Connecting to Something Bigger with Hala Khouri
Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Understanding and embracing the mystery of life in healthy and grounded ways may help us manage with our anxiety and tension, as well as discover significance, pleasure, and excitement in our lives. The need to be anchored in reality and deal with our problems is critical; but, this does not exclude engaging in experiences that touch the fanciful and non-rational portions of our personalities.
We, too, must delve deep into our muck and darkness in order to find our way to the light.
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Author Andy Fisher, who is the author of Radical Ecopsychology, discusses how we need to be linked to nature because it gives us with a greater framework in which to store our pain.
- There are several avenues via which we might experience this connection with something greater than ourselves.
- It is my recommendation that you give some of the recommendations listed below a try, even if you already have some of them in place.
- One thing is certain: this is not an academic pursuit; rather, it is a sensory experience.
- A point of view that extends beyond what we can intellectually comprehend can provide perspective and clarity in difficult situations.
- So, whatever we want to name it, it’s this phenomenon that serves to remind us of our actual nature, which is that we are intimately and intricately related to everything and everyone around us.
- Everyone is equally precious and beloved in their own right.
- Consider a time when you were extremely miserable, whether you were nervous, sad, lonely, or indifferent.
- I’m sure you felt disconnected from the rest of the world and as if life had no significance at that point.
- Finding methods to connect to something larger than ourselves serves to remind us that we are a part of something larger than ourselves and that we are not alone.
- It’s easy to let our lives become a sequence of activities and obligations in which we hurry from one thing to the next without pausing to reflect.
When we take the time to pause and feel into the ineffable, it may provide us with a sense of perspective, a feeling of significance, and even a sense of wonder.
Do you have a connection to something that is greater than yourself? What is the procedure for gaining access to wonder? If you don’t already have a connection, what steps can you take to establish one? Answer in writing or with a drawing. To Find Peace in the Face of Anxiety: How to Ground Yourself, Build Resilience, and Stay Connected in the Face of Chaosby Dr. John Gray The artist Hala Khouri created the piece 2021. Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boulder, Colorado, has granted permission for this reprint.
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Connecting to Something Bigger with Hala Khouri
As I sat in front of my computer today, thinking about what I should write to motivate and encourage both of us as we begin a new year, I came up with an idea. Every now and again, I find myself returning to the words, observation, and forgiveness. The beginning of the year is a time of rebirth. The concept causes us to become energized and empowered.
Bring something to the table
Then he told the people in the audience to take a seat on the grass. Taking the five loaves and two fish, Jesus lifted his eyes to the heavens, blessed them, and then split the loaves in half. Matthew 14:19 (New Revised Standard Version). Isn’t it interesting how, in some of the miracles, Jesus seemed to anticipate that people would bring something other than their appetites to share with him? Yoga Journal is a publication dedicated to yoga.
Your Weekly Astrology Forecast, January 30–February 5: An Auspicious Time
Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our articles, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and other bonus content. The new moon in Aquarius, which occurred early in the week and was our second new moon of the month, aids in the transition from January to February. New moons are full of possibility, and this one has an auspicious feel about it as well as a soothing beat. When combined with Mercury’s move out of retrograde later in the week, we are given the opportunity to start over.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Are Reportedly Planning a ’Fairy-Tale Wedding’ Soon
As the month of January turned into February, Us Weekly received a quick update on the status of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s wedding preparations. The couple is trying to tie the knot as soon as possible—and according to the outlet’s source, a spring wedding is not out of the question for the couple.
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’90 Day Fiancé’s Jasmine Addresses Her ‘Out of Control’ Jealousy and Rumors Gino Is a Sugar Daddy (Exclusive)
90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star Jasmine had no regrets about her tremendous jealously over her boyfriend, Gino, which she experienced during the show’s first season. Jasmine spoke up to ET’s Melicia Johnson about the current season of the hit TLC reality program, and she also revealed the source of her “out of control” behavior in an interview with the network. wrestlinginc.com
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Alexa Bliss, a WWE RAW Superstar, has dealt with her fair share of strange fans and catfishers throughout the course of her career.
