Rishikesh Yog Peeth: Two Weeks In

  I drafted some notes last Friday about what I thought the first update on my teacher training at Rishikesh Yog Peeth would look like…a few humorous anecdotes, an unexpected twist with my registration, lots of intense yoga, and that story about the time a monkey almost attacked one of our teachers. And then it…

Snapshots From Pune 

I ended up leaving this place a little early after all to head into the city. Mostly because I had to take care of a backpack full of dirty laundry, but also because I needed to come up for air. The final verdict: Pune is the first place on this trip that I didn’t love….

A Quiet Retreat Near Pune

    I wanted to leave this morning. I thought I’d cut my stay here short and head into the city for a few days before my flight out on Tuesday, but something in the sudden rainstorm as I sat for breakfast in the open-walled pavilion convinced me to stick it out. I’m at an…

India, Day 1: Jaipur

After my first day in India, this is what I’ve learned: there is nothing I can control or predict here. The only thing I can do is step fully into not knowing what’s around the next corner. I arrived optimistic, feeling a rush of indescribable beauty as my flight landed in New Delhi. This was…

To India

There’s a book that I love, called Abarat. Clive Barker is unfortunately not finishing this wonderful series, but it’s a rich, spectacular, and vivid story, and I highly recommend it anyway. At the beginning, the protagonist, Candy Quakenbush (love that name, btw,) decides she’s fed up with her mundane life and horrible school, and impulsively…

A Soothing Concoction

A few minutes ago, I thought, “I  need a Xanax.” I’m in the middle of making some big, HUGE plans (more to come soon!) and it’s been a tad stressful and terrifying. (And, also, more than a little glorious. 😉 ) I ended my love affair with Xanax years ago, thus, no pills to be…

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Sometimes, the simplest things can bring you back to yourself. A well-made vegan dinner and a cup of mint tea is what’s doing that for me as I type this. The past few months have been some of the hardest of my life. And this coming from someone who has seen her fair share of depression,…

Kali

“Whom should I turn to, if not the one whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle, and is not afraid—… the deep one, whose being I trust.” ~ Raine Maria Rilke “The Dark Mother is the Great Mystery in its dark, deep, unknowable totality. It is said…

Shakti Woman

I love synchronicity. I love opening a well-loved book to a random page and finding a passage that not only perfectly describes my recent years, but like a beacon in a somewhat shadowy time, also clearly illuminates a path forward. And after a few huge and heavy recent wake up calls, I’m so ready to…

Inipi

Yesterday, I had the honor of participating in a traditional Lakota Inipi. My first time, and it was helpful having previous ceremony experience in other traditions. It came to me right before we began that these initiations mirror the greater life journey…contract, expand, breathe…then do it all over again. I prayed for healing after a…

The Beetle

I once saw a baby beetle on the floor of a bathroom, at a restaurant near the beach. Tiny. Fragile. Frail. Struggling so hard to push new wings outward That he rolled over onto his back, Legs kicking in the air helplessly. I bent, and with one finger, gently turned him over. I asked God…

Merry Merry

Home. Listening to parang soca at full volume. Drying wine glasses with mom. Texas BBQ on the way. A soon to be full house of friends and family. Deep sighs of relaxation. Nowhere else I’d rather be right now. #ilovethislife 🌲🙏🏽😊❤️️