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Wake Up To Success

Get up and create. Save the consuming for later. You might have heard that making a list is a good thing. And, nothing ever gets done until we take action to make it happen. However, if you are like me, there are multiple things in my day that get in the way of accomplishing the… Read More

I Promise Transformation Not Happiness

It’s a new year and with anything new we have the opportunity to create our life in a way that has us smiling a little bit more along the way. And, there’s also the piece of creating from new beginnings that doesn’t feel so soft, but feels rather difficult. Transformation feels like that. It’s enticing… Read More

And That’s a Wrap: Letting Go and Moving On

There’s something about the end of the year that feels light, heavy, and fulfilling. It’s freeing to let go and exciting to move on. Of course, this time of year can be filled with heaviness and angst about the unknown and creating from anew. Some of us are eager to implement new things and some… Read More

Context Parenting: The Power To Be

My son came home the other day with much excitement saying he received a score of 100 on his recent social studies test. I found myself get excited, too. Even though I was excited about his grade, I think what made me most excited was the maturity I see that helped him get that grade… Read More

The Next Big Chapter

With Thanksgiving around the corner I’ve been thinking quite extensively about gratitude. This Thanksgiving is extra special because I’m getting married to my superhero love the day before the big family holiday that officially kicks off the holiday season in the U.S. I’m excited and my heart is filled with so much gratitude for finding… Read More

Donuts, God, and Sprinkles

Mama moon was in her full brilliance. They were howling rainbows towards the Milky Way. Just as the howling vibration hit her heart, she noticed glitter on her fingertips and chose not to wash it off. Instead, she smiled, cackled in harmony as they sang Hallelujah, and rubbed the glitter all over her clothes, giggling… Read More

Feeling Until The Last Drop

Feelings. They are fun. They are exciting. And, they are scary! That inimitable pain swooshes by and shoots a different kind of arrow straight through the heart. The message isn’t from cupid, but from cosmic chaos. Our tendency is to run, numb, and run further away. Yet, what happens when we pause and notice our… Read More

Mindshift: Turning Madness Into Miracles

We’ve all been there. Completely levelheaded and calm one minute. Then, seemingly out of nowhere our bullhorns start protruding out of our forehead and we morph into something else we barely recognize. Not only would our kids call us moody at this point, but also more accurately, when the bullhorns start protruding we’ve gone mad… Read More

What Health and Wellness Means To Me

This poem was inspired by all of my students and written in their honor. Thank you for the many ways you inspire me, make me a better teacher and person, and give my life purpose. What Health and Wellness Means To Me The silence that sits atop the branches The whisper in a bird’s wings… Read More

Disaster Relief For The Heart and Mind

What a catastrophic natural disaster we’ve experienced here in Houston, Texas. All of us living here, though many of us have weathered countless storms and hurricanes living so close to the Gulf Coast, have never seen anything like it in our life. There has been wide spread damage from Corpus Christi in the south to… Read More

Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce!

Today's Gonna Be Awesomesauce by Athea Davis - www.SolSenseYoga.com

Stories are the lifeline of our humanity. I am reminded how important words are each time I have the honor of teaching and speaking to the thousands of students, educators, parents, clients, and various audiences that have crossed my path over the last two decades of my life. There’s something sweet, enticing, and magical about… Read More

Love Wins Again

Every time I go adventuring in nature I am reminded how deeply interconnected we all are – every human, animal, drop of rain, cloud, ray of sunshine, rock formation, tree, and insect – and from this poignant reminder is an ever heightened understanding that the creative force that runs through all of it is the… Read More

In That Moment I Found You

I’m in the middle of a juice fast. Nothing extreme. It’s a simple 3-day juice fast. I’ve experienced different kinds of fasts over the years – water, kitchari, raw, and juice. Though I haven’t done them all, I’ve experienced my fair share. Each one brings a different experience. Some bring up emotions more than others… Read More

Dream Big and Do The Work

In my last piece, The Dream Life – Invisible Graces, I stated that I would share some practical tips in all things awesomesauce. Some of you are in some really stuck places and you may not know how to get out. Yes, it’s ok to say it out loud because that’s the first step –… Read More

The Dream Life – Invisible Graces

I was watching a student the other day in complete awe of the growth she’s made over the past few years. Certainly as a youth she’s physically matured and is much taller! But, what I noticed was an emotional awareness and maturity that suddenly came together as if weaved into the finest Navajo blanket. I… Read More

