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Taking care of brushes / Cuidado de Pinceles

Yo fuí a un taller de pintura por 13 años, la misma cantidad de años que toda la escuela primaria y secundaria. Eso es, muchoo tiempo. Y cuando …

Permanent Markers, Highlighters, Pens & More

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apple slab pie

In one of my favorite October traditions, we picked too many apples a few weekends ago. As in maybe perhaps 25 pounds more than we needed? It’s hard …

valerie’s french chocolate cake

My friend Valerie makes one chocolate cake. No, I don’t mean one chocolate cake for school birthday cupcakes and one for grown-up dinner parties, one …

lemon ricotta pancakes with sauteed apples

You know how you know it’s November? I actually made breakfast this morning. I’m sorry if that shattered your pristine image of me. Sure, I …

the ‘i want chocolate cake’ cake

About six weeks ago, around 9 p.m. on a day I had consumed mostly air and maybe a slice of toast because I couldn’t for the life of me imagine how …

Dessert

Cow Face Pose

<i>(go-moo-KAHS-anna)</i><i><br>go</i> = cow (Sanskrit go is a distant relative of the English word "cow")<i><br>mukha</i> = face<p>Cow Face Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions<p><b>Step 1</b><p>Sit …

7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

I often teach about happiness and what has become exceedingly clear is this: There are seven qualities chronically unhappy people have mastered.<p>According to Psychology Today, University of California researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky states: "40 percent of our capacity for happiness is within our power …

Muscle Recovery: 2 (New!) Foam Rollers to Relieve Tension

More yoga classes are starting to use foam rollers, a favorite muscle-soothing tool among runners and bikers, to help students further target their …

How to Adapt Asana for Each Age

One of the beauties of the physical practice of yoga is that the poses support and sustain you no matter how you come to your mat—good day or bad, …

Breathe Easy: Relax with Pranayama

A few weeks ago, my seven-year-old son, Hayes, told me he was having trouble falling asleep. He said that he was having "many thoughts" at night and …

Meditation Techniques for Beginners Demonstrated by Deepak Chopra (Video)

Recently on the <i>Dr.Oz</i> show, Deepak Chopra defined meditation, performed a healing meditation, and demonstrated the law of attraction using a basic …

Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners

By Charles A. Francis<p>These days, <b>mindfulness meditation for beginners</b> is a subject that gives rise to a great deal of confusion. With the rising …

6 Relaxing Yoga Poses To Help You Fall Asleep

Ease your way into a more restful night sleep with restorative yoga poses and deep, mindful breathing. Where Zen meets REM, here are six easy yoga …

Yoga

How to Practice Mindfulness (Buddhism)

Practicing mindfulness is about controlling the way you think about the world. You must learn to live in the present moment and how to focus your …

The Difference Between Your Ego and Your Soul

One of my biggest "aha!" moments was realizing the difference between my ego and my soul.<p>It took me a long time and a lot of soul-digging to get it. Here is my understanding:<p><b>Your ego is:</b><p>The image you have of yourself.<p>Your social mask, the face you put on for the world.<p>Your titles and roles …

Positive Thinking

5 Quick and Easy Meditations That Anyone Can Do

Don't have time to sit in the lotus position for 45 minutes? Don't throw your spiritual journey out the window just because you can't keep up with the Dalai Lama's dedication to mental stillness.<p>Our brains multitask all day. During meditation, we switch our intention by focusing on one particular …

Meditation

Beyond Reading a Book: 3 Hands-On Methods of Self-Education | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re trying to learn a new subject, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information you read in books. However, reading a book isn’t …

Language Learning

How To Be More Present With Your Family in 3 Steps | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

You have set your workspace to be at the corner of your kitchen table. Although this place is far from optimum, you are still getting your work …

7 Ways To Become The Best Version Of Yourself This Year | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Make 2014 your year with these 7 simple steps to become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.<p><b>1. Love Your Morning Routine</b><p>Our mornings set …

How to Improve Your Social Skills in 2 Months

<b>Got this email from a reader yesterday, maybe you can relate:</b><p>“The things that are most difficult for me are: interacting with people/meeting new …

The Ultimate Guide to Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

The comfort zone is the warm and fuzzy place where everything makes sense, and nothing is particularly challenging. But the comfort zone is also the …

Motivation

8 Vicious Lies Negative People Tell You | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ve personally dealt with a lot of negative people since the birth of my blog. But alas, the folly was mine and I have no one to blame. I believed …

The Top 10 Ways Exercise Can Radically Improve Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

There’s so much more to exercise than weight loss, toned glutes and a strong punch (but hey, those are some major benefits!). It’s proven that …

How A Change of Attitude Can Change An Entire Life

<i>“Your greatest limitation comes from within, not from without!”</i> Master Choa Kok Sui<p>There are tons and tons of quotes, proverbs and advices that are …

How Meditation Can Help Cope With Depression And Addiction | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Meditation has changed my life. Some people start meditating for self-development; others see it as a way to relax. For me, it was my state of mind …

Meditation

3 Critical Things To Say When You Talk to Yourself | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Are you an optimist? Pessimist? Idealist? Realist? Perhaps you’re a combination of the above or somewhere in between. After all, the world isn’t …

Outsourcing

5 Signs You're Not Following Your Heart (And How to Fix Them) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

At one point in life, everyone dreamed. We all had grand ideas of what we wanted to do with our lives. But as we grow, life slowly starts to drain …

5 Ways to Be Yourself! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.<br>Ralph Waldo Emerson<p>These days, the …

8 Great Habits You Can Instantly Start On | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I’ve been reading up on a lot of passionate people who talk about how they get into “the zone” or experience a certain “high” when they get down to …