A Return to Listening

light under waterTomorrow is the first day of my birth month, and also the day I will embark on 40 days of Listening as I complete my 40th year. When we come into this world, we cannot speak. We can only express our needs through the most primal of means… crying, smiling, nursing, nestling, hugging, sleep. And most of the time – simply listening, watching, learning. As babies, we embody pure self-expression, observation, love, and compassion in one.

We begin to recognize ourselves as individuals so very gradually after our emergence from the One, the Source. In the meantime, we tune in so absolutely to the energy around us, as we still understand ourselves as part of that Source, One with everything around us. We relate to ourselves as part of the whole – and especially that which nurtures us. Continue reading

Dropping Keys

Close to Your Soul HafizDuring one stage of my yoga teacher training, I once had an up-close and personal class with Donna Farhi, a wise and well-known teacher’s teacher and published author from Australia.  Though she is widely celebrated for her many books on the asanas (yoga postures), this session was more of a dialogue and mentorship talk about the role of a teacher.

Her key message was, “Send your students on errands.”   At first her meaning was unclear, and then I understood – and continue to more and more as the years go on… Continue reading

The Upcycle: Maximizing Your Clothing

Skina ShipmentWe’ve all heard the phrase Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.  Over the years, I’ve gotten progressively more engaged with these ideas, and now I feel guilty anytime I don’t… reduce, reuse, or recycle.  I’ve eliminated our trash can at home, replacing with a large recycle bin and composting, and now find there are really only tiny amounts of “garbage.”  It’s been an interesting process to realize how much we threw out before that could have gone to better use!  I’m of the mind now that unless it’s hazardous waste, there is probably some way to put it back into the stream.

Today, I thought I’d describe my personal upcycle/recycle process when it comes to clothing, which is one of the easiest (and most fun ;) ways to begin incorporating a more eco-friendly approach in household consumption. Minimizing my wardrobe is a continual work in progress, so as I do, I want to make sure that I make the most of what I’ve got and have already soaked up in terms of resources.  A lot of this can apply to other items throughout the house, too.

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FREE Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Video: Ground * Center * Cleanse

I’d like to share this FREE Kundalini Yoga & Meditation video with you that I recently posted in my online studio, taken from a live class in December just before the holidays.   This session is designed to ground, center, and cleanse you in mind, body & spirit!  You’ll enjoy an active, accessible yoga practice that will leave you enlivened with fresh energy to face challenges. Great anytime you need extra stability and vigor for your endeavors.  (And who doesn’t? ;)   Continue reading

A Week in the Life of a Tree

Tree One WeekAs we meet the first autumn in our new home, this beautiful tree greets me as I leave my house each morning, and watches as I return inside at night.  We come to know each other. This is not a big tree, though it is interesting, and I can see it is strong and vital.  I see life passing through this tree, as it passes through me.  As the leaves begin to turn, I realize that in even just one day, it changes… The fluctuations of states and circumstances, colors, and moods are profound, yet often subtle in passing.  This is one week in the life of a tree.

~ Photo collage originally posted via Instagram October 27, 2015 ~

Love and light,

Samadhi ✷

Video: Creating a Serene Space for Meditation

Snapshot 1 (10-29-2015 2-21 PM)Well, it’s been a busy, busy time here, as in addition to all the usual home projects and, of course, my number one priority of tending to the Mighty O, I’ve been working on getting everything stocked into my new online vintage clothing shop ANNNDD preparing for the launch of my new online studio, which has been on the back burner for ohhhh…… about 6 years now. ;) Continue reading

What I Learned on 9/11

LighthouseI originally posted this to my personal Facebook page yesterday evening, September 11th. Preserving and sharing it here as a reminder of that day:

14 years ago this night, I lit prayer candles on my street corner in Arlington, Virginia, mere blocks from the Pentagon, in vigil for the memory of those lost in the tragic events of 9/11. Earlier that day, after being wakened by the sound of a plane immediately overhead followed by quakes in the ground that shook the building and left cracks in my walls, I rushed outside to witness a thundering plume of smoke that lasted for hours and hours. Continue reading

Inspiring Light

cropped-Stars-jar-e14390884354205.jpgThe inspiration for this site is just that… inspiration! The light in every day, the light in each of us, and the light of all Creation constantly creating!  Here, my humble home projects are how that manifests – and in my work outside the home, it’s in teaching yoga, meditation, and spirituality, among other healing techniques.

There’s a lot of intersection – though sometimes it may not seem so, if you boil it down to simply whipping up a batch of homemade detergent or shabbying up a cabinet. ;)  Though if there’s one thing we learn in the practice of yoga and meditation, it’s that spirit is to be found in all things – all beings, and all activities – from the most holy to the most mundane – and in each moment.

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It’s a New Day and I’m Feelin’ Good

 

Dont Have to be Perfect - SteinbeckI never have been much of a journal person.  Any diary, notebook, or calendar meant for recording the ins and outs of day-to-day life, confessing my innermost thoughts and feelings, or even just keeping track of appointments and other obligations has often lain empty or abandoned after a few paltry attempts at use.

Maybe it’s because I keep so much in my mental filing system. I’m lucky enough to have landed a photographic memory, though with a seeming total inability to organize outside of my head. No doubt, this has left many a frustrated parent, teacher, employer and friend in my wake over the years… but all in all, I do ok. As the saying goes, “A messy desk is the sign of an organized mind.” Continue reading