Meditation Mumble

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

The secrets of life

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

Chakra support for the holidays

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

Inspiration Required

I'm 25 days into a 40-day practice chanting Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung. I usually chant on my front step during my morning meditation. This morning, I decided to chant in the tub during a nice bath. I chant aloud on my step, but not loud. I don't want to scare the … Continue reading Inspiration Required

The Squirrelly Nature of Mind

I sat on my front step this morning, preparing for meditation, when I heard a loud noise on the neighbour's fence. I looked over to see a black squirrel chasing a grey one. The grey one scratched down the fence as the black one stood on top. What surprised me was the hare. Sitting at … Continue reading The Squirrelly Nature of Mind

Mind the Garden

Years ago, one of my personal training clients told me about ANT. We were discussing the insects when she said, "Ant stands for A Negative Thought." Well that stuck. Every time I see an ant I remind myself to check my thinking. With the snow finally gone, I've begun planning my garden. As I toured … Continue reading Mind the Garden

Weekday Retreat

We get it. Weekends are precious time for family. Or maybe they are your regular work days. So, how to make time for retreat? For self-care, restoration and rejuvenation. An exquisite weekday retreat. Thursday, April 26th 9:30am - 2:30pm The Bearspaw Historical Society Barn, 5 minutes NW of Calgary Perfect if you are: An entrepreneur … Continue reading Weekday Retreat

The Memory of Food

Today is day ten of our Nourish twenty-one day detox. Last week found me expounding to my weekly meditation circle about supplication of emotions through substance: in this case, food. Today, perched upon my stationary bike reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, a moment of clarity arrives. Seemingly disconnected dots (memoir and detox) … Continue reading The Memory of Food

Live the life you have.

When I started my year in yoga, nearly 10 years ago, I couldn't get enough. Enough yoga. Enough meditation. Self-discovery. Inquiry. Visualization. Cosmic connection. Who am I? And one practice led to another. Mantra. Mudra. Trance dance. Herbology. Iridology. Reiki. Reflexology. Other ologys. I devoured it all like Sunday brunch. Attempting to find me within … Continue reading Live the life you have.

The greatest teacher

I can't say this enough: Nature is the greatest teacher. We forget. We work to harness her, manage her, use her. When we release our fear of her and our need to control her, she will restore our senses. Nature heals the body and boosts the spirit. If you commit to one small act for … Continue reading The greatest teacher