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
We each have many reasons why we practice yoga. But the deepest, most powerful benefit of yoga is explained beautifully by Judith Hanson Lasater in this quote:
When carving stone, the sculptor removes everything that is not the statue… The art of revealing beauty lies in removing what conceals it. So, too, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras tell us that wholeness exists within us. Our work is to chisel away at everything that is not essence, not Self.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
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 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
I recently started taking dance classes again after a much-too-long, four-year hiatus. Returning to something that was a passion and a big part of my life has been a true joy. I didn't even realize how much I missed dancing until I was about, oh, 3 minutes into my first class back.
This experience and my exploration of svadhyaya (self study) in my classes this past week reminded me of this passage by Cyndi Lee:Read More
“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” — Rumi
What a beautiful sentiment. I believe we all crave being more connected to our intuition and inner wisdom, but we de-prioritize our relationship with ourselves in favor of external relationships.Read More