How to find your spiritual self

  Sometimes in our fast-paced world we can feel a little disconnected, but there are many ways we can feel more at one with source. Here are some suggestions…   1. Give your soul a voice   Write a letter beginning with the words, ‘If my soul could speak, it would say…’ Do not edit, judge or censor yourself and …

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Yoga is not about bliss

Yoga has a corner market on feel good words.  I recently had a massage therapist tell me we were both in the ‘feel good industry’.  But yoga isn’t all about feeling good… The promise of ‘enlightenment’ tends to make us think we will be more spiritual, and this somehow means we’ll be a little less freakish about time, our kids, …

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Teaching meditation to children

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  Guest post from Courtney D’Avella   Children benefit from yoga and meditation. While they may instinctively use the breath, mind, and body independently, the union of the three increases their ability to be patient, identify and manage emotions, and see the unique light in others.     Aside from the physical benefits – increased strength, flexibility, and coordination – children …

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Yoga meets Christianity

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In the heart of The South, yoga studios are few and far between, with plenty of misunderstanding on the parts of yogis and proud generations of Southerners alike.  Despite all this, a genuine practice has its place below the Mason-Dixon, where yoga culture has taken on a life of its own. Justin Linderman of Shoals Yoga Studio, located in Florence, …

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Sublime states of meditation

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Meditation is a solitary practice. You sit alone, close your eyes and focus on your breath. It’s an important technique but to truly balance your mind there is more to it. In Buddhism, the four heavenly abodes, or sublime states, can help you find a greater happiness filled with humility, peace and empathy. Peace The first step is mindfulness or …

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