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Brahmacharya | Reversing Overindulgence by "Going After Brahman"

Brahmacharya | Reversing Overindulgence by "Going After Brahman"

Here we go, loves, week four of the yamas and niyamas series. This week we're covering Brahmacharya, or the tenant of non-excess. This one is interesting and stands out from the others, because when you translate it from Sanskrit, it literally means "going after Brahman." A Brahman in Hinduism is a teacher or guru, and some think Brahmacharya is meant to mean " walking with God," whatever God means for you.

Brahmacharya holds to an outlook of holiness, or the concept of sacredness, rather than indulgence. We talked about the concept of "enough," which goes hand in hand with this tenant, in last week's post. So, if you're interested in learning more about how to view your current life as being enough, I recommend reading that one, as well. This week's tenant asks us to walk through life seeing ourselves and all our experiences as being sacred, to be willing to "turn on to the wonders of life."

Asteya | How Lust Destroys Our Uniqueness

Asteya | How Lust Destroys Our Uniqueness

Welcome back for week three of the ten part yamas and niyamas series. This week we'll be moving into Asteya, the tenant of non-stealing.

Asteya, the third tenant, focuses on integrity and the refraining from stealing of others and ourselves. Stealing can be seen in multiple facets of life. We can steal from others, from the earth, from the future, and of course, ourselves. All this stealing steams from an attempt to help ourselves feel better but actually takes away from our happiness and keeps us distracted from the present moment.

How a Sugar Cleanse Changed My View on Food and Happiness

How a Sugar Cleanse Changed My View on Food and Happiness

Hello Friends,

Recently, I decided to take on the challenge of a sugar cleanse. This wasn't meant to be a following of fads but rather an attempt to change some unhealthy eating habits I had found myself in. Leading up to the cleanse, I had gotten to a point where I was having at least one can of soda almost daily, as well as eating way too much candy, chocolate, pastries..all the sweets. I was feeling heavy, tired, and held back in achieving some of my health goals. So, when I saw some people on social media post about sugar cleanses, it seemed to be just what I needed. 

For me, I decided to make it two weeks and cut out all soda, candy, pastries, sweets, and tried to cut back on sneaky culprits of sugar, like cereal, bread, and condiments.