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Different Ways to Listen to Ourselves

This week on "Make a Mess," my creativity blog, I wrote about looking outside myself for answers. I assumed that other people knew better what I needed and wanted. And I assumed that those people also deserved to have a say. (Many of them did not.)

Unwittingly, I placed the power that belonged to me in their hands. Not only did I often remove myself from the discussion, I removed myself from the entire room.

But here's a vital realization: We have the answers inside us. They are within. We just need to listen.

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General

How Can You Seek Stillness?

The beautiful and intimidating thing about yoga is that it's a time to stop and be still. It's a time to be quiet with ourselves. Which many of us don't do very often.

The other types of exercises I do are mostly high intensity (which I also love). Go. Go. Go. We sprint from one exercise to another, from running the stairs to doing push-ups to doing burpees.

And even though I work from home, my thoughts are usually focused on articles and ideas and errands and to-dos.

Even when I'm relaxing, it's not the same as whatever happens when I'm practicing yoga.

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Body Image

When You Think Your Body Is to Blame

Many of us leap into conclusions when it comes to our bodies. For instance, we assume that if a piece of clothing doesn't fit us, it's clearly our fault. It must be because we're too curvy, our shoulders are too broad, our thighs are too big, our waist is too wide.
We do this with other things, activities and even people. Some of us play this blame game regularly. In the excellent book Yoga and Body Image, co-editor Anna Guest-Jelley shares the different ways she blamed her body.
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Books

Yoga And The Challenge of Stillness

I've had an on again, off again relationship with yoga. Years ago I'd attend yoga classes at my gym several times a week.

Today, I attend one class, and that's after stopping for several months. Still I find yoga to be beautiful and very challenging. A big challenge for me is Savasana, the final pose in a yoga class.

As Cheryl Strayed writes in the book Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat, edited by Melissa Carroll, Savasana is known as "corpse" pose. Years ago, Strayed's yoga instructor acknowledged that this is the most difficult pose -- even though all you're doing is lying down, on your mat, on your back.

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Body Image

Body Image Boosters from the Blogosphere 8.10.14


A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!
Our rallying cry.

8 questions to consider before committing to a goal.

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Body Image

Body Image Booster: Experiencing Loving Kindness


Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it.
A few weeks ago I shared how we can be just 10 percent kinder. Because kindness is an important part of cultivating a positive body image and taking better care of ourselves.

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Body Image

Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 5.18.14


A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!
You are abandon-proof.

Honoring your body's natural rhythms.

7 things mindful people do differently every day.

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Body Image Boosters

Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 2.15.14


A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!
Daily steps for building a healthier relationship with yourself.

Quick strategies for soothing stress.

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Body Image

Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 1.26.14


A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!
Five lessons on being selfish and needy. If you're pressed for time, just read this post from Christie. It's brilliant! This is the line I kept reading over and over: "I had to be the one to save me."

Just say it.

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