Practicing Together #22

A heart-shaped stone in the sand at a beach

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 weather is grey. A breath for … [Read more...]

Practicing together #21

photo of a prayer flag reading "love" tied to a branch

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 friendsAnd a breath for you. … [Read more...]

Practicing Together #20

Full moon over the ocean and a rocky beach

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 Rachel, and Havi's eight breaths. My p … [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 to share it now with … [Read more...]

Slow magic

It's almost Thanksgiving.  All night and all morning, there was a howling storm beating at the windows and walls of my house, and I was at once grateful to be inside and sad for the world we've created together where others are not.  If my social media streams are any indication, a lot of us are feeling that way these days.I'm making dulce de leche, which is a process that's completely satisfying: you pour cans of condensed milk into a double boiler, and you cook and cook it.  Over the co … [Read more...]

Practicing Together #19

Prospect Hill Park, Waltham, MA

It's Monday, so we practice together.  Join us?This past week, I noticed that some types are mental gears are particularly hard for me to shift out of.  I tend to switch tasks a lot and to feel distractable at that level, but if I look at my work in the last hour before bed, my mind will be filled with office details all night.  I'm not sure what the hard-to-shift gears have in common, but noticing they are there feels helpful.This week, I invite in the answer is already here.  Maybe the … [Read more...]

Practicing Together #18

Wish tree at Pride Interfaith 2013

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 past, both times because of physical cues.This coming week, I in … [Read more...]