Featured Articles: 2011 Nutrition & Body Wellness

December 31, 2011
We give up what makes us feel bad about ourselves, at least in retrospect, and take on what makes us feel good about ourselves. Practicing the precepts is said to result in the bliss of blameless.
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December 22, 2011
Is it just me or did 2011 feel like a complete wash? Nothing particularly horrible or great stands out. The small triumph of not letting daily mundane tribulations get the best of me may not rank high on a scorecard but I am nonetheless...
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December 17, 2011
You better not pout. You better not cry. You better not shout, I'm telling you why. It's unacceptable.
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December 6, 2011
Flipping through the catalog for a big name yoga and retreat center, I was shocked to notice that they advertised their yoga teacher training programs as “Yoga Alliance Approved.” Misrepresentations like this are the dirty little...
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December 1, 2011
What is holding you back anyway? One answer to this question for all of us is DOUBT, one of the fabulous Five Hindrances that slow us, stop us and also serve as teachers on the path. Here is how doubt works for me. I doubt myself. I doubt...
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November 23, 2011
I am so happy about starting up the Seattle Interdependence Project. I imagine a space where people can come to learn to work with their minds as I did a few years ago at IDP NYC. I am excited to be able to share this with the city that has...
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November 22, 2011
Trolling yoga blogs and the comment threads that ensue reveals a prevailing sentiment of tough love. Sure, there are a few hold-outs from the sixties still hanging around but the new breed of yogi is way too savvy to be fooled by any fluff and...
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November 17, 2011
"...the root meaning of the word radical is just that...the root or origin of something. To be radical is therefore to go to the root of something. Radical is a method or approach to "knowing"...going beyond surface manifestations...
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November 8, 2011
Ever heard the one about the Dalai Lama and the hotdog vendor? Make me one with everything. This has always been my favorite joke. Recently, I was made aware of how, like a lot of effective humor, the punchline is based on a not so funny...
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October 20, 2011
I am thinking very simply about midfulness right now and trying not to get to wrapped up in my usual inclination toward story spinning.
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October 19, 2011
I spent ten days in New York and worried for almost the entire time. I worried and the worry multiplied like beads of condensation in a sealed terrarium. When I arrived, I felt tired and I worried about relaxing. I also worried about my homework...
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October 11, 2011
Exploitation of yoga in advertising is nothing new. When a product wants to associate with a low-stress or healthy lifestyle, invariably, the commercial features people doing yoga poses. Increasing popularity of yoga makes the marketing...
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September 27, 2011
I have only been in one fight. It was in the third grade. I don’t recall what the impetus was but it ended up in a war of words between me and another boy on the basketball court. I remember deciding to hit him but when I went to strike...
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September 21, 2011
“....At Castagna we see product as a cycle of abundance: when you eat it you become part of the cycle, and if it has been artfully prepared you can taste it, feel it, smell it, hear it, see it, and we hope understand it.” - Matthew...
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September 17, 2011
Taken together, these studies show that the value of a meditation practice is almost quantifiable, on a societal level if not an individual one. Meditation practice = reduced stress = lower health care costs.  
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September 14, 2011
"Curing is remedial and involves fixing whatever outer problem arises..It does not help you avoid the nails on the road, the snakes in the woods, or the disease that caused the tumor."  
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September 6, 2011
"...and they lived happily ever after" is the classic ending.  This is not it. 
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September 6, 2011
I continually assert that yoga practice encompasses more than physical fitness. As much as I generally try to avoid admitting it, this does implicitly question whether the use of yoga poses for physical fitness alone can even be considered yoga...
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August 31, 2011
“I want someone on this path with me” “That’s’ codependency” I just spent a weekend in New York with a group of people I am happy to call my sangha. A sanhga is a community of meditators. They may not be...
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August 30, 2011
Hey, anyone feel like getting enlightened today? Heard about it, want to give it a shot?  Try it out?  I say, go for it.  Not me, though.  Not this morning. 
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August 30, 2011
I have this tendency to be overly provocative, sometimes to a fault. I have managed to temper this but, as discussed previously, changing old patterns requires continued attention. The title of this post is a perfect example. You see, I...
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August 27, 2011
Karma is often described metaphorically as planting a seed. When you plant tomatoes, you get tomatoes, not peas. When you plant seeds of craving, jealousy, anger in your mind, they blossom into attitudes that color your life. It's the law of...
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August 23, 2011
Feeling out of sorts, annoyed, blue?  Do you need a bit of magic in your life?  Not the fancy shmancy genie-in-a-bottle tricky kinda magic.  This is the real deal, folks.  This here is your all-natural organic magic. 
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August 16, 2011
What is it about the heart?  Why does it ache so intensely?  Why do we try so hard to protect the heart?  Why does it break when parting from the beloved?
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August 16, 2011
My wife and daughter have been away for almost two weeks and I have reverted to the ways of my bachelorhood. This morning, I was forced to do dishes only because there were no more cereal bowls left. Even worse, I only washed one bowl so I...
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