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The Pickaxe ~ by Rumi Tear down this house. A hundred thousand new houses can be built from the transparent yellow carnelian buried beneath it, and the only way to get to that is to do the work of demolishing and then digging under the foundations. With that value in hand all the new construction […]

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Ohhh it’s October! I can feel the energy of change and new beginnings in the air. Can you feel it? The signs are all there. The crisp Fall air hitting my skin this morning as the alarm went off. Wind sweeping through town and starting to rustle all sorts of settled things up. Seeing the first inklings of leaves barely […]

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I’ve had a doozy of a day. Maybe you can relate? It’s been one of those non-stop, take-no-prisoners, everyone is frustrated and everything is an emergency kind of experiences. Hmm.. you too? The fact that I’d been away on a super sweet long weekend leave-the-cell-phone-at-home backpacking getaway didn’t even soften the blow. Not even a little. […]

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So, it’s been a little while since I was really in the blogging swing of things. Sure I’ve thrown a post up here or a poem up there, but things have been shifting + opening + evolving at warp speed, and I haven’t made writing a priority. To be fair, I’ve also had an identity crisis of sorts brewing. Although it […]

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If anyone asks you how the perfect satisfaction of all our sexual wanting will look, lift your face and say, Like this. When someone mentions the gracefulness of the nightsky, climb up on the roof and dance and say, Like this? If anyone wants to know what “spirit” is, or what “God’s fragrance” means, lean […]

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Consider this statement: How you do anything is how you do everything. What do I mean, you ask? I mean- How you feed yourself is how you nourish yourself… ♥ Do you do it out of obligation? Do you savor each bite? Do you even notice that you’re eating amidst the flurry of distractions — tv, texting, work, not […]

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    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’ […]

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With sweaty palms and a pounding-but-open heart, I present to you my first video attempt in honor of my 33rd solar return!

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Friends, I have a Friday public service announcement to share: You are the light. Yes, let that sink in for a moment… Love Strength Courage Vulnerability Worth Openness Perfection You are all those things, and so am I. Breathe into that fact… Allow yourself to consider the possibility that it may even be true. So often […]

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    Today I attended a workshop offered by two of my favorite humans where we had the opportunity to explore the concept of Freedom. Not freedom, as in – I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, without any consequences – but rather, Freedom, with a capital F – growing up and showing up for our lives authentically, openly, boldly, […]

Speak the Truth

There are some blog posts that are just more personal than others. Moments now and then where I find myself ripping off the mask, setting aside the pretenses, and getting completely real. I’ve been here before. And yet no matter how often I do this, each time it feels the same: uncomfortable – raw – exposed. I know […]

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My sweet friend, I want you to know that you’re awesome. You defy expectations and walk courageously along the edge of cliffs. ♥ You are strong. You find strength to hold yourself up in plank pose, just as you keep putting one foot in front of the other when things are tough. ♥ You are […]

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? - Marianne Williamson from A Return To […]

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Friends. Recently I was oh-so-close to doing something that I know never ends well: I nearly purchased a scale. A few weeks ago I found myself caught up in “it’s almost New Year’s, so I need to drastically improve my life mode.” You know what I’m talking about. That conditioned, nearly irresistible pull towards making […]

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Pause for a moment with me. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Feel the expansion and contraction of your lungs and rib cage… Notice the gentle rise and fall of your chest and belly… Hear the soft whisper of your breath… Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Allow your breath to slow down… Allow your racing thoughts to mellow… Inhale. Exhale. […]

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Recently I read this Danielle LaPorte blog post that stuck with me in a big time way. In there she proclaims that “the journey has to feel the way you want the destination to feel,” — “you can’t fight your way to inner peace,” — and “you can’t punish your way to joy.“ Woah. Right? These words […]

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Welp, it’s officially the holiday season. How do I know? Because the other day I cried all the tears on the planet. No seriously, there was a veritable rainstorm of tears uncontrollably streaming out of my eyes for nearly the entire day. And no my friends, I’m NOT talking about ‘pretty crying’ where one or two tears quietly […]

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Lately I have been experiencing an internal game of tug of war. A push-pull sort of battle where the concept of ‘self-acceptance’ has been muddied up by the powerful pull of conflicting desires. On the one hand… I crave awareness. I want Truth at all costs. I claw my way towards the world that is waiting […]

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The other morning I found myself on Cloud 9. It wasn’t that everything was going smoothly — there were certainly things I could complain about. Yet I wasn’t complaining. In fact, I was filled with joy. So what was different? I realized that I was looking for (and seeing) all of the ways my life was perfect. […]

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Have you ever found yourself thinking — “poor me, why don’t I have XY&Z?” (Yeah, me too.) Maybe you look around the world and see other people who seem to have what you want… Close heartfelt connections… Sentimental gifts… Loving family relationships… Direct honest communication… Or whatever else might be on your version of this list. […]

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Lately it’s been one shitty first draft after another. It has been exactly 20 days since I last hit publish — longer than I’ve gone without blogging since day one. I’m up to nearly 20 unpublished drafts of varying lengths and have jotted down notes for at least a dozen other ideas. It’s not that I haven’t […]