A Superhero Kind of Love

I’ve been love struck. It’s, dare I say, rather awesomesauce! It’s a superhero kind of love. More on that later, but consequently, I’ve been deeply thinking about love. How can we touch something that is untouchable? Perhaps it’s not the touching that is important, but it’s the reaching towards the untouchable. If we are able… Read More

Sacred Effort

It’s 2017. We are all leaping into the New Year. Perhaps some of us, or most of us may be slowly waltzing instead. The classic slow waltz steps to a tune and beat that is smooth and sweet – not too slow or too fast. But, within the dance itself, there’s a commitment. And, yet… Read More

The 2016 Wonder Woman Report

While I’m drinking my pumpkin spice smoothie and still on my workout high from my spin class this morning, I was reminded that there are a few more days to go before we wrap up another year – 2016 – like it or not, we are closing out the old and ringing in the new… Read More

Laughter In The Stardust

I pulled in, got out of my car, and stepped into magic. It was late. But, the magical sparkles I felt were the kind you don’t have to see with your eyes. It was the kind you can feel inside. I couldn’t see anything. It was pitch black except for the few lights on around… Read More

Slowing Down In A Fast Forward World

It’s part of the colloquial speak now. It’s a good thing, well, most of the time. Before your finger pulls the trigger on the type keys and you hit “send” on the emotionally heightened email or message, pause and take a few mindful breaths. And, then what? You may feel your bliss until your head… Read More

On The Rocks Where I Sat To Listen

On The Rocks Where I Sat To Listen

In the mid-summer in Texas the heat can be quite the scorch to the skin and suffocating near the coastal areas with near ninety percent humidity and above. Once in the hill country there is a little relief from the humidity, but in all respects, it’s still summer and very hot. Shade and water are… Read More

A Comfortably Functional and Joyful Living Space

There’s a book out there that’s the buzz of the buzz, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluterring and Organizing by Marie Kondo. While I haven’t officially read this organizing bible, I have vicariously lived its tenets from a wide range of friends that speak of its super powers on lightening… Read More

All Of My Life In The Moment

If you have ever participated in a yoga class before, you are likely to have encountered a one-legged balance pose. It is even more likely that once you are in that balance pose, you discover just how challenging it is to focus and stand on one leg quickly discovering the subtle and not so subtle… Read More

Real Love Is A Choice

The feeling was so immense you felt like your heart was going to explode. It felt really good. So good in fact that all you could do was think about the feeling. Naturally, you wanted more. A lot more. You dove right into this feeling and didn’t look back. But eventually you would get this… Read More

The Ultimate Artistic Experiment

This is where the fireworks are. When you mix two colors and create a new spectacular one. It’s where two conformist ideas come together mixed with enough inspiration and new thought is born. It’s where science and art coalesce, neighborhoods and factions dissolve, and the universe illuminates. It’s the ultimate artistic experiment. And, it all… Read More

The Million-Dollar Character Trait

Everyone has them. Well, let’s be clear – everyone that is cool has them. And, if you are worthy enough, you will have them too. When you put them on, they are magical. They take you from the Hood to the Land of Oz where all things are possible, unless of course you have to… Read More

It Started With the Music

We’ve all been there. It can happen anywhere. Anytime. The lyrics start exploding like fireworks in our brain with each word connecting neuronal get jiggy with it pathways and perhaps we even catch ourselves singing, dancing, or putting our hands over our head wondering why we are singing THAT song! You know the song –… Read More

Hashtag My Asana

Is it empowerment or another form of masked objectification? If you practice yoga and are on social media, particularly Instagram, you may be intimately familiar with asana photos running rampant through your feed with various hashtag markings from #yogaeverydamnday, #yogalove, #yogachallenge, and so on. Some of these photos are inspired by yoga challenges, while others… Read More

The Pure Life: Purity Experience and Purity Expression

Last week I talked about Purification in the Smart Life, see link to that piece here – https://www.solsenseyoga.com/2015/11/11/purification-in-the-smart-life/ This week I’m diving a little more deeply into exactly what we are purifying and why, what that looks like, and how we get there. Sri Swami Satchidananda in the Bhagavad Gita says we practice yoga and meditation for… Read More

Purification in the Smart Life

We live in the modern world of commerce or more precisely what intellectuals and philosophers call the post-modern world. We have smart phones, smart tablets, smart watches, smart boards, smart cars – essentially those of us in the industrialized nations are living in the Smart Life generation. There are so many gadgets on the market… Read More

