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
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
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
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
I am in intense and joyful final revisions of my yoga manuscript. It's a 'kill your darlings' kind of process. What is self-indulgence and what moves the story forward? I'm choosing to omit this piece. But I can happily post it here and give it a life of its own. My favourite author as a … Continue reading The secrets of life
This new year, dream your dreams, make your plans, then commit to a 40-day (or more) practice and achieve your goals.The 40-day practice is a long spiritual tradition aimed towards creating powerful change and new habits. Yoga practitioners have used this practice to bring about change and transformation, creating 40-day, 120-day and 1000-day practices. Put … Continue reading Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice
4 main chakras spring to mind as I watch the holiday energy unfold. Holidays can be complicated. "Think you're enlightened? Spend a week with your family." ~Ram Dass Family can feel comforting and confusing. Fun and frantic. Helpful and hopeless. Reassuring and infuriating. Enter the chakras: Root chakra is necessary for grounding. Whether it's the … Continue reading Chakra support for the holidays