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A holistic approach to curing anxiety that includes relevant experiences and easily accessible activities that can assist you in finding greater serenity by working with your body, mind, and spirit will be discussed in detail. Experiencing overwhelming worry and stress is something that almost everyone goes through at some time in their lives. The difficulties we face in our personal lives can feel overwhelming at times, and the hardships we witness throughout the world only add to the weight.
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- Complete with realistic tales and examples, each chapter offers a variety of techniques and skills to help us discover more peace and work for the greater good in our own lives as well as in our relationships with other people.
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I led a panel discussion on business responsibility and yogic ideals at Yoga Journal LIVE! NYC, which took place last week. The panel featured representatives from Lululemon Athletica (including the company’s new CEO, Laurent Potdevin), as well as bloggers and yoga instructors who have been vocal in their criticism of the organization. This has sparked a discussion among yoga practitioners, which I believe to be really important. Panelists and audience members at The Practice of Leadership expressed their dissatisfaction with Lululemon’s failure to function in accordance with yogic principles, and as a result, their belief that the company does not accurately represent the yoga community.
I’d want to dissect these points of contention.
As a mother of multi-cultural children, a trauma therapist, co-founder of Off the Mat Into the World, a yoga teacher, a Lebanese immigrant, and a white person (white is an ambiguous term that typically refers to people of European descent, so some would argue that I am not white, but I pass as white and thus receive benefits from my skin color), I am a woman of many identities and backgrounds.
Who are we referring to when we say “yoga community”?
According to my understanding, Lululemon, Yoga Journal, and the majority of mainstream yoga studios operate on the assumption that the “yoga community” is mostly comprised of upper/middle class, white, heterosexual, able-bodied, slender women who do yoga. This appears to be the target audience for their products. However, there are a large number of other people who practice yoga who may never set foot in a mainstream classroom, shop at a Lululemon store, or pick up a copy of Yoga Journal. This includes people of color, low-income individuals, those who are jailed, veterans, obese individuals, handicapped individuals, queer and transgender individuals, as well as the elderly.
To be more specific, I feel that this lack of togetherness is a mirror of the greater division that exists in our society—there is a community of privilege, and then, unfortunately, there is the rest of the population.
If yoga means union, then we should not allow ourselves to be a reflection of the divide that exists in world at large.
If we want to achieve higher consciousness, we must examine thoroughly who we consider to be a part of our community—and who we do not consider to be a part of it. Many yogis are now saying to themselves, “But everyone is welcome at our studio; no one will be turned away!” I understand what they are thinking. And I’d add that this is a nice, if unsophisticated, expression of feeling.
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It is a multi-million-dollar corporation that has tremendous awareness in the marketplace (254 stores worldwide and growing). More than 300,000 publications are sold annually, while the website Yoga Journal is seen by millions of people. The fact that these corporations are so well-known means that they have a huge impact on the cultural perception of what yoga entails. In other words, when these firms promote yogis as white, able-bodied, and skinny, they are sending a message about who yoga is for and what it can accomplish.
I’m always astonished when someone tells me that they’ll never be able to do yoga because they’re not flexible enough, as if being flexible were a precondition for doing yoga.
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Consumer dollars provide the fuel for corporations. We can’t complain about their marketing techniques without realizing that we’ve been putting food into the jaws of the beast that we’re now trying to stop from growing. Inevitably, profit-driven businesses will respond to customer demand; thus, while we encourage them to alter their methods, we must likewise change our own ways as well. There is a portion of the yoga community (and I am now include the entire community of everyone who practices yoga in this term) that lives by yogic ideals and puts their money where their values are.
This is the challenge we’re tasked with.
It is necessary for us to participate in a debate about what yogis value and how we can embody those values in all parts of our lives if we are to change the yoga community into a yoga movement, which is what I feel is necessary. If we are talking about these issues with people who share our beliefs, it is simple. But what if we are talking about these issues with people who do not feel called to be a part of our movement? As a real yoga community, how can we involve everyone who is passionate about yoga and do it in a way that is considerate of all points of view?
I am aware of this since it has been my experience.
