Listening to Our Bodies

Learning to Fail Magnificently

Today, I want to introduce a concept that is so big, so awesome, so potentially transformational, that I’m practically paralyzed just thinking about it. You see, I don't have the words to convey such an important concept. No matter how I turn it around in my mind, my words fall short. I fail. Yet, here I am, about ...

Days 1-7 of the 40-Day Shiva Nata Expedition (plus practice variations)

A week! Done. Already. It's going so freaking fast! First, the recap of this past week: As you may recall from the initial 40-Day Challenge post, Week 1 was all about crisp, precise movements (in Phase 4). And, about noticing whether or not I was able to remain relaxed while practicing clear, exact movements. The most interesting thing ...

The 40-Day Shiva Nata Challenge

Confession: I've been seriously neglecting my Shiva Nata practice since the beginning of the year. I want to get back on track. Badly. My solution: A 40-Day Shiva Nata Challenge. If you want to deepen your personal practice (Shiva Nata or something else entirely) or would just like some support, I'd love to have you join me. The ...

How to Bring Ease into Your Holidays – Round 2!

Last year, I used the following process to help me find a bit of ease when I was feeling overwhelmed by all the obligations, pressures and self-imposed 'shoulds' of the holidays. You can read the original post here. Well, I'm back in the place of overwhelm again. We leave for Kansas tomorrow (tomorrow!) and I have ...

On Feeling Alone – Together

Lately, I’ve been feeling intensely alone. Not lonely. I very seldom feel lonely. Here’s how I distinguish between the two: Loneliness is that desire to be with other people when you are by yourself. That feeling you get when you really want others (or one particular other) near you. Alone is something deeper. You can be surrounded by ...

Holiday Madness Without; Ease and Wellbeing Within

(It is possible.) We’re entering Holiday Madness. The external signs (the music, sales, signs, advertisements...) are already obvious. The internal signs... perhaps not yet quite so obvious. We’re still on the edge of the holidays, after all, not right in the middle of them. Internal signs? Yes. That sense of impending doom, of stress and overwhelm descending, of just ...

The Dark Side of Self-Care

Most people agree that self-care is pretty important, right? Also, most people agree (at least in theory) that they are more efficient, kind, effective, and loving when they are regularly doing the things that nourish and support them. Right? Ok, then. What’s stopping us from making self-care our number one priority? I have an answer. You may not like it. ...

Using Your Senses to Relax Your Body

I went to bed tense and grouchy the other night. Lying there, I could feel tension radiating throughout my body. My legs felt stiff and achy, my breathing constricted, my thoughts racing. Knowing I needed to get a good night’s rest, I started going through my list of relaxation techniques, discarding each nearly as quickly as ...

The Hardest Thing in the World

Two or three years ago, my boyfriend and I got into a horrible fight. The topic wasn't new; the intensity, however, was extreme and he ended up leaving for the weekend with nothing resolved. I was a mess. Conflict is extremely overwhelming for me. Fighting with the person I love over an issue that triggers feelings ...

Raccoons, Relaxation, and the Absolute Rightness of Being YOU

It’s very, very early morning. That gray, pre-dawn time as the world begins to brighten. The sun has not yet popped up over the horizon but it is obviously on its way. I’m all snuggled up in bed, warm and cozy. Then, abruptly, all hell breaks loose. Our backyard scrub jays begin shrieking. And shrieking and shrieking. ...