9 months ago Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. ~Carl Jung
10 months ago Maybe ‘exercise’ should be a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate. 🕺🏼
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10 months ago “Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure, but then drag you for days like a broken man behind a farting camel.” ~Hafiz, 1315-1390
11 months ago In Taoism, there’s this idea of a river flowing underneath us, headed home to the sea. It's got a direction, the natural direction of our lives. The way. Our path. Water flowing down a river doesn’t strain to do so, it just flows naturally. And so it is with our lives.. going upstream against this current gets us nowhere. We need to relax into it, and ride the current of our lives. We may be floating on the lazy river of our life, but there’s nothing wrong with steering our own ships a little bit. Riding the waves as they come along, throwing in some personal flair. Some cultures spend years and years in sitting meditation (i.e. zazen) trying to learn to sit still, relax, sit still, and let the true, natural, intuitive self emerge. Those who really give yoga a chance have probably come to realize that yoga softens us, helps us let go and get rid of our attachments so we can relax into the natural current of our lives. This lets us be more present for how life is actually unfolding. More appreciative of the gifts, the magic, all that wonderful stuff out in front of us everyday. We create so much of our own suffering, and the suffering of those around us, without even meaning to. This is often a result of the stories we tell ourselves, and the images we’re so consumed with about what our lives should look like. And because of this, we end up missing out on life altogether, struggling to swim upstream.. against the current. Many of us have been criticizing ourselves our entire lives, and guess what? That doesn’t work. Beating ourselves up for eating junk, or not accomplishing a certain set of things, or not being a certain way, is just energy in the wrong direction. What if we tried approving of ourselves for a change?? And see what happens. Then we’d really be moving with the current, a scenic journey to our deepest self. As the Tao Te Ching says, “Let your way be as the way of water, running deep and filled with peace. Do not struggle or compete, go with the flow and be serene.”
1 year ago Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.
1 year ago One does not become fully human painlessly.
1 year ago Release your inhibitions,
Feel the rain on your skin
1 year ago A new mural in town calls for a handstand pic with the twins. 🙃 Photo cred @drdirob (my Mom 😊💛🙏) And just for fun, some words of wisdom that I like to read now and then: "The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto" by Brene Brown
Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions—the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.
I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.
We will practice courage in our family by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our home for both.
We will teach you compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work, hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be family values, as well as family practices.
You will learn accountability and respect by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I ask for what I need and talk about how I feel.
I want you to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.
I want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.
When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will be able to draw from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.
Together we will cry and face fear and grief. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.
We will laugh and sing and dance and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.
As you begin your Wholehearted journey, the greatest gift that I can give to you is to live and love with my whole heart and to dare greatly.
I will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you. Truly, deeply, seeing you.