4 06, 2018

Monday Mantra: I am the Breath of Life

Monday Mantra: I Am the Breath of Life


Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? ~Mary Oliver


Pranayama, or the yogic practice of controlling the breath, energizes you, calms you down, and gets into deep places in your psyche to release and resolve what feels stuck. It clears your mind and taps into your essence. Pantanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, said, and I paraphrase, “When you control your breath, you control your mind. When you control your mind, you control your life.” There is nothing more basic or more profound in your self-care and […]

1 06, 2018

Friday Practice: You are Silly

Friday Practice: You are Silly

Being silly is joyful and very vulnerable, at least while in the company of adults.

Being silly means risking a raised eyebrow or rolled eyes or a smirky lip curl or being thought of as childish or shallow.

But being silly is very, very fun. It is usually accompanied by uncontrollable giggling and maybe some spontaneous body wiggles. The smiles from silliness are of the crinkly-eye variety and last a long time.

Have some silly fun today.

29 05, 2018

The Vulnerable Body

Three years ago, I had a seizure in the Whole Foods a few blocks from my house. After teaching Day 2 of a 3-day course at a hotel a mile from my house, I walked through back streets with snow piled high and decided on a quick grocery store run.
As soon as I walked in, I had a strange sense of things feeling blurry and furry. I remember blinking and trying to clear my vision.
At some point, I staggered into the cracker aisle. “Why am I here?” I remember asking myself, “I don’t even eat crackers.”
That is the last […]

25 05, 2018

Friday Practice: You Are Bountiful

Friday Practice: You Are Bountiful

Bountiful’s synonyms are: ample, abundant, inexhaustible, magnanimous, lavish.

Let yourself relax into the feelings those words engender, and feel into the reality that at your best, you are bountiful.

The love that you are will never run out and does not need to be conserved.

Your true self is unfettered by fear, grasping, need, hoarding, or “mine.”

Find the best of you, the bountiful you, this weekend. Rest and express your inexhaustible love.

22 05, 2018

Monday Mantra: I Am Devotion

Mantra: I Am Devotion

Devotion at its best is selfless service to a higher cause, whether that be one’s own awakening, or alleviating human suffering, or creating more love in the world.

At times we find ourselves devoted to more ego-driven pursuits. There is nothing inherently wrong with this-it is part of being human. But it is good to notice, examine, and choose. What has my attention? Where do I spend my time? What do I do unfailingly, every day? To what end?

To whom or what are you devoted?

Mantra: I Am Devotion

15 05, 2018


What is integrity? Words such as “strong,” “honest,” “decent,” “true” come to mind. And within integrity is GRIT. Integrity denotes courage and resolve, a willingness to see something through despite the inevitable challenges, or changes of season, or invitations to do something else instead.

I know that I personally struggle at times with my integrity. My word is not always set in stone; sometimes it is loose and flabby and easy-come, easy-go. This is particularly true around personal goals, self-improvement plans, and any sort of personal behavior modification. The first thing to go for me is always my morning meditation […]

14 05, 2018

Monday Mantra: I am Receptive

Monday Mantra: I am Receptive

We spend so much of our time focused on output. Doing, giving, striving, proving, working.

We expend so much energy on output, that we fail to receive. We don’t even fully receive what is already ours.

Receptivity is a divine, profoundly feminine quality. We believe that we are safer when we brace ourselves, or control the flow, or block receptivity and give instead.

Today, notice where you are blocked, or where you are putting a lot out without relaxing and receiving in return.

Relax and receive. Relax, and receive.

Mantra: I Am Receptive

11 05, 2018

Friday Practice: I am Gentle

Friday Practice: I am Gentle

First, be gentle with self. Next, be gentle with others. Third, be gentle with your world.

Soften your eyes and your heart today. Remind yourself again and again to relax and stop bracing, to soothe and to hold. 

The world is crying out for peace, calm, and gentleness.

Mantra: I Am Gentle

10 05, 2018

You Are Courage

You Are Courage

Courage is a wobbly steppingstone to a higher plane.

Courage is longing for more while bearing all the weight of all the fears in the world, and choosing action that feels risky.

Courage is following heart and gut while saying “to hell with my head.”

Courage precedes transformation.

Courage creates energy and momentum.

Today, take a courageous act in service of your higher self.