March 5, 2013

March: The Month of Self-Love

by mandy lipka

It’s wise to direct our intentions toward accomplishing real goals now instead of aiming toward unreachable ideals. The Moon’s shift into powerful Scorpio helps us find the resources we need to be successful. Significant gains are likely if we’re willing to work for what we want.

March has begun. And what an exciting month it is! It’s Women’s History Month (which includes International Women’s Day on the 8th), National Nutrition Month, and my birthday month. And spring– a symbol of nature’s rebirth– is only weeks away. So, in honor of these occasions, I’ve officially launched my month of self-love. It’s a small tribute to myself and our mother. Continue reading

February 26, 2013

Mindful Sip: Whispers

by mandy lipka

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Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen carefully.

A little reminder from Littlefoot’s mother in Land Before Time.

February 21, 2013

Work-Life Balance– Dream or Reality?

by mandy lipka

There’s a quote in my email signature that I purposely keep there so I can read it daily. It’s both a mindful reminder for my work ethic and a sign to others about how I do my work. It’s from Cecil Beaton (Maybe you have seen it on Pinterest lately) and it reads:

Reading this every day keeps my focus on balance in my work and for my soul. But when it comes to the daily grind, in my experience, for example– planning and writing and executing holiday promotions in a 24/7 world can suck the life out of you (especially in the retail vertical). And quickly.

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic has a brilliant suggestion for us:

Maybe it’s time to redefine the work-life balance — or at least stop thinking about it.

In his latest HBR post, he offers some considerations:

  • Hard work may be your most important career weapon
  • Engagement is the difference between the bright and the dark side of workaholism (YES!)
  • Technology has not ruined your work-life balance, it has simply exposed how boring your work and your life used to be
  • People who have jobs, rather than careers, worry about work-life balance because they are unable to have fun at work
  • Complaining about your poor work-life balance is a self-indulgent act (And it’s the trigger to all of those negative thoughts– that vicious cycle!)

What do you think? Do you agree? I couldn’t help but soak up his every word. I kept thinking how much meditation, psychotherapy, and yoga can all play a role in helping you make these realizations and stay away from those negative cycles. And then he added the following:

In short, the problem is not your inability to switch off, but to switch on. This is rooted in the fact that too few people work in careers they enjoy. The only way to be truly successful is to follow your passions, find your mission, and learn how to embrace the work-life imbalance.

Couldn’t have said it any better! What do you do to embrace the imbalance? How do you define work-life balance? Please share below.

December 27, 2012

Mindful Sip: Giving

by mandy lipka

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy.
While giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful.
And having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.

A friendly reminder for those of us who get carried away by the holidays and lose sight of their meanings a la Anguttara Nikaya.

December 20, 2012

Mindful Texting

by mandy lipka

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My friends joke that this was me. Simply hilarious.

Take a moment to check out the full list of best iPhone autocorrects on BuzzFeed (will update link later). Would love to hear your own pitfalls! I know I’ve had a few myself.

Namaste!

December 18, 2012

Meditation in Portlandia

by mandy lipka

After last week, I’m sure we could all appreciate a little comedic relief. Portlandia is back! I find this one extra hilarious because I had a similar experience with a new yoga teacher this week. If I hadn’t been experiencing such savasana brain, I likely would’ve had the same reaction as Carrie when my goodbye didn’t get a response… (click for video)

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December 14, 2012

Breathe it all in…

by mandy lipka

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On a worldwide tragic day like today, it’s really all we can do. If you’d like to take the extra step, try this. I just got back from a Hatha class and it’s keeping the sadness at bay, for now.

Om mani padme hum

December 5, 2012

Do Mindful Marriages Exist?

by mandy lipka

Written somewhere between 2008-2009

This morning I eaves-read in the Metro that Massachusetts is going to allow out-of-state gay couples to wed here. I was thrilled. Not only is it embracing the triumph of love (after all, if you’ve found it, who cares with whom— excluding first of kin, of course), but it will also boost the commonwealth’s economy. Plenty of my gay friends (the men in particular) would pay top dollar to tell the world she or he has fallen into crazy, can’t-live-without-each-other love.

LOVE - Photo Courtesy: elephantjournal.com

LOVE – Photo Courtesy: elephantjournal.com

But then, it having been pre-morning coffee and a 30-minute wait for the bus, I thought to myself, these days, marriage has turned into an ugly institution. I’ve experienced my grandmother’s divorce to my step-grandfather, my aunt’s divorce, my parent’s out-of-wedlock baby-making and later never-married separation, [mom’s recent divorce to step-father], and the repercussions of my grandmother’s divorce to my grandfather. My two uncles are still going strong in their marriages, but even those aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. I pray that my best friend, married last year, is part of the blissful 50%. Or is it 40% now?

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November 23, 2012

Event Info for “A Mindful Nation” Conversation Next Week (Newton, MA)

by mandy lipka

Do you feel it? The election took place only a couple of weeks ago. The lull in controversy and the end of the incredibly spiteful advertising offers great peace. No, the discussions aren’t over, but let’s take what we can get, shall we?

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