With Patience & Gratitude we find JOY

The Universe is amazing. It often sends us exactly what we need to learn. This week is Thanksgiving which makes last week my birthday week. Usually I look forward to my birthday, in part because for me it signifies the beginning of the festive holiday season. This year was different. I was not feeling any…

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Now is the Time to Grow

A couple of weeks ago my family and I took the opportunity to travel to Wyoming and visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. They were each extraordinary in their own ways but as we explored them we noticed many areas of woods that had been burned from forest fires and in various stages…

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Experience the Freedom of the Beginners Mind

Sometimes more than others, the uncertainty of our collective path forward weighs on me. These past couple of weeks I was very attuned to the fact that the words “I don’t know” were coming out of my mouth extremely often. As much as we all try to live in the moment, we are trained through…

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Beliefs Create our Destiny

I think we can all relate to the struggle of not letting ourselves go down a dark path. When there is so much fear and suffering in the world right now, it really is an important practice. The below quote from Ghandi truly explains this power and it became the message I shared with my…

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Fill your Well to be Well

Several days ago I hit bottom. I was completely mentally drained and had nothing left to give to my family. I spent three days existing on empty. My spiritual well was dry. First I had to realize what was happening. For weeks I had been depleting my “backup resources” without having the chance to re-fill.…

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Find the Joy in all your Seconds

  Last week I watched a short Valedictorian speech given by an 18 year old High School Senior. I will confess I was skeptical at first.  I questioned what wisdom this student could impart on me. Wisdom comes with age and experience after all right? Well as I watched the three minute speech, I realized…

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“Hello Old Friend”; the power of an authentic connection to others and ourselves

We all are busy. In fact most of us wear our busy-ness like a badge.  I am a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher & writer, a mother of two children, an avid community volunteer and a wife. Bouncing between worlds is a skill I have mastered over the years but it requires a level of organization and…

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What seems like a Deviation from the Path actually IS the Path

  I spent quite of bit of time last week thinking about the quote “Slow and steady wins the race” from Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare. Through many times in my life this has been a motto of sorts for me. As I checked the boxes from childhood to adulthood to motherhood and…

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Find the Elements of Paradise on and off your Mat

There has been a bit of upheaval in my home and work life over the last few weeks. Both my daughter and my husband underwent significant, but scheduled (and non-life threatening thank goodness) surgeries one week apart. In addition, one of the studios that I have been teaching at for 11 years has unexpectedly closed…

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