I dangled my feet into the clear water. The nectar of Pele’s womb lapped at my arches and the salt exfoliated the calluses of my heels. As she kissed my soles, I felt as though she were making love to my soul, as a young mother might do with her newborn’s feet. The soles of … Read more ›
Legend says that Pele (the goddess of Hawaii) spares none of her wrath on those who take her stones from her. It is said that if some unsuspecting soul takes a stone from Hawaii, he is destined to a life of bad luck and turmoil until the stone is returned to the home from which … Read more ›
I’m in Maui this week, scoping out excursions for a Yo-Cation I will be leading here in February 2014 with my friend Erin and FreeLife Yoga.
Recently, I had the pleasure of hugging several rainbow eucalyptus trees.
A friend once promised to take me down the rabbit hole. He warned me that I couldn’t … Read more ›
Recently, I tried stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) for the first time. I was invited to join a friend of mine and several of her yoga students out on Lake Minnehaha in Clermont FL at sunset. I found it ironic that I drove all the way from Minnesota, which is home to Minnehaha Falls and Minnehaha … Read more ›
2012 – A Fire Year – The End of the World as You Know It
In the Dagara Cosmology (West African spiritual tradition of Burkina Faso), 2012 is a Fire year, a time to burn up the old and make room for the new. It is destructive and passionate, driven and heated. To better understand … Read more ›
As we continue to grieve and heal from the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, I would like to take this opportunity to express what I see tragedy to do to the energetic anatomy of the human being.
Your heart is encased inside your ribcage, protected, and sometimes even cloistered. This implies … Read more ›
On Friday, when President Obama tearfully addressed the nation regarding the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, he ended his speech with the scripture, “Heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds.” Less than twenty-four hours later, Robbie Parker, father of slain six-year-old Emilie Parker requested that we not let this … Read more ›
As you sit down to your meals this weekend and take time to offer your gratitude for all the greatness in this glorious world and in your lives, take a moment to infuse your gratitude into your food. Try the following steps to “eat your gratitude”
After you serve up your plate, take a moment … Read more ›Tagged How to Not Eat Like a Pig on Thanksgiving
When I was five years old, my parents chose to move to the wealthiest suburb in the twin cities in order to put my brothers and me into the best school system the metro had to offer. They were extremely “house poor” and we kids suffered the bullying at school for not having any of … Read more ›
“Sit….Stay…Good Dog.” When training a puppy, it is customary to give a treat, sound a clicker, or offer a compliment whenever the puppy achieves the desired action cued. In grade school, students respond positively to gold stars and stickers.
Positive reinforcement is such a successful tool in training, education, and behavior therapy that it has … Read more ›