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Tag: joy

Sthira and Sukha~opposing forces that bring balance

Sthira is a sanskrit word meaning steady, strong, resolute and firm. Sukha translates as gentle, easy, joyful, agreeable and good. When using these words in relation to our yoga asana practice it denotes firming our muscles, using the core muscles to hold ourselves steady…

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Lojong Slogan 21~ Always maintain only a joyful mind

This is part 21 of my series on Lojong, Buddhist Mind Training. Being joyful sometimes seems boring in our world. We like to feel the excitement of drama; arguing, feeling stress, complaining with others. We see all of the problems in our world from…

Happy Father's Day!

My biological father hasn’t been in the picture since I was ten years old. Just this year I realized that I was holding on to some issues around his dropping out if my life. When he left he told me that he couldn’t see…

Your Source of Joy

To Give and Receive

” To graciously receive is an expression of the dignity of giving. Those who are unable to receive are actually incapable of giving. Giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe” ~ Deepak Chopra For many this season marks a time of giving…

Become a natural soul

Mudita ~ Sympathetic Joy

Mudita is the third brahma-vihara (the four perfect virtues). It is about cultivating sympathetic or appreciative joy for another. Sometimes when we hear of another’s good fortune we feel resentful or jealous. Perhaps we feel they are undeserving, or we may have an unconscious…

Brahma-Vihara

Lately I’ve been exploring the concept of brahma-vihara. Collectively, brahma-vihara are four states of mind often referred to as the “four immeasurables” or the “four perfect virtues”. Brahma here is translated as ‘divine’ or ‘noble’ and vihara as ‘abiding’ or ‘living’. One who practices…