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Going with the flow

Posted April 14, 2015
I think one of the most important things that I have had to learn (and am still learning) is to go with the flow. I spent plenty of time and effort fighting circumstances because they weren’t going according to my plan. After all, I knew the exact order in which events should happen and the exact way people should behave so that everything came out the way that it should be — which was MY way.    It took me a long time (and a couple of almost-nervous breakdowns) to learn that I am not in charge of the Universe. It was humbling and is still hard to accept at times — after all, who wants to admit that they are not in control? I was brought up by Montanans, generations of people who had immigrated to the West and scraped out a life for themselves, self-sufficient and independent...

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Faith. Gratitude. Love.

Posted March 10, 2015
Sometimes, (okay, quite a bit), I have to pinch myself to believe the life that I am living. If you had asked me ten years ago what my life would be like in 2015, I can guarantee that I would have totally missed the mark. Things that my past self would have not foreseen would include: being happy with being single; becoming a yoga instructor and personal trainer; business owner? forget it!; having a great relationship with my parents; and being a "good" (i.e. "not crazy) mother. My past self was looking through a telescope at a specific point in the sky and missed the full potential of the galaxy of possibility. I am grateful to my past self for her perseverance and faith – she took risks feeling that there was no safety net; she continued on despite fear and uncertainty...

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Retreat to start fresh

Posted October 23, 2014
My New Year begins every October, when the sky is clear blue with just a hint of fall. I get that first-day-of-school feeling of fresh beginnings and new discoveries.    I don’t get to go to school, but I do assist my teacher, Rolf Gates, with the Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conference at Easlen in Big Sur, California.  This gathering of fellow yogis has become the touchstone of my year. Prior to leaving, I consider all that I have done and accomplished during the previous twelve months, as well as the things that I wasn't able to complete. I generally don't consider my successes very significant until I get to share them with my "tribe" at the conference. Only then is it apparent that I have made a difference in my life and in other people's lives...

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How I Escape Quicksand in Three Not-So-Easy Steps

Posted July 21, 2014
I haven’t written in a long time. It’s as if I’m in quicksand, afraid that if I move, I will get stuck further. What’s been holding me back from doing something I love?   I. Love. To. Write. Getting an idea, mulling it over… and mulling it over… (sometimes it takes me weeks to get the nerve to actually put words to paper), and then, finally, pulling my thoughts and feelings from that insubstantial form into something that can be seen, even touched. What’s really rewarding is to go back to my pieces, months and years later, and be able to say, “Wow, did I actually write that?!” My perspectives, both then and now, examined and clarified.   What’s been holding me back — my quicksand — is the perception that my life is ordinary, that what I experience or think is not good enough to be shared...

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Mindfulness Retreat Experience

When I found out that Thich Nhat Hahn was leading a mindfulness retreat in Batesville, Mississippi, I decided that I had to attend no matter what. The fact that he would be just a six-hour drive from New Orleans in Mississippi (of all places) was just an opportunity I couldn't miss. And, in addition, they were encouraging families (i.e. children) to attend. I was there! So, my son and I headed up to Magnolia Grove Monastery, the most recent addition to the Plum Village sites in the United States. Thich Nhat Hahn is a well-known peace activist who, as a Buddhist monk, spoke out against the Vietnam War. He was exiled to France and founded the Plum Village Monastery. Thay, "teacher," is a prolific writer, speaker, and advocate for mindfulness and compassion...

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Part 2: your body. your mind. your life.

Posted December 13, 2010
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Transform's mission is to help you transform "your body. your mind. your life." In Part 2 of this series, I explain how my yoga and personal training studio can help you with your mind. In doing so, I will also reference the body since they are interconnected... Mind in this context is thoughts and mind-attitude. Our society has become a mind dominated one in which we live in our bodies from the neck up. Our mind is our reality and leads us down paths based on false perceptions and illusions. Studies on our thought processes have concluded that our thoughts are wrong 83% of the time! Therefore we base our decisions on incorrect data the majority of the time. Mind is also the source of the majority of our stress...

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