Already Failing at My Negativity Diet...

  • Posted on: 6 April 2009
  • By: mokshalom

I'm not one of those people who believes we should run away from negativity all the time. I believe in the balance of yin and yang, positive and negative.

In starting my new 40-day meditation the other day, however, I was guided to go on a negativity diet for the next month. This means, not reading the news (unless it's really important) and staying away from negative people and situations as much as possible.

So what do I do? Within the first few days, I find myself engaging in a ridiculous conversation at a website over an email issue.

The Spinning Dancer Optical Illusion

  • Posted on: 26 January 2009
  • By: mokshalom

I received an email sharing the spinning dancer optical illusion (also called the "spinning lady"). Supposedly, the way the dancer "spins" tells you whether you favor your right or left brain. If she spins clockwise, you supposedly favor the right brain and if she spins counterclockwise, then you supposedly favor the left brain.

Scienceline offers an excellent analysis as to why the left brain/right brain delineation may be an oversimplification:

Yoga & Meditation

By and large, when clients tell me they are feeling anxious and stressed out, and I ask them if they have an exercise routine, the answer is typically "no."

Regular exercise is vital to physical and emotional health. It not only keeps the body tuned up, it helps clear away stress and negative emotions. Exercise such as yoga goes one step further and cleanses the energetic pathways of the body, bringing fresh, vital chi or "prana" to the organs. Yoga has been proven to help alleviate depression and anxiety.

This is why I typically recommend that my clients begin an exercise program if they don't already have one. As a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, I offer private yoga classes in Los Angeles and for those outside the local area, yoga coaching by telephone.