The last 15 years of my life have been devoted to unpacking my privilege (as well as the ways in which I don’t like it).
Every time I believe I’m aware, I discover a new blind spot. It can be something as simple as noting that band aids match my skin tone but not dark skin, or something as significant as assuming that I would never be evaluated based on my skin color or gender identity.
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My aim is that yoga is embraced by all people, and that yoga does not appear to be an elitist discipline reserved for a select few through advertising, publications, branding and marketing to a specific audience, or even in our own preconceptions about it. Instead, I’d want to see yoga promoted and appreciated as something that anybody can benefit from, regardless of their background. Individuals who practice yoga must actively join forces in order for this to occur. Using our voices, our purchasing power, our patience, our capacity to remain grounded through difficult talks, our enthusiasm, and our devotion, we need to work toward making all areas of our lives reflect what we believe.
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Take into consideration the following questions if you practice yoga and wish for your practice, as well as other parts of your life, to reflect your inner values: When it comes to making decisions in your life, where do you find yourself not making choices that are consistent with your values? What would you have to give up or modify in order to make a difference in this situation? Are you prepared to give up some of your perks in order to live a more honest and ethical lifestyle? What is one action you can do right now to help you get closer to your goal?
Building Resilience to Find Peace from Anxiety with Hala Khouri — Radically Loved by Rosie Acosta
We are living in a time when worry and anxiety may easily take over our lives and overwhelm us. Being in this situation of continual powerlessness might exacerbate feelings of helplessness. However, at some time, we must confront all of our negative emotions in order to release ourselves from them via the development of resilience. The only way we can feel more at ease is to acknowledge that both positive and terrible things may coexist in the same space. In this episode, Hala Khouri joins us to talk about the tools she uses in her book, Peace from Anxiety, and how to use them.
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- Explore three key things that may be interfering with your ability to achieve inner calm. Get practical advice on what to do if you find yourself unable to control your nervous system during times of extreme stress. Find out how to alter yourself by learning about the ideas of self-regulation, interoception, and resilience-building.
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- Peace from Anxiety In just seven days, you can establish a daily meditation practice. The Radically Loved website has BUILD YOUR DAILY MEDITATION RITUAL and more goodies to download, including a FREE Action Guide! As you listen to this episode, put into practice the concepts you’ve learned. Sign up at RadicallyLoved.com, and I’ll send it to you as soon as possible
- Hala had a sneaking suspicion that the book was inside her. Several of Hala’s students and customers had expressed a desire for the knowledge to be made more publicly available
- The book-writing process proved to be a smooth and painless experience for her. She was prepared, and all she had to do was write down every clever thing she had said
- The book is separated into three sections. What will have the greatest influence on readers is determined by what is lacking in their life.
The First Part: Physiological Aspects
- Understanding our neurological system and learning grounding strategies are the focus of this section. It is frequently the most easily grasped and has the greatest immediate influence on the majority of individuals. These tools are the things that individuals remember, put into action, and execute on a regular basis.
The Second Part: Relationships
- We can’t get by on our own
- Even if we have all of the tools we need to keep our bodies running properly, we still need to cultivate interpersonal connections. Sadly, this is not something that can be completed immediately. It entails focusing on prioritizing relationships, asking for help, and acknowledging that you require the assistance of others.
The Third Part: The Global Heart
- It’s about having the satisfaction of knowing that we’re making a difference in the world
- Some people believe that the missing element is a feeling of purpose and accountability
- For others, it is a sense of belonging. It is necessary for everyone of us to have a greater sense of purpose and significance.
Relationship Divisions on Social Media
- When we’re under a lot of stress, our thinking is quite binary
- When we’re not. Separation might be a result of a stressful situation. It is exacerbated by the disembodied interactions and biased algorithms of social media platforms. Social media has created the ideal storm for our deepening divisions and intolerance for those who are different. Remember that we all have varying degrees of access to knowledge and education before passing judgment on others in a black-and-white fashion.
