One of the hardest things in this life is to be honest with yourself. The first reaction when I hear this phrase is to be in a state of complete denial. “I am realistic,” I’ll say to myself. “I know what I weigh, I am happy to list my development points if asked in a job interview and my company knows I am a social smoker.“ And I suppose these statements are all true and admirable. No problems there.Read More
I traveled to an ashram at the southern tip of India on the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. One might say that this was a training camp to strengthen my skills to slow down, finely tune my senses, and open my heart. People at the ashram develop their own retreat: some practice yoga and vedic chanting throughout the day, while others practice pujas, or converse with others of like-mind.Read More
I felt guilty because I knew there was so much to do and so many things to see at this gorgeous resort. Yet all I wanted to do was lay in front of the fire.
Maybe you have this issue too. I call it “The Should”. The annoying asshole who lives in the back of your mind constantly telling you that you’re not doing enough. The nagging notion whispering you “should” do more, you “should” be out living life, moving, accomplishing, and DOING.Read More
When I was in college, my classmates all went around in a circle over lunch labeling what kind of bread we would each be...if we had to be a certain kind of bread. (Yes, these are the kinds of things that amused us at 19.) When it came time for me to be labeled, I remember one of my classmates responding without hesitation, and with the utmost confidence, “White Bread. For sure,” followed by an immediate, almost victorious, resounding array of concurs.Read More
I work in theater. It’s an amazing community of people. In fact, I was drawn to this business because of the people. My best friends did the plays in high school, so I did the plays.
But, like high school, theater also comes with a certain amount of drama (and I don’t just mean the drama we get paid to do… HAH!). We spend all day together when putting up a new show. I’m currently in the fourth week of ten hour days, cooped up in a theater with the same forty people. Inevitably, we deal with the joys/fallout of new friendships, new relationships, breakups, election seasons (God help us), bomb threats in Times Square, babies being born, rivalries, nerves, lack of sleep, drinking (theater folks do a lot of that), jokes taken the wrong way, lack of space, egos, and all-around insecurity… no biggie.Read More
Silence is the music of the soul. Not only is the presence of nature unlocked, but also the mystery of our soul. It is in silence that we experience and understand the miracle of our own being, gain wisdom and find the answers to our deepest questions.Read More
According to the Advaita and the practice of Yoga thousands of years ago, Witness Consciousness is learning how to develop simple awareness of what is going on with oneself. Digging a step further is having an attitude of Metta, which refers to the idea of wishing oneself well. The development of this kind of consciousness and attitude toward oneself is an important type of self-love. It is understanding, learning to love (clear seeing) and accepting whatever arises within and without oneself.Read More
Life in due time always provides proof of this: What drains my energy eventually takes a separate path, in one way or another (even if the separation may be full of suffering and emotional attachment), while new experiences and adventures, which are in line with what my Soul has already chosen, knocks unexpectedly at my door.Read More
With change, we may experience a feeling of inner emptiness and it’s up to us to choose what to do with it: Do we choose to fill that emptiness with whatever that passes by to cover up the pain, or do we observe, stay open, and allow ourselves to live through that emptiness to welcome this new area of spaciousness?Read More
Turns out, a killer six pack isn’t going to fix the emotional wounding that happened when you were five.
If you’re like me, you choose to run hoping the issues you’re dealing with will be left behind. Sometimes, during this temporary escape, the mind has a chance to slowly chip away at the inner issues. Things start to get sorted out amongst all our comings and goings. Unfortunately, because we are running, the energy needed in order to effectively deal with our issues can’t be fully given. It’s at times like this I recall the phrase;Read More
Having to sit still in the quiet these past few weeks, it’s as if my body has gone through a sort of noise detox. When I step outside now, I feel the effects of noise much more. The natural immunity I once had towards loud things have worn away and the harshness of it hits me like nails on a chalkboard..Read More
By practicing yoga, I seem to have given this little fellow more of a voice. As I’ve learned to listen and honor my breath, movement and body, I’ve learned to connect intimately with that little voice in my gut.Read More
We, especially women, seem to apologize for everything we do. We apologize for the things that are not entirely our fault, or anyone’s fault really. It feels ingrained in our DNA. I am guilty of this every single day. Has anyone else bumped into an inanimate object like a chair or a doorframe and immediately squealed, “Ooh sorry”?Read More
This week is busy. The kind of week where your cup is full and just on the verge of overflowing - like that moment where you're adding milk to your coffee and you almost blow it by putting too much in.Read More
The “unknown” is not my favorite thing.
Exotic sounding words such as “mystery”, “magic”, “possibility” – that saturate our Instagram feeds make the “unknowns” in life seem so exciting. I should be having fun entertaining all these new, enticing scenarios - at least that’s what I tell myself, when really I’m resisting the urge to throw up in my mouth.Read More
Every time we go for a walk, run, play a game, or lay out a yoga mat to practice, it’s a reclamation of that inner child who just wants to play until it hurts so good. It’s our chance to get in touch with that little person who was curious, courageous and filled with wonderRead More
I danced, danced, and danced on my own, with and for myself.
For myself and nobody else. I wasn’t there to attract anyone. I even created physical distance from the people that were standing too close. The dance became an exploration of my body and sensations of a dynamic meditation to inner discovery.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine closed down her social media accounts. This surprised me, as she had a large following and posted gorgeous images of herself on the beach drinking from coconut shells and frolicking in her bikini while flashing her perfectly white teeth. When I asked her why she chose to remove herself from social media, she said, “it is no longer fun.” Instead, it started to dictate her mood depending on how many “likes” she would get on a particular post.Read More
Do you ever feel emotionally vulnerable?
Do you sometimes feel the need to protect yourself from other people’s energy?
Do you ever feel too sensitive to your current surroundings?
Or do you just need a place to seek refuge?