As we enter the season of growth and renewal, it is sometimes helpful to reflect and set intentions for the months ahead. Here's a simple Renewal Ritual that I find particularly potent this time of year:..Read More
You keep waiting for something to happen,
the thing that lifts you out of yourself,
catapults you into doing all the things you’ve put off
the great things you’re meant to do in your life,
but somehow never quite get to...Read More
A truly transcendent, breathtakingly beautiful body of workIf you haven't already had a chance to experience Ashes and Snow, immerse yourself in Gregory Colbert's extraordinary project, and imagine how the world could be..Read More
All the Hemispheres
Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadow and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
And love.Read More
The Wisdom of Bones
One after another dissolves in my bones…
These bones of ancient stardust sparkle with a brilliant light
That can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Only gazing inward I am bedazzled...Read More
A September Morning
There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body.
Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell, and the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling.
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me...Read More
When I sat down, all I could bring myself to do was sit quietly and breathe slowly. I didn't want to meditate, have an authentic conversation with anyone, think, create, be clever or be a conduit. So I...Read More
For years, I have labored with a non-existent landscaping budget to turn our raw land into a luscious garden, which has meant purchasing small plants that take years to grow to scale, as well as appreciatively accepting generous gifts from gardening friends.
I’ve been extremely grateful for whatever plants I’ve had the pleasure of tending, celebrating every arrival with unbridled joy only fellow plant enthusiasts can truly appreciate. However, the garden has always looked somewhat unfinished—and not in one of those charming the-garden-is-always-a-work-in-process kind of ways, but more of a hmmmm, this-has-potential-but-seems-a-little-sparse-and-hodgepodge way...Read More
In a world that typically encourages us to advance—subscribing to outdated conventional notions of progress involving some perpetual motion forward, onward, and upward to some where—the idea of a “retreat” can seem somehow regressive and unappealing, even conjuring images of defeat, escape, and failure. These associations, though limiting, are not unfounded. Indeed, the phrase “beat a retreat” arose during times of early warfare in which a drummed communication, a particular beat, customarily signaled troops on the battlefield to disengage from combat.
However, the essence of retreats—temporarily...Read More
Breathing is the liminal gateway between inner and outer being—the place where the life within and the life without meet.
From the first inhalation to the last exhalation, every breath is an affirmation of life here on earth, each breath a microcosm of the eternal cycle of birth and death. We breathe life in, we breathe life out, living through the inspiration and expiration of each and every moment...Read More
When I was growing up, massage therapy was mostly associated with two things: 1) illicit massage parlors offering thinly disguised sexual services, and/or 2) a luxury service for people with means. If it was legit, it was seen as pampering for those who could afford it.
Happily, most people are now educated about the vast difference between illicit massage parlor-esque activities and the licensed practice of massage therapy. However, the misconception of therapeutic massage...Read More