6. How can I transcend my thoughts today? This is my focus. My teacher says: “I have a body and a mind, but I am not my body and my mind.” I believe this, or rather I know it. Just saying the phrase settles me. The whirling chaos in my mind, the narrative of pain,… Continue reading 6. How can I transcend my thoughts today?
I wish to live freely, consciously, and with ease. I wish to live according to my own choices NOT according to unconscious childhood and cultural programming and reactivity. I value happiness, which I define as ease, health, humor, grace, love, sharing, compassion, creativity, effort, ambition … (moral ambition), and the will to uplift self and… Continue reading Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?)
When I first read the essay Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson I was consumed by it. I made a sheet with my favorite excerpts and kept it by my desk. I believe I may have also made copies of it and shared with friends. Recently I began re-reading it and I discovered that it… Continue reading Self Reliance
1. What is healing? 2. Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?) 3. What support do I have TODAY? (Gratitude practice) 4. How can I enjoy nature today? 5. How can I care for my body today? 6. How can I transcend my thoughts today? 7. How can I change… Continue reading 10 Questions: How Can I Heal?
“Bessel van der Kolk: “Trauma is when we are not seen and known.” ― Gabor Maté, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture. i have been in a contraction for a few years now and didn’t see it. expand, contract, expand, contract. it can’t be all expansion all the time… Continue reading expansion
Of all the things one can be addicted to, perhaps self help addiction is the least damaging. But like any other unconscious compulsive behavior, constant SEEKING takes us away from peace and equanimity. Powerful market forces trade on our resistance to present moment awareness and appreciation- self help is a is $13.2 billion industry. Santosha,… Continue reading Addicted to self help
note to self: the discomfort of change is like the discomfort of birth. in the moment it is so difficult and painful and rough and humbling (for me it was, anyway). but what comes after it is amazing. an epic gift and presence, so worth the temporary discomfort. keep going.
according to patanjali, the five kleshas are the five obstacles to yoga … the state of peace and union. my teacher talks about them often, and i can certainly see them at play in my own life. The obstacles are: 1) lack of knowledge (or understanding)2) egoism3) attachment4) aversion and 5) fear I’m sure i… Continue reading the five kleshas
i’ve been in a life transition for a few years and have struggled to get over the hump. i have found myself repeatedly going back to the old, despite knowing it’s time to release it and move forward. earlier this week i met with an energy healer who did a “soul DNA” scan. i was… Continue reading doris
A new thing, a new approach for me is Taking It Easy. Relinquishing control and perfectionism. Little me stayed up all hours perfecting her diorama. She cried when she got even a single problem wrong on her math practice. No one showed me another way. In fact, I remember trying to hide my emotions and… Continue reading Easy