Power Up with The Solstice Today and all Summer

Power Up with The Solstice Today and all Summer

Today, June 21, nature moves us through yet another one of her cycles! This day marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and is the one day of the year when there is more light than dark.

Historically, all around the globe, rituals have long been performed to honor the energy of the sun, its life giving force and gifts of beauty.

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It’s not a matter of faith. It’s a matter of practice.

It’s not a matter of faith. It’s a matter of practice.

But the truth is over the past couple of months, I've had a hard time envisioning what a "50th" celebration for me should look like. While am feel happy and excited to mark this occasion, I have also been feeling more quiet and 'relaxed' than I expected.  I've mainly just been counting my blessings - most specifically the blessings of my family, friends, and teachers - those who have supported me, and loved me through my day to day moments, transitions, celebrations and challenges... those who have helped me grow and create a deeper connection to myself and the experience of being alive.

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SAVOR SUMMER'S DELICIOUS TREATS

SAVOR SUMMER'S DELICIOUS TREATS

Kripalu's Chef Deb Morgan writes: "Summer salad season is upon us! The popular, light salads below are easy to make, save well in the refrigerator, and are very versatile, not to mention nutritious. Serve any of these salads over a nice plate of field greens or even cooked greens with a light soup and/or your favorite whole grain bread. Leftovers can be used the next day to fill a whole wheat or vegetable wrap—just add fresh spinach or lettuce and roll it up. For a gluten-free treat, use a large lettuce or kale leaf as your wrap. Get together with some friends, make these salads together, sit outside—and enjoy.

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Learn to Pause & Relax Into Your Life with a Summer Retreat

Learn to Pause & Relax Into Your Life with a Summer Retreat

Explore the space between stimulus and response, where you can leave behind your habitual solutions and cultivate a living relationship with the present moment. As you learn to relax into this space—the pause—and see life and yourself more clearly, you can flow forward with more clarity, wisdom, presence, and wholeheartedness.

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A PRACTICE FOR YOU WHILE YOU WALK

A PRACTICE FOR YOU WHILE YOU WALK

Most spiritual masters recognize being out in nature as a means to cultivating this peace more effortlessly. In fact, walking in nature has long been a path of yoga - also known as Walking Meditation. Walking Meditation is easy, takes little time, requires no formal training, and offers amazing health benefits. It is particularly valued for its ability to refresh your mind, give you an emotional boost, and help you feel more in sync with nature’s cycles.   

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Embrace the Slow of August

Embrace the Slow of August

I have always loved the slow of August.  Somehow, more than any other time of the year, I give myself permission to put aside my list-of-things-to-do and choose experiences that allow me to connect more with nature and therefore myself. 

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Listen In and Open Up: A Meditation to Expand Into Nature's Soundscape

Listen In and Open Up: A Meditation to Expand Into Nature's Soundscape

Find a place to sit down in a natural surrounding. If you can't be outside, sit by an open window.

Sit comfortably, relaxed; somewhere you feel safe, and where you won't have to get up for a few minutes.  You can lay down if it's appropriate.  You can choose to close your eyes or leave them open. 

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