Lately my monkey brain has been working overtime drudging up narratives of shame, comparisons, anger, victimhood and complaints. One morning this week the monkey started before I got out of bed, quieted down while I did yoga and meditated and then returned with a vengeance as I got ready for work. My fiery nature was … Continue reading Monkey Brain vs. Monk Brain
Mantras and affirmations are a part of my daily practice. I like to recite my ever evolving list of four to six mantas as part of my meditation practice. I keep my current affirmation list on my phone and on a post-it note on my desk at work. When I feel myself becoming frustrated, agitated, … Continue reading Mantra Monday
When I was four-years-old I made two announcements: 1. I was an adult and would be treated as such, and 2. I was not going to have babies so I did not need a daddy. I was going to raise puppies. Everyone thought that was cute, but I was not kidding. As I aged, I … Continue reading Buck Norms
One of my weekly journal prompts was to look at what triggers me when I react with anger. Of course I skipped that prompt. A couple of days later I found myself in a confrontational situation after a neighborhood meeting. The exchange upset me so much that I was unable to sleep that night. I … Continue reading Brené, I hear you!
“The ox is slow but the earth is patient.” Dad, via Confucius Sometimes I stop and realize how much I have evolved over time. How quickly I forget life before the change or the times I fall back into old patterns only to, as my yoga teacher constantly said, “begin again.” Fifteen years ago I … Continue reading Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
If the cosmos announced I could have dinner with anyone of my choice, I would immediately say Alicia Keys and Valerie June. “But from this side of life, I can see how every moment, every experience, every pivot, even my supposed missteps have been life’s way of getting me where I have always been meant … Continue reading Fangirling: Valerie and Alicia
“How much do you weigh,” asked my friend MB as she worked on the form to secure my COVID shot. “I don’t know,” I replied. Truth be told, I have not known for years. I used to weigh myself weekly, sometimes more. I would live and die with the number. Mostly I just berated myself … Continue reading Scales
The starter’s pistol fires and a 400-meter sprint trial is under way in the Barcelona Stadium during the 1992 Olympic Games. One of the sprinters grabs the back of his leg in obvious pain. He takes a few excruciating steps in his lane to avoid falling into the path of an oncoming sprinter before collapsing … Continue reading Greatness
I just deleted another email from a well meaning soul offering a workshop to help me find my purpose. I smiled as I hit delete. I once would have considered this workshop. I remember wishing someone would just TELL ME my purpose. I thought it would make things so much easier. Now I’m glad I … Continue reading PURPOSE
When did I start doubting my intuition? I thought I trusted my inner knowing, but things got messy. I allowed other voices to sow seeds of doubt and “failure” when every fiber of my being is telling the truth. I ask for guidance or a sign only to ignore it. NO MORE. I know what … Continue reading When a sign is given, believe it!