Set Aside Your Plans and Dream.

Set Aside Your Plans and Dream.

It might seem obvious that bringing a dream to life can take hard work and careful planning. Be careful! Your plans and work ethic can easily kill a dream. Creating a dream come true requires patience in and contentment with the process that might make no sense, a willingness to let your dream go its own way at times, and the ability to maintain your dual roles as both dreamer and a creator.

Are You Loving People the Way They Need to be Loved?

Are You Loving People the Way They Need to be Loved?

One of the most powerful lessons I have gained from raising three children to young adulthood is that they each need to be loved in a different way. It might surprise you that the same is true for the way we love ourselves – it needs to vary! Our work (and it’s profoundly rewarding work) is to discover as many of these different ways to love as possible. Because when we love someone (especially ourselves) the way they need to be loved, not only do we help them stretch toward their potential, but we also stretch a little closer to our own potential.

Feel All the Feels.

Feel All the Feels.

Go ahead. Let yourself “feel all the feels.” And don’t be worried if you don’t actually know specifically how or what you’re feeling. Knowing you are a mess and need to do something to sort yourself out is enough. A good trick is to unroll your mat. There’s no better place than there to figure out that it’s just life that you’re feeling.

You've Gotta Let Go of Who You Are to Become Who You're Meant to Be

You’ve Gotta Let Go of Who You Are to Become Who You’re Meant to Be

If a coming change has you an emotional wreck like my looming empty nest has me, it’s OK. Every change and shift in life is an opportunity to practice letting go. It is by letting go that we stay open to change. It is by being open to change that we allow ourselves to change. The opposite is also true. When we resist or fight change, we eliminate the possibility for our own growth. So join me in opening your arms wide to let go and embrace all that life is bringing your way!

Do You Ever Fall Away from Everything Yoga's Taught You When You're Challenged?

Do You Ever Fall Away from Everything Yoga’s Taught You When You’re Challenged?

Living next door to an awful construction project has taught me a surprising lesson: living in a way that is contrary to the lessons I’ve learned on my yoga mat feels just awful. Take it from me. There is no peace and no contentment possible when you’re filled with disdain, anger and loathing. This knowledge is inspiration for me to keep practicing as I inch my way back to living and feeling like the person I am on my mat.