Are you up for a life changing adventure in Maine this summer?

My thoughts journey towards the shore of a quiet pond Where the mystical voice of a distant loon Calms my inner soul and softens me spiritually. ~Barbara Jean Veilleaux~ I know of a place like this, and I want you to join me there for a life-changing adventure in Maine. Are you in? This place I’m referring to is in Northern Maine, a very special part of my world. (In other parts of the world, one might refer to it as a summer cottage on a lake, but for those... 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 →

Happy and Meaningful Thanksgiving

Want to create a Happy and Meaningful Thanksgiving.  Here’s a practice that may help.   If there is one time in the year when both meaning and happiness can come together, this is the day. Thanksgiving is all about gratitude without any need for material giving – it’s just about giving thanks.  As philosopher Cicero wisely said some twenty-one centuries ago Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,  but the parent of all the others.  Did you know that it is almost impossible to be grateful and miserable at the same... 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 →

Harness Body Wisdom – Capture the “Ahaa…Moments”

Ever had one of those ahaa… moments during your yoga practice?  You know, the moment when you get sudden insight or awareness that has life changing potential? I think we all have them from time to time regardless of the nature of our practice.  My belief is that when we engage our body and become very present to our whole being through the medium of our body – something magical happens.  I think our bodies have amazing wisdom to share with us and are just waiting for that right moment... 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 →

How to Put Oomph to Your New Year Resolutions

Whatever else it means to us, the coming of the New Year does present a great opportunity for us to re-think and re-focus.  This reflects the essence of Phoenix Rising  – “dying to the old and being born to the new.” A great time to celebrate and set new directions.  From my experience though, and possibly true for you, some great resolutions have died on the vine before bearing fruit. Is there a way to set new year resolutions so they will produce some tangible and desired change in our lives?  I... 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 →

Practicing Authenticity – Embracing Who We Are

Researcher and Author, Brené Brown says,  Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Two words in this definition stand out for me – “practice” and “embracing”. First up, authenticity is a “practice” it’s not just an attitude or belief – it has to be something we actually do, and to make it stick, we probably need to do it daily for at least 30 days to begin with.  This will create a habit. Also we need... Read The Rest →

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