Patience

Boost Up Your Intentions

Sunset on the beach on the last day of 2019 seemed like the perfect thing to do. We were all sick during the first week of Winter Break, so a little bit of sunshine, a breath of fresh air, and the sound of waves crashing was a big yes! Great idea!    I was feeling hopeful. Excited. I still had more envisioning and planning and intention setting to do. But I was feeling open and clear and ready to expand.  [...]

When Epic Turns Subtle

I used to practice a few hours a day. Every day. Deep backbends. Arm-balances galore. Most of my day was spent upside down. Hip openers and forward bends took me into the eye of the storm that was me. I’d get high on oxygen with all that pranayama. I’d drive around town and take multiple classes a day with amazing teachers. I drank in the yoga, not in goblets, but in buckets. It was profound.     Sometimes I’d get a [...]

Receive Yourself, Strengthen Yourself, And Create Yourself – Yogafying Sukkot

Hey lovely!   Life keeps getting more and more complex. Doesn’t it? We become more layered. There’s more to deal with, more responsibilities, more on our plates. We are more deeply invested in things. We are tangled up and woven in to other lives more intensely. We become more grounded in who we are. But our tendency to become more rigid increases. Our foundation is seemingly more solid. But there’s also more loss. The ground beneath us threatens to shake [...]

Softness And Strength – Durga And The Battlefield Of Self Love

You have strengths. Powerful abilities. The capacity to overcome challenges. We all have stubborn tendencies. Aspects of our being that keep us blocked in some ways. Parts of who we are that keep us stuck. You have vulnerabilities. Sweet spots. A soft side. Places in you that are wide open. We all have weaknesses. Instabilities. Shaken grounds. Dark holes that threaten to swallow us. You are a woven together tapestry of triumphs and disappointments, hurt spaces and a healing forces, [...]

When The World Breaks Inside Your Heart

The Amazon forest is burning and there’s nothing I can do about it. Tears in my throat. Smoke in my eyes. I feel so angry. Furious. Depressed. Suffocated by the inability to do anything. Petitions. Prayers. Whatever, right? It’s exhausting to marvel at how powerless we are.   It seems as though the Bolsonaros and the Trumps and the Netanyahus of the world are winning.   I’ve always been a doubter, cynical, a bit edgy, and a little jaded. But [...]

A Little Goes A Long Way

I laid there so agitated. She wasn’t falling asleep. I could hear her breath so awake. And he was just all over the place. Switching sides like a maniac – right breast, left breast, right, left, right, left… SO ANNOYING! Go to sleep, little guy!   Yes, he’s almost two. Yes I still nurse him to sleep. Yes she’s six, and yes, I still cuddle her into her dreams. It’s our sweetest moment of the day. It’s when we get [...]

Living With Intention. And Totally Winging It.

My friend was wrapping a pink ribbon around a flower crown. “I don’t think about it too much, I just live.” She said. I felt a little surprised by that statement. Especially because, well, I do. “Omg! I think about it so much!” I said. I felt myself judging myself for being the way that I am. I thought: “She must think I’m such a freak!” I kind of am.   I don’t think about this often, but I do [...]

The Shape Of Muse

Muse.   The queen of creativity. The master of inspiration. The breath of life within the soul of an artist.   At the end of a full day of homemaking, and holding, and breastfeeding, and laughing, and playing, and cooking, and cleaning, and attending to meltdowns, and loving like there’s no tomorrow, and forgetting to smile, and turning my head so they won’t see me cry, and running around like a maniac, and organizing, and failing, and feeling time slipping [...]

INTEGRATE

I wanted to wish you a happy day of love, and send you a red heart emoji. But the heart emoji is now replaced with one of a broken heart. As another case of gun violence unfolds into an epic tragedy, I sit here, surrounded by children's art of hearts, with a baby on the boob and a child on my lap, my life is golden, swelling with love, and I cannot help the feelings of devastation, deep sadness, raging [...]

Being Present

Sometimes I find it challenging to be present. I get caught in the juggle… homemaking, working, mindful parenting, and a strong commitment to take care of myself… I take care of what needs to be done (the Nittya Karmas) – food making, house cleaning, bedtime routines, morning madness, food shopping, and food making again… Not to mention the career stuff - Slow burn on the outside, big passionate fire on the inside. And then there’s the yoga, chanting, meditating, and [...]

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