Into The Dark Depths I Float

Let us remember to honor the beauty in the light and the dark, for not with one, but two, our breath and our lives are magical. Into The Dark Depths I Float I sit in the fall sun Watching the rays flicker On the wings of a bird Whose Grace pulled And tugged me back… Read More

The Blind Woman In The Mirror

It was just another day, another morning as she walked sleepy eyed to the bathroom massaging the wall to find the dim light. Switch up. Eyes down. That was the usual mode, but this time the light flickered in her right periphery and she caught a glance of a woman’s face. She took a deep… Read More

Traffic: The Ultimate Environment for Self-Discovery

Lights, brake, and stalled again! We may flip our lid in a rage of heavy metal jamming out of the mouth or zen out in the sea of red brake light bliss with the gentle hums of the motors calming our neuropeptides down to mellow yellow and vibrations surrounding us from all directions that evoke… Read More

Resentments are poisonous to our inner world. We forget why we love. We forget how to love. And, the most painstakingly long-lasting effect of resentment is that we forget who we love. Then there’s the after shock. The ugly clean up. The emotional battle wounds that leave life long scars. Sometimes we get to open… Read More

We are educated. We are poor. And some of us have lots of money. Then there are those of us that are ignorant. Some of us think we are ultimately enlightened. Many of us love God, we are compassionate, grateful, and are active in our religious institutions. Others prefer to prove things with science and… Read More

The Way You Look at Me

When I envision peace, I see us looking at each other without walls or tinted lenses. I see us breaking down social constructions of self and other. I see the poorest of the poor in the richest of the rich. I see you in me, in us, in all. My problems are your problems and… Read More

Building the Good Enough Family

Family. Ah, how sweet it is and how sour it can feel sometimes. Some of us read that word and it evokes love, joy, and connection. Some of us may read that word and cringe at the craziness we were born into and our life’s journey may have become a long road to understanding how… Read More

Frame of Reference

We are constantly changing. The cells in our body are renewing and regenerating every couple of weeks. We are malleable beings held in special symbiotic relationship with our environments. Wherever we decide to place ourselves, we will become. Each morning we wake up we have the choice to put on a frame of reference that… Read More

I recently returned from a prayer fast/vision quest in Big Bend – the big majestical Texas desert country. My spirit called me to sit in quiet union with the Divine in nature and I was honored to accept the invitation. As I was getting prepared to take my solo journey, I was excited, as I… Read More

Building Relationship In Asana

When we roll out our yoga mats to make various shapes, breathe with conscious intention, and rest to integrate the new information, the cocktail of chemicals we invoked during our practice often leaves us rolling up our mats feeling great. We are note quite sure why, but it feels good and has us coming back… Read More

Tripping Sideways – Losing the Me Image

We spend so much time and money building an image that is saturated in delusion. Imagine for a minute what life would be like without all of your possessions. Would you know who you are? Waking up from a materialistic delusion is a bit like tripping sideways on our spiritual journey. It does not happen… Read More

Congratulations! You have made it through college, you have reached your goals, you are churning and burning in your career, you make good money, are married and have kids, you own a beautiful home, your kids are in all things soccer mom/dad worthy, but sometimes you get this odd feeling that things are not quite… Read More

Yoga From the Outside In

Yoga provides us with an austere inner discipline and self-control. Yet, this inner discipline is often a result of many committed external practices. Many of the yamas and niyamas extol the virtues of external practice. The yamas and niyamas are essentially habits that guide us to foster self-discipline and control. Without a commitment to the… Read More

The Economy of the Self

We can follow the most complex, richest, and most poetic plans to meet our goals of a thinner, happier, and more productive self, but until we make an appointment with our highest Self, the other stuff is just stuff.   Think about it like this – when we collect too much material stuff our physical space… Read More

Kids Yoga Is Real Yoga

Kids Yoga Is REAL Yoga!

