Emotions

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 […]

The Paradox of Hope

According to Merriam Webster, the verb “hope” means: to cherish a desire with anticipation. The noun is: the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen; a feeling that something good will happen or be true.

Two teachers of mine, both of whom I respect deeply, make different distinctions about hope.  Lucid Living (a powerful collaboration between Leza Danly and Jeanine Mancusi), describes hope as a beautiful, expansive, feminine energy, “a genuine expectation of a positive future.” I love this defining of hope as an uplifting conduit of possibility, vulnerable in its wanting and confident in […]