• being human,  writing

    Prayers & An Opportunity

    The other day an online acquaintance on Instagram posted about her struggle with this Coronavirus pandemic, how there is such a distinct line of separation between many of us; there are some who were already struggling before all of this, others who are out of work and people who are all sunshine and unicorns spreading positivity when the reality is that there is a lot of collective fear and uncertainty in the world right now. We are all dealing with this new reality the best we know how, but it is definitely a process. In order for us to grow, we must process how we feel and give ourselves permission to really feel everything that is coming up – fear, frustration, anger, aggravation, grief, sadness, annoyance. All of it. Yes, we must acknowledge it all, honor and hold space for ourselves and others. Personally, for me, there has not been a lot of change to my day-to-day. I work from home, in a field that helps businesses so I am still working. I am also a relatively solitary person, introverted, so the social aspect hasn’t been as difficult for me as I’m certain it’s been for many. I am exceptionally blessed and I realize it.…

  • being human,  embodiment,  writing

    Resourcing Resources

    I, like many of you, have been thinking about how I can help in this Coronavirus crisis. As a yoga and journaling teacher, I’ve been thinking about what I have to offer. Online classes? Meditations? Embodiment resources? Journaling prompts? Honestly, though, I’ve needed to resource and find safety within before putting any offerings out there. Some of us are stronger than others. Some of us need time. We’re all individual and we’re all called to help in different ways and at different times. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, resourcing is simply a way of finding safety in the midst of chaos or trauma. I am familiar with resourcing because of the deep work I did a few years ago in the aftermath of my mom’s death. My daughter left our home at the same time so it was like living through two deaths at the same time. I was in deep depression, certainly in a place I’d never been before. But I digress. The important thing is that if you’re feeling unsafe, unsure, depressed or depleted, you find the resources you need to get back to normal, or at least stable enough to get through whatever it is you’re going through. This coronavirus is…

  • being human,  embodiment

    Socially Connected While Physically Distanced

    Language matters. How we speak and relate to each other matters. Today, more than ever. What I’m thinking about right now is this new term ‘social distancing’ that’s been proposed throughout the COVID-19 national emergency. While I get the overall concept behind it and the necessity of creating more separation between each of us to slow the spread of the virus, the phrase feels isolating to me. As a new work week begins and the majority of people are home, working remotely, I feel the energy of the collective flowing through me. A heaviness presses on my heart. I am not alone in this. We are far more connected than not. This virus is physically showing us that in very real ways. We need each other and we need to stay calm. We also need to listen to the public health experts and do our part to slow the rate of spread. I acutely recognize the need to self regulate and discharge as much of the toxic, stress-inducing energy as I’m able. Personally, I’ve been practicing pranayama and somatic meditation every day, along with getting outside with my dog. As this outbreak unfolds, it will be even more important to continue and build upon these practices,…

  • being human,  embodiment,  writing

    Choosing Calm Over Chaos

    Wow, what a week. The world feels crazy right now with this Coronavirus pandemic. Lots of people have lots of opinions. The entire thing is politically divisive. The media is creating an even greater divide, inducing panic and fear. Yesterday, the energy was palpable to me. Not a thought-based panic but a body-based felt-sense of the madness within the collective. The dread arrived as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning. I couldn’t rid myself of the anxiety right away but I did work with it throughout the day. Presence over pushing it away. When the world feels like it’s spiraling out of control, I find simple ways to calm my nervous system. Here are 11 ideas for choosing calm over chaos: Breathe. Repeat. Breathe. Repeat. Breathe. Repeat. Go outside. Take in the fresh air. Take a walk. Play with your kids. Pet your dog. Hug your dog. Play with your dog. Watch your dog sleep. Be present with your dog. (They have SO much to teach us about letting things BE!) Journal using a prompt that taps you into your highest self. Don’t write about how you feel today if this whole thing has you out of sorts or panic-stricken; that will…

  • being human,  writing

    Creativity + Organization = Grounded Self Care

    Tapping into my creativity is my self care. Yes, I have other ways I care for myself like eating well, movement, positive self-talk, gratitude and plenty of rest, but also at the top of that list is creating. I just don’t think I realized or put it into that context until the last few years. For over a quarter of a century I’ve been writer, personally and professionally. For about the past 15 years I’ve written and blogged a lot more personally out of necessity. I feel calmer and more grounded when I write regularly, yet it has only been in the last few years that I’ve put writing in the context of creativity, and have felt a need to explore other ways to achieve similar results. Since that time I’ve continued to write, added in painting and drawing and knitting and chanting and playing ukulele and lettering and poetry. As a doer, it’s been fun to experiment with other ways to be creative beyond writing. Writing has been a way to be creative AND make money. These other artistic endeavors are just for me. As a person who tends to put life in compartments, I like finding things that thread together naturally. And I’ve realized…

