Practice to Navigate Paradox 

There is a verse from Lau Tzu that says: “Instead of trying to be a mountain, be the valley of the universe, so all things will come to you.” The last 5 years have been teaching me this– strong willed and motivated, I feel that I have a more inherent understanding of what it means […]

Discernment in Yoga practice 

At her keynote talk at the Yoga Service Conference in May, Beryl Bender Birch talked about the Yoga Sutras, yogic philosophy, and the work of doing service. I have a broad view of service, and think that we all do service — as teachers, parents, partners, caregivers, etc. So I think what she said is […]

Tread Softly 

At a yoga Workshop last fall with Carrie Owerko, she read a poem by William Butler Yeats, that ends “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” At the time that she read this– last fall– I was navigating […]

Larger than this: ballads, liver donations, and story 

This morning I was listening to a favorite song, “When the Roses Bloom Again”— an old ballad sort of song about a solider going off to war. He promises to return to his sweetheart when the roses bloom again, but is killed. As he’s dying, he requests/promises/ wishes to be with her again someday. I […]

Giving Birth Makes the Mind Mortal 

Last night my¬† 3.5 year old got into bed with me. I slept between him and my 5 month old– as Jonas said when he woke up “you’re like a big burrito with us wrapping around you, Mom.” Exactly how I felt, I guess, as I woke and noted the matted state of my hair […]