Every time we encounter a winding, country road, our family is transported back to the home we left. The land we loved. And the Tuesday morning when a driver fell asleep at the wheel, a mile from our house. And everything changed.
How are you like a tree? A mountain? An ocean? What nourishes your soil? How do you know when you are depleted or in need of replenishment? Which seeds have you intentionally sowed in your lifetime – and which do you still long to… Continue Reading “Mindful writing with nature”
This short video was inspired by exercises from Dr. Jan Chozen Bay’s book Mindful Eating, which I had the pleasure of experiencing during a mindful eating weekend retreat at Great Vow Monastery and also at a professional conference sponsored by UCSD Center for Mindfulness.… Continue Reading “Mindful eating – connecting with our food system”
For those of you who are parents or have children in your life, you may be familiar with a sweet little book by P.D. Eastman titled “Are You My Mother?” I can’t remember where we bought our copy – probably purchased at a local… Continue Reading ““Are you my mother?” nature is here.”
From Embracing the Good, a chapter in the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook (Neff & Germer, 2018): “Savoring involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of life – taking them in, letting them linger, and then letting them go. It is more than pleasure – savoring… Continue Reading “The scoop on savoring practices”
Check out this article from Scientific American on the benefits of self-compassion (today and everyday!).
Just a few of the texts I’m drawing from as I develop the online SAVOR for mind/body health program. Cultivate mindfulness, self-compassion, acceptance, and inner wisdom in the New Year.
This morning during a writing exercise, I found myself reflecting upon how frustrated I feel when I don’t have enough time for my creative projects. How painful it feels to start — only to end before I’m ready. Zooming out, I suspect that sometimes… Continue Reading “Savoring the small stuff”
A few weeks ago, I began reading The Book of Awakening, by the poet and teacher Mark Nepo. From the September 23rd entry, he writes: “There is no expected pace for inner learning. What we need to learn comes when we need it, no… Continue Reading “Repetition is not failure”
Are you willing to pause, and listen, and re-connect? “…And there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world…” Mary Oliver – The Journey, in DREAM WORK (1986)