity.  Kindness is portable, fast-acting and incredibly efficient.  Got a case of the doldrums?  Feeling overwhelmed?  Depressed about the state of the world?  Try kindness!

read the rest of the article >> Organizing a Yogi: The Magic Ingredient | The Interdependence Project.

Organizing a Yogi: Discipline | The Interdependence Project

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Welcome to my new column: Organizing a Yogi at TheIDProject!

I’ll be the first to admit I have a problem with discipline.  Maybe you know what I mean.  When I know I need to work on an essay my hand is glued to the remote control and I’m inexplicably watching incredible feats of hair and make-up.  Or I have an hour to prepare for a yoga class I’m teaching and…

read the rest of the article >> Organizing a Yogi: Discipline | The Interdependence Project.

28-Day Meditation Challenge: Day 28, Keep It Going

February 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

As we come to the end of February and the end of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge I am thinking about techniques to keep the practice going and alive in our daily lives.  As Sharon Salzberg writes in the final chapter Keeping the Practice Going the main point is “just put your body there”.  Assuming the meditation posture, upright, heart lifted, sits bones grounded, relaxed and alert, is often the most challenging aspect of a regular practice.  But once you’re there, the rest just flows.  « Read the rest of this entry »

28-Day Meditation Challenge: Day 21, Infatuation

February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m infatuated… and I can’t think of anything else but the object of my obsession, er… I mean, affection.  Even writing this post is troublesome as all I want to do is spend time with my sweetheart, to treasure the joy, pain, decorum and restraint of our time together.  It’s new, it’s thrilling, it’s wondrous, it’s… a TV show.<--break-> « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: The Power of Practice

January 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

The news about neural plasticity, the ability of the human brain to develop new neural pathways through repetition, is quite encouraging.  It affirms what the old yogis and meditation masters have been saying about the nature of the mind for thousands of years.  « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: My Fresh Little Self

January 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

How do you keep yourself fresh, not just on the outside but within? « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: Glow With the Flow

August 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

Alternate titles: Lift Your Arms and Glow; Flow With Breath and Glow; Bend Glow and Flow; and Let Love Flow to Grow. « Read the rest of this entry »

Rehabilitation of a Yogi: The Ground of What Is

July 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

Ever feel like you’re floating away in a hot air balloon of hope, fear, despair, anger or depression?

“What if I’m alone forever?” “No one will ever love me.”  “I always feel like poo in the morning.” « Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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