I was recently talking to a colleague at a community yoga event where we were guiding a kids yoga class alongside the adult class. She mentioned to me after the event that one of the parents she met that just moved to town said, “You are not just babysitting, it’s really yoga for kids?” Since… Read More

5 Simple Things To Be Doing With Your Kids Everyday

Foundations are important. And, I am not referring to those physical structures. I am referring to the foundations in our relationships, particularly the relationships with our kids. Principles are the foundations in our relationships. We are not born with principles. We learn them. We develop them. If you are like me, and many people I… Read More

Why Moms Should Do Yoga

Worker Needed: the pay is low financially, but priceless emotionally and spiritually. Hours are 365 days a year and on call 24 hours a day. There is no vacation and no vacation pay. The ideal employee will have experience as a chef, maid, taxi driver, counselor, teacher, bargain shopper, activities coordinator, and business manager of… Read More

5 Songs to Add to Your Yoga Playlist

With springtime in full bloom and summer plans bursting to be experienced, I am finding myself recently with the car windows down, jamming out to my favorite tunes. You know the ones, the tunes that get you singing at the top of your lungs, the cure to turn any mood blues into the Moody Blues… Read More

Dinner Conversations Unplugged

Life seems to be speeding up. We live in the ubiquitous Information Age. Technology is booming and advancing at lightning speeds, and we feel like we are advancing just as quickly. If you are not feeling this way, my guess is that you are living in the jungle unplugging somewhere. As great as it is… Read More

Benefits of Morning Yoga

Wake up to an exhilarating morning cup of yoga! The morning time is one of the most important parts of the day. When we wake up, the day is fresh and new. Yesterday’s problems and troubles are yesterday’s news. That is the beauty of the morning. We get to start all over again each and… Read More

Using Yoga To Transform Yourself

Many of us come to yoga to get fit, to lose weight, to get some tone and shape into our body, or perhaps even to learn how to calm down. These are great reasons that have great results. Others of us come to yoga because we have experienced a great loss. We come to yoga… Read More

Who Are We Really? – Peeling the Layers

When I was in middle school I proudly wore my “attitude” shirts expressing my individuality and independence. I recall one t-shirt particularly clear, “If you don’t like what you see, then don’t look!” I loved wearing those shirts. I felt a bit rebellious wearing them. Perhaps there was some burgeoning teenage angst, but I think… Read More

Loss In Love

Losing someone in our lives that we love is tough.  We cry, we feel immense pain, we grieve, and sometimes we get lost in the pain.  We also lose not just people in our lives, but close chapters in parts of our life that sometimes feels like we have lost a piece of us and… Read More

Pain Medicine: The Sweetest Nectar

We yoga teachers often talk about tapas in our yoga classes.  You may have heard your instructor mention tapas in relation to creating heat in the body to further deepen the postures in the practice.  This is one kind of tapas. Tapas also means burning through the impurities in our hearts, minds, and bodies.  This… Read More

Make Every Day Awesome

We have seen these people before and wonder how they do it – you know “those positive people” – the ones that always see the glass half full, the optimists that always see the silver lining in the dust, and we wonder “How did they get to be like that?”  Positive living is real.  It… Read More

Raising Spiritual Kids In The Post-Modern World

“We are spiritual beings having a human existence.” said French mystic and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  So, aren’t our kids naturally spiritual and there’s nothing left to teach or say?  Why am I even suggesting we raise spiritual kids if our kids are already spiritual?  We are all spiritual beings, but if as a… Read More

“I feel amazing!” my second grader said at the end of our health and wellness class at an elementary school in the Houston Independent School District.  After I gave her a high 5 and said while catching my last energetic breath, “Awesome!” I told the kids to have an amazing day, shut the door, sat… Read More

Walking the Path of Tea

Many of us focus at this time of year on giving considerable thought and energy to our diets.  We are modifying and changing our eating habits and instituting healthy alternatives for our minds and bodies.  How many of us are giving considerable thought to our drinking habits and what role those habits play in our… Read More

Finding Your Inner Light

As we wind down the year, you may be taking inventory of what you liked most or you could be taking inventory of the areas that you wish you could just stow away in the closet and never visit them again, or perhaps a combination of the two. Maybe you are thinking about the goals… Read More

Yoga is All About Flexibility

Life is an ebb and flow of beauty and ugliness.  It’s filled with swirls of light and shades of grey and darkness.  Walk into almost any yoga class and you will likely hear your teacher talk about opening your heart, guiding you through a sequence where you put yourself into various heart-opening shapes dancing close… Read More

Conversations Unplugged

I love the virtual world.  I can connect with many people at once and I can connect with a variety of people around the world.  In a few minutes I can have updates on all my friends and family, and possibly make new friends growing my network of connection and virtual love. I’m inspired by… Read More

Laughing Wounds

On the eve of the eve of Thanksgiving, I’m thinking about how grateful I am for the authentic joy and laughter in my life. I love when I laugh So much and so hard That the pain shakes Right out of my belly button I feel like I’m floating On the clouds And the white… Read More

Experience is Everything

EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING

Living life in the moment is good experience and sometimes it’s also not so good of an experience, but either way, it is experience nonetheless.   Experience is everything.  If you want the secret of a healthy and happy life, part of the answer is in the experience.  I’m not talking about the kind of experience… Read More

Hurry Up and Slow Down!

