Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change Life.
Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever.
Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept Life as it is.
~~ Sylvia Boorstein
The season of Autumn arrives early in the morning on Saturday September 23rd, reminding us that we need to prepare for the long, cold winter that will follow. Observe the natural outdoor environment and you notice the squirrels burying their acorns, the leaves falling from the tree limbs, and the many birds migrating to warmer climates. Nature herself is preparing to be quiet, be still – and this encourages us to continue to turn inward, to reacquaint ourselves with our inner thoughts, our deeper longings, and reconnect to our inner wisdom and innate knowing. continue reading
You might think breathing is second nature, right? You’re doing it right now as you are reading this. But did you know that there are different kinds of breathing and that what is called deep breathing can have important health benefits? Read on to learn just three of the most important reasons you should add deep breathing to your daily routine. continue reading
Our true nature is like a precious jewel ~
although it may be temporarily buried in the mud,
it remains completely brilliant and unaffected.
We simply have to uncover it.
~~ Pema Chodron
Change is in the air. You can feel it and see it! The shifting seasons in the North East have recognizable cycles and patterns and during the transition to Autumn, the wind becomes more brisk, temperatures cool, the sun rises later and sets earlier as the contrast between light (Yang) and dark (Yin) is more evident. The Earth moves along her path towards the quiet and stillness of Winter, as the trees drop their colorful leaves in the practice of letting go and surrendering to the cycle and pattern of The Way of Nature. In a little over a week, the Equinox will occur on September 23, signifying once again a moment of perfect balance between Yin and Yang. continue reading
Happy September to all of you!!!
We are back in the office, and grateful to be supporting you and your families as we prepare for the transition to Autumn. According to Chinese medicine theory, this season represents the element of Metal, and is the time when the Lung and Large Intestine systems of the body are highlighted. In contrast to the Fire element of Summer, where the Yang energetic was strong, the Metal component signifies the ascendance of Yin, with a focus on inward movement, contraction, introversion and quieting. This is a good time to consider eliminating that which no longer serves you, be it things, habits or belief systems that have become outdated or ineffective. continue reading