• being human,  writing

    Conscious Writing

    I've been a technical writer, content strategist and copywriter for the bulk of my professional career. It's not what I planned; it just happened. But as I look back at my college days I see the seeds. Getting older offers the gift of clear-er seeing. When I began teaching yoga over a decade ago, I felt a distinct pull to do more personal writing -- for myself and others. That practice has been a mainstay ever since. I'm calmer and more focused in the process. I understand myself in a deeper way. I see how my thoughts work (for and against me). Personal writing -- conscious writing -- makes me more me. For…

  • being human,  embodiment

    Questions I’m Pondering This Morning

    Life flows. But sometimes it stops too. Sometimes we can visibly see and feel a before and an after. I feel this truth distinctly in my mom's passing. It feels as though naivete was the norm while she was alive, whereas darkness has settled into life since. It's not an every day darkness. For the most part I'm still in love with life; things just seem more real than they ever have been -- and yes, some days totally do suck. I also continue to gain a greater sense of myself, a self I don't always like. Life isn't as happy as it was before, and I can't seem to get back to…

  • being human

    Finite Thinking in an Infinite World

    Earlier this week I wrote about how travel is good for the soul and created a post on social media posing the question of what it does for others. A yoga friend of mine said she loved to travel because of the anonymity of it; she loves being another smiling face in the crowd. What a beautiful idea, I thought, and it got me thinking about how travel connects us to humanity, how it connects us to each other. It reminds us that we are a small part of the greater whole. Travel humbles us and makes us realize that our every day lives are not as large as we sometimes believe.

  • being human

    Travel is Good for the Soul

    I wrote about lightening the load before I left for California last week. I feel the truth of it more deeply upon my return. Packing only a large backpack for a five day trip, I still took too much. I was a little fearful of a new place, a big unfamiliar city many states away. It feels silly now. Sure, being cautious is a good thing, awareness is necessary when traveling, but I made more up in my mind about how it would or could be than how it actually was. There were several surreal moments as we were traveling along Highway 1. My eyes pooled with tears that matched the saltiness of…

  • being human

    Lightening the Load

    M and I are taking a trip to California to celebrate her 18th birthday; I’m organizing to get ready. While I tend to travel (and live) light, each excursion provides an opportunity to examine how I can be more minimalistic. I love the thought of living out of a carry-on bag for several days. Today I reorganized my every day items, eliminating things I rarely use. I feel out of sorts this morning, but a little lighter too. While we can physically see that decluttering helps the home, we can also physically feel the act of doing so in our bodies. I know who I am and what’s important to me. Living with…

  • rituals

    Do Different to Be Different

    Weare creatures of habit. We go about our days unaware of the stuckness of routine until it feels hard to break free. Yet it’s in the breaking that real change occurs. A certain level of sameness is good. Morning routines make us more productive. Moving every day is great for physical and mental health. Particular sleep schedules that are optimal for us individually should remain. But what routines do you keep that don’t serve you? In what ways are you going through the motions? If you “do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.”

  • being human

    What People Think of You is None of Your Business

    My outgoing teen daughter has an issue with my social graces lately. Ms. Rosy Sunshine talks to everyone she meets, and likes to visit with friends often. She’s happy, funny and smart. Others enjoy her company. I remember way back when — I was her. Over the years I’ve changed. I would rather be alone — a lot. I recognized this in myself over a decade ago when I worked full-time at a busy government office. Instead of going out to lunch with co-workers, I’d typically pack, eat outside and take a brisk walk to clear my head. These days I work from home and I am in my element. I spend most days writing. We live in…

  • being human,  stories

    Examining Story & Truth

    How much of life do we go through believing everything we think, say and do is truth? How much do we judge others because of our own viewpoints, without ever really taking into account the other person’s reality? But reality infers truth, and most of us don’t know the depths of the truth that exists. We live, instead, in the stories. And I think most of the time we only scratch the surface. Each of us is the sum of our experiences, but there is more to it than that. We are the things that have happened to us. We are the things that haven’t happened to us. We are our parents voices.…

  • gratitude

    The Joy of Beginning

    Each day, a new beginning. Each moment too. Sometimes life is too much. And when it is, what do you do? Do you obsess and worry over things you can’t control? Do you berate yourself for the bad choices you’ve made? Do you wake each morning with the angst of yesterday or the dread of tomorrow? The world’s weight on your shoulders is, in part, a choice. Do you choose to let it take you over, or do you choose something different? Can you allow yourself to go to sleep and let it go? Awaken brand new? It’s possible, you know. Life always moves through. While we are always the same, we’re so…

  • synchronicities

    The Psyche Doesn’t Care

    There is so much more going on here than we can see in day-to-day life. Real life or imagination, it’s all the same to the psyche. We can actively live something or we can symbolically do so. To the mind, it’s all the same. Crazy, right? And a bit freeing too. Swiss Psychologist, Carl Jung, wrote extensively about such matters, as have countless others who’ve studied Jungian Psychology. Allow me to elaborate. A few working definitions … psyche the human soul, mind, or spirit. And in psychology, it’s defined as the totality of the human mind — conscious and unconscious persona/conscious ego personality the outward ‘face’ we show to the world shadow those…