Rituals: Reorient, Reconnect, and Reinspire

Rituals: Reorient, Reconnect, and Reinspire

When I was growing up, my family was not religious. Other than being bat mitzvahed, we didn't practice Judaism much beyond gathering with extended family to celebrate a few holidays each year. So in September of 2011, six months after my father passed, I was surprised to feel a deep pull to go to synagogue for memorial services (Yizkor) to honor my dad. 

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Read Now! Practices For More Compassion, Gratitude, And Digestion Today

Read Now! Practices For More Compassion, Gratitude, And Digestion Today

For those of you gathering with a family member that tends to ‘rile’ you up. Here is a little practice, so you can open your heart, when you have the impulse to do the opposite. A visualization practice, Metta meditation, that can change your day, and leaving you feeling grateful when you least expect it.

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Iceland: Soak It In

Iceland: Soak It In

One of my favorite activities in Iceland was hot soaking. There were endless opportunities to relax in healing waters - the mineral laden Blue Lagoon, an abundance of natural hot springs right along your hikes, and hot tubs and pools in every town... Truth be told, with the constantly shifting weather, high winds, and extensive travel I was doing - I was sure I would suffer more from vata over-drive (ungrounded, airy, spacey, anxious, depleted). 

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How The Land Of Fire And Ice Taught Me To Let Go

How The Land Of Fire And Ice Taught Me To Let Go

I recently traveled to Iceland, also known as "The Land of Fire and Ice." As the name implies, I was astounded to witness such radical contrasts living side by side. 

In just a few days we were able to visit glaciers, thundering waterfalls, and raging rivers as well as still turquoise waters and vast black sand deserts. We hiked lush green mossy (seemingly solid) rolling mountains to where craters and fissures unexpectedly open up the earth. I will not forget the exploding geysers and simmering hot springs casting warm moisture over frostbitten grasslands.

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