May Sarton’s poem for your self-reflection….enjoy.

Now I become myself Now I become myself. It’s takenTime, many years and places;I have been dissolved and shaken,Worn other people’s faces,Run madly, as if Time were there,Terribly old, crying a warning,“Hurry, you will be dead before—”(What? Before you reach the morning?Or the end of the poem is clear?Or love safe in the walled city?)Now […]

…until they can love themselves again.

“When someone is suffering, sick or dying they can often feel unloveable. That’s how it was for me when I was sick.The healing work then, beyond all skillful interventions is this: Love them, just love them until they can love themselves again.” ~ Frank Ostaseski from The Five Invitations I need say no more. Bessings, […]

Aikido Inspiration

I’ve been thinking about this TedX talk for some weeks now. It’s from 2013 and about the time I went looking for Aikido training. I found this teacher. He’s local to me and wise about Aikikdo. This talk is filled with lots of experiential exercises with potent ideas for calm and strength. I love how […]

Loving Kindness Meditation

I first heard about this practice in the early 1990’s. I was listening to a book on tape by Pema Chodron, a wise and present American divorcee turned Buddhist nun. I’d just started listening to her wise words and this practice seemed weird. Later, I would, via the counsel of Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein, […]

Soothing Self

I needed an official definition for the word “soothing” this morning. Life has intensified in the past six weeks and  I’ve needed more soothing to care well for myself.  And, I see myself choosing options that are long term detriments – junky food, sleep, and hibernation. In clearer moments, I seek soothing in more balanced […]

Breathing to Energize

I am usually helping clients find relaxation. This week, I had several clients who wanted to bolster their energy without increasing the coffee consumption. So in this post, I am sharing two breathing practices designed to energize. Be sure to practice when you have hours before you sleep or you’ll be tossing and turning. First […]

Give your feet a treat

Two weeks ago, my feet hurt. I’d walked too far in some not-great shoes and was suffering for it. I googled “Foot Yoga” and found this gem: It’s amazing. I’ve been recommending it to clients ever since so decided I would post it here. I only did the first twenty minutes but felt the amazing […]

The Centering Strength of Tadasana

The final month of Winter is near in Minnesota and I find the mental restlessness of Spring is arriving early. I enjoy the long dark treasure trove winter provides for slowing the social pace and delving deeper into matters of mind, body and spirit. So the early arrival of Spring restlessness has me seeking center […]

Daily Practice

Do you jump out of bed loving what you do every day? What if that question was your measure of good livin’?