what you focus on expands

February 28, 2012

If You Don’t Stop That by Hafiz ————– I used to live in A cramped house with confusion And pain. But then I met the Friend And started getting drunk And singing all Night. Confusion and pain Started acting nasty, Making threats, With talk like this, “If you don’t stop ‘that’ – All that fun [...]

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real life strikes again

February 24, 2012

Remember when Real Life was coming through the walls of the studio? Well, life is at it again, this time in the form of a new roof! I couldn’t be more happy, as rain shower in the studio is not ideal. And… I am once again up against my ingrained idea that it is my [...]

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how does it seem? you are probably wrong.

February 23, 2012

 As a high school senior I thought I’d known enough heart break to be able to profess as my senior quote that “things are never what they seem.” Served with a twist, I also have the experience that what I plan or expect is exactly not what will happen. You’ve heard of Olympians who spend [...]

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mantra of me

February 16, 2012

This week a friend gave me a piece of advice: Make it all about you. Meaning… indulge in things you love, make decisions based on what you need and want, give yourself permission to be a little selfish. At first I thought, Yaaaaaa. I’m gonna make it all. about. me. And then I got a [...]

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some things can’t be fixed

January 24, 2012

Recently I was asked to consider a perspective different from my own: Sometimes there are things or feelings that can’t be made better. Is there a little relief in knowing that something can’t be fixed? I’ve been sitting with this idea for the past month. Not sure if there is relief in this, but perhaps [...]

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the human condition

January 4, 2012

Poet and teacher David Whyte says that the human heart can’t believe how much pain and suffering there is in this life. And that after a great loss, something in us says, if this is the way the game is played, then I’m not playing. I would add to that the shock of the pain we [...]

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new year wish for you | foreword by stephen king

January 2, 2012

From Stephen King, “Different Seasons,” ‘The Body’ The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things that you get ashamed of, because words diminish them— words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than [...]

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we do not know what we do not know

December 14, 2011

Many years ago I was the maid of honor in a friend’s wedding. I wanted to read something deep and meaningful so I went to my bookshelf where the mysterious books my grandmother had given me lived: books with browned and cracked covers, by authors whose names I couldn’t pronounce. Books for mature and wise [...]

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be ground. be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are. -rumi

December 9, 2011

What happens after Big News? Well, the same stuff as the day before. The garbage truck comes. The animals need fed. Junk mail piles up. Jingle Bell Rock blares through the speakers in Target. And yet, something is different. A friend describes it within the metaphor of “plate-tectonics” — something deep in the floor of you [...]

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my time away from teaching – image, grief and the big d

November 30, 2011

One thing has become very clear in the past month – my schemas around being “a yoga teacher.” Yoga teachers don’t have rage or shame. Yoga teachers don’t do things that are vain and selfish. Yoga teachers don’t… get divorced. Well… of course they do. And even though I thought I’d explored it, this schema [...]

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