I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of ritual this summer. So today, I’d like to tell you a story that may help: In 2013, I was in South India researching and training in Kalaripayattu (the world’s oldest martial art) with my master teacher, Sivakumar Gurukkal. Every morning we would wake up at 5:00 …
During the month of June, I conducted a little experiment with one hundred of my friends and acquaintances to see what would happen if we invested a very small amount of time in our own personal joy every single day.
If you knew me 10 years ago, you would never guess that I would end up traveling the world speaking about meditation. I wouldn’t have guessed it either. I was on Broadway at the time, understudying three of the leads in A Chorus Line. I was also suffering from anxiety, had been struggling with insomnia for eighteen months, and was going grey at the tender age of 26. So here I was living my dream on stage, but backstage I was rocking myself in the fetal position listening to Eckhart Tolle praying I wouldn’t be thrown on with a moment’s notice. I was desperate for a solution, so when a fellow castmember told me she swore by meditation I thought, what do I have to lose?
If you’re awkward and you know it clap your hands! There are many definitions of the word awkward. Here are three that resonate with me: awkward (from Merriam-Webster) lacking ease or grace (as of movement or expression) lacking social grace and assurance <an awkward newcomer> causing embarrassment <an awkward moment> For as long as I …
On a crisp, sunny morning in NYC’s financial district, my friend and I strolled along Broadway on a break from work, in search of the perfect late breakfast. Oatmeal, fruit, and being healthy all were mentioned. She looked at me, eyebrows raised as she matter-of-factly proclaimed, “Sometimes, you just need a cherry danish!”
For years I worried about every little thing. I never understood why, I just thought that’s “the way I was.” I thought I was doomed to be that way forever. It wasn’t until I discovered higher level thinking paradigms, like the ones I describe in this post, that I was able to understand a different …
You will be challenged. You will be tested.
Cross-posted from Mindsterbation.com
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