Dharana, when yoga changed everything…

Ardha Chandrasana/Half Moon pose There have been a handful of poses that have really progressed me toward dharana, the sixth limb of yoga. Once we have cultivated stillness through asana, pranayama, and pratyahara, we're ready to build concentration. For me, half moon pose is among those that has helped the most with concentration. It's one... Continue Reading →

Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans

As with When Women Ruled the World, I love it when books bring to light the unsung women who were always there, making history right alongside men. Too many stories leave us out, forgetting our contributions or demoting their importance to the overall goal. We may never know all the women that history has forgotten... Continue Reading →

Bookish Thoughts for St. Valentine's Day

Spoilers for the Shatter Me series, the Lunar Chronicles, the Kiss Quotient series, Persuasion, and Alexandria Ripley's Scarlett. I've never really been one of those people who celebrate St. Valentine's Day. I hate crowded restaurants. Forcing someone to buy me something to prove they love me on a specific day doesn't appeal to me. Flowers... Continue Reading →

Luke 3

For the full text of Luke 3, click here. The beginning of this chapter again makes me think of this gospel as more of a historical accounting than the others. Luke takes the time to set the time and place of John's ministry by specifying who was in power. He begins with the current Roman... Continue Reading →

Just breath and movement

The fifth limb of yoga is Pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses. Like the limbs that come before it, pratyahara can be experienced in a number of ways. The times I’ve heard runner’s talk about hitting their stride reminds me of the way pranayama leads to pratyahara and then dharana. I was never a good runner... Continue Reading →

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney

I love books like this, books that remind us of the powerful women who came before us, successful or not, and broke down glass ceilings before the term was ever invented. They remind us that the problems we face today with women and power aren't new or nearly as nuanced as people want to believe.... Continue Reading →

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I'm pretty sure Helen Hoang is my favorite romance author of all time. Ok, I don't read a lot of romance or maybe any other romance, but when another one appeared on the Read Harder list this year, she's the first author I thought of. Even better, she actually had a book that fit the... Continue Reading →

Luke 2

For the full text of Luke 2, click here. As mentioned in the first chapter of Luke, his telling of the story of Jesus starts earlier than the first two gospels. The second chapter continues with information that we didn't have. First there was the story of John the Baptist's foretelling and birth, then the... Continue Reading →

Pranayama, controlling my breath

As much as the asanas work to improve our understanding of the yamas and niyamas, they do even more for pranayama. Pranayama is breath control and makes up the fourth limb of yoga. Practicing pranayama in the asanas helps us to have it when we need it in life. Like posture, breath controls quite a... Continue Reading →

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