Delight- Mind Body Practice

Here’s an excerpt from my book, Delight: Eight Principles For Living with Joy And Ease which is FREE ON AMAZON this weekend- grab a copy!

Stay tuned- I’ll post practices every few days to inspire and encourage your practice- I KNOW this time of year can feel a little.. STRESS-FULL after our long, glorious- too fast summer.

Mind-Body Practice

I’ll share a chant with you as a place to start a practice and invite Aha into your life. This chant is a beautiful reminder and a prayer for our practice of delight and our world. I have it written down and posted in my office and near my bed. I read, chant, and meditate on these words regularly. Doing so often helps to gently guide me into a place of inner strength and purpose. You can also set a reminder on your phone to alert you to regularly say this chant as you are starting to learn and remember the words.

This is the chant: Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu

It translates from the Sanskrit as “Let the entire world be happy,” and is associated with this prayer: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free. And may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and that freedom.”

PS

I also have recorded videos of the practices you can get here.

 

 

 

 

 

at grandmas house

everywhere you turn there is beauty & history. its like being in a museum. my recent trip home has inspired me to capture some of these images and stories. A new project for me, I will be working with my grandmother to document memories about her 86 years of life, and her 95 year old house that has been filled with my family the whole time.

                    

Saying Goodbye

Photo on 2-11-13 at 4.56 PM IMG_3583 IMG_3668 IMG_3671 IMG_3490 IMG_3855 IMG_3999 IMG_4071and just like that it’s time to go.

I remember so clearly the days she was being built, the love we gave her- we would sit and dream.

“we’ll put a couch here, open up the windows and take naps”  and we did.

My hubby built this house as a gift for us, about to be married we built this place on so much love. future, kids,” some day”, busy meaningful jobs, friends and just an overwhelming sense of our life ahead.

and now on our 2nd to last night here, the house that heard my babies cry and that held me so tight over the past 9 years, it’s time to say goodbye.

I’ve been waiting for this moment. I don’t know if it’s the non stop rain or the water pouring over my hands on the dishes but it’s like I’m drowning in change. I’m ready to let go and part of this NEW MOON intention time is looking ahead, cleansing, clearing, LETTING go.  this beautiful place that held so much love, I’m ready to say goodbye AND grieve a little. I’m ready for what’s next AND I’m sad about what I’m leaving behind.

Goodbye house. You gave me so much. lil omm was dreamed up here, worked on here, loved here and cried about here, in these very walls  So many tears happened here. My heart broke here over and over.  I loved here like I had never known. You are holding our memories. AS I look towards our next chapter, I’m in a really good place. I feel totally supported in my life. I feel deeply connected to the work and the life I have, and I know that no HOUSE carries that. I know that I carry happiness and contentment inside of myself. that no PLACE or person will ever hold that key but me.

BUT, tonight I say goodbye to the place that supported the deep personal inquiry I have explored. I pulled back a lot of layers here, my heart exploded here and the deepest unveiling of  my self  TO my own self has occurred over the past 9 years here.  I healed. I became a mom. I grew up. I came  home.

this house gave me the space and the beauty to study, to learn, to practice and to be curious about my life and eventually, I found my way back  to ME.

In this house that  actually “grew me up” I found my heart, my calling, my love, my self.

 

what if

do I get to wear the label if I dont stand on my head? I don’t do what they do, don’t look like they look. its not about them, it always been about saving me.

I choose breath over posture. I dont easily do this work. it takes time. I am no gymanst, no dancer. just years of unhealthy stuff put into this body to cover the pain that was layering on. fast food, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar.

the practice sets me straight over & over. clearer & clearer until like magic.. I am me.
whole & loved
open & scared
awake & aware

its all here, in my heart.
(and it was the whole time)

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