On Unhappiness, Forgiveness, and Giving Care
- In order to figure out how to be happy, unhappy individuals tend to get obsessed with their sadness
- Hala has experience working with patients who suffer from anxiety and depression, among other things. In the end, they discovered that extending their care beyond themselves was the “solution.” We must change our stress reaction from one of “fight or flight” to one of “tend and befriend.” When we’re stressed, it’s important to recognize that our well-being is intertwined with that of others, and to extend ourselves to care for them. When it comes to the coronavirus, nobody can be healthy unless everyone is healthy. Getting vaccinated is more about considering the well-being of others than it is about one’s own health.
What to Do When You’re Unable to Regulate Your Nervous System
- We all require something or someone to hold us up from time to time. Whether it’s another person or a spiritual idea that is larger than ourselves, actively connecting to the sorrow of others helps us feel less alone in our own suffering. If you have COVID-19, consider all of the other millions of individuals who are also suffering with COVID-19 at the same time as you. Accept that you are not alone in your pain and let your heart to open up to that realization Listen to the complete podcast to learn about Rosie’s experience with the COVID-19 contracting process.
Launching a Book
- It’s still weird to Hala that her book is now available
- She believes that the book will be used as a tool to help and influence others, particularly at this time of heightened worry. A common criticism leveled at self-help books is their highly individualistic worldview
- Her book urges individuals to rely on one another and to accept that they will not be able to achieve everything perfectly by themselves.
Parenting at the Time of COVID-19
- Her children are aware of how fortunate they are not to have been harmed as severely as others
- The difficulties her children are experiencing are related to the fact that they are missing developmental stages that allow them to feel their own growth. Sometimes parents wish to make their children’s terrible sentiments disappear so that they may go on with their lives. That would be a disservice to your child
- Instead, Hala teaches her children how to deal with challenging emotions while simultaneously embracing the wonderful aspects of their lives.
Self-Regulating When You’re Hyperfocused on Negative Feelings
- It’s natural for us to hyperfocus on bad feelings when we’re nervous, depressed, or terrified. However, numbing or rejecting the unpleasant sensations won’t help the situation. Allow yourself to become aware of anything else in your body that makes you feel happy. Develop the ability in your brain to simultaneously hold something that is pleasurable and something that feels painful
- The objective is to avoid becoming overwhelmed by feelings of worry or despair. Once this happens, they can become merely a part of our identity without interfering with our ability to focus on the positive
Interoception and Trauma
- When we’re nervous, depressed, or terrified, we have a tendency to hyperfocus on our bad feelings
- Numbing or rejecting our negative sensations does not help. Make a point of noticing anything else that feels pleasant in your body. Acquire the ability to hold something that feels good alongside something that feels painful in your brain by doing the following: The objective is to avoid becoming overwhelmed by feelings of fear or sadness. Once this happens, they can become merely a part of our identity without interfering with our ability to concentrate on the positive.
- We become accustomed to going at a certain speed that is both pleasant and uncomfortable. Slowing down is frightening, but it is perfectly OK
- Hala has decided not to pursue her PhD. Her decision had been challenging, but she knew she was under no obligation to do so at this time. The pursuit of excellence is not always necessary
- Mediocrity may be fulfilling in its own right.
Building Resilience in the Book
- Hala concentrated on developing resilience since it does not stigmatize people
- Her favorite definition of resilience is the ability to enable hardships to change us. It is the sense that we are capable of dealing with life. Resilience is a more subtle term than some other good adjectives, and it should be used with caution. It all comes down to our ability to picture things being better than they were
- We’re all living in a future that we can only imagine. Trauma causes us to lose our ability to imagine
- Regaining that ability offers us reason to be hopeful.
How Hala Feels Radically Loved
- Hala is surrounded by gifts, opportunities, and helpful connections in every instant, and she feels radically loved in every moment.
5 Powerful Quotes
It was the fact that they extended their caring beyond themselves, making it about something greater than themselves, that was the ‘treatment.'” The transformation of our stress reaction from a fight or flight response to a tend and befriend response is what I believe our world is in desperate need of. “Until everyone is well, no one can be well,” says the author. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by our worry or believing that we are larger than our despair, perhaps the objective is for those feelings to become just a part of who we are.
