Yogic practices saved my life.
My first asana class in my 20’s was like a homecoming to my body — that class (and a very skillful teacher) was the beginning of a journey of deeper healing and vitality that has continued to support my growth in unexpected ways. Though I still practice asana (the physical postures), it is the breathwork, inner contemplation, meditation, and mantra that I practice daily as pathways to center myself and find joy.
But yoga alone wasn’t enough.
“Before helping others, put on your oxygen mask.”
How often do we hear this common flight instruction tossed around as a metaphor? We nod and agree, and then often, go back to throwing ourselves under the bus, doing the same things over and over, wishing for a different result. So, let’s be honest: this instruction is hard in the day to day doing.
It’s no simple thing.
When I said goodbye to corporate accounting many years ago, I left behind 80-hour work weeks,...
My work is so much of who I am.
So much of who YOU are, too, I know. You are dedicated, committed and absolutely on fire to do meaningful work in the world. And you do -- in big and small ways, just by being you, you are changing the ecosystem of the world through your love, through your wisdom, through your magic.
As joyful and fulfilling as work is, you need more.
You need time for deep sustenance. Time to rest. Time to think. Time for pleasure and play. Time to indulge your longings....
Practice gets a bad rap.
I've heard the gamut of responses to the idea of "practice" -- from spiritual transcendence to athletic performance to dreadful, dull and boring repetitive action.
In actuality, you are practicing every moment of every day. Consciously or unconsciously, you are practicing your responses, your actions and your reactions. You are practicing your best and your worst qualities by simply doing what you do, over and over. This ultimately defines the quality of...
"I don't want to do my workout."
I woke up this morning and that was my first thought. Clara has been sick. I was sick. It was Clara's birthday. We are traveling next week. I'm in the middle of 2018 Medicine Visions. I'm preparing space for the women who are gathering for The School of Sacred Practice including answering questions, having chats and sharing my thoughts with women on why it matters to them.
My workout seemed like a royal pain in the ass that I definitely didn't have...
How do you face your demons?
This may seem like an odd question, but many women struggle to look directly at their own suffering - let alone get support or share what's happening in the realm of their darkest struggles out of fear or shame or, in the hope, perhaps, that if they ignore their demons they will disappear. Rest assured that without facing our demons directly, they will bring us to our knees, insisting on our attention in some form or fashion that we will not like.
I am barely settled.
One day up, one day down, most days sideways. A transcontinental move of epic proportions from Colorado to Zambia. I'm in it. I'm in the fire, facing the challenge of overwhelming change. This missive is for me as much as it is for you. A smoke signal rising from the ashes for those of us who are walking through the fire of challenge.
As I take one step and then the next through the fires of change, I'm reminded that there is a particular set of circumstances...
I've been thinking a lot about addiction and recovery as I've been winding down my work in preparation for our move, and feeling all the feels about all of it. Because I'm recognizing the clear signs of withdrawal from work. From WORK for crying out loud. It's been like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland -- I keep thinking I'm going to get to the bottom but I keep falling, my past rushing by, offering me greater wisdom and healing around the gift of addiction and the call to...
A few times a month, I send a special missive to the women of this year's Wild Wealth Collective. This week's post in particular, for me, sums up the work that we must do to be the women we want to be: for ourselves, in our business, with our resources and for the world. May this spark the fire in your heart to commit to yourself, to commit to be the woman you want to be in all arenas of your life.
Joy and Discipline? Say what?
I will start by telling you that today is the...
I attended an intense training last week.
I affectionately call it, "Ninja Training." The entire week of training was focused on taking personal responsibility for safety through skill building - whether it was crashing a car, being shot at, navigating a building on fire. However, the real take away was being situationally aware.
Pay attention to what's going on around you.
Who doesn't agree with that, right? Of course we all know that awareness is vital...
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