Category Philosophy

How You Do Anything

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 […]

What Are You Looking For?

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. […]

The Practice of Showing Up

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, […]

Tapas, not the Spanish kind

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 […]

The Universe Works in Mysterious Ways

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 […]

100+ Degree Weather & A Reminder that I’m Not In Charge

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 […]

Fresh Baked Cinnamon Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes I get so caught up in thinking about all of the things that I am lacking, that I completely forget to pause and appreciate all that I do have. It’s part of the human condition, I think: we’re trained to want more. More money, more time, more food, more things, more appreciation, more connection — just […]

A Willingness To Be Seen

Last Tuesday I attended an event where I saw a bunch of people I had not seen for six months or more. And during the event I received compliment after compliment about how I looked, compared to the last time they had seen me. {I should probably disclose a few relevant things at this point: […]

Impatiently Practicing Patience

They say patience is a virtue, but I suppose they never said it would be easy. Ever since teacher training started, I have been finding myself consumed with impatience: (Foot taping) Alright, am I someone different yet? Ok, I’m ready for my perfect home yoga practice to magically appear!  (Fidgeting) This sitting thing… can’t it […]

Change

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin