Restoring connection

I am always surprised when churning dark thoughts arrive in my mind as they did in the wee hours  of this morning. Not only is my mind churning with self-decimating words, my stomach hurts and my body braces. It feels horrible and I typically forget to keep ‘em moving, they are only thoughts, and like […]

Hope in the Light

Our recent turn into Winter also marks the return of the light for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. I live in Minnesota where Winter shines in snow and cold. I see the increasing light as a reassuring reminder that we are twirling through the Universe on our way to Spring, so enjoy […]

Snow Signals

I live in Minnesota, happily, and we received about six inches of fresh snow yesterday. Yes, snow brings certain hassles but it also settles in like a comforting blanket of beauty and quiet for our dark days of this season. Winter is like nature’s call to slow down, snuggle in, nurture your depths and allow […]

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, […]

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 […]

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’?