We Croak Day 5: The Adult in the Room

After all the ups and downs yesterday, it was hard to sleep last night.  I was exhausted, but also simultaneously super wound up.  I tossed and turned all night. I've been writing this month kind of inspired by contemplating death, and yesterday my autonomic nervous system (the thing that's supposed to keep us alive) was … Continue reading We Croak Day 5: The Adult in the Room

American Yogi

"America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!" - Katherine Lee Bates A few weeks ago, I was in Colorado teaching at a yoga festival, and I've been trying to find a way to write about how amazing it was.  Considering the current political climate and the … Continue reading American Yogi

Troublemaker

On Wednesday afternoon, I stood in my local Sephora, glazed over.  Christmas music was already playing and pounding in my ears. "Can I help you find anything?" I was asked for the third time in five minutes. "No...I...um...I'm wandering aimlessly." She blinked at me, and I looked down at the deep plum tinted lipstick in … Continue reading Troublemaker

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

One Whole System

This morning I awoke to some very similar physical symptoms. My eyes and face are swollen, dull headache, and my muscles are sore. I had ten hours of sleep, and I am still very tired. These are all the markers of my particular brand of the "TIMBo hangover." I have finished another four intense days … Continue reading One Whole System

Meet Me On The Other Side of the Street

Last year, I was finishing my facilitator training with TIMBo and preparing to facilitate my first group.  I didn't do much marketing for it other than writing this very long email to the yoga studio about "my story."  Frankly, after I wrote it and sent it out I wanted to hide under a rock.  I just … Continue reading Meet Me On The Other Side of the Street

Outside the Safe Room

"Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them." - Yongey Mingur Rinpoche At the beginning of the year I committed to writing a post once a week.  The good news is that I have been writing. A LOT.  The bad news … Continue reading Outside the Safe Room

It Defined You

I remember sitting in my first TIMBo facilitator training pouring my heart out about my past and making the declaration, "I know that this experience doesn't define me." A trainer stopped me, "But, it DID define you.  You can't have that experience and it NOT shape you...and that's a good thing." My brain recognized this … Continue reading It Defined You