October 2015 – Forgiveness Category

Welcome to the October 2015 issue of Parvati Magazine. This month, we explore the theme of forgiveness. Noticing the combination of the two words “for” and “give” that make up the word “forgive” led me to looking up its root meaning. The Old English dictionary suggests that “forgive” refers to the sense of giving up the desire or power to punish. But to me, forgiveness means much more. When we forgive, we give – not only to another, but to ourselves. We return the power that we mistakenly gave another person,Read More
Forgiveness and joy are two very powerful sources for healing and happiness that are often underestimated and misunderstood. As coaches and healers, Laura May Culver and Nicole Odelle Morrison, aka The Joy Journal Girls, have spent the last two decades teaching and cultivating joy and forgiveness within clients and within themselves. They have experienced and witnessed countless transformations of healing and celebration from fear-based existence to love-based living. Do most people desire to experience more joy? More love? Absolutely. Joy is our natural essence; our birthright. We yearn to returnRead More
Ella Isakov, Yoga Editor: Judith Lasater dedicates her life to helping people rest with Restorative Yoga and has published books guiding people to live more peaceful lives. It is a pleasure to interview her for the theme of forgiveness. Parvati Magazine: You have been teaching for over 4 decades and published books on asana, anatomy and how to live your yoga off the mat.  How would the world around us shift if we were more compassionate and loving towards ourselves?  Judith Lasater: I think we should frame the question “how canRead More
After my meditation practice the other day, I wrote in my diary: “Resentment is a choice that only hurts myself. It does not change the circumstances or the other person whom I may resent. It festers in me like an uncovered wound that swells with rot.” During my practice, I became aware of a painful incident that I had not yet fully integrated. I had been treated unkindly. I felt hard done by, which in turn led to resentment. As I continued my meditation practice I opened gently and lovingly toRead More
Image credit: Anthony Quintano We can find a sense of presence or beingness through our breath. With the intake of air that fills our lungs comes the accompanying power of the very force of life itself. As we befriend our breath, we learn to feel its rise and fall as an effortless expression not just of our human experience, but as a source of connection to a much greater whole. Our breath ebbs and flows, as do day and night, the sun and the moon, the leaves on the trees,Read More
Image credit: Jeff Wallace Being present is a balance between focused attention on what is directly happening now, and broad awareness that this moment is part of a vast, intelligent unfolding, of which we are an integral part. I invite you to take a quiet moment and check in with yourself. Find a relaxed place where you feel safe and undisturbed. Close your eyes and lie back, or sit quietly with a relaxed gaze. Breathe deeply, several long breaths. Allow your awareness to move inward and down through your body.Read More
As the weather cools off, the days shorten and the wool socks come out, the Vata energy of this time of year can lead to intensified carbohydrate cravings. It is natural and healthy to eat more grounding foods at this time of the year, and the root vegetables that ripen with the first frosts and star on most Thanksgiving dinner tables can be naturally grounding. But for those who are healthiest with minimal carb intake, myself included, those root vegetables can pack a sugary punch! My ideal Thanksgiving or holidayRead More

Posted On October 2, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Fitness, October 2015 - Forgiveness

Fitness: What to Do with Used Up Gear?

Most fitness pursuits these days require at least a little bit of equipment, whether it is running shoes or a bike helmet or a yoga mat or a squash racquet or a resistance band or a stability ball. The problem is, many of these things wear out, or we no longer pursue the activity, and they remain to be dealt with. And unfortunately, most of them consist of synthetic materials which do not biodegrade. The pursuit of fitness, or even of excellence in sport, has long neglected this issue, orRead More

Posted On October 2, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Film, October 2015 - Forgiveness

Films that Change Everything

This month, Parvati Magazine provides a roundup of current and relevant films for you to consider. A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary about a young woman who became famous for very hurtful reasons, and chose to transcend it. Lizzie Velasquez has a very unusual appearance having been born with a rare medical condition that makes it all but impossible for her to gain weight. She experienced bullying and isolation from the time she entered kindergarten. One day in high school, she discovered that her image hadRead More
Few people get the privilege of having their grandmother speak at their university commencement ceremony. But if you are the granddaughter of Pema Chödrön, you’re one of them. And now everyone can read the words delivered by this grandmother-turned-Buddhist-nun and teacher at Naropa University in 2014. The Sounds True book “Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better” presents the text of this speech as well as a special one-on-one follow-up interview between Chödrön and Sounds true founder Tami Simon about failure, regret and leaning in to the mystery of life. Pema ChödrönRead More