The Truth About Yoga Teachers

Not so long ago two of my longtime yoga teachers moved away within months of each other. I felt strangely lost and began looking for a replacement teacher to attach myself to. As I searched I started to practice at home more. I tried a variety of yoga studios and classes. I took a yoga … Continue reading The Truth About Yoga Teachers

The Light in You

two motions by A.R. Ammons It is not enough to be willing to come out of the dark and stand in the light, all hidden things brought into sight, the damp black spaces, where fear, arms over its head, trembles into blindness, invaded by truth-seeking light: it is not enough to desire radiance, to be … Continue reading The Light in You

When You Can’t See the Light for the Dark

I ran across something interesting today as I was organizing hundreds of photos from a recent trip. One photo (left) had come out as a big dark blur, as we were driving on the freeway. I had attempted to catch the first new sliver of moon I spotted dangling high in the sky like a … Continue reading When You Can’t See the Light for the Dark

Stepping Into the Light

"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." -John Muir Today is the summer solstice and one of the most magical days of the year. I see it as a day when Mother Nature pulls out all the stops. … Continue reading Stepping Into the Light

Answer Your Fear With This Question

Have you had a life-or-death experience? Has someone close to you died? Do you shy away from the topic of death because it's uncomfortable? Those were questions I never contemplated for most of my life. Nowadays I embrace the conversation because I've realized that contemplating death can inform our lives powerfully. I was given an … Continue reading Answer Your Fear With This Question

How to Set Your Self Free

One of my yoga teachers would often say, "After enlightenment there's the dishes." A play on the Zen proverb, "After enlightenment, the laundry." The same old mundane things we thought we would escape by reaching or finally attaining "enlightenment" will be waiting for us. This brings to mind the question, Where are we trying to … Continue reading How to Set Your Self Free

How to Handle Judgement Mindfully

The experience of getting judged, whether directly or indirectly, can feel like a heavy blow. Someone else is saying we are less than, we aren’t good enough, we have failed, we are on the wrong path, or we are a disappointment. Even the strongest of us have a human reaction to judgement. We all long … Continue reading How to Handle Judgement Mindfully

Are You a Reactor or a Responder?

Most of my life I've been a reactor. Even though I don't often react outwardly to a situation, I have an inward, visceral reaction to events. Recently I was presented with a situation which really ruffled the feathers of my ego. I had an immediate internal reaction to push away from the situation, as if … Continue reading Are You a Reactor or a Responder?

Falling Awake

A number of years ago I was quite lost and disconnected. Lost in my own life and disconnected from everyone and everything. There were a number of small steps that started me on a healthy path to Here. Below I share with you Step No. 2. Through my writing I attempt to offer everything that … Continue reading Falling Awake

Breaking Open the Beauty Within

On a recent trip to a rock exhibit with my family, I passed a table that was labeled, "Ugly Rocks." I stopped and looked at the rocks. They were all brown and pretty boring looking. They weren't especially ugly, but they definitely weren't as shiny as most of the other rocks in the exhibit. I … Continue reading Breaking Open the Beauty Within