• being human

    Begin Again

    And that’s the magic of life. That we can always begin again. Night. Day. Despair. Renewal. This time of year is hard for a lot of us, me included. I drowned in pain for the last two years, but life ‘is for livin, man’ so I gotta keep goin … excited for new traditions with old friends, spending time with family and focusing on what’s important vs. what’s proper or expected of me. I think we get stuck, not realizing our options. Yes, life is as we choose it because of our ability to begin again. Over and over. On this Thanksgiving Eve, I am thankful for the ability to begin again. Blessings, y’all. Truly, from my heart to yours.

  • being human

    Rituals

    R I T U A L : a series of actions or type of behavior regularly and invariably followed by someone. What I am noticing is that my life is {becoming} a ritual. There are particular intentional things I do out of habit & repetition now and I wouldn’t call it routine because it’s much more sacred than that. As I get older, the most mundane becomes the most sacred. Yes, I am grateful and thankful for so many little things that are really big things. Do you have rituals you perform each day? Moments that are sacred, that connect you deeply to your Self? I’d love to hear about them! Please comment below. Happy Monday!

  • being human,  writing

    Journaling to Heal

    Our lives are living processes; we are human processes as much as anything. The only certainty is change. I reflect today about how things were a year ago. 2017 and 2018 were extremely hard years, and my goodness, did I fully participate in them. I didn’t run. I didn’t hide. I faced the ugly and the pain. I deepened my embodiment practices and I journaled and cried and journaled and cried some more. I practiced yoga and gratitude (as much as I could), I got outside a lot. But the single most impactful thing that facilitated healing was my writing/journaling practice. Seeing it all on a page in black and white made me face it, understand it, and gave me the ability to work with and to change what needed changed. Fast forward to today, 2019 has been a pretty good year. I’m ready to give back again regularly. (I stopped teaching regularly just before my mom’s passing because it was just too much, too personal, too of my heart.) Well, I’m excited to say I was accepted last week into an amazing program through the Center for Journal Therapy, allowing me to deepen my own practice and teach this healing art to others: a…

  • being human,  writing

    Reflecting + Sharing the Gift of Journaling

    I’ve been thinking about life in general and the things I share here and on social media. Social media is definitely a ‘highlight reel’ but I try to be real and write about the things I’m going through; I try to honor the human-ness that connects us. My writing life was built around these topics; its the reason my website, soul fabric, was born. But, there’s a lot I don’t share too. I journal almost every day. I have for years, and I see how much sense I’m able to make of life in the process. Things that don’t make sense in my head come to life on a page. The next step in the evolution of my soul is facilitating these experiences for others. I’m learning more about therapeutic writing and am in the process of becoming a ‘Write Your Self’ Guide and a ‘Journal to the Self’ Facilitator. I’m also building an embodied journaling email course that will be released in early 2020. (Sign up link isat top of the home page). I am so excited to share these healing tools with others! Are you a journaler? Writer? Do you make sense of life through writing things down? Reflecting about the deeper meaning…

  • 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,  featured,  writing

    Keeping a Commonplace Book

    I have collected and filled notebooks for years, mostly recording things I was learning, other times journaling or Morning Pages. Beginning in my teens, I continued sporadically, and by my late twenties, I was deep into yoga and yogic philosophy, filling several notebooks with wisdom. I didn't know there was a name for what I was doing until a few years ago. I ran across the Bullet Journal concept which covered bits of it, but it didn't address all of the note-taking I had been doing for years. A Commonplace Book is the name given to small notebooks that house notes, learnings, anecdotes and more. I consistently keep a Commonplace Book with Bullet Journal elements so all of my stuff is tidy in one space. 

  • 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,  featured,  writing

    Five Simple Tips to Make Writing an Everyday Priority

    Write first––and I do mean first. Write before email, tv, social media, a book––everything. Writing first gives us the opportunity to check in with ourselves. We are the most meditative early in the morning, before the day takes hold. Write first. All forms of writing count. Journaling, blogging, emailing, love notes, letters, writing articles for others. Any writing IS writing. Of course, you may set goals for yourself about the types of writing you want to accomplish each day, but all forms count as writing if you are counting the number of days in a row you write. Use ‘free form’ or ‘flow writing’ as your go to in stressful situations. When the mind won’t stop, write. Get it out. Set a timer for five, ten, fifteen minutes and just write whatever is on your mind. After spilling the contents of your mind, you may find it is easier to write about what you want to write about. Make writing a ritual. Pour a cup of tea. Light a candle. Use the same book and pen. Write from the same space each day. Eventually it will become a habit. Be gentle with yourself. Recognize that you will have distractions. You will be tempted to not…

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