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

A Lesson in Letting Go

On a recent trip to Lake Mead my rock-climbing nephews invited me to go climbing while the baby was napping. I turned them down immediately because I’m afraid of heights. I’d much rather do yoga or write or nap or anything that’s on the ground level. Twenty minutes later I was hooked up to ropes … Continue reading A Lesson in Letting Go

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

We are the Lucky Ones

I was really crushed when I heard about the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. For a moment. Then I was really angry. I was angry about a lot of things, but mostly because I could feel the loss in my own heart. It was almost as if I was holding those broken hearts in my hands, and … Continue reading We are the Lucky Ones

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

Good Grief

I'm very interested in grief, loss, and how we approach these topics on an individual and societal level. It's a subject that fascinates me largely because of a life path that has given me a magnified, intimate look at death, depression, and suicide. Our culture and society aren't too big on death. It's one of … Continue reading Good Grief

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

A New Perspective of Pain

"Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional." I heard this quote for the first time recently, and it summed up a truth I had only uncovered after years of suffering. Pain happens to all of us through life. Suffering is how we perceive the pain, how we choose to process it, and how long we … Continue reading A New Perspective of Pain

From Wife to Widow: Depression, Grief & Hope

When I turned 25 my husband unexpectedly died from a complication with his cancer treatment. He was 28. In the months and years that followed I got a taste of what it was like to lose my mind. I didn’t know who I was, now that one label had been ripped off of me (wife) and another … Continue reading From Wife to Widow: Depression, Grief & Hope