I’ve been up since 4 am. It’s my birthday. 🙂 And I’m in a state of ecstasy here in The Bear Den. Words have been piling up inside my head these past few weeks, and I finally plugged my computer in to open the floodgates.
The holidays seem to be all about staying organized, time management, scheduling, and upsetting your regular routine. Ayurveda finally made me understand why the holiday months have always derailed me.
Fall has officially arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere. Do you ever wonder why some of us tend to feel more anxious at this time of year? I’ll get to that in a bit, but first I want to mention the flip-flopping weather that happens around the juncture of the seasons. Where I live in […]
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on September 10, 2012. Whenever I pass a schoolyard or a playground, I always play the Dosha Game. It’s a made-up game where I try to spot the little Vatas, Pittas, and Kaphas. It’s a perfect place to hone your Ayurveda skills because it’s easy to differentiate the […]
(This post was originally published on September 1, 2015, and updated on August 21, 2019.) Here we are again, approaching the juncture between Ayurvedic seasons. The heat of Pitta Season will soon give way to the cold, dry, and windy nature of Vata Season (Fall/Early Winter). It’s really important to understand why you need to […]
Today, no one will steal my Joy. Today, it’s all about Mother Earth. With moon and rising signs in Taurus, my heart yearns for and is filled by, Nature. I will paint about her, write about her, dream about her. Happy Earth Day, beautiful Mother, and all of us who inhabit you!
This time of year can be a real challenge for many people and so I wanted to drop in and write a bit about why we might be feeling so sluggish. Cold, wet and heavy are a few qualities associated with Kapha dosha and therefore, with Kapha Season (late winter-spring). Ayurveda doesn’t put exact dates […]
Wow. Is it really true? I haven’t written a word here on this site for one whole year. 1-11-2018. One year ago today. Well, I cannot, will not let 1-11-19 pass without writing. The magic of this day revealed itself to me four years ago. You can read about it here if you’d like. And so I honor […]
It was the afternoon of 1-11-15 Cozy in my worn leather chair I settled into my afternoon meditation Noise-cancelling headphones, check Eyemask, check Stone in hand, check Frankincense burning, check I must have been blissfully gone somewhere wherever it is we go while breathing saying the mantra world’s away or maybe not Suddenly I heard […]
With the recent #metoo and #timesup movements, I’ve been thinking a lot about touch. The focus lately, of course, has been on the wrong kind of touch. The kind that makes us feel shame and fear and anger. Used, violated, helpless, traumatized. Powerless. The uninvited kind. The kind that crossed a line. The kind that […]
I couldn’t sleep last night so fueled by a creative fire that has been reignited in me A constant buzz in my field feet struggling to stay on the ground I thought I would levitate off the bed My mind raced not knowing whether to reach for paint or pencils typewriter or my camera It’s overwhelming […]
Today I turned 64 and as I write this post I marvel at myself for sharing it with the Internet world. Not because my age bothers me but because I’m such a private person at heart. I’ve pondered this question a lot this year because it seems that much of what I write has become […]
I’ve been wanting to write about dreams for the longest time. I’m no dream expert and am lucky if I remember bits and pieces of them. I’ve learned to keep a dream journal by my bed but even that is no guarantee that the dream won’t evaporate quickly. On Friday, I’d just bought a new […]
In a writing course I’m taking (“30 Questions to Bring You Closer to Your Wild Heart”), I was asked what delivered me to a state of silent awe. This was my answer. It takes a lot to still me to stop the motion pause and reflect A busy bee An Energizer bunny I’ve been called […]
I didn’t plan for it to happen. Really, I didn’t. She whispered in my ear one day. “Yarrow”. I swear to you I’d never heard of her. But surely, I had. I must have. Maybe I lived near a field of Yarrow in a past life. I started to read everything I could find about […]