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Jeff Warren

Meet Jeff Warren

Meet Jeff Warren—the meditation teacher for fidgety skeptics!   Jeff Warren leads an adventure into building a practice that works for you in his insightful, rejuvenating, and fun program, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, November 22–24, 2019, at the Art of Living Retreat Center.

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Pain is a Message: How Our Brains Try to Protect Us

Most people don’t really understand how powerful the mind can be. However, every doctor knows that the mind can cause symptoms that are as severe as paralysis or inability to speak. This is known as a “conversion disorder,” and an individual with this condition truly cannot move the affected arms or legs or truly cannot …

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Moving from Mind-full-mess to Mindfulness

Is your mind more like an overstuffed junk closet or a Zen monastery? Is your mental state closer to a crowded freeway than a sweet country lane? Do your thoughts bring you panic or bring you peace? If you are like most humans, your mind is more mess than mindful, more chaos than calm. During …

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Everyday Spirituality: Do You Know How to Be Here Now?

If you’ve been on a path of self-exploration and personal growth, you’ve probably heard the popular spiritual saying “Be Here Now” which was introduced by the great Western-born yogi Ram Dass in 1971. Recently someone sent me an e-mail containing this humorous take-off on the phrase: “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that …

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Do You Know Your Tolerance Level?

If I asked you to pinpoint your tolerance level in a conversation would you be able to? Could you say that after fifteen minutes if you’re not feeling heard you get frustrated or start to shut down and get passive aggressive? Or if after expressing yourself for the tenth time without any changed outcome you …

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Self-Respect: The Art of Living Retreat Center

Learning the Art of Self-Respect

Respect emerges from within. The wanton disrespect we sometimes show toward things and others is really just a manifestation of our lack of self-respect. When I do not respect myself for who I am, how can I respect you for who you are? When I don’t feel worthy, I feel compelled to make you feel …

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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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Sri Dharma Mittra - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Spiritual Transmission: An Interview with Sri Dharma Mittra

Adam Frei interviews Dharma Yoga founding teacher Sri Dharma Mittra on spiritual transmission.  Good vibrations Adam Frei: I am fortunate to have been your student for a while now. Something I noticed early on and continue to appreciate is that the very atmosphere in the room changes when you enter it. You have said when asked …

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The Five Elements of a Little Flower Yoga Class

Often we are asked what our children’s yoga classes actually look like. What are we teaching? Are we just practicing movement? Where does the mindfulness come in? Do kids actually calm down? Below is an overview of the five elements that we consider essential aspects of any child’s yoga experience. Activities that explore these five …

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Teaching to Teens - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Creating Mindfulness Experiences for Adolescents

As a high school teacher in the Bronx for 14 years I got to meet and deeply know a lot of teens. Having those relationships taught me a lot about what makes adolescents tick. I saw that the way adults view teens impacts the way teens see themselves, and ultimately the lives they think they …

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