How Can Going on a Pilgrimage Change your Life

Mind, Spirit November 1, 2017 No Comments

When I say the word “pilgrimage”, do you instantly think of people walking in torn sandals, with hoods over their heads and carrying a wooden staff, with dust in their eyes and sweat running down their backs, trailed by a pack of dogs somewhere in the middle of nowhere? Do you feel you could never understand their motivation, not today,…


The Trouble with Expectations

Meditation, Mind July 11, 2017 No Comments

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]  ~ Stephen Hawking ~ Once upon a time… and they lived happily ever after. Is that familiar to you? Many of us believe that we are conditioned, from early childhood, to expect…


Why Change is so Challenging

Mind June 26, 2017 No Comments

It’s not about enlightenment; rather transformation: moving into compassion for self and for others Whether mindful living and meditation is new to you, or, like me, you have been practicing for quite some time, life’s challenges, both positive and negative, can often catch us off-guard, create stress, and send us into unpleasant or even dark places. This is frustrating and…


Benefits of Yoga in Relieving Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety, Body, Depression, Mind, Stress, Yoga May 19, 2017 No Comments

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders. The underlying mechanism of depression are still poorly understood, but we do know that stress can be the principal cause in the development of depression. Standard medication treatment is still rather ineffective and only partially alleviates the symptoms. On the other hand, the correlation between yoga and reduced symptoms of…


Travel as Therapy: Introvert-Friendly Destinations

Life, Mind January 19, 2017 No Comments

“’Come out of your shell’ – that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go and some humans are just the same.” ~ Susan Cain Incoming conference call beeping on Skype. Facebook notifications popping on your PC screen. smartphone reminders pinging round the clock. Printers whirring. A PM from your significant other still…