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Why I Am Quitting My Job (On Exiting the Comfort Zone)

Today I have an announcement. I have some reservations about posting it here because, while it is a professional announcement, it is also a personal one, and I wasn't sure at first if this had anything to do with what we normally post on the Aquin Yoga blog. After some reflection I've determined that it is an example of what we share here, so here goes. As of June 1st I am officially giving up my license to practice Acupuncture. I have clocked well over 2000 client visits since I began in 2009 and am very proud of the work I have been able to do with the people who took themselves and their health seriously. Chinese Medicine is a beautiful, holistic medicine with a rich and extensive history. Personally, it has seen me through a number of my own health issues including debiliating migraines that had previously landed me in the emergency room. Studying Chinese Medicine was an enormous shift that took me out of life in the music industry and placed me into the classroom. I can't imagine what my life would look like now if I hadn't taken what felt like a crazy leap into the unknown. Almost everyone around me braced for impact as they watched me throw away a hard won career path. Some of those same people will no doubt brace once again at this news.
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Inspiration: How to Grow it Once You've Got It

I have been thinking about the elusive muse that is inspiration a whole lot lately. Last week on the blog I wrote about four common ways to find inspiration. It can strike any time, day or night and one never knows how long they will be touched once it arrives. Once you have it, how do you keep it? Today I want to explore different ways to continually grow this beautiful and motivating force called inspiration, so we waste no time or energy constantly trying to locate it.
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Four Sources of Confidence

How would your life change if you had more confidence? Would you be more relaxed, more effective, happier? What does it even mean to have confidence; and once you have it, how can you increase it? We've been discussing this topic in the Project One community and it's stirred up some important points I want to share. While there are many perspectives on the topic, this post focuses on four different sources of confidence, and the accompanying experiences of what confidence feels like. Confidence in Your Abilities At the most basic level, one must be confident with what one can do. As a musician, it took me over ten years of consistent practice and effort before I felt truly confident when performing. And even then, higher-profile situations or more challenging pieces of music would put my confidence to the test. I didn't always win, but at a certain point I stopped doubting whether I was "good enough" and just enjoyed the process of making music. Confidence in your abilities is largely a process of time spent honing your craft, combined with feedback from the world around you. If enough people, especially people you don't know, comment on how much they appreciate your ability to (fill in the blank), chances are you're actually good at that thing. It's funny just how often we are our own harshest critic, and how building confidence is simply a matter of putting more trust into those around you than into the negative voice within.
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What Modern Art Taught Me About Yoga

Erin and I sipped our lattes after a tour through Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibits, in all their bright colors, strange yet compelling images, and wry insight and humor, had had the always-thrilling effect of shifting our perspectives on culture and reality. As we sat in the ground-level cafe at the ICA, looking out over the frigid Boston Harbor, talking about art, life, and creativity, the ideas started to flow. The paths and purposes of yoga, spirituality, and self-development started to emerge and morph as we spoke, like colors in a kaleidescope. Here's what became clear above all else: you and I, we practitioners of yoga or other spiritual disciplines, are on the path because we're excited by what lies beyond the status quo.  We're moved by the experience of transcendence and greater meaning. We want to live in and create a world that expresses more consciousness and care.  This has very interesting implications.
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Blow Up Your New Year's Resolution. Do This Instead.

Happy New Year! Almost. I honestly couldn't tell you what my last New Year's resolution was, which means it probably didn't get very far. Still, this is the prefect time of year to reflect on how many incredible changes can happen in just one year. In my own life, my core relationships have shifted dramatically and surprisingly. My career goals have taken a sharp turn away from the track I thought I wanted to be on. The spiritual path I followed looks completely different and for the first time in years I find myself holding the reins of my own development, causing me to think about life and the world in new and unexpected ways. What's most interesting about all these changes is that there was no big decision-making moment for most of them.
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What Transformation Demands

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The Myth of Instant Transformation + Brand New Program

I work one on one with a lot of people. Whether it’s in my Chinese medicine practice or with private yoga clients, EVERYONE is looking for a quick fix. I have literally been asked by students what postures will mend a broken heart, dissolve stress for good, or help them sleep well at night (even though they drink 10 coffees a day). The whole thing makes me cringe a little bit, but also I understand why we all play into this mindset to some degree. It would be amazing if a treatment or a yoga class could drastically and dramatically change the current situation. For one, people often mistake yoga, a treatment, or almost anything that feels good as "the moment" that everything is going to change and new life will be born. Time and time again, people walk out of class or a treatment inspired and ready to take on the world only to return looking for the next “feel good” hit after it fades.
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The Art and Science of Making a Change

I’ve made some big changes in my life. I’ve switched careers, changed life contexts, and generally shaken things up in ways that some people might consider to be a bit extreme. For instance, I went from being a well-employed musician (literally, my only job was playing the trumpet, plus I had remarkable colleagues and extremely reasonable hours) to being a broke tech entrepreneur working all hours of the day and night for next to nothing. I went from living with my wife in our cozy suburban Washington, DC home to being a celibate quasi-monk living in a spiritual community in the mountains of western Massachusetts. Now I find myself back in a well-paying job, with a company I truly believe in, and deeply in love with one of the boldest/sweetest people I know. I’m still making music, and I’m sharing all the principles I learned from my time in the ashram to enrich other people’s lives. About Commitment  I want to share with you my approach to making life changes.
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