Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

“One of the things this society is most deficient in is safe spaces for truth-telling about the condition of our souls.” – Parker Palmer Last Mother’s Day, as an alternative to the typical Mother’s Day celebrations, I offered a commemorative yoga practice at my local yoga studio to honor the mothers who are no longer … Continue reading Mother’s Day Tribute Practice

So This is How We Say Goodbye

So this is how we say goodbye to the people we love to the people we've been to the roles we've played to the lives we've lived Stepping onto the stage of our life, knowing that sometimes sometimes we get to say a proper goodbye with applause and an encore and a bow Sometimes no … Continue reading So This is How We Say Goodbye

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time when I was very sad and very alone I would walk a certain stretch of beach for miles and dream of the woman I would like to be and say to myself, over and over: That woman is worth waiting to meet. I did that for years. It kept me alive. … Continue reading Once Upon a Time

What I Remember

It's the love I remember. From the stranger or the soulmate, the smallest act of kindness; each one saying, I love you. I remember the shaming and the pain too, but the love gives them room to be seen, room to breathe. That's how I know it's the way forward and backward and in and … Continue reading What I Remember

When I’m Gone Please Don’t Have a Funeral

When my husband passed away 13 years ago we hadn’t talked about what kind of funeral he wanted. At 25, I was too afraid to have the conversation. When my 98-year-old great-grandmother passed last month on the hunter’s full moon, I finally found the courage to consider what I would hope for upon my passing. … Continue reading When I’m Gone Please Don’t Have a Funeral

Being Human

I wonder how we can dignify this human experience our birth days and our funerals our love stories and our tragedies our collapses and our relapses our wounds, scars and beauty I don’t have the answer, but I have this embrace I offer you each time we meet I have this heart that beats and … Continue reading Being Human

My Life Mala

We all wear our stories in some way or another, don’t we? They make us who we are (and sometimes keep us from becoming who we can be if we let them define us too narrowly.) I started making what I call “Life Malas” because each marker is placed for a life event. I used … Continue reading My Life Mala

Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga

Early on in my yoga practice I would often experience an emotional reaction during corpse pose (savasana). Lying still, I would get a lump in my throat and suddenly find tears quietly rolling down my cheeks. I didn’t know it at the time, but my yoga practice was releasing long-held grief from my body. When … Continue reading Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga