Monthly Archives: May 2014

Meditations on solitude

Yogic meditations on solitude
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on May 20, 2014.  Posted with permission.

The basic cause of unhappiness is loneliness. This feeling of isolation cannot be cured by the external world, nor does it lie in relationships with other people.

The solution is to know thyself. When you connect with your essence and live your individual truth, you will find happiness. That connection demands you move within and embrace aloneness.

Life is a solitary path.

The painful feeling of loneliness is a sign that you have become a stranger to yourself and to your life’s purpose. Lessons and teachers will dot your journey, but ultimately every relationship is just a mirror of the one you have with yourself.

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Working through hatred

Working through hatred
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on May 13, 2014.  Posted with permission.

I get it. You hate him (her, it, yourself, whatever).

I know you’re not just angry. You’ve been seething, entertaining homicidal fantasies, wishing ill. You’re dancing in a cloud of schadenfreude.

I’m not going to tell you that you’ll either make yourself sick, or, worse, you’ll be sitting alone in a dark room hatching a plot destined to blow up in your face.

I wouldn’t think of telling you that your hatred is really fear.

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Underwater Ujjayi Meditation

Connect with the breath underwater
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on May 6, 2014.  Posted with permission.

snorkel meditation

Take your yoga to the water.

Water is the balancing element for the second chakra, the sacrum. As you breathe underwater and experience Ujjayi echoing through your mind and body, meditate on your ability to form healthy relationships, your creativity and your emotional health.

The Underwater Ujjayi Meditation

This water meditation is about the breath. Invest in a mask and snorkel. If you are going to venture beyond the pool and into the sea, it’s best to get a dry top snorkel.

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Negotiating wars of words

Negotiating wars of words
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published by News Press in May, 2014.  Posted with permission.

Conflict shows up when it’s invited.

We are living in a culture that celebrates war as a problem-solver. Unfortunately, such tactics result in karmic blowback.

When is it appropriate to argue? By arguing I mean conversing with the intent of proving another person’s viewpoint wrong. According to Deborah Tannen, bestselling author and professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, there are at least two contexts in which verbal swordplay is appropriate. One is where you really care about the topic, and think it is important. Another is a conversation between or among speakers who value enthusiastic argument as sign of intellectual engagement.

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