October 2016 – Witnessing Category

Recently I came to my morning meditation with a headache. By really listening to what my body was telling me, I soon found myself letting go of the idea that my meditation practice had to look a certain way, that is, sitting upright or kneeling on a cushion. As I listened to the intelligence within my body that is a part of the wisdom of Nature, my headache began to show me ways in which I was not in balance. I listened, without agenda, to a natural impulse that roseRead More
Breathe in. Feel the aliveness in that breath. Exhale and feel how, through your breath, you are vastly interconnected to all of life. Through your breath, you quickly can feel profoundly interconnected with the dance of life. Every breath we take is in harmony with a breathing universe that pulses and flows just as our in and out breaths do. It is as if everything that is exists within one giant lung. The pumping of our hearts and the shifts in the tissue that makes up our bodies are inRead More
In order to not get entangled in things we like and dislike, we need to cultivate the skill of witnessing. This requires practice. Witnessing is foreign to the way our mind usually works. The mind is driven by the ego, which can only exist in separateness. Our ego and mind thrive on resistance and againstness. We habitually get so involved with what we think, that we fully believe our thoughts to be absolute. In essence, we are used to buying into the illusion that our thoughts are permanent. Meeting thisRead More
This recipe is from my mother, who makes delicious soups. She got this recipe from a friend and adapted it to her liking. I have always loved her soups, and this one in particular is perfect for fall. The great thing about this soup is that it is very dense and filling, and can serve as a meal in itself. Ingredients 2 tbsp oil (we suggest avocado or grapeseed) 1 medium size onion, chopped 1-3 cloves of garlic, minced (optional) 2-3 carrots cut into 1cm cubes 2 stalks of celeryRead More
As a long time runner and athlete, I thought I had awareness of my body. I knew that running a short distance in snow boots caused ankle pain, a lack of sleep caused heavy legs during a run, and a lack of electrolytes caused a headache. After a training cycle last fall left me fatigued, injured and far short of my running goals, I decided to try the Maffetone Method (MAF). The idea behind MAF is that in endurance events lasting 2 or more hours, 99% of effort comes fromRead More