spirit, mind, matter

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." – Ursula K. Le Guin

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Addictive Doing

My favorite story was told by Tara Brach on her latest podcast

Hindu teacher Swami Satchidananda was asked by a student if he needed to become a Hindu to go deeply into the practice of yoga. Satchidananda’s response was, “I am not a Hindu, I am an undo.”


Meditation is a great way to de-condition the “doing-mind.”

If you’re anything like me, you notice the weather system of “doing” and how it permeates your day. I know, for me, the “doing” self often masks uncomfortable feelings and anxiety. I also notice that my ego can be hitched to getting things done. Thankfully, Tara Brach talks about this in her latest podcast. Take an hour or so and listen to her podcast. 

From her website: 

One of the core domains of egoic trance is addictive doing – chronic activity driven by fear and wanting that keeps us from realizing a wholeness of Being. This talk looks at how addictive doing keeps us in the map of time, identified as a separate self, always on our way somewhere else. We then explore ways we undo this conditioning by pausing and opening to the liberating dimension of Being.  


You can listen on iTunes, clicking here, or visiting her website

Today’s Opportunity for Mindfulness: Take a pause, arrive in the moment, and set the intention to un-do the conditioning of busy-ness. 


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Bending with Difficulties and Contradictions



Yoga and meditation teach us flexibility of the mind. We learn that we don’t have to react to every whim, thought, feeling, or impulse.  We learn, through these practices, how to become an observer of these things and then to ask, “Is this true for me, now?” I have found, throughout my journey, that there are ideas and beliefs that I have become attached to. Meditation and yoga have taught me to notice them, and then step away and look at the bigger picture. There have been some things that I have learned to looks at differently, now.

With flexibility of the mind, we are able to tap into more creative problem solving strategies when we encounter difficulties. We are better able to see things objectively and have an open mind and loving heart. Today, and throughout the week, I challenge us all to see where we can become more flexible with difficulties to see if it creates more ease and happiness in our lives.


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Wheel of Awareness with Dr. Dan Siegel

I came across an article on Psychology Today  (under the Neuroscience section) called Mindfulness as Integration by Dr. Dan Siegel. In the article, Dr. Siegel discusses the Wheel of Awareness that can be used to help mindfulness practice.  Please read the article.


Dr. Seigel has a few resources online that talk about the Wheel of Awareness.



I haven’t experimented with his method, but I am excited to try. Have you heard of this? Please share your experience!


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Look Around


“Every day, I stop halfway through my run for five minutes, look around, and enjoy the surroundings. I’m reminded of why I do this and why I love it so much.” -Anita Ortiz

It's the little moments that make life big. Beautiful.


As we move through today and this weekend, let us all remember to take the time to stop, look around, enjoy our surroundings, and be reminded of all of our blessings.

Namaste! ❤

AsAnita Ortiz


Practical Mindfulness Techniques

I was listening to one of Tara Brach’s podcasts (please check them out if you have any interest in mindfulness, they are amazing), and she was talking about Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life.

The talk was is so good, that I wanted to pass it on to you readers. The talk is under an hour and it is wonderful!

From her website:

Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life (Audio)
How you live today is how you live your life. This talk explores different meditative practices and teachings that help us reconnect with and nurture presence in the midst of the array of daily stressors.


I hope you can find some time to listen and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

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A Quiet Mind

We all know that meditation teaches us how to quiet the mind. It’s a practice that, when practiced consistently, can help us see our thoughts more clearly and help us to become more aware of our patterns and conditioning.  We learn to separate ourselves from our thoughts about ourselves.  I have  noticed that over the past few years of increased dedication to my meditation practice, that I have been better able to tune in to my intuition.  I saw this quote and I couldn’t agree more.

Intuition is almost like hope. And everybody who knows about the hunger games knows that hope is the only thing that stronger than fear. Listen to the positive rather than the negative for the negative hurts more, and can do more damage than intended.

Today’s Opportunity for Mindfulness:  When faced with a gut feeling, take a few minutes to breathe and notice it. See if, by quieting the mind, you can tune in to the thoughts your having to see if it’s your intuition speaking or some other emotion.

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After yoga this morning, I turned to a page in one of my favorite books, 365 Yoga, by Julie Rappaport.

Number 255:


Experience has shown me that everything seems to flow well after yoga and meditation practice.

Connecting to my breath, moving through skin, I traverse muscle and bone and wash up on the shores of my own being. I find home.


This rings so true in my life. It is what keeps me coming back to my practice, and back to my mat day in and day out.  Practice builds faith and faith builds practice. It’s a wonderful cycle.

May we always remember where we can find home.



Many people find mantra to be a wonderful gateway into meditation. Repeating a word or phrase while you meditate can keep you focused and grounded in your experience.  Some people use Sanskrit, Bible verses, prayers, or inspirational quotes.  Others like to use a simple sentence that comes into their head. Whatever you choose is fine! There is no right or wrong.

Today, I encourage you to try repeating a simple mantra in your meditation practice. Here’s a great one I found online!

this weeks Mindful Mantra: I COME FROM A PLACE OF GRACE  http://www.brainbodybeauty.com/post/monday-mantra-i-come-from-a-place-of-grace


Try sitting for a few minutes and repeat, “I come from a place of grace” with attention on your breath. How does it feel? Try repeating it on your head, or out loud and see if your experience changes.