Suicide and self-acceptance

I have been struck recently by the deaths of two celebrities. First, Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain. Suicide, which many call selfish, I find to be a large mirror, an outward act of the immense suffering one is experiencing. When you feel that your only option for relief is to no longer live, your mind has wandered down such a dark hole you feel there is no way back. My heart breaks for those impacted – both with the internal darkness they feel they have to bear, and for... Read The Rest →

Love – A noun or a verb? Valentine’s reflections.

Love was in the air! Valentine’s Day came and went and we turned our thoughts toward love for a day, and perhaps, that someone our lives. I have a someone in my life that I’ve loved deeply for 32 years (my wife) and usually find the pressure of this day a little challenging.  Should I take her out to dinner? Buy her a dozen roses? Or, go big and take her to Paris for the weekend? I ask myself, “How do I express the depth and extent of this significant... Read The Rest →

Transform Your Black Friday Blues

Embrace the spirit behind it: 5 steps to transform Black Friday Blues. Black Friday is a great example of our culture on a detour that doesn’t take us where we want to go.  Originally, the day after Thanksgiving was the  annual celebration of the beginning of Christmas shopping season, offering the first “official” opportunity for retailers to display their holiday merchandise.   Honoring the non-commercial nature of Thanksgiving, merchants waited until it was over before promoting their Christmas wares.  The day represented the transition from a Day of Thanks following the end of... Read The Rest →

Equanimity – An Awareness Break with Michael Lee

Yogi’s talk about Equanimity.  But what does it really mean and how do you get it into your life?   Although I’ve understood the concept for a long time and had moments when I’ve felt what I think it’s about, I’ve only recently began to understand how to practice awareness as a path to creating a state of equanimity.  Listen and watch as I share some of my thoughts around it.   Equanimity – Yogis talk about it. What is it and how do we get it? from Phoenix Rising Yoga... Read The Rest →

Make Shift Happen – A Mission of Empowerment

I’m in the business of educating professionals.   My success in that arena is very much governed by how well those professionals are able to serve their clients.  But what does that mean?  And how would I know if I was successful?  For starters, it helps if I can dig down a little and articulate what I’m looking for as the ultimate outcome of my work.  So here’s my mission.  To educate professionals who will help the people they serve to create more empowered, authentic, and meaningful lives by trusting the wisdom... Read The Rest →

Learning Discernment from Martin Luther King

My wife, Lori, and I recently went to see Selma, the new movie about Dr. Martin Luther King that centers on the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.   As well as being significant as an important chapter in our history, this movie provokes thought around the issues King was facing and how he chose to respond. After seeing this movie, I was left contemplating the subtleties it revealed on many levels. For me, the most powerful moment was during the scene about the second attempt to march across the bridge.  The first attempt had resulted in a... Read The Rest →

Yoga Class Themes and Teaching

Theme based classes have caught on in the last few years and take many different forms.  The basic idea behind most yoga class themes is that it gives students something more to focus upon while engaging their practice.  This is a great idea and I’d like to offer you one that can also be very therapeutic from life effectiveness perspective. In Phoenix Rising our therapeutic theme based yoga experiences are fueled by these four fundamental ideas and principles: Yoga is great for the body but more importantly can also be... Read The Rest →

Beat the Black Friday Blues

A meaningful approach to gift giving…another practice for you to try   by Michael Lee – Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Thanksgiving is over and our in-boxes are bombarded with Black Friday opportunities that are, OH, so hard to resist. Bargains abound. But something about it just doesn’t sit quite right. My wife and I want to get all the gifts we need for the upcoming holiday season and its tempting to take advantage of bargains while they last. Know the feeling? Black Friday originally began as a day to celebrate the... Read The Rest →

Follow Your Dharma

My colleague Stephen Cope in his recent book, “The Great Work of Your Life” talks about dharma as “your life’s true purpose”.   To follow it, the question then becomes, what do we do at any given time in life to firstly know what your dharma is, and then, more significantly, take the action needed to manifest it – to live it out day to day.  It’s become easier for me, as the years have unfolded, to embrace this concept, to pay attention to it, and hopefully to put action to... Read The Rest →

Awareness – The First Step to Authentic Living

Tich Nhat Hahn says, “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” When we become more aware, we have more choice and can get in touch with what really resonates for us in life.  When we make choices and use them to dance to the beat of our own drum, we are living more authentically. So why not shine a little awareness on your life?  Yet, when most of us try to “be more aware” a few things usually go wrong.  First up, we are “trying” and... Read The Rest →

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