This morning's Facebook post from Usborne Books caught my eye. It asked which children's book you'd choose if you had to be trapped in one for a month. A lover of children's books (and an author of them as well), this was a tough and exciting challenge for me. Great books, like Where The Wild … Continue reading The book of Life: Which did you choose?
My 15 year-old headed out the door yesterday, on his way to the AMA to write his learner's test. "Good luck!" I yelled after him. He turned around. "I don't need it, Mom," he replied. "I make my own luck." Years and years ago, I had a particularly difficult boss. It was one of those … Continue reading You’ve got this!
I now know how she did it. My mom. I now know how she managed to raise us kids and create a life for herself while also supporting her marriage. She didn't do it all at once. Or all the time. I know this because I've now walked a mile in her shoes. Well, the … Continue reading 4 Tips to Navigate Motherhood
Years ago, I completed my level 4 Spring Forest Qigong certification. I had fallen in love with this beautiful practice by Master Chunyi Lin. Each year, around Chinese new year, Master Lin gives the energy forecast for the year. He talks about which parts of the world will have a strong economy and which parts … Continue reading 1 way to improve your meditation
This is one of several signature self-care recipes that I published in Nourish: Ayurveda-inspired 21-day Detox. Infusing the whole vanilla bean gives this balm a natural, full aroma with the benefits of the bean imparted in the oil. Step 1. Start by infusing your oil of choice with vanilla beans. Split the bean and scrape … Continue reading Vanilla bean-infused balm: A delicious DIY
I sat on my front step in morning meditation, a practice I'd observed for nearly 10 years. "I am joy." I ran the affirmation through my brain as a mantra. My shoulders shirked it off. Nope. Not joy. I had no idea what joy felt like. I certainly couldn't conjure it. Happiness I knew, but … Continue reading A Vessel for Joy
I received a call from a dear friend yesterday: my best friend from high school. We stay in touch. Have tea every few months. She was crying and said she had bad news. I braced myself for news about her husband or children. The news wasn't that close to home but close to each of … Continue reading Death connects us
My daughter sat down next to me as I was completing my morning meditation. "And may all beings benefit," I said with a bow. "Mom," she said, "what are Mayo Beings?" "What?" I asked. "You said Mayo Beings." Ah, yes," I replied. "I was saying a prayer for the tiny people who live inside the … Continue reading Meditation Mumble
Sometimes, a story takes you by the hand and leads you onto the dance floor. It reveals itself to you as you move together. And sometimes a book requires a more structured approach. When you have a plan, you know where you're going, and suddenly writing your book feels a lot less intimidating. My editor, … Continue reading How to Write a Book
Revisions continue on the upcoming book, The Yoga of Boiling Eggs. I went back and forth on whether to keep this piece in the manuscript. In the end, I removed it. It lives here now. As an adult, sleep came easy, but night-waking was never welcome. My head would swim in those darkened hours. Even … Continue reading Fear of the Dark