Listening to Our Bodies

Self-Care Expedition Day 9: applying inquiry to a thought about food

[Note: this is Day 9 of a 10-Day Self-Care Expedition. I am examining my relationship with food and movement. You are welcome to join in as well through committing to your own self-care practice, commenting, and/or silently supporting.] This whole food-thing is definitely not getting any easier. At least not yet. I again, spent all day yesterday ...

Self-Care Expedition Day 1 – initial reflections

[Note: this is Day 1 of a 10-Day Self-Care Expedition. You are welcome to join this expedition at any point through making your own 10-day commitment, commenting and/or silently supporting.] Man. Have I ever been cranky the past couple of days. Ever since announcing this expedition, actually. Saying Yes to spending 10 days noticing and reflecting on ...

The Return of the Free, Online, Self-Care Expedition

A couple of years ago I hosted a number of Self-Care Expeditions, an opportunity for like-minded adventurers to practice self-care skills together. I've been seriously slacking in a couple of my primary self-care routines. I want to deepen into these core skills once again. I'd love to have your support... and for you to join me! Here's ...

Allowing What was Hidden to be Seen

Snowy greetings from Portland! I'm going to jump right in... There have been quite a few changes in my work over the past few years... changes that have led to new offerings and services. Most of these new offerings, however, have been by invitation-only to women who were already working with me. Now these changes are beginning to ...

Aligning with Purpose in 2014

Hear ye! Hear ye!  Malidoma Somé, African elder, teacher, and mentor, is returning to Portland! He will be offering personal divinations and a one-day ritual focused on the mineral element and knowing/living your purpose. To hear a story about how receiving a divination from him resolved one of the burning questions of my life, continue reading... In ...

The Story of the Floating Head

Note: the following story spent quite some time as my homepage. It now has a new home... here! Enjoy. :) There once was a creative, kooky, brilliant mind stuck in a floating head. The mind was filled with ideas, plans, and wise, loving thoughts. Unfortunately, without a body, it had no way to implement or to bring ...

The Wonder of Wandering

Yesterday was the 4th class of my Listening and Shiva Nata series. It has been even more fun than I’d anticipated. The combination of listening, working with the senses, and Shiva Nata is like a freaking wonder drug! Anyway, yesterday we were playing with the concept of Body Radar – that innate ability of our bodies ...

Learning to Tolerate Comfort

I was reading Kylie’s blog the other day. This particular line caught my eye: “Sink into comfort. See how much you can stand.” I was nodding as I was reading thinking, “Wow. that's so true and that's something I want to write about. “ Then I re-read it and realized it actually said 'Sink into DIScomfort..." Giggling at my ...

The Importance of a Really Good Wallow

I've noticed a theme with a few of my clients lately – a theme of being afraid to really feel whatever is going on for them. The actual feelings and the situations that are bringing them up are widely varied. The commonality lies in the fear that if they truly feel the feelings, they will be overwhelmed ...

My Headache Story

Note: my ongoing struggle with headaches is still really difficult for me to talk about. I hope that through sharing a bit of my story here, those of you who also experience chronic pain will feel a little less alone. Pain and I? We go waaaay back. Once, I tried to estimate the number of days I’ve ...