• being human,  embodiment,  featured,  stories,  writing

    More Broken Than Me

    “More broken than me” is a judgement but it’s also a real thought I had today. Even those of us who strive not to be judgmental have judgement. It’s a human tendency to compare and contrast. I believe we all do it, but I also think it’s important that we catch ourselves and recognize the moment, that we recognize and question our thoughts instead of believing them to be true. I really felt myself today, such a surreal feeling of aliveness pervaded my being. I wasn’t rushed. I was intentional and it reminded me that this is the way life is supposed to be. Not all of my days have been like this; in fact, most haven’t been, but lately I get glimpses, hints of the beautiful life that is before me. My embodiment practices have invited these moments more often and for that, I’m thankful. It’s funny how one thought or feeling leads to the next and how we connect ideas and concepts to one another. The feeling of aliveness, of being embodied, reminded me of many years of disembodied living––the pulling out, up and away from experience, simply because I couldn’t be here. I didn’t feel safe so being anywhere else but here was…

  • being human,  featured,  writing

    Writing to Heal

    Life gives you plenty of material to write about. Whether mad, sad, full of joy, rage, curious, life is full of surprises and writing helps us make sense of the confusion. As I sit to write today, I feel regret … for how I behaved yesterday. While I have reason to feel angry and frustrated with a particular situation in my life, I unloaded on someone else. It wasn’t fair to her and I told her so today, but the feeling in my heart remains heavy. I feel shame for my actions and for discharging them through the spoken word. For me, writing and saying ‘I’m sorry’ are the only ways to move past them. One testament to daily journaling is to simply let it out. I can’t undo what I did, but I can not let it continue to affect me. I can also choose a new story for myself. That new story is that my past trauma and wounds are healing as I write this, that I am better for writing this and that today is a new day. Instead of drowning in doubt and fear, I choose empowerment, better words and better thoughts, the ones the make me a better me, ones…

  • being human,  embodiment,  featured,  gratitude,  rituals

    My Life Is A Ritual

    I happened upon this statement a few months ago. I’m not sure where, but it attached itself deep in my psyche … “my life is a ritual.” I placed those words on my message board so I could ponder them for a while and I’ve concluded for myself that the statement is true, but my thoughts around ritual are different now. The dictionary defines ritual in this way: a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order Essentially, what I believed ritual to be in the past: a long, elaborate set of rules and actions, has changed. The statement also made me ponder ritual vs. getting stuck in my ways, in life … going through the motions. This is something I wish least for myself. As I ruminated on the statement, I thought about my daily morning ritual. I look forward to the morning more than any other time of day. The freshness, the possibility, the gift of ‘beginning again’ each day literally ignites my soul. I also love the idea of honoring the rhythm of the days and seasons and a morning ritual invites that. My morning ritual consists of naturally rising at sunrise, slowly, mindfully making tea, standing…

  • being human,  commonplace book,  embodiment,  featured,  writing

    The Art of Slow Writing

    In our digital age, we’ve moved from everything slow to everything fast; anything and everything we need we can get now: food, news, a new relationship, the delivery of goods (directly to our homes); you name it, you can have it immediately. We are changing as a race because of it. Our brains are adapting to the speed at which we can get everything, and I’m wondering if that speed is also creating a constant craving and setting us up for future failure. There have been studies of such things. You can read two articles here and here. Perhaps a slowing down is in order. Perhaps it will balance our nervous systems. Perhaps we’ll become kinder people when we slow down enough to pay attention to ourselves and others? Perhaps. As a yoga and embodiment educator, I’ve seen firsthand the effects of a slow conscious breath. I teach people these tools every day. And today, I want to introduce the concept of slow writing as another practice of embodiment. While I write here and other places professionally (on a keyboard), ‘slow writing’ has been a lifelong practice of mine. Simply put, ‘slow writing’ is putting pen to paper, writing by hand. I’ve kept a commonplace…