I love innovation.  I love to have the world at my fingertips on my smart phone and connect to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.  I’m grateful at the ease that as a mom I don’t have to go to the library every time my son asks me a question that I don’t know the… Read More

The Human Yogi

*This is a satirical piece, not based on any particular real life situation, experience, person(s), using very broad brushstrokes of general truths with accents of hyperbole and oxymoron for effect.  Enjoy the laughs. Hi, have we met?  I’m a yogi, but not just any yogi, I’m a yogi human.  Here are a few of my… Read More

The Uncomfortable Comfort Zone

I often tell my students we must find our uncomfortable comfort zone on the mat.  So what is this paradoxical state I’m professing?  Some like to call this state our edge.  I think our uncomfortable comfort zone is a bit different from finding our edge.  I like to use the word ‘uncomfortable’ because it reminds… Read More

The Good, Bad, Ugly – and the Just Ok

Are you comfortable in the okayness of your world?  Many of us run from the bad stuff, numb out from the ugly stuff, and consume to get to the good stuff.   What happened to okayness being good and good enough?  There are so many lessons waiting to unfold in the okayness of our world. We’ve… Read More

How Did We Get This Way?

“A mother’s attitude toward her child at the earliest stage of development has a huge influence on the identity or the attitude the child eventually has about herself, her environment and the world.”, says  J. Pittman McGehee, D.D., in his book Paradox of Love:  A Jungian Look at The Dynamics of Life’s Greatest Mystery.  This… Read More

5 Tips to Blissful Living

Between the gluten free, GMO, organic, farm-raised, vegan, vegetarian, fruitarian, super tips to tighten-our-butt-and-free-our-mind-donate $5-have-a-freer-soul-plans, I personally am a little overwhelmed at all the information coming our way at the available options to take when it comes to making transformative changes in our lives. The good news is that in our sensory and information overload… Read More

Invisible Weaver

I loved someone once so deeply that loved their addiction more than they loved themselves and life.  Perhaps you have loved someone like that or still do. If you have been touched by the darkness of addiction in your life through your own addiction or someone else’s addiction you may resonate with the imagery of… Read More

Conscious Connection: Love Letters From Within

If you look deep into my eyes and listen with your whole heart, if you take the armor off and the break the walls down, and show me your nakedness, and show me your soul – I’m in love, instantaneously.  You might be a stranger, but if you get naked with me, soul naked, I… Read More

Detach With Love, And Pain

I’ve been praying and setting my intention daily now for a while that I will be guided to detach from people, places, and things, so I can know and experience pure love and connection without the drug of attachment.  This has been a life long process for me.  Sometimes it’s a real struggle. Attachment is… Read More

It’s summer time here in Houston, Texas.  The summer days are a mixed lot of rising temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and much needed thunderstorms.  Summer provides just the right mix where the luscious blades of grass between our toes grows so quickly that it seems once you cut it, it’s time for a trim again… Read More

The Power of Our Story

Our stories are the heart of our very being.  They are our life blood.  They are the maps to our survival. In each breath we take we are uniquely creating a story of our life, and as we connect with others in our life, we are spinning a quilt of collective stories of our human… Read More

Yogi Stoned

When I practice yoga I always get yogi stoned.  If you have ever been or heard about a Forrest Yoga workshop intensive, then you probably have heard the term “yogi stoned” , and yogi stoned is a state of well-being in mind-body-spirit after an intense and deeply committed yoga practice where we turn off our… Read More

Soul Igniters

Last week, I wrote a piece on Shadow Surfing and in it I discussed Soul Warriors.  See the piece here:  https://www.solsenseyoga.com/2014/05/08/shadow-surfing/ To summarize, soul warriors are the winds at our back, they help guide and balance us, and sometimes they help us find the right key to open the door into our higher awareness.  Soul… Read More

