Perfecting Love

Perfecting Love

Jack Kornfield said that a spiritual practice “isn’t about perfecting yourself, it’s about perfecting your love.” With this in mind, how might negative self talk be a misguided form of love?

Aiming for Better: Unpacking White Privilege & Anti-Racism

Aiming for Better: Unpacking White Privilege & Anti-Racism

I’ve spent the last 34 years using the “but I’m a good person” defense or silently avoiding confrontation. Now I can see that I’ve been using good intentions as a crutch to uphold systemic racism and white privilege.

On Grief

On Grief

When we love fiercely, we also fear deeply for those who hold our hearts.  We give them a piece of ourselves that we can’t take back.

The Pursuit

The Pursuit

Happiness is finding the beauty in what is around you in the moment you are in.

Autobiography of a Beginner Yoga Teacher

Autobiography of a Beginner Yoga Teacher

Yoga teachers are arguably some of the most judged people in our day-to-day lives. Deciding to be one sounds fun in theory, with printed spandex and unlimited flexibility, but the actual work is surprisingly challenging on multiple levels.

Washing Your Brain

Washing Your Brain

We are so quick to adopt mantras that label us, limit us, or make us compete against each other. We repeat them to others and in our own heads until they become beliefs. And we believe them so deeply that they feel like the Truth (that’s right, I used a capital T).  

Nonstealing

Nonstealing

Niyamas from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras). It’s the yogi’s version of the Ten Commandments, except that they are not as black and white. They are practices that might fit into each person’s life a little bit differently, but are there as a means of freeing yourself from the common reasons we experience suffering.

One of the five Yamas is called Asteya, which translates to “nonstealing.” The idea can be read quite literally – a person shouldn’t take something that isn’t theirs. However, it can also be viewed in less tangible terms: don’t take what isn’t freely given. Don’t steal people’s time, don’t steal their energy, don’t steal someone’s idea.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

I’ve been listening to a lot of music that makes me want to escape.  Surprise, I know!  Here are the songs that have been on repeat as of late.

Sketchaweek

Sketchaweek

I’ve never been a spectacular drawer and, growing up, I looked to my best friend’s completely natural and utterly original talent and decided maybe illustration wasn’t going to be my trade. However, as I’ve gotten older, my views have changed. Every person has a unique perspective and there is no reason to compare my style to […]

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda

It’s been months since my trip to the stunning British Virgin Islands. My family spent a week on Virgin Gorda, where we drank pinà coladas, visited the Baths, and floated in the salty, salty water for hours.  While I still intend to write a full post about the experience, I wanted to share some of […]