Apple Crisp

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EVERYTHING WE DO PLANTS A SEED Welcome to autumn’s harvest season, where we reap what’s been sown. Our transition into deeper stillness begins with the arrival of earlier nights and the leaves that shed from the trees. As we shift into cooler temperatures and away from the raw foods of summer, I love to incorporate the sweetness of fall’s fruits into my kitchen along with healing soups, bone broths, and steamed greens. I recently had the opportunity to host one of my dearest friends and first yoga teachers in New York, Andrea Russell, and I’m honored to highlight her teachings…

Addicted to Yoga

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Reflections on Teaching and Studying I’m admittedly an asana junkie—that is, I am addicted to taking yoga postures, to coming on to my mat, to moving and breathing and sweating; to the challenge and the sweetness of this bodily expression. I think many of us are asana junkies. It’s no mystery to me why of all the different elements and types of yoga (bhaki—the yoga of devotion and sharing; karama—the yoga of selfless action; jnana—the yoga of knowledge) it is hatha yoga and asanas, the yoga of postures, which has exploded in the western world. In Manhattan, yoga studios are…

Infinite Patience

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A maple tree with a special gift for it advised me that Patience has to do with one’s relationship with time; to cultivate Patience, one must be fully present in the moment. To do so, try silencing the inner monologue by first shifting to an attitude of open attention, as though you were listening for something unfamiliar. Practice Patience by visually tracking the curvy edges of tree rings in this mandala. You could do this using just your eyes, or you could use a capped pen or blunt pencil as a tool to trace along the edges. Without rushing,…

Being Kinder to Yourself

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Raghu: Can you talk about how we go about cultivating compassion so that we start to become kinder to ourselves and to others? Ram Dass: We’ve lived our lives with negative images of ourselves, from childhood on, and we’ve built upon those images, and built upon them, and they became very heavy weights. These thoughts about us are a part of our ego, and they’re manifested through our roles of child or husband, wife, breadwinner, all of those roles. They’re built upon the thoughts of, “I’m not truthful” or “I’m not likable”, “I’m not good” – all of those negative…

What Does “Mindful Eating” Really Mean?

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Q & A with Dr Andrew Weil M.D. The term “mindful eating” seems to be tossed around a lot in connection with losing weight. I’ve always thought it meant paying attention to what you eat, but I suspect it’s not that simple. Can you explain it? Mindfulness is a Buddhist meditation practice that involves bringing all your awareness to the here and now, to the sensations in our bodies and our breathing, for example, rather than letting much of our attention slip away in contemplation of the past and future or of thoughts and images that are not real. The…

Warriors in the Wild

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Namaste dear Warrior, I bow to you as we gather once again to share stories along our journeys. Over time and the course of these articles, it has been my wish to inspire you with examples of creative projects that are today, impacting the future of our world. You may have resonated with one already, or found your own, or you may still be searching for a call to strike a chord in your heart. Could it be the environment, animal rights, wildlife, health and welfare, schooling and education, oppressed people or cultures or nations, refugees, underprivileged children, or raising…

Braised Eggplant with Tomatoes and Herbs

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Savoring summertime—with a stronger sun, whispering breeze, and a lighter step, this season ignites the more playful notes in life, to our ears and on our plate. Salads! Watermelon! Tomatoes! As we cherish these days and revel in the joy that YES, winter is finally over, many of our meals and gatherings will invoke a sense of celebration with fresh, seasonal food as the centerpiece. A good summer recipe calls for a taste of festivity, and Leslie Jonath, founder of Connected Dots Media and creative lead for hundreds of books about food and cooking, truly embodies that sense of carnival.…

Earthing

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Earthing: The Benefits of Connecting with our Planet’s Energy Ever feel the urge to walk barefoot on the beach or feel the grass between your toes? As it turns out, this urge goes much deeper than simply feeling good. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that there is a significant electrical interaction between the Earth and each one of us. Earth, as it turns out, is not neutrally charged as was originally believed—it has a negative charge. This means that it has an abundance of electrons. This charge does not interact with us too often since we live in insulated buildings and…

Yoga, Relationships & the Art of Allowing

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Most of us have a little control freak within us. We’ve all experienced the desire to control turn on like a light switch, often during the darkness of instability. The truth is that the sensation of not knowing— of life and people feeling random and chaotic—can be extremely uncomfortable. We want life to go our way and people to behave the way we want them to. When these expectations aren’t met, when people or situations are unclear or not what we anticipated, our reactive tendency is to grasp, cling, or push away, to reel in the reigns and take the…

Summer Solstice

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bursting energy of our star, our sun, our explosive beauty We glorify and mystify this yearly ritual of maximum light, the day when the earth’s rotating axis tilts to position our hemisphere closest to the source of light, seeming to stabilize in this ultimate approach that is also the beginning of movement away. The longest day of the year, the day with the most light, signals the reversal of the trend toward more light. This is the apex, full bloom. It doesn’t get bigger or better than this. But it’s the Solstice, literally, “the sun standing still.” Stand still. Breathe.…

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