Shadow Surfing

Behind every radiantly posted, framed and displayed picture there is a familiar shadow cast not visible to every eye.  We get snapshots into people’s lives.  We don’t get the whole picture.  Generally we see the smiles, the victories, and the bliss.  Rarely do we see the snapshots from the belly of the beast – the… Read More

Life Ceremony

I have been thinking intently about ceremony, what ceremony means, and why ceremony is the key to living a joyful life. Since reading Christina Sell’s blog piece On Faith – http://www.livethelightofyoga.com/on-living-the-light-of-yoga.html, and more particularly, the phrase Sell mentions in the piece, “to engage in the process of practice”, my thoughts on what ceremony is and the… Read More

In the Pauses We Find Explosive Light

Sometimes when we slow down to enjoy the pauses, the open spaces in our life, it feels uncomfortable.  For some of us, perhaps quite unbearable, and still others, it may feel like bliss.  Many factors are at play in regards to how we translate the pauses in our life.  We don’t know what those factors… Read More

Living Your Edge: Practices in Spiritual Growth

Every time we move beyond our comfort zone in life we are living at our edge.   Our edge is the place where our open heart meets fear head on, and we charge right through the fear even though we are scared shitless, but we do it anyway.  That’s the edge we want in everything we… Read More

Trigger Me Happy In Love

Ana Forrest, creatrix of Forrest Yoga and international pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, has a poignant phrase I often remind myself of, “Don’t Waste a Good Trigger.”  If you want to do the good work, you are going to have to get down and dirty. Two things we’re often doing in life – 1)… Read More

Befriend Death and We Shall Find a Keen Life

So many of us are running as fast as we can away from death with the winds of unbridled fear blowing at our backs.  The reality is that the day we are born, is the day we begin our journey to death. The Indian sage, Ramana Maharshi, said “befriend death, the ultimate teacher.”    Death brings… Read More

Helping Our Children Regulate Emotional Arousal

One of the greatest gifts of life we can give our children is to model how we regulate our own emotional arousal in a variety of situations.  Children must be around and connect to more organized and efficiently wired brains (either via their parents, caretakers, teachers, etc.) in order to develop at their optimal brain potential… Read More

Johnny Got His Yoga Mat

What is life from the vantage point of no frills – fried skin, mutilated limbs, and a dismantled brain?  Imagine you are stuck in your mind totally disconnected from your body. Johnny Got His Gun is a 1938 war novel written by Dalton Trumbo about the hell, hounds, and horrors of war from the perspective… Read More

Living the Answers

When I sit and go inward in meditation and prayer, I don’t always get the immediate guidance that I am seeking.  At times, for days and months, I walk through each day knowing that I have no idea what I’m doing, where I’m going, and what company will accompany me on my journey.  It’s called… Read More

The Road to Happy Will Kick Your Ass

I don’t have a 5-step, 9-step, or 20-step plan to tell you if you follow these certain things on the list, you will reach an epiphany and know happiness like you’ve never experienced it before.  Rather, the road to happy and really the road to joy is a process, it’s not something a numbered plan… Read More

Power of the Precipice

We are often faced with major crossroads in our life – marriage, divorce, having a child, illness in the family, career changes, death in the family, recovery, etc.   At the time of these transitions, we may feel that when we are standing on the edge of the precipice that we are flooded with fear.  We… Read More

The Other Yoga: Practices In Integration

Welcome to the first day of your new life.  That’s what happens when you roll out your yoga mat for the first time, the second, third, etc.  Each time we roll out the mat we experience tabula rasa or blank slate.  Tabula Rasa is an epistemological theory indicating we are born without built-in mental content… Read More

How to Listen Like a Yogi: Attuned Listening

Attuning is the act of bringing something into a harmonious or responsive relationship.  When we have static in our minds we are most certain to manifest static in our lives.  With static in our minds we can’t authentically listen to ourselves much less listen to another person.  With static in our minds we hear things… Read More

Timebomb or Timeless?

