embodied wisdom: on self-acceptance

~ from Mentoring: The Tao of Giving and Receiving Wisdom by C.A. Huang + J. Lynch In Body Awareness Bootcamp, practitioners are invited to “go deep to come home” and awaken clear comprehension and compassionate action (small steps, sustainable choices).  Home, to the center of the self: the heart, where the seeds of self-compassion, self-acceptance,…

remembrance + reconciliation: prayers for thanksgiving

Originally posted on dhamma for mama*:
Today, may we appreciate this food and remember those who are hungry. May we appreciate our family and friends and remember those who are alone. May we appreciate our health and remember those who are sick. May we appreciate the freedoms we have and remember those who suffer injustice and…

embodied practice: walking the labyrinth

we meet to walk in silent contemplation of earth, cooling our feet of air, tickling our skin of water, rushing as sound + current to dampen our ears of sun, blazing warm on head + hearts we spiral in + quietly in stepping breathing cleansing clearing sorting settling centering our awareness on new beginnings, grace, gratitude,…

embodied practice: the magic of mellowing out

Last Monday afternoon, I sprained my ankle. So, instead of teaching, I spent a couple of hours mellowing out in the ER. For my trouble, I returned home to witness this milestone: my 4-year-old son riding his bike without training wheels for the first time (and after only one previous practice with me)! A little…

embodied practice: “taking refuge in the island of self”

breathing in, i go back to the island of myself. there are beautiful trees there is water, there are birds, there is sunshine and fresh air. breathing out, i feel safe. ~thich nhat hanh Nothing To Do, Nowhere To Go: Waking Up To Who You Are zen in motion: as a mountain, exalted, resilient, uplifted, half…