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Beer, empanadas, and enlightenment

Cultivating peace of mind and wellbeing is ongoing. I’ve learned that there is one way to fail at yoga (and preserving peace of mind)—that’s by not doing it. I’m so grateful for my growth in 2023. Looking back on my experience a year ago at this time, I can definitely say I’ve shed some of […]

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Embracing impermanence and inviting abundance

My world changed and something that had become such a special part of my life, a key piece of my self-care support system, was suddenly taken away from me a couple days ag0—Friday the 13th. That evening, I took a moment to acknowledge the closing of an era of flowing with friends at my beloved local […]

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How ‘beginner’s mind’ helped cure my ‘imposter syndrome’

I asked AI for help writing this, because the ideas are all in here… …but finding the time to really sort them out from blank page to blog post has been challenging. AI-generated writing, un-edited, most often proves unsatisfying—reminiscent of 100-level college class, B-student vibes with kind of a “put on” personality or voice… Here’s […]

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When the elephant in the room is you

I’m currently at the heaviest I’ve been in my life and I know I need to lose a significant amount weight. Putting it so plainly and in writing feels freeing on one hand, because I want people to know that I know—yes, I am aware I don’t look the same as I did in 2017, […]

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Tranquility on the go

How yoga can ease anxiety—and save your vacation Travel can be an exhilarating—and exhausting—adventure. For those who struggle with anxiety, it can also be overwhelming on a whole other level. Through the course of becoming a more regular yoga practitioner, I have witnessed an improvement in my ability to self-soothe and remain calm during frustrating […]

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The aging body and the beginner’s mind

One of my favorite books is “Zen Mind, Beginners Mind.” I’m a dabbler in zen Buddhism, and I love the way the zen passages I read make me feel OK with being a dabbler. One of the most resonating concepts of zen for me is the reminder that all is well. I am OK, enlightenment—or, for […]

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Nothing is important

This morning in yoga class, I cried over nothing. Before we got into our flow, the instructor led us in a bit of a meditation as she read from a post byMorgan Harper Nichols about the importance of doing nothing. … In this space,I hope you know this is true:any little space you createto do nothing at all right […]

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The most meaningful moments are not always what you’d think

Sparks from the bonfire at our destination. The journey there and back left me feeling much warmer, though. Driving to and from “Fields of Fear” with my 15-year-old daughter, I experienced some of the most meaningful moments of the year. Trying to recapture the exhilaration we felt previously at the scary-ish Halloween farm festival, but getting […]