Wishing You The Joy of Missing Out

December can be a very busy time. Many of us celebrate holidays and the close of the year, and sometimes we give gifts and have lists to get through. And all of this is in addition to the regular fun and games of adulting in a big city! This year, we at 8 Limbs want […]

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Stop, Thief!

When I was a kid, I had an image of a “burglar” that probably came from Sesame Street or The Electric Company. It was a cartoon of a male, wearing pants and a turtleneck, with a cap and mask. This burglar had a sack of stolen goods, or dollars, and was being sneaky, glancing over […]

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8 Limbs is 23!

8 Limbs turns 23 on Sunday, October 13! We are going strong and SO grateful to all of our community members, teachers, and staff for our continued strength and community. We couldn’t do it without you! Come celebrate with us this month. Become involved with the great teachers and teachings at 8 Limbs in a […]

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Have I got a story for you!

Our mind tells us stories round the clock. Much of the time we listen, because thoughts feel like truth, like reality. They create alternate storylines to serve our multitudinous needs, and they take up LOTS of space in our minds. I know my mind is incredibly shifty and sly. It runs non-stop, and usually likes […]

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Tending to Arrows

It’s been said that when the Buddha was asked what the difference was between folks on the path of waking up, and those not on the path, the Buddha first shared what everyone has in common – we all get hit by “first arrows”. That is, everyone gets hurt from time to time. This, he […]

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Ouch, that hurts!

Ouch! We’ve all said it. We’ve all felt it. Hurting is part of being human. But that doesn’t mean any of us like it; in fact, we often do everything we can to avoid pain. It’s hardwired, part of our survival programming. But avoiding pain, or avoiding feeling or examining it, can cause more harm, to […]

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Magnetize your practice

We know regular practice is good for us, but knowing doesn’t always lead to doing. Earlier this month Anne Phyfe Palmer shared an insight from one her teachers, that if  “practice is a magnet, you’ll always be drawn to it.” How can we magnetize our practices as a way to nurture regular practice? Here are […]

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Practice in the Summer

I don’t know about you all, but in the summer I find it a bit tough to practice daily. I love to meditate in the early morning — in the dark, before the world wakes up — and that gets tough when the sun rises before 6am. The birds start earlier, the traffic noises start […]

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Arrivals into Joy

Even the idea of sitting in meditation can spark discomfort – imaginations of an achy body, restless mind, challenging emotions… Thich Nhat Hahn  offers an alternative. Just taking our seat, he posits, is an opportunity to arrive into joy. “When you sit, sit in such a way that you feel you have already arrived. To […]

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HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME

Last month I wrote about how the concept of heat shows up in yoga philosophy. This month, let’s balance that with a little FUN! It’s summer in Seattle, for Pete’s sake, time to let it hang out! We have a few ideas for you, of course… FREE YOGA AT THE SCULPTURE PARK Once again 8 Limbs was […]

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