A Practice of Homecoming

A Practice of Homecoming

As you move through your day, be on the lookout for moments of coming home – for example, when you come downstairs in the morning, when you come in from an errand, or when you sit down to dinner after a long day of work (even if you, like so many of us, have been working from home). Pause in these moments to savor or even create a deep sense of being welcomed. Really experience your comfort. Take a deep breath and feel a warm, welcoming hug from yourself. These quiet moments of coming home – to a place, but more importantly, to yourself – can fill you with love, happiness, peace, and the confidence to head back out into the big, wide world to live the life you’ve been given to live. Welcome home.

A Glimpse of the Whole of Which We’re Part

A Glimpse of the Whole of Which We’re Part

I saw something pretty special this week:  a small, but exquisite murmuration of a flock of birds. This sight affirmed for me that the “work” you and I do – the way we love the people around us, the way we stick to our principles, the way we try to live our values, the way we can choose to make our faith a way of life rather than a way of thinking – all matters tremendously to the world around us. I can imagine, one day, getting such a perspective that we could see the great “murmuration” of which you and I are parts – the graceful artistry of the dance of Life. Each person doing their own small part to add to the magical harmony of the whole.

The Practice of Changed Plans

The Practice of Changed Plans

When life takes a twist or a turn, try to resist the impulse to grit your teeth, squinch your eyes, and white-knuckle life back onto its “proper” (a.k.a. planned by you) path. Instead, practice the willingness to change our plans at a moment’s notice. “We will not be upset if our plans are upset” if we are determined to stay open to what is.

A Spiritual Walk in the Woods

A Spiritual Walk in the Woods

From death springs an abundance of life. Death in a rainforest gives life more expansive and meaningful than one glorious life lived – a grand gesture of love. Life is patiently growing and changing and becoming – in the rainforest, in our backyards, and in us, too. Death is right here, too. Big, huge losses, yes. But more often the series of smaller “deaths” that are necessary to our growth in life. Jobs coming to an end. Relationships breaking down. Passions waning for hobbies and interests. Without death, there is no space for new life. The rainforest teaches that without death, we lack the “humus” we need to support our growth – the wisdom of experience, the flexibility to change course, the forgiveness for mistakes made, the humility to say “whoops!” and try again.

Stepping Into a New Reality

Stepping Into a New Reality

As Yoga With Spirit emerges from the “pause” of the last year, it feels a little like emerging from a chrysalis. All growth requires us to let go of old things and old ways. It is no different for me as I step forward into this new phase of life. Read about the additions and changes to the offerings at Yoga With Spirit in this week’s blog.

The Powers of Patience and Persistence

“How does an apple ripen? It sits in the sun.” Patience and persistence can be far more effective agents of change than the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears. Keep showing up. Trust the process. But recognize that you don’t need to be in control. Leave some space for unimaginable possibilities, surprising twists and turns, and miracles too great to even hope for. Life won’t let you down.

Regular Rest is Really Good for You

Regular Rest is Really Good for You

Regular rest is a fundamental part of success, health, and happiness. It helps us exist as human beings rather than “humans doing.” Practicing silence, mindfulness, and breathing are three ways to rest that create deep healing, inspire bursts of creativity, and offer clarity.