  • being human,  featured,  gratitude,  love letters for the soul

    . . . After All, This Is Your Life

    How often are you going through the motions, and how often are you intentional about the way you’re living? How often are you stuck as opposed to free? How often are you living in ego instead of living in love? Life isn’t rainbows and unicorns but we do have choice, a lot of it quite actually. Trauma, pain, conditioning, ‘shoulds,’ and ‘have to’s’ all lead us down very different paths than, perhaps, the road our hearts desire. Just something I’m playing with in my life … “after all, THIS is your life.” A mantra. An invitation. A shift of being. A way of living in more joy, softness, openness, grace, love. Wanna try it out with me? After all, this is your LIFE.   Photo credit: Photo by 小胖 车 on Unsplash

  • being human,  embodiment,  featured,  stories

    Claiming Your Story

    We are all so much alike, far more alike than different; yet many of us feel alone, isolated, unique in our stories. We are in pain or we haven’t processed the depths of our past experiences. We don’t know how to heal and we get stuck in patterns, often sabotaging ourselves in the process. That was my story. It still is on my bad days, but I’m human and I hold space for myself on those days now. I am not lacking, or less than, or a failure (believe me, those are some of the stories I told myself for a long time!) Story connects us. It enlivens us and we learn from hearing and reading other’s stories. There are many avenues for telling these stories these days and we don’t need to be experts to do so. We only need to have courage — to have a deep desire to speak something greater into existence. Chances are, if you’re here today reading this, you’ve been through struggle; you’ve endured suffering. Yes, we kindred spirits tend to find each other. Maybe you’re still in pain and looking for a way to heal. Maybe you don’t know where to start. Maybe you’re not sure you CAN…

  • being human,  commonplace book,  embodiment,  featured,  gratitude

    On Wishing Life into Existence

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be somebody. Mediocrity was never okay. I dreamed of making it big, not necessarily as an actress, songwriter or singer, but someone recognizable. I wanted to be an anchor on a bigtime news show and as I entered college, I declared a communication major. I had huge hope and enthusiasm, but looking back, I see I was never really ‘for myself,’ and had no real possibility of manifesting those dreams into reality. Practicality was also bred deeply into my being, as well as analytical skills and discernment, leaving little room for creativity (the thing I now see we are ALL made for). Top that mix with ‘I don’t have a clue who I really am,’ and lots of unresolved childhood trauma that wouldn’t fully come to surface until much later in life. I didn’t yet know how to consciously create, and had to live through a lot more trauma, re-creations of past trauma, to finally get wise to the movements within me. It would take years of living and messing up and learning and messing up again. It would take years to understand that I’d never be ready in early adulthood. I had too much to…

  • being human,  embodiment,  gratitude

    My Altar Practice

    I remember learning about establishing & using an altar over 20 years ago when I first started practicing yoga. It seemed so foreign, unconventional and scary to me. It is now a part of every day life. I’ve had a morning ritual for years and using my altar (that’s right on my kitchen counter and is beautiful, simple and practical) feels very natural. It’s simply a place to pray, practice gratitude, set intentions and remember who I am, at my core. I’ll be writing a post about my practice, establishing an altar, things to include, etc … stay tuned. Do you have an altar? Any morning or evening rituals? A gratitude or journaling practice? I’d love to know! Tell us below in the comments.

  • love letters for the soul

    I Wrote This for You

    I wrote this for you, a reminder of how amazing you are and how much the world needs you … a #mantra, a practice, some encouragement, a necessary reminder on the days you need it most. I hope you believe it because its #truth! You are unique, beautiful, amazing and an important part of the delicate fabric of life.

  • being human,  embodiment,  gratitude

    Grounding & Simplifying

    Last week I was profoundly grounded and centered. I felt whole. Centered. Calm. I stepped back into the practices that are important to me and they were medicine for my soul. But over the weekend, J and I ran a bit … and now that it’s Monday morning, I’m feeling scattered. It feels agitating. It brings the anxiety I know so well. I don’t like it. At all. So, while I’m jumping back into work this morning, I see a deep need for a little me-time to recalibrate. To reset. To balance. To breathe. To ground. Without going into a long story about the ‘why,’ I see it. My scatteredness relates to: the way I’m deeply affected by other people’s energy, the fact that I am always looking for new creative ways to BE and that some of those ways are not ME. I know who I am. I know what’s important, what works for me, and I must remember that I’m not, nor should I be, all things to all people. I need to consistently remember ME, and do the things that resonate with my soul. I try to do too much and I often work against myself. This is what puts me in the place I…

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