• Self-Care Sunday: Equanimity in the Face of Uncertainty

    [Self-Care Sunday Series: wellness experts worldwide are sharing their self-care expertise, practices, routines and personal stories.Today’s guest post is by self-care revolutionary Christy Tennery-Spalding] This is part four in a five part series on meditation and how it can help us to cultivate greater feelings of love for ourselves, each other, and the planet. In this series, I’m examining the Brahma Viharas (or the Four Divine Abodes), a Buddhist concept that refers to the sublime states we cultivate through meditation: compassion (karuna), lovingkindness (metta), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (>upekkha). Today, we’ll examine upekkha, equanimity, and how we can wield it as a tool for resilience in times of uncertainty. It…

  • Self-Care Sunday: Sympathetic Joy in a Time of Comparison Traps

    [Self-Care Sunday Series: wellness experts worldwide are sharing their self-care expertise, practices, routines and personal stories.Today’s guest post is by self-care revolutionary Christy Tennery-Spalding] This piece is a continuation of a series on the Brahma Viharas, the 4 Heavenly Abodes, and how they can support us in finding greater joy and freedom during and through our meditation practice. Meditation is not something we only do on our cushion — nor is it a stodgy or stoic practice. When we breathe life into it, our meditation practice can permeate our everyday lives, offering us blessings and lessons around every corner. My best practice doesn’t happen on my cushion. It happens in my…

  • Self-Care Sunday: Compassion as a Healing Path

    [Self-Care Sunday Series: wellness experts worldwide are sharing their self-care expertise, practices, routines and personal stories. Today’s guest post is by self-care revolutionary Christy Tennery-Spalding] This is part two (read part 1 here), in a five-part series on meditation and how it can help us to cultivate greater feelings of love for ourselves, each other, and the planet. In this series, I’m examining the Brahma Viharas (or the Four Divine Abodes), a Buddhist concept that refers to the sublime states we cultivate through meditation: compassion (karuna), lovingkindness (metta), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha). Today, we’ll examine karuna, compassion, and how it arises from and interacts with our meditation practice. Chances…

  • Self-Care Sunday: Meditation Can Heal Your Heart

    [Self-Care Sunday Series: wellness experts worldwide are sharing their self-care expertise, practices, routines and personal stories. Our first guest post is by self-care revolutionary Christy Tennery-Spalding] Meditation is a wildly popular practice, renowned for its benefits on the physical, mental, and spiritual planes. After practising meditation for many years, I can attest to this. But what happens when we feel heartbroken or stuck in our daily lives? Meditation can help there, too.

  • Allow Me To Introduce: Aroga Yoga [New Sponsor]

    Aroga Yoga: online yoga and wellness for chronic illness, is our latest sponsor. The opinions and words used here are, as always, my own. Why Accessible Yoga Matters I believe that yoga can be a catalyst for liberation. I believe it can help us find our way back to our bodies. I believe your daily practice can be what carries you through the hardest times. I believe that yoga isn’t just handstands and flat tummies. Most people think that yoga is for size 6 bodies that can jump and move but really, yoga is accessible even if you are bed bound. That’s why I’m so glad to find Kayla‘s work, finally,…

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