Feeling the Burn

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The Yoga of Going Through Hell Sometimes life gets tough. By tough, I don’t mean just the daily challenges of keeping up with obligations to our work, families, and partners while simultaneously trying to navigate our own journey. What I’m referring to are the times when the muck of life stares us straight in the eyes and we are caught. It burns. It brings up our stuff—childhood traumas, repressed and long forgotten memories, fears of things like abandonment, never being understood, never living up to our (or someone else’s) expectations, never finding home or love. Our fears and deeply rooted…

Eclipse

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Eclipses probably conjure up childhood memories of your dad assembling a paper and wire thingamajig so that you wouldn’t go blind when the sun emerged from behind the moon. Well, those may be fond memories of the astronomical eclipses, but astrologers work with the poetry and symbolic meaning of the astrological eclipses. Eclipses are powerful symbols in the astrological predictions of trends and events for the individual as well as the collective. Sometimes events happen right then and there within twenty-four hours of the actual eclipse, such as when Prince William was born and Princess Diana died.  That’s not a…

Sometimes You Eat The Bear, And Sometimes, Well, He Eats You

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A Conversation between Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman Excerpted from the book The Dude and the Zen Master Jeff: We’re making the movie The Big Lebowski, and everyone who’s  seen the movie knows that the Dude and Walter dig bowling, right? Now, I’ve bowled a little bit in the past, but I’m not an expert like the Dude. So the Coen brothers hire a master bowler to teach John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and me how to bowl. The master bowler is a world champion and he brings his assistant along. I ask the bowling master, “How do you think the…

Spring Vegetable Vinaigrette

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There’s no better time to learn from your own cooking than spring Spring is here! Welcome in the new beginnings. For this season’s Healthy Helpings, I’m delighted to share a spring recipe philosophy by one of my favorite chefs, Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace. Her approach to cooking is natural, spontaneous and delicious. It is truly a joy to be around Tamar, and I wanted to share this so that you too can feel her inspiration in your own kitchen. To cook like Tamar is to embrace her love of olive oil, herbs…

Warriors in Love & War

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We meet again dear Warrior, in this New Year, this much anticipated new era. How are you traveling? What does the world you live in look like? Does it reflect your consciousness, or do you feel alienated from it? In our last meeting, we talked about love versus fear, to familiarize ourselves with our main weapon in this revolution. In a world constructed on the basis of all our fears, it is hard to know what love looks like, what it feels like, or how it operates. Our generation has not necessarily been well mentored in love; we have had…

Out of the Darkness & Into the Light

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Fear & the Work of the Light Barer On a cold February night and the eve of my twenty-second birthday, I had a powerful awakening. Lying in bed in my little room in Bushwick, a small light flickering not two feet from my bedside, I realized that I was terrified to be alone. I realized also that I was afraid of the dark; that I was afraid of spiders, that I was afraid of failure, of disappointment, of confrontation, of “not making it”, of never finding love. I was afraid of death, and I was also very afraid of ghosts…

Discovering the Feldenkrais Method

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When I first encountered the Feldenkrais Method, I thought; “How can this be? What is happening in front of me?” I knew that in a very ordinary room, something extraordinary was taking place. With considerable effort and a pair of crutches, a young man had entered the room, his body wracked with spasticity and tension due to cerebral palsy. Now, he was changing before my eyes. His body relaxed and seemed to be intently listening to the touch of a gentle and rotund gentleman, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Dr. Feldenkrais was not focusing on the young man’s disability, pathology, or difficulties.…

The Way of Harmony

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If you don’t know much about the martial art Aikido, it might be surprising to hear students describe it as deeply spiritual and grounded in compassion for others. They talk about how it allows people of different backgrounds to come together in a joyful way. In an extreme case, one instructor tells a story of using it to control his almost grown son when he erupted into an unexpected and violent outburst due to autism. Founded in early 20th-century Japan during a time of upheaval and war, Aikido has since grown, moved beyond Japan’s borders, and found its way into…

Two Soups with Curry!

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Today our world is focused on speed, and when I feel trapped for time, it’s a real gift when I can find techniques to help me slow down and realign. Cooking, even the most simple of meals, gives me that stillness; and to me, a great joy is being with loved ones, experimenting with simple fresh ingredients and sharing a healthy meal.  For inspiration, I turn to seasonal features including posts found on our EcocentricBlog.org Real Food Series and outdoor/indoor farmers markets. By truly connecting with our food we can use this excuse to stretch time, restore balance and reconnect…

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