• being human,  embodiment

    Movement Is an Act of Love for the Body

    In our disembodied world, we’ve lost authentic connection with ourselves. Sitting for long periods of time at a computer, staring mindlessly into our phones and commuting long distances for work all contribute to this disembodiment. Even working remotely, not traveling, lends itself to this disembodied state because of our always on mentality (a lot of work, often in front of a computer without allowing ourselves the movement we need). The trouble, I find, is feeling like there’s not enough time to get everything done, and when something has to go, movement seems the obvious choice. But I know better, so I force myself out and never regret it. Personally, I learned many years ago that movement contributes to overall wellbeing in concrete ways. When I began my walking practice nearly twenty years ago, I vividly recognized that it helped not only my physical health but my mental health as well. Movement makes us feel more alive; it creates joy and clarity. Movement INVITES embodiment when we move mindfully, and in this way we also connect with the deepest parts of ourselves. Our hearts, bodies, minds and souls recognize their oneness instead of the separateness the brain creates. Embodiment is a gateway to the authentic self. The…

  • being human,  embodiment,  featured,  writing

    Embodied Writing

    How often are you in your head, and can you, instead, reside in your heart or gut, or even your feet? Embodiment, in its simplest sense, is being present and ‘in’ the sensations of the body on a moment-by-moment basis. Another simple definition I recently heard is “living life informed through the sense-experience of the body.” Most of us, unfortunately, are foreign to this idea and we are in our heads quite a lot. We are thinkers and doers and overachievers (me included), but learning to drop into the body actually provides us with more information, more choice, a fuller life, and gives the brain a much needed break. Often we are participating in life but not fully participating. Have you driven somewhere and realized that when you got to your destination, you couldn’t recall the drive? Or been in conversation but didn’t hear what the other person said? Were you thinking about what you’d say next? What about being somewhere and simply wishing you were someplace else? All of these situations point to a disembodied state. Head is primary. Body is someplace else entirely. Practicing mindfulness is one solution; practicing embodiment gives depth and richness to mindfulness. Depression and anxiety are head-space ailments. Though they…

  • being human,  embodiment,  featured

    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,  embodiment,  featured

    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,  embodiment,  featured

    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,  featured

    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.

  • embodiment,  featured

    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

    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…

  • being human,  embodiment

    Me Being Me

    I am continually working on becoming the fullest expression of myself. Daily I ask: what am I grateful for? What do I need to do to fulfill my obligations? What do I want to do that serves my soul? How am I hiding — from myself and others? How can I be more transparent? How do I want to be remembered? How can I be more ME? For the most part, for most of my life, it’s been about the second question: obligations. They are important, but they’re not the only thing that matters, so I’m learning to tend to what needs tending to, moving on to matters of the soul and trying not to feel bad about it, #shameisabitch. In other words, I’m trying to live my life on purpose. I had a lot of alone time last week which made it easy to see more clearly. Now I’m ready to put it all in action, to stay true no matter the circumstance … whether I’m viewed a weirdo or not (probably yes!) Life is practice, and a balancing act! How do you stay true to you? How do you serve your soul? How do you bend? and how do you blend, to work with…

  • being human,  embodiment

    On Being Fully Seen

    We get so ‘stuck’ in our ways of being. We get complacent, or shut down or scared; we don’t know how to change. And yet, we’re changing all the time. I think ‘scared’ (and scarred) is the primary factor for me in getting/staying stuck … mostly scared of being fully seen, flawed as I am. I get too in my head. I shut down my heart to stay ‘safe.’ I hide my shadow, the parts of me I don’t want others to see … but it’s felt. Energy is real, real-er than form and physicality! This is what i’m making space for today, the noticing so I can make space for change. I love it when a fresh new perspective presents itself, when I’m suddenly renewed, when the world feels full of possibility. That’s what going away and coming hOMe feels like to me.

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