Inner work

Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities

By Nicole Urdang | June 20, 2012
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One of my favorite yoga teachers, David Magone, talks of turning obstacles into opportunities. It’s uncanny how you don’t really have to wait to get psyched to deal with something because an obstacle is a motivator in and of itself. That very roadblock will jump start change and push you into learning new skills and […]

Intuition: Learning To Trust Your Inner Guidance

By Nicole Urdang | June 10, 2012
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“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” Alan Alda Intuition is like wisdom, it builds over a lifetime. While people generally have no trouble enlisting their intellect to make decisions, using intuition is slipperier […]

No mistakes, only lessons.

By Nicole Urdang | March 27, 2012
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Panoramic awareness is based on a certain amount of trust, or optimism. Basically nothing is regarded as a failure or as dangerous. Rather, whatever arises is experienced as part of a creative and loving relationship toward oneself. Chögyam Trungpa There are no mistakes. All of life is a blessing given to us to learn from. […]

You Are Just a Visitor

By Nicole Urdang | March 19, 2012
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If you are a yogi, Buddhist, or have simply read some chapters on this site, you are probably familiar with the concepts of mindfulness and witness consciousness. While both support an open awareness of what is, any techniques that help root you in the present will bolster your equanimity and strengthen your resilience. By thinking […]

Demons: Befriend Them If You Want To Change & Grow

By Nicole Urdang | November 5, 2011
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Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment. Eckhart Tolle If you are reading this, the demons haven’t won. Facing your demons is part of life. From […]

Complaining: A Path To Authenticity and Less Pain

By Nicole Urdang | July 15, 2011
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“What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?” Marquis de Custine “Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream.” From H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan Have you ever noticed yourself vacillating between feeling grateful and complaining? Take heart, they don’t cancel each other out, nor do they […]