Spring is officially here! Or the season of natural disillusion, as I have come to call it during those cynical moments when when I can’t seem to keep up with changes in weather or the accompanying shifts in mood and task. Just when you put away the snow boots, the April snow showers are sure … More The Art of Reunion
Last month, Mary Oliver departed this life, after 83 years as a “bride married to amazement.” Or at least that was how she articulated the end-of-life hopes she held for herself in the poem “When Death Comes” in 1992. I find comfort in the belief that is exactly the state she found herself in at … More Legacy Part I
Remember December? Perhaps it seems lifetimes ago already, a distant memory as you get ‘”back to the old grindstone.” Or perhaps last month still looms over today in the form of unsent “Thank you” cards on the desktop, a dying Christmas tree in the corner of the room or a slew of credit card … More Can I Get a Witness?
And I said to my body softly, “I want to be your friend.” It took a long breath and replied, “I have been waiting my whole life for this.” -Nayyirah Waheed Has your body [whether the physical one that tends to come to mind first, or bodies such as the mental, emotional or spiritual] … More The Flames of Betterment
The quiet and calm of January can be almost deafening, as the chaos and activity of the holiday season wind down and give way to the depths of mid-winter. The snow piles high on the branches of the saggy evergreens and at moments, their riotous roots beneath the frozen earth can seem lightyears away. It … More January: Go Ahead and Stay In
The birds that nest year-round in my neighborhood seem especially disoriented this morning. And why shouldn’t they be? Daytime temperatures in western Wisconsin have hovered just below 40 degrees for the past two weeks, with sweet sun showers powerful enough to warm us right to our bones. This had been a most welcome contrast to … More Ways of Knowing
Wake up to bird song, or waves or whispering pines. Open your eyes to the dawning of a new day, and wander toward voices when you are ready for company of the community. Stretch your body, swim, kayak, run, hike. Let your body move how it wants to move as the light starts to fill the … More A Summer Day
Do you remember when there were shootings in Paris? You probably do, it wasn’t all that long ago, and the world watched as the city of light went into lockdown and mourning. Do you remember when a high school in a Colorado town gasped in astonishment when one of their own kids turned on his peers? … More These Times: Remembering the Essential
Alan Watts likes to ask his students, when doing career counseling, “What would you do if money were no object?” He hopes to get them thinking about what they really enjoy about life, what pursuits they truly want to devote energy toward, and how they want to spend their days. Because after all, “what we … More What Would You Do If Money Were No Object?
Originally posted on Heidi Barr:
Being a yoga teacher [or a wellness coach] is similar to being a physician [i.e. one that is invested in healing, not keeping business good]: my mission is to find the origination of my clients’ problems and help my clients heal themselves, so I can send them on their way, out…