The Audacity to Rise Again

"Get down.  You're going to fall." Mentally, I was somewhere far away, and hearing these words snapped me back into the present.  I looked across my mother's living room, to see my three year old niece crawling on a dining chair.  The look on little Cora's face with a slightly raised eyebrow said it all.  She was pretty … Continue reading The Audacity to Rise Again

Sit. Don’t Rock.

 “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult This morning I got out the check book to pay some bills, and I noticed that my heart rate became elevated.  My hands started to tremble.  Many of us may joke that heart palpitations and … Continue reading Sit. Don’t Rock.

There Are No Bears Here

Something many people don't know about me is that I am nervous pretty much ALL OF THE TIME.  Need to make a phone call to a stranger?  Debilitating anxiety.  Going to a new optometrist?  Serious jitters.  Perfectly tame social gatherings?  Nausea.  Driving in city traffic?  Palpitations.  My life has been shaped largely by fear and … Continue reading There Are No Bears Here

One Strong Lady

"You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair." - Chinese proverb Since my post on Tuesday about "the beach incident," I've received an outpouring of support from just about everyone.  People told me they loved me, promised to maim and/or … Continue reading One Strong Lady

Cure for the “I Don’t Feel Like It”s

I don't feel like it. Upon rising from my alarm, it was the first thing that popped into my head yesterday morning.  I didn't want to go for a run like I had planned.  I didn't want to go to my doctor appointment.  I didn't want to leave my home.  Why? I don't feel like … Continue reading Cure for the “I Don’t Feel Like It”s

The Pose Is Not About the Pose

Before I began my teacher training, I had a lot of expectations.  I thought that in six months I was going to be doing handstands, Chaturangas, and sticking my leg over my head because that's what this yoga stuff is all about, right?  Well my training came and went, and I quickly realized that not only … Continue reading The Pose Is Not About the Pose