Psychologist and author Tara Brach mentioned a quote and a poem in a meditation she offered recently that really moved me.
Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychologist and Holocaust survivor said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
How many times have we reacted and regretted it immediately? We made someone feel bad, we yelled, we pressed send, we wounded with words. Continue reading
I was listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast and he was interviewing Win Hof about breathing. He is a Dutch extreme athlete who is known as the Ice Man because he can withstand extremely cold temperatures. He holds the record for a barefoot half marathon on ice and snow, and he has climbed past the “death zone” on Mount Everest while only wearing shorts. Continue reading
Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle said, “Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts.”
It’s not what we think but what happens in between that brings us peace. Very powerful.
And French composer Claude Debussy said, “Music is the silence between the notes.” Continue reading
I don’t meditate regularly although I do try to take a few deep breaths when it crosses my mind. I thought meditation was a special practice that I didn’t really know how to do. But yesterday my yoga teacher defined meditation in a way that made me want to do more of it. Continue reading
I pulled myself out of bed this morning and did a 6am hot yoga class. As I lay on the studio floor waiting to start, the instructor said something that brought tears to my eyes. She said, “It’s my seven year old daughter’s birthday today. Seven years ago she took her first breath. A breath no one thought she would take. So in honour of her, can we all remember to be grateful for each breath we take?” Continue reading