Spiritual BS

“Spiritual Bypassing” - what is it, and what is it not? It means something akin to pretentious self-righteousness to the point of willful ignorance and/or unhealthy selfishness.  A psychologist coined the term in the 1980s referring to the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to sidestep uncomfortable feelings and avoid authentic, vulnerable connection.  Harsh, right? … Continue reading Spiritual BS

Diving into Darkness

I came up through the mud, baptized in fire and blood.  I’ve been beaten and bruised, homeless and hungry, addicted and depraved.  I’ve been abandoned, neglected, blamed, and drained. When I broke free of imposed circumstances, I proceeded to recreate a hell for myself – and it was a dark, hard escape.  Like the lotus, … Continue reading Diving into Darkness

One Girl, Seven Loves

I have been blessed by many loves.  I’ve heard that we get Three Great Loves; I have had Seven.  Not seven lovers (that number is my special secret) – no, seven True, Real, Capital-L, Loves. “Yoga for Closure,” my workshop on letting go of past relationships, is quickly approaching.  In preparing for it, as in … Continue reading One Girl, Seven Loves

“A Yummy Surprise” – Trigger Warning

A new toddler book arrived in the mail yesterday.  And, unlike this post, it did not come with a trigger warning. One day, I want to be the kind of person who is free of any attachment to past trauma.  It would be lovely, in fact, to one day abandon all memories of my childhood … Continue reading “A Yummy Surprise” – Trigger Warning

Reiki One Attunement

During an intense weekend of yoga teacher training, I was given the Reiki I attunement, activating my ability to channel “universal life energy” in the specific way passed on through the lineage of Reiki teachers.  What follows is an excerpt describing the experience. Reiki energy was flowing and present all day long, becoming more palpable … Continue reading Reiki One Attunement

Wide Awake & Dreaming

Woah.  Where did 7 weeks go? I've been cleansing for 49 days:  no alcohol, caffeine, processed sugar, dairy, eggs, or meat. An entire summer without cold, salty margaritas or creamy iced coffees.  Meeting friends at the beach with a jug of water and a jar of bush tea instead of Riesling and IPA.  Oatmeal and … Continue reading Wide Awake & Dreaming

Week One – Detoxifying Foods

Nearly a week into the Consciousness Cleanse, I find that I am – as one of my favorite authors, the esteemed Dr. Seuss, would say – un-slumping myself (which is not easily done).  This morning I awoke with a bit of natural pep in my step and the notable absence of groggy-I-need-coffee-fog. I’ve been detoxing.  … Continue reading Week One – Detoxifying Foods

Quiets the Voice of God

Though I attempted to suppress it, I could never forget the epiphany that dawned with my first terrible hangover.  I was around 16 years old and had spent the previous night drinking heavily with my best friend, her older brother, and his buddies.  My friend and I were deeply religious self-proclaimed "Jesus Freaks," and though … Continue reading Quiets the Voice of God

Consciousness Cleanse

In order to purify and elevate my consciousness, equipping me to journey more deeply inside myself, I am about to embark on 49 days - 7 weeks - of: absolutely no Caffeine, Alcohol, Processed Sugar, or Dairy, vastly limited screen time, a whole lot of Yoga, Meditation, Writing, Mindfulness, Nature, and Family, plus Whole foods and Blue-green … Continue reading Consciousness Cleanse