Creative Pep Talk: Keep Going

https://vimeo.com/24715531 Starting something new--a book, a piece of art, a 30-day Yoga challenge--can be discouraging. As Papa Ernest Hemingway said, "The first draft of anything is shit." The key to getting better is, of course, not giving up, but that can be hard to remember when you're … [Read more...]

#MondayMotivation: A Prescription for Peace

This message is from Swami Satchidananda, who gave the opening speech at Woodstock, and whose work uniting the world in peace brought him to meetings with Pope John Paul II, Presidents Bush, Carter, and Clinton, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Maybe it seems overly simple. Maybe that's all we need. … [Read more...]

#WednesdayWisdom: #Yoga and Success

Here's the setup: It's about fourteen years ago. I'm in Yoga teacher training. I've had four months of studying Yoga poses, anatomy, philosophy, and more. Now I'm in a staring contest with my final exam: teaching a 90-minute class. Minus five minutes of silence during the deep relaxation portion, … [Read more...]

#WednesdayWisdom: Yoga and the Emotions

While doing research for my next book, I found notes I'd taken when I was a young(-ish) Yoga teacher attending a course called "Yoga and the Emotions" at the mothership ashram in Virginia. Among the notes (and diary entries pining, in a very un-Yogic way, for things I didn't have; a big Om Oy) was … [Read more...]

Stealing Time

Three days, the laundry has been in the dryer, waiting for me to fold it. Three days, I've ignored it. Blatantly. Brazenly. I didn't forget, or if I did, I forgot on purpose. I did this because Anne Lamott told me to.  The suggestion didn't come directly from the beloved author herself, though … [Read more...]