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For the last month or so I’ve found myself regularly throwing my hands up in the air and telling friends and family that “fair warning, I’m just gonna get weirder from here on out!” This phrase has been rolling off my tongue with a big smile, shake of the head, and shrug of the shoulders — as if […]

A certain darkness is needed to see the stars

{inspired by Zoe Quiney of the Rebelle Society} Yesterday morning I woke up overwhelmed by an immense sense of sadness, loneliness, and fear. The day prior a friend had said something seemingly innocuous to me that set off a domino-like pattern of thinking that inevitably leads to this dark place. I tried to use my […]

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You know those moments where it feels as though all of the moving pieces come together and click into place? The lightbulb-turning-on “ah-ha!” kind of moment? The moment where you stop trying so hard and (like clockwork) you find yourself realizing that the “it” you were seeking was there all along? Were afterward you feel […]

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I realized out of the blue this morning that it’s been an entire year since I nervously hit publish on that first Bekah Outside the Box blog post.  A whole year and 59 posts later, here I am still blogging, still putting my secret self out there into the Universe.  Who would have thought that this […]

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A few weeks ago Danielle LePorte posed the question: How do you feel about destroying what must be destroyed in your life? And to be perfectly honest, at first I was feeling resistant. Extremely. Resistant. Sure, the desire to change is strong. And it’s easy to identify habitual patterns and ways of being that served a purpose at one […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to “Show Up” this week because this gremlins in my head urging me to bail have been having a field day. Things I totally want to do, things I definitely don’t want to do, things that scare me, exciting stuff … it doesn’t matter. My inner gremlins, […]

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What would you say if I told you that this moment would never happen again? Well, it’s true. There are no repeats, re-runs, re-dos. All you’ve got is this very moment, right now. I realized this fact (again) while driving home from work yesterday. “I survived the week!” I thought, as if merely getting through was […]

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You guys! Fair warning that I’m about to get a little woo woo. I also just quoted Katy Perry. So, with those two facts in mind, you can decide for yourself whether you want to read any further. (Thanks for reading further.) This weekend I took a mini-road trip to attend an out-of-town yoga workshop with a […]

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My childhood was consumed with large quantities of time spent walking around on my hands. I adored being upside down and did gymnastics for many years. Kick up, fall down. Kick up, fall down. Kick up, fall down. I repeated this over and over and over again, loving every second of the process. Until one […]

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Tapas is a Sanskrit word meaning “to burn” that — in the context of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras — is often described as “fiery discipline.”  What does that mean, you ask? Tapas is that well of passion simmering deep inside of you that keeps you going when the going gets tough. Tapas lights a fire underneath your ass and gets […]

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You might say that this month has been stressful. And I don’t mean the normal everyday flavor of stress… oh no! I’m referring to that extra-special, keep-you-up-at-night brand of stress that makes you want to crawl underneath your desk and curl up in the fetal position. (And yes, I know you know exactly what I’m talking about, because we’ve […]

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From the very first time I stepped onto a mat at It’s All Yoga, my inner dialogue before each practice has been largely the same: I thank myself for moving away from the computer and off the couch. I recognize that simply by walking through the studio doors, I’ve done something kind and loving. I remind myself […]

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I’m not typically a big fan of “the woo woo stuff” (as Michelle, my teacher and friend, calls it), but lately I’ve been thinking that the Universe — while mysterious — must have some sort of larger plan in mind. I see glimpses of it in nature: the complex system through which plants convert the sun’s rays into […]

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So, I was having a full on pity party the other night. It went something like: Poor me! {Fill in the blank} hasn’t happened. What’s wrong with me? Why are other people getting x, y, and z, but I’m not? I must not be good enough. I must not deserve it. Maybe if I try […]

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Have you ever been 100% convinced that you couldn’t do something, only to find out that you were 100% wrong?  The other day I took the day off from work and spent the morning practicing yoga with a friend. We came in with a semi-plan (we were headed towards going upside down), but mostly we […]

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This week I did the Peel’d Juice Cleanse. Ok ok, let’s be honest — I didn’t so much as “cleanse,” but rather I drank a lot of juice and ate other food too. See, I lasted exactly one-and-three-quarter days with the whole no meat, dairy, soy, wheat, beans, refined sugar (and so on and so […]

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It’s been hot in Sacramento this week. No, I mean like really. hot. [See photo evidence above. Not kidding.] It’s so hot that I’ve taken up residence in the living room, to be closer to this contraption: Which, despite being louder than a race car, can barely keep up with my cooling needs, so my apartment is […]

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Have you ever said to yourself — “Who, me? I could never do that!“ Yeah, me too. In fact, it’s been my go-to self-limiting statement for years. Who, me? I could never: Dance like I don’t care who is watching. Fly solo to an event, movie, or dinner out. Survive a night without television or my iPhone to keep […]

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Last week I did a whole bunch of teaching yoga. Well, to be entirely accurate, I co-taught a class on Friday, did a private lesson on Saturday, and taught a class on Tuesday. While teaching 3x probably doesn’t actually qualify as a “whole bunch,” it felt like a lot. A. Whole. Lot. Okay okay, if we’re being totally honest, I was […]

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