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A Christmas Gift That’s Not Too Late to Give:

oren arnold xmas quote

Don’t expect too much of Christmas Day. You can’t crowd into it any arrears of unselfishness and kindliness that may have accrued during the past twelve months.

And so, The Best Christmas Gifts:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~ Oren Arnold

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Everything That Irritates Leads You to Yourself

what you see in others is what you see in yourself

Three quotes on self-awareness from the masters:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

C.G. Jung

“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

― Pema Chödrön


”The good you find in others, is in you too. The faults you find in others, are your faults as well. After all, to recognize something you must know it. The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well. The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.”


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You Love Because

buddhist quotes

You love not because that person belongs to your family.
You love not because he is of the same religious belief as you.
You love not because he is your son, she is your daughter or your wife.
You love because that person needs to be loved.
That’s all.
You love without conditions whatsoever. It means unconditional love. You love in order to bring relief to that person, to transform the suffering in that person, to offer joy to him, to offer happiness to him
because he needs that.

You don’t ask for anything in return.

~Thich Nhat Hanh




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GROUND, by David Whyte

…is what lies beneath our feet. It is the place where we already stand; a state of recognition, the place or the circumstances to which we belong whether we wish to or not. It is what holds and supports us, but also what we do not want to be true; it is what challenges us, physically or psychologically, irrespective of our abstract needs. It is the living, underlying foundation that tells us what we are, where we are, what season we are in and what, no matter what we wish in the abstract, is about to happen in our body, in the world or in the conversation between the two. To come to ground is to find a home in circumstances and to face the truth, no matter how difficult that truth may be; to come to ground is to begin the courageous conversation, to step into difficulty and by taking that first step, begin the movement through all difficulties at the same time, to find the support and foundation that has been beneath our feet all along, a place to step onto, a place on which to stand and a place from which to step.

-David Whyte

David Whyte is an English poet. His book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America topped the bestseller charts in the US.  Born: November 2, 1955 Mirfield, United Kingdom.
A true sage of our times, his poetry appears in many spiritual publications.  We have many of books available in our Amazon store, and highly recommend the audio versions (or if you get the chance, hear him live, it’s a treat for the ears, the mind, the heart and the soul.)



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Beach Yoga with Brad beach yoga

When I first started going to Beach Yoga With Brad a few years ago, it was one of the best-kept secrets in all of L.A.  And was still just an idea I contemplated at my desk at an advertising agency.

Since then, Beach Yoga with Brad has captured the heart of the Westside of L.A., and has won accolades from many of the Los Angeles City Guides.  But for any of you who live here and have still not made it – or for anyone planning a visit to L.A., we’d like to encourage you to get your beach yoga on.

Beach Yoga is an AMAZING way to instantly shed workweek stress.  This is yoga that will have you doing stretches that remove all tension, deep breathing gulps of fresh sea air, and time between poses to sneak in some mediation (don’t tell Brad, I think we’re actually supposed to ‘focus’.)   The sound of waves, the freshest air in L.A., and an occasional performance from dolphins, sea lions, or even birds will have you counting your blessings and feeling deep gratitude for this beautiful place where we live.

And deep breathing the freshest air in all of L.A. will not only rid you of those toxic thoughts – you might even get a buzz.  (!)  This is class is appropriate for anyone – first-timers to advanced.

Here’s the scoop:  Every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am, you’ll find Exhale Yoga teacher Brad Keimach (and beach yoga devotees of every age, race, and skill level) practicing at the water’s edge, right at the border of Santa Monica and Venice (lifeguard tower 29.)


Brad’s prayer at the end of class is one of our absolute faves in the yoga world:

Palms together to your forehead for clear and calm mind.

To the lips for clear and loving communication.

And to the heart center for clear and loving intentions.

May we learn to see AND accept the truth about ourselves….no matter how…beautiful…it is.

For more info on time/ date /location :

Keep in touch with all on-going info on Beach Yoga:  Los Angeles Beach Yoga


Have you done Beach Yoga with Brad?  Please leave our readers some feedback on your experience below!

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