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Archive for the Practices: Meditation category

I showed up. I opened my heart. I stayed.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

A guest post from Jill Salahub I spent many years not being myself. I attempted to live in accordance with what was expected of me, even when it didn’t match up with what I wanted or knew to be true, even when it wasn’t really me. When I measured myself in comparison to external expectations […]

Why my yoga practice & teaching is part of my humanitarian work

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Today we hear from Amanda Scothern, my co-teacher for the 30 Days of Yoga for Aid Workers course (which begins on 6 October). Amanda has been working in the the humanitarian sector for 15 years, practising yoga for 10 years and teaching yoga for three.   Why my yoga practice & teaching is part of my humanitarian work […]

Susan Piver on mediation, sadness & music

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Registration is now open for what will be the last session of my 30 Days of Yoga courses. I first offered this course in January 2010 because I needed to get into my own regular home yoga practice as part of my yoga teacher training certification.


Four years, five new courses and many thousands of gorgeous online yogis later, it’s time for me to retire these courses and concentrate on my work in human rights and social and environmental justice, and on teaching and supporting others to cultivate the courage it takes to step into the change-maker role that is calling you.

As I retire these courses, I’ve asked a few friends to join me in reflecting on why yoga and meditation are so crucial to their lives. We’re starting with Susan Piver by looking back at a post she wrote last year around this time.

I deeply appreciate Susan’s perspective, especially when it comes to her take on how meditation allows us to be in the world. This post is all about the potency of connection and how it allows us to see, feel and be with suffering while also allowing us to access the comfort and beauty can bring. Yoga has opened me to both.

Life takes practice. Practice takes community.

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

You are what you practice most.” ― Richard Carlson Practice is a big theme for me this month. When I use the word practice, I’m using it to mean something particular. It’s not the kind of practice that you do to get better, like a violinist before a performance. It’s not the kind of practice that […]

Take a pause: Mindful in May

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Is it just me, or has life got a bit crazier than usual lately? Somedays I feel like I’m on a roundabout that keeps speeding up, and I’m not quite sure how to slow it down or get off. The beauty of meditation is that it can help us find a little pause in the […]

Self-care in the itchy-scratchy place

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

So it turns out I’m in good company. There are quite a few of us hanging out in the itchy-scratchy place. Which means it was worth telling the truth about how I’ve been feeling and it is certainly worth sharing a little bit more of what I’ve been learning. I finished my last post with […]

What’s your foundation? The short and the long version.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Last week I got an email from a friend, someone who I met through my 30 Days of Yoga course and for whom I have a lot of respect. She wrote “In your last email you talked about struggling to believe that you are enough without saving the world and ending suffering. I am really […]

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

At the most painful, confusing time of my life – in those months after the killings in Afghanistan that I referred to in my last post – I found the teachings of Pema Chodron who gently encouraged me to relax and lean in towards my own heartbreak, seeing it as a state of presence and […]

Experimenting with overwhelm

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I’ve been experimenting lately. I’ve been experimenting with saying yes more often and allowing my life to fill to the brim again. I say ‘again’ because there was a time, before Afghanistan, when my life was full to the brim all the time. By ‘full’ I mean packed rather than abundant, although sometimes they are […]

Living the questions

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point […]

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