Why Retreats Inspire Advances

Why Retreats Inspire Advances

In a world that typically encourages us to advance—subscribing to outdated conventional notions of progress involving some perpetual motion forward, onward, and upward to some where—the idea of a “retreat” can seem somehow regressive and unappealing, even conjuring images of defeat, escape, and failure. These associations, though limiting, are not unfounded. Indeed, the phrase “beat a retreat” arose during times of early warfare in which a drummed communication, a particular beat, customarily signaled troops on the battlefield to disengage from combat.

However, the essence of retreats—temporarily...

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Breathe with Awareness: Learn to Kiss Back

Breathe with Awareness: Learn to Kiss Back

Breathing is the liminal gateway between inner and outer being—the place where the life within and the life without meet. 

From the first inhalation to the last exhalation, every breath is an affirmation of life here on earth, each breath a microcosm of the eternal cycle of birth and death. We breathe life in, we breathe life out, living through the inspiration and expiration of each and every moment...

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Beyond Pampering: 3 Reasons to Invest in Regular Massage

Beyond Pampering: 3 Reasons to Invest in Regular Massage

When I was growing up, massage therapy was mostly associated with two things: 1) illicit massage parlors offering thinly disguised sexual services, and/or 2) a luxury service for people with means. If it was legit, it was seen as pampering for those who could afford it. 

Happily, most people are now educated about the vast difference between illicit massage parlor-esque activities and the licensed practice of massage therapy. However, the misconception of  therapeutic massage...

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