Too Busy to Relax

Too busy to relax they say… complaints, excuses everyday They sound so weak, so stressed, so tired… a mundane world in which they’re mired No time to sit and just be quiet… their mind’s a rush of thoughts, a riot No chance they have to hear the sound… of nature’s wonder all around Of birds and trees and clouds and air… too much work, it’s just not fair This really seems quite sad to me… so much to do, no time to be Breathe I say and move a bit Then after that we can just sit And watch the … Continue reading Too Busy to Relax

Two Wolves

In my practice this long weekend, I battled with myself. Two or more practices in a day did not appease the struggle. Thinking that the more I practice, the better my heart feels. By Sunday afternoon, the push had come to shove. Never have I surrendered fully into Balasana | Child’s Pose… yet was I fully surrendering? Until I remembered this story… An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is … Continue reading Two Wolves

Listen to the Hippies

A breezy Northwest wind begins the day as I head out for an outdoor yoga event at St. Norbert’s Farmers Market (the first of the countdown for Prairie Love Yoga Festival) . A trusty friend alongside , google map app, venturing alone to a place I do not even know exists. The scenic ride is as luxurious as the big smile forming on my face, singing along the varied tunes blasting from my radio. They are sweet distractions – music, singing, scenery – finding myself jittery driving to either getting there or getting lost. Of course, I still got lost, turning to where I … Continue reading Listen to the Hippies

Freeing Sahaja

  Q: Why do we only get spontaneous when bad things happen to us? A: Nature abhors a vacuum. Life is a series of ebb and flow. I often get told of this. When it ebbs though, why do we get stuck getting pulled back? It takes an enormous amount of courage and strength to swim forth and begin flowing again. The current can deter your heart and doubt your swimming skills. Sometimes we tend to simply float… where does this lead us then? Does it make you closer to where you want to go? Yet the time spent in … Continue reading Freeing Sahaja

Ahimsa | Haiku (+)

Listen intently Stillness at the break of day Give space your heart needs. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield  When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. ~Jean Shinoda Bolen My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another. ~ Shakti Gawain  Namaste. Continue reading Ahimsa | Haiku (+)

She Let Go

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her … Continue reading She Let Go

An Ahimsa Conversation

A dialogue within. Myself:      I know from firsthand experience what it’s like to push too hard after a trauma. I:               I’m not. … I:               Okay, I am. But what’s wrong with wanting to get back on your feet? Myself:     It’s not just about your feet. You lost (something/someone). It’s about your heart. I can feel you wanting to get back into the (mat) and make it right, but its not time. I:              All I’m thinking about is … Continue reading An Ahimsa Conversation