Where Health Meets Happiness

“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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How to Find Joy

Feel Better Instantly: 10 Easy Tricks for Joy

First trick: Get out of your head and into your feet. The body craves movement. Exercise really works. Let’s not think of it as exercise though. Nothing is gnarlier to the depressed person than imagining him/herself at the gym in ill fitting sweats, panting on the stair master while svelte athletes are bopping around in …

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Do You Need a Retreat from Work?

Have you ever felt like you wanted to run away from your job and responsibilities? When I was in fourth grade, I didn’t like going to school. I switched to a new school and didn’t have any friends. It was anxiety provoking and I dreaded hearing the alarm clock go off each morning. I can …

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10 Ways to Listen for Your Callings

Callings are to some degree developmental, changing as you do. The great vocational question isn’t “What should I do with my life?” or “What do I want to be when I grow up?” or “What major should I declare?” It’s “Who am I?” And who you are changes over time, as will the callings that …

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Soul Accomplishments - the Art of Living Retreat Center

The Secret for Lasting Fulfillment: Discovering Your Soul Accomplishments

If you’re a seeker, then like all true seekers you’ve probably asked yourself: What is the purpose of my time here on earth, and how will I know I’ve accomplished that purpose?  So often, we spend our lives trying, often unsuccessfully, to discover the answer, thinking that perhaps it has to do with creating the …

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Appreciating Your Aliveness

This reflection is adapted from the teaching of one of my colleagues, Kate Lila Wheeler.    We only get one body in this life, the one we are each endowed with right this moment. Please begin by giving yours the respect it deserves. Did you realize every atom in it is 14.5 billion years old? …

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Divine Feminine - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Thriving in Your Divine Feminine

Hello Beautiful Goddesses! What are your desires and dreams for your life? Do you think it’s possible for them to exist with ease and to live with a thriving feeling inside of you and in your life? The truth is, YOU CAN. We do this when we lay down the burden, the fear and the …

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Life is Easy - Art of Living Retreat Center

Exploring Wisdom: Why Life is Easy

  Life is easy. Don’t get me wrong – I know full well that this is not the experience that people are having. I get that. But the mechanics of life, essentially, are easy.   We’re great at making easy things hard Relationships are basic. We’re human beings, and therefore we must engage in relationships. …

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How Food Affects Your Happiness

  This past May, the Art of Living Retreat Center hosted Dr. Margaret Paul for Inner Bonding, a weekend of transformative healing. Here, she speaks about how your diet is an essential ingredient to happiness.    There’s so much unhealthy food that is normalized in our culture, and people don’t realize that it lowers their vibrancy. …

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Violence - Art of Living Retreat Center

Exploring Wisdom: Are You Committing Violence?

  I have recently become aware that I have been committing violence. Yes, me. Violence.   But wait a minute…I am the most un-violent person I know. I love peace. I am a meditation teacher. I TEACH peace. Power to the peaceful! It wasn’t until I read the words of Thomas Merton that I realized …

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Exploring Wisdom: Stacey Vann & Pamela Hunter on Freedom

    What is being free? How do you experience freedom? This is a question I often ask our retreat participants. Are you aware of how freedom feels in your body, mind, and Spirit? Our awareness forgets simply for the joy of remembering. Feel your feet on the earth and observe your breath.   Remembering …

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