I’m sitting here staring out my windows at the Ossipee Mountains. It’s 5 degrees, windy, and I still have two feet of snow on my lil hill. I had every intention of working on my book. Instead, all I can think about is the V-word. You know, the one on everyone’s lips. “Have you had […]
This is my third blog post with the words “Bear Den” in the title. I’m sure that’s some kind of blogging no-no but I don’t care. It’s all about The Bear Den these days and this is my first Kapha Season here in New Hampshire. Today started out cold and snowy with big wet flakes. […]
I hadn’t owned a car in about fifteen years. That means I hadn’t driven in that many years either, except for last summer when I asked my nephew up at the lake if I could drive into town to see if I still had my Motor City driving skills.
One constant has remained throughout these past months and that is that I feel fearless. Not in a smug, “I’m not afraid of anything” kind of way. It has been strange, I’ll admit. I’ve felt like I’m riding a wave of calm surrounded by an ocean of fear.
It was February 20, 2013, and I was in the Sonoran Desert outside of Tucson. I was with a group of energy healing students at a workshop and for two days I’d been walking around the property smelling the most fragrant scent I’d ever smelled. What was blooming?
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 […]
Usually, my muse shows up on my bike, but it was pretty chilly today so she visited me in a hot shower. She had me reflecting on what it is I do, what it is I like to do, and what it is I need to do. They’re not always the same thing, are they? […]