Practicing Together #23

Twenty-three is my favorite number!  And it’s time to practice together by taking some intentional breaths for the week that has been. A breath for endings and new beginnings A breath for the power of nature stopping all of us in our tracks this week with a foot of snow A breath for staying with myself even when things feel vulnerable A breath for delighted anticipation And a breath for you, wherever you are. Read more

2014

It’s easy to think that if we just removed the little frustrations from our lives, we’d be swimming in a sea of delight. If that turns out to be true, well, then this is still a great wish. But if, as I suspect, it is not true, then I hope that pockets of ease make room for whatever is deep and true within you to emerge and flourish this year. Read more

Practicing Together #22

These are some very busy weeks.  I’m pretty sure this makes breathing even more important. A breath for two triumphs, one big one over some very long-standing buttons, and one tiny one over a crossword puzzle. A breath for the fear around having important parts of my life hanging on a bureaucratic process I am not in charge of. A breath for the challenges of engaging with family and social expectations and obligations when the days are short and the… Read more

Practicing together #21

In which we take some breaths together, from wherever we are, for the week that has passed. Here are mine: A breath for an offer so generous that it literally took my breath away A breath for the pain and fear of having an old pattern resurface A breath for dancing on the edge of clarity A breath for singing with beloved friends And a breath for you. Read more

Practicing Together #20

In which we practice together, right here in the wide, weird, invisible world of the internet!  Also, in which the old and the new come together, like with keeping the old numbers (because here we still are, practicing together) but having a new practice.  And in other ways! My new practice is inspired by several things: a breath practice in one of my traditions and an experience I recently had with it, a beautiful blessing practice developed by my friend… Read more

77 Things That Don’t Completely Suck (2013)

Holidays are full of complicated things.  You know, little ones, like family, tradition, colonialism, obligation, indulgence, economic injustice, and home.  Also, for Thanksgiving in particular, things you are supposed to be grateful for. I do not believe in the compelling power of shoulds.  But I do have some awesome things in my life.  So when Havi came up with 77 Things That Don’t Completely Suck, I was thrilled.  I’ve done this a few times before, and so I am happy… Read more

Slow magic

The idea of epiphanal, lightning-flash change is so sexy and compelling, but for most of us, most of the time, transformation is ordinary and nearly invisible at each turn. Read more

Practicing Together #19

This week, I invite in the answer is already here. Maybe the problem suggests the answer. Or the seeds of the answer are in answers I already have. I invoke the superpower of wait, this is easy! Read more

Practicing Together #18

Let’s practice together. It is our ritual, and rituals are important. This past week, I noticed that my body has its own memory.  I knew this from the years that I was healing from abuse, when surprising hair-triggers were a regular part of my life, but it hasn’t come up in a way that surprised or challenged me in a long time.  And then twice this week, something I did reminded me vividly, viscerally of an event years in the… Read more

Practicing together #17

This week, I noticed that not everything has to happen at once. I’ve been struggling lately with feeling like I’ve made a good decision about one big area of my life, but also feeling like it’s keeping me from putting in the time I’d like to put in on other things. Trying to jam everything in just isn’t working, but breathing with the possibility that all of those things can happen, just not all at once, feels spacious. Read more

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