Sunday, November 9, 2008

It's My Birthday!

I celebrated a birthday this weekend. The weather was cold and dreary but my heart was warm and grateful!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Flowers Bring Me Joy

I took this picture of tulips at the Pike Place market in Seattle. When I see one tulip, it brings me joy but to see so many beautiful tulips in one place--I was very joyful! I was recently asked the question, "What brings you joy?' I responded that "I feel joy when I feel that all is right with the world." When I see beauriful flowers, I get that feeling. What brings you joy? Can you bring that experience into your life today? Namasté.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sneaky Memorable Moments

Sometimes we can have a memorable moment when we least expect it. I had one a few years ago and I still remember exactly where I was and I think about it often. I was driving to the yoga conference in Estes Park (from Boulder) and as I was driving through the town of Lyons, I was listening to a CD by Jon Kabat-Zinn and he recited a poem by Derek Walcott. This poem had such an effect on me that I have a copy of it in my notebook that I carry every day. It gives me some insight into what we mean when talking about our "true self" and it gives me an understanding that I have a true self that is accessible to me. Although the yoga conference was very memorable, the drive to the conference was actually the most memorable. So be present and be aware of those sneaky memorable moments!

Love after Love
by Derek Walcott (from his book Sea Grapes)

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who know you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

At Ease

I recently had the wonderful experience of spending two days in a Judith Lasater workshop. She is one of my favorite yoga teachers ( and I love the way she combines a physical yoga practice with her insights on yoga and life. One of the days, we thought about the Yoga Sutra 11.46, "Steady in your intention, you'll be steady in your posture. Asana can come naturally." (from the book, Yoga, Power, and Spirit by Alberto Villoldo. She had us think about that sutra as we did our practice and she talked with us about how we can take the meaning of this sutra off of our mats. She encouraged us to think about those things that make us uneasy throughout our day and try to understand why we are feeling uneasy. I have been trying this over the past few days and it is amazing how often I start to feel that sensation that starts in my belly and moves up to my brain--anxiety, anger, frustration, defensiveness. It may be while driving, waiting in line at the grocery store, during a conversation with my husband, or during a meeting at work. Just bringing my awareness to the feeling is the first step in letting it go and will often cause the feeling to dissipate. When it doesn't, I try to shift my thoughts, feeling compassion for the root of my uneasiness (the other driver, the clerk in the store, the person in the meeting, my husband)--but....that's another blog! Namaste

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

SEE The View

I find looking at mountains, like those in this picture of the Flatiron mountains in Boulder, Colorado, a way to find energy and inspiration. To actually be there in person is ideal, but I also find it is possible to get some of those same feelings by looking at a picture of the Flatirons. I think the key to this is taking the time to really look at the picture, not a brief glance, but stopping whatever else I am doing, taking a deep breath in with a long slow exhalation and bringing myself to the present moment. I look at the picture and allow myself to let those feelings of peace and calmness wash over me. To do this, I need to let go of the other things in my mind, including my mental definition of a mountain--looking at the beautiful details of the things in the picture.

My mountain picture is my "reminder" but it can be anything that works for you. Think of something that evokes a feeling of inspiration and calm. A feeling that "everything is right with the world." It may be a picture of your children, a lake or maybe it is a fresh flower on your desk. Look at it with fresh eyes--as if you are seeing it for the first time. Namaste

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Needlepoint for the Mind

I think one of the best things I can do to help me maintain my energy and enthusiasm at work is to do things outside of work that help me calm my mind and all of those "work thoughts" that creep into my head at all hours of the day and night. Doing something that is creative and artistic helps me and needlepoint is something that is almost meditative for me. Many of my friends and colleagues knit for the same reasons. It isn't about the finished product but about the benefits of the process. Here are some of my needlepoint pillows. Namaste