Trauma causes a loss of imaginative capacity. In turn, when we restore our ability to envision, we are given reason to be hopeful.”
In addition to being a co-founder of Off the Mat Into the World, Hala Khouri is also a yoga activist who works to bridge the gap between yoga and activism. Judith has more than 25 years of experience as a yoga and movement instructor, and she has received training in Somatic Experiencing. Hala is also a well-known speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including yoga, social justice, and trauma. In addition to clinical work and training, she has worked in the field for more than 15 years.
Training educators and service providers on how to be trauma-informed and culturally sensitive is something she specializes in.
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Peace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience, and Stay Connected Amidst the Chaos (Paperback)
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A comprehensive strategy to reducing anxiety that does not avoid facing the realities of the world. Anxiety and tension that is overwhelming—these are sentiments that almost everyone has experienced at some point. The difficulties we face in our personal lives can feel overwhelming at times, and the hardships we witness throughout the world only add to the weight. Peace from Anxiety assists us in understanding the underlying causes of our suffering, allowing us to strive toward achieving more peace-even in the midst of chaos.
Despite the fact that the causes of our worry, tension, and pain may appear to be complex, recovery does not have to be.
Khouri investigates how our brain and neurological system respond to stress, and he describes how we might begin to connect with our bodies in order to better comprehend their signals and how to deal with them when they occur.
There are many issues covered in Peace from Anxiety such as trauma, relationships, technology, and the need of striving not just for individual recovery but also for communal healing in our world.
Complete with realistic tales and examples, each chapter offers a variety of techniques and skills to help us discover more peace and work for the greater good in our own lives as well as in our relationships with other people.
About the Author
HALA KHOURI, MA, is a therapist, yoga instructor, and somatic experiencing practitioner who is well-known for her sensitivity, compassion, and sense of humor when dealing with tough themes such as stress, anxiety, and traumatic experiences. Hala is one of the founding members of Off the Mat and Into the World, and she gives workshops on topics such as yoga, anxiety, trauma, resilience, and social justice all throughout the United States.
“I can’t think of a more important book to read, especially at this point in the history of our world.” The following quote comes from Seane Corn, author of “Revolution of the Soul.” This is the book we’ve all been waiting for, and I can say that with the authority of someone who has been incredibly frank in the public light about her experience with anxiety.” It is not necessary to battle with anxiety oneself in order to read this book because you are likely to know someone who does.
- We’re all guilty of it.
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Throughout the book, Hala artfully explores how embodying our interconnectedness—between our own physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental bodies, as well as between ourselves and others—creates a foundation of well-being and intrinsic interdependence that not only allows us to survive anxiety or despair, but actually thrives in the face of it.
- Tessa Hicks Peterson “Hala Khouri encourages a culture of caring by developing a global heart, critical consciousness, and active hope, all while maintaining a strong commitment to compassion and avoiding magical thinking.
- Hala Khouri gives practical insight for bringing ourselves back into regulation and leading a more grounded existence by drawing on relevant experiences from her own life, yoga teaching, and therapy experience.
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- In my fifteen years of working with Hala, I’ve learned that she is a highly intellectual, strongly eloquent person who is also kind and friendly.
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—Suzanne Sterling, Voice of Change and cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World”Hala Khouri, cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World, has generously gathered her considerable wisdom in this book, which indissolubly links self-care with collective care.” —Suzanne Sterling, Voice of Change and cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World” In addition to helping us understand how our own concerns and fears intertwine with those of our global neighbors and the natural world, Khouri also instructs us on how to relax the nervous system and nurture our connection with suffering in order to perceive and act with greater clarity.” The author, Dr.
Mary Watkins (Ph.D.), of Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons, says: The publication of a smart, honest book that guides us towards a deeper relationship with ourselves couldn’t come at a better moment, in my opinion.
Hala Khouri strikes a mix between background, examples, and accessible anecdotes, as well as reassuring, down-to-earth routines that bring us back to the bodies in which we all aspire to feel at ease with ourselves.
This sensitive guide has much to offer anybody who is interested in learning more.” —Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, a book on race, love, and liberation