  • being human,  writing

    Knowing and Not Knowing

    I write. It’s the one thing I do consistently, the one thing I’ve continually done to make sense of life. Ideas mill about in my head, and until I sit down, put fingers to a keyboard or pen to paper, thoughts don’t solidify. They stay scattered. It’s unsettling. Writing grounds me. Lately I’ve been feeling out of sorts. In my deepest essence I feel a need for change and I know the general areas that need change but can’t find a clear path forward. Or maybe I’m struggling with commitment. Perhaps old patterns are sabotaging me, or worse yet I’m afraid of succeeding, shining, becoming too big. I am in the last half of my life. That fact really just became clear in the last few months. I don’t know why I didn’t consider it before, but I didn’t, at least not at length. I guess death brings life into greater focus. Nothing has been the same since mom’s passing and Maddie’s coming of age. I often find myself wondering, is this it? Is this all there is? And then the next day there is utter and complete joy. Emotions come and go. It’s hard not to get caught up in them. I am still learning.…

  • being human,  embodiment

    I Hope You Dance

    I have named a word for myself every year since 2009. Some years they were chosen at the start of the year; in other years they were named at the conclusion or early in the following year. Last month, an Instagram acquaintance announced her word and I commented. “I need to choose mine!” She immediately replied, “let’s do it!” As a Whole Life Designer (Life Coach), she was the perfect person to assist me in that endeavor. Jessica is just lovely, sweet, easy to talk to and eager to help kindred spirits on the path. She FaceTimed me at the appointed time, we spent a few minutes getting acquainted, then began the word-choosing process. Essentially I quieted myself and centered as she shuffled an oracle card deck that held words, images and ideas that would help me find my word. After I told her I was ready, she pulled the following three cards and then read their descriptions aloud to me, asking that I jot down words that captured my attention. Here are the names of the cards and the other words I scribbled during our session: BALANCE CONFUSION REWARD action/reaction lots of ideas in mind jupiterian wheel of fortune ever-present change overloaded with stimulating…

  • being human,  writing

    5 Minute Sprint: A Journal Writing Exercise + 5 Journal Prompts

    Interested in journaling? Here is a journal writing exercise that can be done in five minutes with five prompts you can use each day: HOW: Set a timer for five minutes. Write without stopping. At the end of the time, stop writing, even if mid-sentence. WHAT: Five Prompts: Who am I? Why am I here? What do I want? A.M.: Ask. What is my highest intention today and what does that look like? P.M.: Thank. What moments were most beautiful today? “To heal the self is to heal the world.”

  • being human

    Helping Others Shine

    For the longest time I felt I had something to prove. I became a yoga teacher to change the world, sort of … to change MY world, for sure. And that it did. Leaving a full time job to mostly teach yoga was one of the best things I ever did for myself and throughout that decade, I was changed in profound ways, but eventually it all fell apart … Mom died. Maddie moved out. I slipped into severe depression for two years and didn’t want to teach anymore. I simply couldn’t. During this downtime, I made the practice my own again, I did other things that nourished me, and I realized that I too fell victim to an Instagram network marketing mindset – of selling myself. And another wave of change is coming in that realization. I have nothing to prove anymore. The darkness has subsided; I’m standing in the light. Life is good. I’m teaching again, though not as much as I used to. It’s not as much of a profession as it is a way of supporting others. Of course it’s always been about supporting others but for a long time it was about growing my business too. It’s not about that anymore.…

  • being human

    Creating Our World

    Art journaling is supporting me more deeply than regular journaling these days. It’s a form of quiet contemplation, a way of expressing myself separate of words. It’s also a welcome relief for this predominantly left-brained girl. You know the saying, ‘how you do anything is how you do everything,’ right? It’s evidence that we’ve sometimes got to do different things to get different results. The art in my journals has mostly been images and symbols that mean nothing, inherently. They don’t even ‘go together’ but I like they way they look together. It makes me think how much life is like that, how seemingly random events string together to create a cohesive story, because how could it not? Our precious human lives are random, yet they make sense in the context of the whole. Art journaling is calming; it brings me peace, happiness and contentment. Looking at completed spreads make me feel productive, though western society wouldn’t necessarily call art productive. I see my life’s unfoldment through my journals (and now art journals). Creation is our birthright; it is a gift from God. Born in his image and likeness, it’s what we are called to do as human beings on this earth. We create by…

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