I've spent a lot of time pondering the ingredients that make up a healthy partnership. These are three areas that I think get muddy and confused--and why shouldn't they? Relationships are messy. I thought I'd take some time to tease apart what I believe the differences are between romance, compatibility, and love.
Many of us who live in cities are inundated with choices every day. We have so much at our disposal--unlimited restaurants, shops, entertainment, gyms, healing centers, etc. While there is so much joy in diversifying our experience, tension in the mind is created when we develop a feeling that we simply don't have enough.
"Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh. Sundays are my favorite day of the week to hit the energetic reset button. Here are some of my favorite Sunday rituals!
In my experience, an effective spiritual practice stimulates an inner alchemical experience. It reveals aspects of ourselves that were previously hidden, and in the process we undergo a transformation, which can be subtle or not-so-subtle. True intimacy begins when we start to look into ourselves clearly and truthfully, and don't run away.
I love setting intentions. I do it often. I set intentions for relationships, homes, trips (try it!), yoga classes, and even before bed for the dream state. I set them for lunar cycles and also at the turn of the year. While I love setting resolutions and goals as well, intentions are my go-to practice.
Resolving conflicts and tension is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of human relationships. Our communication style determines how we best feel heard and respected. But what if we find ourselves with others who don't share our style of communication? What if we feel analyzed or judged? What if we become emotionally flooded or resistant or shut down? Here are some thoughts.
Happy New Year friends! It was an honor to be featured in Urban Outfitter's Room Refresh series! I talked about the creating and maintaining a sacred space, the daily practices that keep me grounded, and my dream zen witch home.
In the yogic tradition, it is believed that our conditioning is born from mental formations called samskaras. Samskaras are deep impressions in our consciousness. Just as water creates an impression in stone over time, samskaras are grooves in the mind as a result of our constitution and karmic inheritance. They are, in essence, patterns.
Happy Holidays! Many years back, I slowed down gift giving around the holidays. I was overwhelmed by the mindless spending, excessive waste, and stress caused by expectations both as a gift-giver and receiver. I wondered how the "holy days", a time of reverence and reflection, had turned into a consumerist nightmare?