Non-harming, Awareness and Compassion

The first part of the Raja Yoga 8 limbs are the Yamas.  The Yamas are “restraints”  – five actions that, when avoided, will bring you closer to your true self. Compassionate change starts here.The five Yamas are: non violence, non-lying, non- stealing,  non- excess and non-possessiveness.  Like the 12 Steps of recovery,  the restraints, along with other rungs…

Staying On My Own Mat

Some of my difficulties over the past week or so have come from an internal shift and change in focus.  This movement caused me to feel out of balance. Lack of internal balance is a dangerous condition for many; change can be a topple-er! How does being out of balance show up? Distrust, depression, dis-ease, disassociation,…

SOMETHING ELSE, Not This, Not Now

Today is supremely painful.  My soul hurts.  One of those days when nothing seems right; or if it does, not for very long. My regular pattern is off.Dreams lingered without message; the beginning of the day felt awkward.  My yoga practice was OK- but did not transport me as it so often can.  The discipline…

My Recovery Is Like A Shark

I was talking to a woman the other day about being active in our recovery program, doing “the footwork”; reading, working the steps, going to meetings, meeting with others, finding ways to be of service in the program and so on.  We were sharing the things we do to keep our practice of the program…

Relapse, Triggers and Yoga

No post this week– but a link to an article of mine that was just published by the OMExchange.I am passionate about how yoga can be of great help in preventing relapse;  and that we need as many tools as possible to avoid this frequent visitor to our disease.  Catching the relapse [back]slide when it…

The Tiffany Tunnel of Life

  I love language.  I love words and their use. Sometimes my brain, however, takes the written word and weaves new application; both reading and misreading a phrase.  I recently enjoyed a mystery: “Still Life” by Louise Penny. In this book takes place in a small village in Canada.  In it she used a phrase, “Tiffany tunnel”,…