As I anticipate our move to Seattle and the birth of our little boy, I am confronted with a lot of unknowns. All I can really do to prepare is to make space for uncertainty and change and to hold my expectations more lightly. This passage from Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen speaks to one of the ways we try to control uncertainty: creating labels.Read More
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A friend shared the following passage with me and I was sold after the first line: “Active Hope is not wishful thinking.” Yes! Thank you for putting that simple sentence down on paper.
I've been reflecting a lot over the past few months about my relationship to hope. Both with the our new president and the uncertain, unfolding changes in the country and with my pregnancy, which as any of you who have kids know is full of uncertainty, especially in the early weeks and months. In both cases, I have been given the advice to not be too optimistic. The default opinion seems to be that to protect yourself and prepare yourself for action, it's best to err on the side of being realistic or even pessimistic.Read More
Happy March! I can't believe it's already the third month of the year. Spring is feeling closer every day. I've been feeling especially creative this past week — perhaps it's that the earth is starting to shed it's winter layers and uncover new seeds, new growth, new possibilities. Perhaps it's also the fact that I'm now 17 weeks pregnant and the new life growing inside me is feeling, moving, seeing light, and preparing to listen to the outside world. He or she is only just waking up to these new senses, new inputs, new experiences to observe, feel, and explore.Read More
Here we are, in the beginning of a new year. I love the inspiration I always feel at this time of year to make changes and to go off on new adventures. When thinking about the new explorations I'm embarking upon in my life, I like to reflect on this quote from T. S. Eliot, where he reminds us that many of the benefits of exploring are found in returning to where we started. It reminds me that exploring is not about doing, but about learning, reflecting, and growingRead More
As we prepare for the end of a year, we also get to look forward to new beginnings. In the midst of the darkness of this time of year, we also have an opportunity to feel within ourselves the stirring of light, beauty, and creativity.
“While everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates.... For I can see in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.” — Mohandas K. GandhiRead More
One of the beautiful things about this time of year is that we have more opportunities than normal to connect with family, with friends, and with our communities. This poem by Hafiz speaks to the human desire for connection and love.Read More
This past week has been a challenging one, no matter who you voted for. Many of us are still trying to process the outcome of the election and trying to envision what comes next. In challenging times, I am eternally grateful to have the tools of yoga to fall back on. This week, I was reminded of some teachings of yoga that I'd like to share with you. They are, for me, important steps when working through difficult experiences.Read More
I'm not sure if you're aware, but there's a big election this week. I know, I know, it hasn't been talked about very much, so you might have forgotten about it... I don't even need to tell you that I'm kidding. There has been so much hype, emotion, and, unfortunately, ugliness surrounding this election, that I think we need to empower ourselves with some tools to use this week, so we can stay grounded and compassionate regardless of the outcome of the election.
This is a prayer that I'm sure you've heard before. It's one that I think can be a powerful tool, regardless of your beliefs, to fall back on when we find ourselves overwhelmed or surrounded by frustration, anger, or other challenges.Read More
I had the pleasure of spending this weekend with my nephews. One is 2.5 years and the other is just 3 weeks. Spending time with young kids always reminds me of the joy and wonder available to me in each moment, with just a simple change in perspective. Here's a passage from Little Labors by Rivka Galchen about this childlike curiosity.Read More
This is one of my favorite poems by Rumi. It paints a persuasive picture of relating to unexpected emotions and experiences as visitors that we welcome into our lives with joy and gratitude. I think we all have some visitors that we would rather shut out of the house — or perhaps some that we don't even hear knocking at the door. I invite you to notice your habits in this regard and to explore inviting those guests in.Read More