Practice makes practice.

I first started yoga and meditation practices regularly when I was in Varanasi, India, the year after high school. I was 18. I know how cliched that sounds, but it's true. It was just days after 9/11. It was bizarre and surreal to be both physically removed from the familiar and to have my very... Continue Reading →

be honest.

Going into a season of giving and consuming, and before we get to the part where we make grand plans about how to better ourselves, I have a mantra to ponder: BE HONEST. I don’t mean destroy the filter in your brain that tells you it might not be a good idea to say something. I... Continue Reading →

Compassion.

Ask yourself what’s missinig in contemporary news and discourse. What underlies divisiveness and hate speech. What makes some encounters (with a police officer, or a doctor, or someone you expect to care) so completely demoralizing. And what causes hopelessness and pain and substance use and. . . My answer: compassion is missing. When a person... Continue Reading →

Why bother with aesthetics?

Is there something happening in our brains that is separate from our conscious awareness and our intellect? Maybe we don’t all have the structures needed to comprehend beauty. Maybe it resists structure.

From fun to FOMO to frustrated

Watching friends, old acquaintances, and perfect strangers do epic things on social media can be super fun. Woah, people do all kinds of crazy cool stuff! Trips and ultramarathons and insane workouts and grad school and babies and, and, and. It’s fun to watch— but there can be an insidious kind of creep from fun... Continue Reading →

ch-ch-ch-changes. . .

So, I’m moving. Moving from Arizona to Oregon. Moving from one job to a new one. Transitions engender reflection, and I'm thinking about what I really value. This effect shows up as I sort my possessions. I've thought about this before, but now it's inescapable. Do I like this? Do I use it? Do I... Continue Reading →

Transformative practices

It’s something that you do, deliberately and consistently, whether or not you feel like it, the circumstances are right, you do a good job— this is what makes it a practice,— and it causes a fundamental shift in some part of your life— this is what makes it transformative. So often we seek change— we... Continue Reading →

beyond “what to eat.”

I see so many articles about excactly what to eat to lose weight, have more energy, sleep better, be happier, find enlightenment. . . and it drives me crazy. there are not 5 secret foods that will change your life. no, ma’am. there’s more to it than that, yes? it seems like the “what” is... Continue Reading →

on showing up.

i got what i asked for for christmas this year: new running socks, and an annual pass to the yoga studio. then i went to a workshop at the studio called "articulate your aim"-- where we wrote for a while, talked for a while, and did some kick-ass-asana. my aim? it started out as "show... Continue Reading →

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