• being human,  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

    . . . 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,  featured

    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,  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.

  • being human,  embodiment,  featured

    Waking Up from Conditioning

    Good karma, something we all want to have. But how much of the collective unconscious is guiding our actions? How often do you get hurt or mad or offended by something someone says or does? And then how do you react? How much joy do you feel in your life every day … like true joy? And when you can’t find joy, no matter how hard you try, how do you react? Or how many things aggravate you for no real reason? How many active choices do you make each day vs. a ‘going through the motions?’ How much conditioning … how many reactions are present most of the time? These are questions I ask myself most days, questions I’ve asked for a very long time. Conditioning runs us and it’s hard to break free. Yet we can only BE free when we BREAK free. How? Lots of practices help. Yoga, meditation, nature, embodiment, chanting, neurofeedback … ‘paths are many; truth is one.’ Awareness always seems to be the first step, and it’s a practice too. I’ve been ‘waking up’ for a long time, and what I didn’t recognize before that I now fully embrace … it’s not about transcending my humanness, it’s about embracing…

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