Hafiz, the Sufi mystic poet, said “The words you speak become the house you live in.”  How are you choosing to speak today?  Every word we say will lead us on a path of destruction or construction.  Start taking note of the words you say throughout the day and assess how they make you feel… Read More

A New Way of Seeing is Worth the Deep Breathing

There is this vision I feel, I can’t quite articulate it in words, but when I breathe deeply into my body I can feel it.  There is a deep resonance that vibrates through my essence when I deepen into feeling and allow my brain to rest. When this process happens, I begin to do things… Read More

The Missing Piece and The Big Om

Something is missing she said.  It doesn’t feel right she said.  Stop.  Breathe.  Slowly and deeply.  I was looking outwardly trying to fill up on anything and everything that could fill the void I felt within.  I went through things, people and places, and that feeling of completeness never lasted long. I’m reminded of Shell… Read More

Cracks in the Sidewalk Lead to Wholeness in the Soul

Cracks in the sidewalk are reminiscent to the cracks in our soul.  They tell a journey of weathering the storm.  The cracks remind us of the ebb and flow of life. We can build the strongest foundation, but no matter how strong, the winds of life will guide us through the door of change. The… Read More

Instant Heart Messaging

We create, foster, and maintain relationships through a new medium – (IM) instant messaging.  We communicate not through words face-to-face as a norm today, but through instant messages.  We even have apps filled with cutely created and fun emoticons that say in images what we no longer say in words.  Communication has shortened and become… Read More

Take a Soul Selfie

Your breath is the camera into your soul.   Take a soul selfie.  Breathe deep, deeper, click, the image we capture in breath is unfiltered and undistilled.   When we breathe our soul image out we share our soul selfie with the world. We want to take a lot of pictures with our breath, hold, savor, and… Read More

Living Your Life – Love and Fear

After 10 years in a destructive and abusive marriage, I finally made the decision to make all my choices to live my life from a place of love and no longer allow my life to be ruled by fear.  As we walk our path, our dharma, the Right Way, or our sacred contract, we have… Read More

No two people meet by accident. Each person that crosses our path is here to show us something about ourselves and this journey of ours called life.  Each person that crosses our path – friend and foe alike, are here to awaken our divine nature and raise our consciousness level.  The problem is though, when… Read More

Last week I wrote a piece on The Art of Making Your Sacred Space.  Once you have your scared space prepared, you can now commit to the life transforming daily ritual of intention setting and meditation/prayer.  One must not sit in meditation for hours to reap the profound benefits.  All you need other than daily… Read More

The Art of Making Your Sacred Space

Meditation is one of the eight limbs of our yoga practice.   For a lot of people, meditation is intimidating.  We must sit still, quiet the mind, and breathe; and repeat.  That’s challenging stuff.  Even more challenging is trying to meditate in a room, in an environment, or a space that is not filled with some… Read More

Connect with Your Infinite Routes

 Each time I take my shoes off, step my bare feet onto those softly crisp and vibrant green blades of fresh grass, open my toes wide, pressing them into the crust of my being and breathe in the divine life, I feel anchored to all things around me.   I root down through my heels and… Read More

Finding Balance Through the Heart Chakra

Our lives are governed through 7 main energy systems or chakras that run from the root to the crown of our physical body.  The key to keeping our life balanced is keeping the chakras balanced.  The center of balance is the anahata chakra or heart chakra.  The heart chakra is at the very center of… Read More

Free Yourself in Forgiveness

One of the most toxic substances you can put into your body is resentment.   Harboring anger, resentment, and grudges are like the popular adage “drinking poison and wishing the other person would die.” Certainly we want to validate and honor our angry feelings and hold people accountable for their transgressions and betrayals, but when we start… Read More

Changing the World Through Our Children

I was raised in a fairly sheltered life.  I was mostly guarded from seeing people engage in acts of domestic violence and destructive addictions of alcoholism and drugs. Yet, because of the nature of my family connections, I always carried a very intimate relationship with trauma and violence in my life.  My blood father abandoned… Read More

Your Enemy is One of Your Greatest Gurus

I read recently the biggest obstacle to your health isn’t your diet, but your mind.  Stress related diseases such as heart disease, depression and anxiety, obesity, diabetes, headaches, and accelerated aging can be addressed with many simple life-style changes, i.e, healthier diet and exercise, both of which are necessary for a better and healthier you… Read More

Raining Graces

When I started practicing yoga I became more tuned into the way Grace played a daily role in my life.  Before yoga became a part of my life, I saw and understood glimpses of it, but my relationships to others and to myself at the time created so much static I didn’t know what to… Read More

Random Acts of Kindness

Each small,  medium, and large act of kindness you do does make a huge difference.   The  smile you give a stranger just turned a mom’s depressed state of mind into a  feeling of exhilaration and reminded her of the light within, and that same mom  instead of speaking harshly to the clerk at the store… Read More