3 Ways to Redefine Your Relationship with Failure

Have you ever heard anyone praise failing? What a great job you did failing! I wish I could fail like that. Or, I heard you failed, congratulations! Failure and me have a long and troubled relationship. I keep trying to ditch it and it keeps chasing me. It makes me feel less than and not … Continue reading 3 Ways to Redefine Your Relationship with Failure

Take Heart

What do you think of when you hear the word courageous? I think of someone being strong, brave, and trembling. They are not without fear; they are just with courage, which gives them the strength to face their fear. When we are courageous or when we are encouraged we feel inflated, filled up, hopeful, inspired, … Continue reading Take Heart

What Song Are You Singing?

I’ve been struggling for some time with trying to find my voice. You know the voice. Not the one that tells you to give up or that you need to be better. The one that is clear as a bell and won’t take no for an answer. The one you believe, not because of what … Continue reading What Song Are You Singing?

There’s No Prerequisite for Presence

I’ve been practicing Yoga Nidra (also known as yogic sleep) the last few months to help me unwind and rest. The tape I’ve been listening to has this instruction early on: Bring your attention to what’s already happening. I like to think of attention as being my full awareness, senses, and being. This is altogether … Continue reading There’s No Prerequisite for Presence

“You Reading This, Be Ready”

That's the title of a William Stafford poem that contains this powerful question: Will you ever bring a better gift for the world than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now?  I've been contemplating how I hold space for others and how others hold space for me, mostly because I've recently been … Continue reading “You Reading This, Be Ready”

Body & Soul

I'm in search of a little bit of soul lately. The kind you find by going in and not out. It's an itch I can't ignore, and it usually grabs me when I've been neglecting myself for one reason or another. This soulfulness I seek feels a lot like groundedness. I know it when I've … Continue reading Body & Soul

Death & Breath

A friend of mine died this week. She was 41 years old and left behind two small boys and a husband. Some months ago I invited her to come with me to a Yoga for Cancer workshop. She had advanced stage cancer and I was pregnant. Our seemingly opposite points in life didn't seem so … Continue reading Death & Breath

The Art of Shedding Our Shell

Ecdysis is a Greek term used to describe "the art of escaping from the old shell." A shedding, if you will. It's specifically used in reference to lobsters, who undergo a fascinating transformation process throughout their lives so that they can continue to grow. Because their shells are hard, in order for the lobster to … Continue reading The Art of Shedding Our Shell

What It Means to Be Fearless

"Fearlessness is not a state of being without fear. Rather, it is the experience of fully feeling the fear, naming it, getting to know it, taking it by the hand, and even making friends with it." -excerpt by John Milton in Be The Change Over the years I've noticed that the more I attempt to live … Continue reading What It Means to Be Fearless

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