the nature of things

November 9, 2012

This morning I was whining on the phone to a friend about my woes. I woke up feeling sad, so sensitive to the season of shedding, transition, change. My friend tenderly listened to me talk about “last year” and all the little anniversaries that are here. All the things that aren’t as they used to [...]

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seasons, cycles, spirals

October 29, 2012

I recently heard the idea that the body, mind, and psyche (some part of or as a whole?) remember, and to some extent, re-experience past trauma and grief at the same time every year. (I wonder if this applies to joys as well?) Even if we don’t consciously remember the incident or situation, we can [...]

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bring the sacred into the pause

October 24, 2012

I just completed a two week Ayurvedic cleanse, which included a mono diet of kitchari, increased meditation and asana practice, and other sundry Ayurvedic practices all including some kind of warm oil. I knew I was ready to impose some structure to my eating as I’d fallen back into old habits of skipping meals or [...]

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with no purpose

October 9, 2012

No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of [...]

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mostly….

October 1, 2012

A friend and I were having a heart-to-heart today about relationships, families, work, life. After talking about the challenges and joys of each, my friend remarked, As long as I mostly want to do it, I figure that’s enough. Her comment made me laugh out loud. It was such a real thing to say. I [...]

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getting mad at the fish

August 23, 2012

Imagine this: throwing a fish on your lawn, and then getting mad at it because it won’t swim. Instead of being real about the fact that: the environment isn’t right for the fish to survive, let alone thrive you are asking the fish to be something it isn’t and can’t possibly be even if it [...]

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corner office with laptop

July 9, 2012

Yes. Working for myself means I make my own schedule and I can choose to take a 20 minute hammock break in the middle of the afternoon with Jack the cat. If you spend your days in a cube or some other indoor box, you might want to throw something at me. I get it.  When [...]

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lower your expectations

July 3, 2012

You know how the advice we give, the class we teach, the thing we write about is probably the thing we need to hear? Yaaa. I’ve been “back to work” for a few weeks now… teaching classes, showing up at the studio, even contemplating writing posts again. And the most lovely feeling has been present: [...]

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thank you for letting me suck

April 22, 2012

Recently one of the teacher trainees lingered after class to chat. Her message was this: “Thank you for letting me suck and not making me feel bad about it. Because if I felt bad about it, it would probably push me even further away where I wouldn’t even want to try.” We can all relate, [...]

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the treasure you look for is hidden in the ground on which you stand

March 22, 2012

  Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live [...]

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