Teaching My Dad to Breathe

We’ve all heard someone tell us to Take a deep breath before a nerve-wracking event or during a stressful situation. If you practice yoga, you hear the instructor repeating often in class, Remember to breathe. Sometimes we hear the yogi next to us practicing a beautiful, audible Ujjayi breath, which reminds us to tune back … Continue reading Teaching My Dad to Breathe

Safe & Sound

(You can find my full piece on this entitled, How Acts of God Empower Our Lives, at Intent!) I’m sitting here in sunny California with my husband and my little dog fast asleep side by side. They are safe and sound. And alive. Safe, sound, and alive. This is so enough. This is so everything. … Continue reading Safe & Sound

Gratitude Board

I’m very fortunate to live where I live. It’s safe, it’s beautiful, and I have a lot of freedom and opportunity. This is the case for many of us. Sometimes this comfort can make us indifferent to the value of life or to the small beauties everywhere. Over time we can slowly lose perspective. Then … Continue reading Gratitude Board

Grateful

Grateful for the gentle breeze that blows through the palm fronds outside my window and for my eyes that can see it Grateful for the sound of the gurgling water fountain that I awake to every morning and for my ears that can hear it Grateful for my husband’s smile and my dog’s beating heart … Continue reading Grateful

Prescribed Burns

On a bike ride through a State park, I saw this sign.  I read it twice because something just grabbed me about it. There was a huge swath of clear area that emerged unusually amid forest areas thick with trees.  Looking at the clear meadow, my husband and I tried to guess at why no … Continue reading Prescribed Burns

Autumn

It’s very subtle, this transition that is upon us. It happens whether we notice it or not. It pulls us along willingly or not. Such is change. Sometimes. The sweet change that dusts off, that reminds, that ressurects what has been dormant. Embrace it, this difference. Invite it in, this question. Go with it, this … Continue reading Autumn