Pilgrimage Blog

To Laugh at Oneself

The ability to laugh at oneself is essential to a healthy sense of self, stress reduction, and overall happiness in life. Laughter as medicine is scientifically proven. A 2005 study found that laughter triggers a function key to overall health. Laughing helps facilitate the dilation of blood vessels, improving their overall function and stimulating

March Yoga Story: Sandra Needham

I try too hard. My parents were more casual about saying, “Just do your best” when I was young than I was about hearing it. ‘Doing my best’ has always involved tension. Earnest effort needs to show! My girlfriend in Brazil was trying to straighten her posture. Her personal trainer told her: “Pretend you are holding a pencil tightly betwe

On Santosha and Being Happy

One of the foundational principles of yoga is the practice of santosha. It means being content with what is. It does not mean being apathetic but instead finding satisfaction in doing your best, giving your all to any given situation or relationship and then realizing that you can't control all outcomes.

Finding Synchronicity with Meditation

My nephew recently asked me what I had learned from all my years of meditation. I answered him in one word: synchronicity. Synchronicity is the connection, the link between our psychic self: the realm of our mind, emotions and unconsciousness, and the physical world around us.