On Trauma

We are all touched by trauma. And we understandably don’t like to talk about it. Because giving space for all of our experiences (including the painful ones) is vital for living our life authentic… today… I talk about it <3

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A New Year: A YOU You

Every January, the new year brings countless messages that we are in some (or many) ways deficient. My message today is simple…you are already good enough. So let’s set our new year’s intentions to show up as we are.

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Actually Have the "Perfect" Holiday

The holidays come with the understandable temptation of achieving perfection - the perfect gift, the most peace, the greatest joy - with the false promise of contentment. In this post I talk about bringing mindful compassion to the momentum of the season and the practice of stepping back to reflect… how am I really showing up?

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On Arrival

As we head toward living a life that we dream of, it can be all to easy to get caught up in the perpetual forward motion of doing, that we forget to appreciate how far we have come. When we take even a moment to pause, listen, and reflect, we might find that we have already arrived at a life we love.

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Your Heart Knows the Truth

Ever stop to wonder who is in charge here? Sometimes our mind, though vital for so much of what we have achieved in our life, can lead us away from what truly make us happy. Making space for our heart helps us to get back to our deepest knowing. A truth I was reminded of during a recent yoga retreat and a few chance encounters with a pair of pants.

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Cruise Control for Easeful Living

I traveled abroad to learn to speak Spanish, but as many know who spend time immersed in another culture, what I embodied was life changing. I learned to breathe. To see. To smell. I learned that is was ok to spend an entire afternoon laying in a hammock reading and even staring up at the sky. That everything was already ok. I didn’t need to do more or make more of anything. Everything was already ok.

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We are What We See

Buy organic? Drink 8-10 glasses of purified water a day? Cut out gluten and dairy? Still feel like you are missing something? What if nourishing our bodies actually starts with what we see.

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On Grief and Loss

Grief is messy. In my experience, despite what is written about in books and articles, there is no clear time-table or path to healing.  Grief is so deeply personal that every person’s experience is unique, because humans are unique. Read on to explore more about how our responses to the inevitable losses we experience can move us closer or further to leading an authentic life.

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Mom of the Year

First, I am not mom of the year. Lets get that out of the way. Second, my mind sure wishes that it was! A little story about the thoughts we have and how buying into them can get in the way of remembering the important things. A lesson brought to you by cupcakes.

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Caring for Our Self

Western medicine has begun to recognize the effect of self-care and refers to the importance of regular "stress management" in terms of preventative care (i.e. reducing the risk of hypertension, diabetes, etc). A cancelled yoga class one Wednesday evening helped me to recognize that my self-care goes a lot deeper.

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Calling It What It Is

Often times with the perpetual forward motion of life, it can be easy to miss the small changes that creep in. Over time, these add up into the big challenges glaring at us. Pausing and acknowledging the here-and-now can help us bring more levity and joy into the most difficult moments (sometimes with a little help from a favorite neighborhood grocer).

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The Teachers Before Us

I will be the first to tell you that I do not have parenting all figured out. My daughter helped me learn this lesson and how to bring compassion into the long moments of mothering. Turns out babies (and dogs) are extraordinary mindfulness teachers!

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On Gratitude

What would it be like to rise up out of bed each morning being grateful for the comfort and warmth of your pillow? To give thanks for the company of a loved one sleeping beside you, or in the next room? Even before your feet hit the floor, what if you were to give thanks for your breath, for your feet? Imagine... how might that set the course for your day?

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Let’s Begin

The intention of mindfulness is not to stop the mind from thinking or to rid the mind of thought. The intention of mindfulness it to bring awareness to the habitual tendency of getting caught up in the virtual reality of thought and choosing to step back again and again into what is actually happening in the here and now.

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