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Embodied Gratitude buddhism embodied gratitude gratitude michaelleeyoga mindbody practices mindfulness pryt Nov 06, 2022

I love November.  It's my birthday month, and Thanksgiving - my favorite holiday. I grew up in Australia, where Thanksgiving was not celebrated, and I remember my first Thanksgiving in the USA with my wife's family. It was such a heartwarming celebration of gratitude that I was in awe of the...

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Celebrating Darkness - Embracing Halloween's Spiritual Significance celtictraditions death halloween michaelleeyoga pryt seasons yogatherapy Oct 29, 2022

Halloween is when one-third of the annual candy sales in the US happen. It was once a Celtic celebration of the end of summer known as Samhain (pronounced Sow-In). The Celts celebrated the end of summer, received a brief visit from dead souls, and prepared for winter's approaching...

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You Are Already Enlightened awakening buddhism enlightened illumination meditation transformation Oct 22, 2022

For many years I've been a student of life. I firmly believe that my practice of yoga and the teachings of the Buddha over four decades have made a significant difference in my life.  Or maybe it's an illusion, and I would have ended up right where I am today anyway. 

And yesterday I...

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Stress is not the Problem connection michaelleeyoga pryt stress tranquilty Oct 06, 2022

As the author of a book, “Turn Stress Into Bliss,” that has sold well, why would I want to say “stress is not the problem”? Simple.   I now believe stress manifests an even bigger problem in our society. And that problem is disconnection and fragmentation,...

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The Fall Equinox and Turning Inward - Five Ways to Help the Transition change contemplation equinox fall mediation michael lee yoga michaelleeyoga pryt transitions Sep 11, 2022

 

Spring is about expansion and leaping into action, while Fall is a time of turning inward. One is an outward expression of energy and the other an inward one. .  This means slowing down, being more with our inner self, and having more time to contemplate. This is an essential and...

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Eight Ways to Greater Equanimity in Your Life choices compassion equanimity michael lee michael lee yoga Aug 18, 2022

Tired of the roller-coaster days that life brings? Are your emotions pulled this way or that from almost every turn of events, often surrounded by primarily unhappy people? Wishing you were somewhere else? You are not alone. 

Equanimity is a state of being where relative calm exists even...

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Why Awareness Matters Jun 08, 2022

This talk illustrates the significance of Awareness as a practice and as a necessary pre-condition for transforming your life.  Consider how significant awareness has become in your life.  What are some things you are aware of now that you wish you might have been aware of...

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How to Discern Wise Choices in Life buddhism choices discernment wisdom wise action wise choices Apr 09, 2022

"How do I know if my life choices are wise ones?'

Here's what might be considered the two most important criteria from a Buddhist perspective 

First -whatever the choice was it would lead to no harm to themself or to others.  

This one is pretty straightforward and...

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Making Wise Choices in Turbulent Times: How to stay out of the weeds and navigate life in the absence of predictability choices discernment felt sense resilience stress trust uncertainty wisdom wise action wise choices Mar 31, 2022

There's a lot of talk about the need for resilience these days. And indeed, those who have it will generally bounce back after a rough time better than those who don't. But is resilience all that's needed?   Other things are vital also. These include awareness, discernment,...

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Come here to now - A poem here now letting go of fear living in the moment michael lee present centered awareness the gift of now Feb 23, 2022

 

By Michael Lee

 

“Come here,” she said,

As I looked death in her eye.

No, not yet your time, she said,

I call you instead to come to visit

Here to know me

But fear me not.

Let me remind you though,

Come here to this moment. 

Life happens now

And I’m calling you...

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Dear Valentine - All you need is love! Love, love! celebratevalentines michael lee yoga partneryoga the gift of presence valentines valentines gift valentines gift idea Feb 01, 2022

It’s been a tough couple of years for many of us, with the strain and stresses of these extraordinary times affecting many aspects of our lives, including our relationships. As Valentine’s Day approaches this year, you might be asking how you can rejuvenate your relationship in some...

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