This is in stark contrast to my to-do list at the beginning of last year which was literally three pages. I don't know when it happened or how, but apparently, without my even noticing, my subconscious started stripping away the unnecessary.
My New Year's resolution for 2017 was "courage." On the heels of that horrible election, it seemed like the natural choice. That courage took me to Haiti on a medical mission, to the Women's March on Washington, and got me through a mysterious illness I thought was going to claim my life. Courage served me well.
But perhaps the biggest lesson courage taught me is that it also means saying "no." Read More
Rasas are the nine core emotions that govern our life; they are the nectar of artistic expression. The juice. The good stuff.
Rasamaya is about living the creative life. It’s about letting the emotions course through our bodies as they will. Emotions are not negative more nor are they positive. Disgust can be a powerful catalyst for change. Love can be jealous. Read More
Temperance. The tarot card we studied at the amazing Tarot Salon I attended this week at HausWitch in Salem, Ma. According to the teacher, Temperance is "the medicine card, the blending of waters." For me, it is the card of the healer, balanced, calm, and collected. When we think of temperance we think of self-restraint, or from the yogic path brahmacharya (celibacy) in it's truest sense. This is celibacy not in the sexual sense, as it is sometimes interpreted, but celibacy with our thoughts, our words, our actions. . . Read More
My theme this month is "steadfastness."It's been coming up a lot in my life. In these uncertain times, I have decided to commit to letting go, to stop "pursuing," and to simply give my heart and my time to the people and the things that I love. Read More
My heart is heavy with sorrow. My hope is that all the tragedies of late allow us to grieve deeply, grieve universally....
"...Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, Read More
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice..."
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
I am composing this blog post from East Rock on Star Island during my fifteenth year leading a yoga conference. Fifteen years. It seems impossible that it has been that long. As I sit here staring at the endless sea and thinking about the passage of time, I am also thumbing through a book about death, which has been on my mind a lot lately.
I always say that when I die I want my loved ones, friends, students, old lovers, old enemies, and anyone who I’ve danced with in this journey to come together at sunrise and throw my ashes off of this cliff. This rock is my home and is infused with memories that range from sunrise meditations and soul-blubbering cries to some fantastic make-out sessions with a variety of lovers over the years. I can only imagine how many other hearts this rock holds in the crags of its sparkling surface..... Read More
Our theme this year for our 15th annual Star Island Yoga Retreat was, "Returning Home. " This poem says it all.
- Ursula K. Le Guin Read More
Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
And the ways you go be the lines of your palms..... (click for more)
...It pretty much sums up my teaching, a lot of which is getting my students comfortable with the discomfort that is "resistance."
I'm sharing this discussion because as a long time yoga teacher, I know how hard it is to hold space for our students when they don't like us much. Despite what they might think of us, it's important to create a container where learning can happen through grit, sweat, patience, and a whole lot of losing their balance. Read More
The Anger Rasa is a stirring within the ego. It rises when things don’t line up. What is surprising about anger is its power to create or purify. And we can harness it.
The powerful energy of the anger rasa can find an appropriate temporary residence in your core. This Manipura Chakra (or third chakra) is centered directly above your solar plexus and is the physical manifestation of your personal power. Anatomically, the solar plexus wraps around the middle of our being and serves as the epicenter of our physical body. Read More
Nursing in global health is a steep and fast learning curve. The last few weeks in Haiti were tiring but deeply soul-fulfilling. I have shed tears with some of my patients over situations that no person should endure. I have also smiled so hard it hurts from the stories of hope and resilience. Read More
Be the compassion in healthcare.
Recently, I was struck by a conversation I had with a patient who had been told she had "small amount of calcium on her heart walls that we should continue to monitor."
No explanation by her cardiologist as to what that meant. Read More
The news was on. We were quiet. The sadness was palpable. As Trump statements flashed across the screen there was a collective sigh.
One woman whispered, "What an election." I looked at her and smiled.
Moments later in the privacy of the mammography room, the radiology tech made me laugh as she pressed my tissue between two plates. Read More
Our upper lip curls into a snarl. A deadly stare accompanied by clenched teeth. Disgust is loathing, anger, deep and cruel.
We may want to turn away, pull the blankets up tighter. Or maybe we continue to gaze, unable to turn away. Or maybe harsh words erupt from our bowels. Read More
40 things I know now that I didn't know then. . .
1. Red lipstick makes everything better. Read More
2. Happiness takes practice.
3. Your efforts never go unnoticed.
4. Buy good bras.
5. There is no such thing as a bikini body.
6. "Hell yes" is ALMOST always the right answer.