All posts by Siri

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Aug'16

SAVORING THE SMALL VICTORIES

“Breath by breath. Inch by inch. See the distance of your success as it truly is, not in leaps and bounds but in each second you move forward.” -David Rutherford   Dear Friend, There’s a resilience we gain from savoring the small victories. Our recognition of each step forward, however small, generates more presence and life energy in the moment, fueling further forward momentum. In my own recovery from chronic fatigue, I’ve realized that aiming for the highest, without pausing …

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08

Jul'16

THE YOGA OF TAKING

In as many moments as possible, let’s take the relief. Let’s take the nourishment.   Dear Friend, We live in a culture where the act of giving is nearly always elevated above taking. As I was looking for my usual header quote on the subject, I came upon hundreds of phrases valuing giving over taking: “You get most things in life not by taking, but by giving.”  “Love is not for taking. Love is …

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08

Jul'16

YOGA FOR YOUR REAL LIFE

“Take your pleasure seriously.” -Charles Eames     Dear Friend, When so much of the dominant culture (and even yoga culture) profits from your negative feelings, ATTENDING TO YOUR PLEASURE IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT. Your body can feel good to you, and in any given moment you can acquire a better feeling in your body. It requires movement, deep listening, patience and trust. Many argue that our basic physical impulses …

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05

Nov'15

GOING WITHIN

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” -Carl Jung     Dear friend, I hope you are all enjoying this magical time of year when days are shorter and nature invites us to step into the darkness of our own inner landscape… On November 7th we will reach the midway point between the fall equinox …

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Oct'15

PRACTICING PEACE

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”     -Dr. Wayne Dyer Peace is a powerful prayer and a worthy intention for our lives. I’ve spent most of my life performing actions that (I’d hoped) might move me towards a more peaceful place eventually. Now I’m just practicing the goal. In more and …

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27

Oct'15

NOT KNOWING

“Let your life be the teacher… and the teaching.”  -George Bertlestein As I move forward in my parenting, my intimate relationships and my teaching, the more I have to acknowledge that there is so very little I actually “know”. Instead of offering answers, my life constantly invites me to its greater mystery. One of my mentors, George Bertlestein, has helped me understand that this “not knowing”, while often uncomfortable, is actually …

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29

Jul'15

GETTING GROUNDED

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of nest.” -Pema Chödrön Life wakes us up by continually throwing us “out of thenest”. Reality is continuously challenging our deeply held beliefs, expectations, and assumptions… foiling even our best laid plans.  It’s in the moments of greatest uncertainty that we can get contracted in our fear or practice waking up to more possibility. …

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22

May'15

VALUE YOURSELF

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” -Malcolm S. Forbes I’ve been thinking lately about abundance, not the kind of new-agey “abundance” that so often reeks of greed or magical thinking, but rather the yoga of recognizing and attributing VALUE in our lives. Our minds are primed to focus on what’s lacking or not working. I notice my own mind doing this pretty much …

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Apr'15

LOVE YOUR LIFE

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how to create a life I truly love. Many of us envision ourselves doing more meaningful work in the world and creating a more abundant future for our families. Strangely though, I’ve noticed that the more I vision my new and improved future life, the heavier I feel. Faced with all the self-improvement required to get there, I actually begin to feel …

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15

Jan'15

JUST BEGIN…

“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. What matters is that we embark.”  -Barbara Hall I hope your goals and intentions for this new year are remaining fresh and alive for you.   Watching my daughter take her first steps on Christmas Day …

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