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6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn a Second Language

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn a Second Language

Learning languages has been, I think, one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. Learning and practicing languages other than my native tongue has made me feel wiser, made my brain sharper, and opened me up to other countries and opportunities.

The majority of my foreign language education has revolved around Spanish. I started in high school, minored in it in college, studied abroad in Spain in order to immerse myself, and continue to practice it on my own today. Throughout the years, I’ve also dabbled with German, Icelandic, Gaelic and French. All of these have been fun, if interesting and challenging at times, to learn and helped out in some way.

Learning to Take Back Ownership of My Body

Learning to Take Back Ownership of My Body

Today, I’m going to be writing mainly to the ladies that are reading this; however, I know that this topic can absolutely apply to men just as equally. So, while the writing will be addressing women from the point of view as a woman myself, I think this could be helpful to anyone who reads it, whether it rings true to your own experience or it just gives you insight into what others have experienced, this is an important message.

After enduring an abusive relationship for over two years along with experiencing a lifetime of men treating me as though all I had to offer was my body, I had come to a point where I believed all the messages about my body and worth were true. It seemed, to me, that society believes that as a woman I owe my body to others. That when men want a piece of me, I must give it without question.

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Welcome to the tenth and final post of the yama and niyama series. We're finishing things out with such a great tenant, Ishvara Pranidhana, meaning surrender. It feels like all the previous nine tenants have led us up to this final one of surrendering to what life brings our way. Let's get in to what the tenant of Ishvara Pranidhana asks us to bring into our lives.

The text we've been following, The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele, provides such a fantastic explanation of Ishvara Pranidhana. It states that the tenant of surrender proposes that there is a divine force at work in our lives. This can take on different forms for everyone, whether you attribute this higher being to a god, nature, or just some force, the belief is that this force is greater than we are and cares deeply for us. Surrender invites us to be active participants of our lives, being present and fluid with each moment, while also appreciating the magnitude and mystery of life. Ultimately, this tenant invites us to open our hearts and accept the higher purpose of our being.

Tapas | Staying With Suffering Makes Us More Resilient

Tapas | Staying With Suffering Makes Us More Resilient

Happy Monday, and welcome back to the eighth week of the yamas and niyamas series. This week, we're featuring Tapas, and no, it's not the amazingly delicious hors d’oeuvres you get at a Spanish restaurant. No, Tapas in its literal translation from Sanskrit means heat; however, it can also be thought of as self-discipline, change, or transformation. 

In order to create change and transformation within ourselves and our lives, we need to build heat through self-discipline in order to burn away our old selves and create space for an improved, better version.