108 reasons- a stream of consciousness ode to my yoga practice

1.  alignment 2.  learn to relax 3.  prepare for meditation 4.  build strength 5.  take it with me 6.  new friendships 7.  flexibility 8.  fall prevention 9.  laboratory for life 10.  find my safe edge 11.  digestive health 12.  become witness to self 13.  antidote for sitting at a computer 14.  yoga sutras 15.  mental, […]

a mid-summer checklist for feral adolescents

As a mother of three adolescents, my attempts at a calm, somewhat detached emotional state are constantly tested by fluctuating sensations of pure joy and total terror.  My extreme emotional reactions are usually in response to their activities and behaviors, or to recollection of my own at their age.  Outside of sitting continuously in meditation, there is no detachment practice strong enough […]

less shame and more honesty: my d-i-v-o-r-c-e

I just read a post on a blog I follow, elroyjones.  At the end of this brief but insightful post, which was on the subject of Vanessa Williams and her Penthouse scandal, the author stated “The world could use a little more honesty and a lot less shame.”  In honor of this sentiment, I would like to briefly discuss […]

a Holy Week meditation on addiction

Condemned to death. Seeking a path away from pain with booze, Xanax, crystal, oxy, heroin.  Street drugs, prescriptions…like the mythical lotus eaters, the addicts feast until they forget their homelands.  They forget who they are.  Addiction is a scourging, it comes with a crown of thorns and a crucifixion. At first, seeking relief from pain: the […]

The voice of Doom doesn’t stand a chance with me.

People are always throwing around statements like “If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be good for anyone else…!”. and “You can’t change anyone else, you can only change yourself…!”  While I find this sort of preachiness to be rather grating, tiresome and trite overall, I also believe this advice to be completely spot on, but these […]

A little solstice reflection on me and Jesus.

I converted to Catholicism 10 years ago at the age of 36.  Technically it might not have been an actual conversion, as I had never been a member of any religious group before that time.  I was not raised a Christian, but my parents consistently behaved like Christians are supposed to behave, golden rule and all, and imparted their Christian values to […]