• being human

    On Becoming Real

    “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit On Authenticity, Realness So much of my life has been about how things looked from the outside.…

  • gratitude

    “Life Sucks and Then You Die”

    Where did that saying come from and why did so many of us buy into it?  And if we bought in, what does that mean for our lives? There are literally thousands of things to be aggravated with each day — traffic, electronic malfunctions, unkind people, general hassles, minor inconveniences — but how much does aggravation help? Does it help at all or does it make things worse? In my experience, the latter is true. “Thoughts become things” is a statement I latched onto years ago. I don’t absolutely know it’s true, but it certainly feels true. Every time I allow myself to get caught up in frustration, it seems frustration expands and…

  • being human

    A Mix of Sadness & Gratitude

    It seems impossible to feel sad and grateful at the same time, yet those are the two precise emotions I’ve simultaneously carried with me today. A deep well of sadness has settled in again, what was once an abnormal feeling has become familiar. To a self-proclaimed ‘glass half full,’ cheery soul, I feel lost in it. I find myself reflecting and then feeling an emptiness, an absence. I think about days not many years ago that were full, busy, too busy, and the ways I longed for quiet, contemplation, time. I wanted something I couldn’t have and now I want what I once had back. My yoga toolbox provides me with many tools.…

  • love letters for the soul,  prose & poetry

    bright

    oh my darling don’t you see? none of this is real these thoughts those emotions all of the self loathing you shine; why are you dimming your brightness? you are the stars the moon heaven in physical form. . . . Photo by mari lezhava on Unsplash

  • rituals

    The Power of a Morning Ritual

    Ever reach the end of the day and wonder where it went? Do you feel exhausted by lunchtime? Or feel like all you do is run around catering for others when you get home from work? Family, school, work and extracurricular activities fall top of the priority for most of us. But what about you? Shouldn’t YOU be at the top of YOUR list too? How are you meeting your self-care needs?  “I don’t have time,” or “I guess I never really thought about it,” are the top answers I hear the most with my students and clients. My immediate response? “If you aren’t taking care of yourself, how well you are really…

  • 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…