Speaking of which, I’ve done a lot of things I'm proud of, but this may be my biggest honor to date. Last fall, I was invited to contribute to the new book from The March for Science "Science Not Silence: Voices of the March for Science Movement" published by MIT Press. The book is gorgeous. I am beyond words, humbled, and filled to the brim with gratitude to be included alongside some of the bravest and most brilliant minds of our time. You can pick up a copy of the book here: https://www.marchforscience.com/bookRead More
A girl dies as a result of violence every 5 minutes
1 in 4 girls gets married as a child
71% of human trafficking victims are female
63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation
130 million girls are out of school
Girls are twice as likely to become infected with HIV.
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,
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
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)
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
In August we took a journey to colorful St Croix for our 1st Annual Elemental Flow Conference.
EARTH. WATER. FIRE. AIR.
All embodied on one beautiful Caribbean island.
Equi. Nox. Equal Night.
Twice a year, the Earth’s equator passes the sun’s path. The cycle of the earth around the sun is witnessed through the seasons; the rising of daylight in March and the quieting of that same light in September.Read More
When we fire a neuron for any reason - movement, thought or emotional circuitry - that neuron is myelinated.
The more it fires, the more myelin encases the neuron. The more myelin there is the faster the nerve can signal, which means a quicker response time. This is how we acquire “skills” such as riding a bike or master a yoga balancing posture. The same is true in working with our emotions; the stronger the myelin around the neural signals, the greater our awareness and response to the emotion.Read More
A new moon is an opportunity to transform. Our retreat to St Croix will offer an opportunity to say, "Yes. This."Read More