Sep 20, 2015

THE HEART’S COURSE - HOW MY BRAIN TOOK THE BACK SEAT



Dear Brain,

It’s time you take a break. Think of it as a permanent vacation. Chill out and enjoy the ride. I’ve got it from here.

Love,
Heart

For the longest time my brain ran the show. Constant. Chatter. Perhaps you’ve heard of the “monkey mind.” This monkey was pretty wild. It would just extrapolate any possible cause, make commentary on the current happenings and their possible meanings, pontificate on what had happened and how it could go from here blah blah blah.

I finally became aware of this tendency shortly after college. I had no idea how much I had been ruled by it for all these years. I started watching it go go go. But mere observation remained powerless to prevent the onslaught. Maybe if I could muster enough will I could shut it down.

Sep 14, 2015

LESSONS FROM A RECOVERING “NICE GIRL”


Beware of being something outside which you are not inside. Beware of being polite when you are not having polite thoughts in your heart. Beware of appearing friendly when you have enmity in your heart. It is good to be anything if you are inside and outside the same.
–Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari

“You’re trying to be sweet and nice.” The words stopped me in my tracks. But I am nice. There was a catch here. My colleague was discouraging me from taking on tasks that weren’t my job. I was “just trying to be helpful.” But this time the words hit a different part of me and echoed in my heart.

I had grown up always wanting to do the right thing. “Doing what’s right keeps you happy and safe.” If I had a dollar for every time my mom said that over the years… Of course, she’s right on an esoteric level. And I believe with full conviction that we will always be guided and supported when we follow our highest truth. But how I internalized that growing up was to be a “nice girl.” Maybe that sounds like a good thing to you, but let me explain. At best, being nice is courteous, at worse it’s passive aggressive until a bandwidth is reached and some degree of lashing out is inevitable as the pressure buckles the effort to maintain a docile exterior.

Sep 4, 2015

FIVE FUN TIPS FOR MAKING MEDITATION MAGICAL


My good friend once said, meditation isn’t hard; it’s as natural as brushing your teeth. You do it and you feel cleaner. You can skip a day or so, but if you don’t do it for a while you feel kind of icky. Then you do it and it feels great again, so you keep doing it!

I loved her sentiment and feel similarly. I know though that for some of us there’s still the mental monster under the bed: there’s not enough time…do it later…five minutes is enough… You may know what I’m talking about.

Well kick that critter out of your headroom and give yourself the extra motivation to revel in that magical inner space. Here are a few simple tips on setting yourself up for success in a regular practice:

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