• gratitude

    How To Be Grateful Each Day, in 10 Simple Steps

    I went to the doctor the other day for a routine visit. The woman checking me in had a bracelet that read ‘content’ with the words facing toward me. I told her I liked it and she said, “Yeah, anytime I complain I’m supposed to move it to the other wrist and turn the word toward me. It helps.” Indeed. I’ve kept a gratitude journal every day for years, I told her. “It’s changed my life.” And what I’ve found over all of these years is that we can complain about anything and everything, but the more negative we are, the more the negativity seeps into other areas of life. If, however, we can…

  • embodiment

    Nature as an Entryway into Embodiment

    Nature Is. Pure being. Sheer essence. And the great human paradox is that we are too. It’s our minds that get in the way of things. The Buddha spent a lot of time in nature and recognized this great spiritual truth. I walk or hike almost every day. It clears me out. It creates in me a spaciousness unexplainable — most of the time. Intentionality is key. We create mindfulness by not letting ourselves get caught up — in ourselves. Embodiment is an elusive concept, kinda like love and yoga. You know it’s real but words don’t accurately describe it. A walk in nature takes the same tone. When I’m outside moving my body, a lifeforce grander…

  • embodiment

    Understanding Ourselves at the Cellular Level

    Did you know that all of your cells have ‘tone?’ Cellular tone is a documented, researched fact. When you were born, you grew out of one cell. That one cell became many ‘things.’ Each cell knows all of the other cells intimately and is constantly in communication with the whole. And yoga balances the tone in our bodies — through breath, movement and constant communication with the Earth. We have what is known as movement intelligence, and we grow it consciously through intention. What’s more, by using the body we program the mind.Kinda crazy, right? We live in a world that believes the mind controls all. It doesn’t. Quite the opposite, in fact. And let…

  • embodiment

    How We Meet the Earth

    More Concepts on the Embodied Path I’ll be certified as an RYT 500 at the end of this journey and will have a body of work to reflect on as the years go by. We are only 4 weekends in and have 14 weekends to go. What I’ve learned so far has been mind blowing. So here goes. Intellectualize it, then practice some of the concepts explained to feel it. Additional Root Concepts of EmbodiYoga Though science (anatomy) would have us believe otherwise, we are not made up of individual parts. We are whole — and energy moves throughout the whole. Though many yoga schools would have us do otherwise, we shouldn’t be isolating body…

  • stories,  synchronicities

    How a Cardinal is Pointing the Way

    As she was preparing for D1 Prospect Camp she looked through a list of logos for all of the colleges that would be there. “What school is this?” she asked as she pointed to an image of a red bird. “I don’t know,” I say. Ball State University was one of the main school’s to pay attention to her at the camp. She worked extensively with the Associate Head Coach, Josh, and found out that day what school that bird belonged to. Their motto, “as cardinals, we fly.” . . . “I want a shirt that just says BALL, or SOFTBALL,” she said to me several months ago, months before she knew Ball State…

  • synchronicities

    Understanding Synchronicities

    I remember hearing the word SYNCHRONICITY many moons ago, thinking what a cool word. And while the sound of the syllables have a pleasing rhythm, the phenomenon of synchronous events is true magic. Swiss Psychotherapist, Carl Jung coined the term as he experienced meaningful coincidences where two or more signs seemed to occur randomly, yet were connected to meaning in life. Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. . . . So what’s the difference between a synchronicity and coincidence? Awareness and emotion. “The primary reality of synchronicities is emotional, not intellectual,” says Mark Holland, co-author of Synchronicity. “The reason they’re there is to make us feel…

  • synchronicities

    Synchronicities are Everywhere, 11:11 Edition

    Ever since my mom passed, I’ve been seeing repeated numbers on the clock every day — 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55 … and certain numbers I’m seeing even more. It prompted me to do some research. For 11:11, I found the following article by Willow Soul, excerpted below. Read full article for more in-depth info. . . . Are you seeing 11:11 everywhere?  Do you know what this number means? Some believe that the actual meaning of 11:11 is a sign that angelic beings are close by.  They come with love and protection, and they want to bring you clarity and guidance. 11:11 is the number of masters. The ascended masters are sending you…

  • synchronicities

    The Symbolism of Feathers

    I took a hike today. It’s always a great way to clear my head and ask for insight. I woke up feeling negatively about myself; vivid dreams of lack woke me and left me feeling not good enough as I started my day. I’ve been noticing lately how much other people’s energy affects me. I began to unravel that thought on my hike. . . . My daughter and I spent the weekend together, and on Friday night we headed out to watch a local band play. During the outing we saw many people we know – people we love as well as random acquaintances. One girl I used to be ‘friends’ with was…

  • embodiment

    Stop Recording. Start Embodying

    If you didn’t measure it, it didn’t happen. That’s the world we live in — steps we walk, food we eat, what we do. And most of it gets posted online via an app, or directly to social media. Work generally includes goals and objectives, and we receive performance evaluations (and raises) according to how we stack up against what we said we’d do. Grants are tied to deliverables. Measurement is a necessary part of work. But …. Most of us treat our personal lives like work — we record it all, and we share it with the world. Our health is tracked by any number of apps — daily movement, hours of sleep, water intake, the food we eat, how…

  • embodiment

    Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Body

    When navigating negative emotions, what takes over? Body or mind? Which came first? Where does all of our intelligence lie? I’m pondering these questions on my EmbodiYoga journey and I’d love for you to come along. I’m ashamed at how much I’ve ignored my body over the years — even still. I live in my mind more than I’d like but I’m thankful to be on this path, learning and directing my attention in ways I never have before. All emotion can be felt in the body but we almost never go there. Instead we … attach to thoughts, avoid or self soothe. An Inquiry Consider these five negative emotions. Take a deep breath. Read each…