Get Grounded


Stand up. Feel your feet. Press down through the outer edges of your feet. Lift your arches. Spread your toes. Lightly lift your toes. Feel your hips over your heels. Anchor your tailbone lightly toward the earth. Snuggle your belly button toward your spine. Spread your ribs as you breathe. Soften your shoulders, neck, and jaw. Soften your gaze. "Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." ~Mary Oliver   photo credit | all rights reserved | Jennifer Derryberry Mann … [Read more...]

7 Days of Self-Care: Day 1

This week, unwrap the gift of 35 ways to indulge in and appreciate self-care. Sometimes self-care is big, like spa day or date night. More often, it’s a state of mind that embraces you and centers you in compassion. Sometimes self-care requires a little planning. Other times, you simply need acknowledge the goddess that is *you* in the moment. Come back to your center, beloved. Remember that you are enough, just as you are, the crown Mama jewel.   “Self-care is the development of your highest self.” ~ Rachel Harris, PhD, author of 20-Minute Retreats: Revive Yourself in Just Minutes a … [Read more...]

In Search of Sweeter Dreams


Four years into parenting, you’d think I’d have a handle on putting my two littles to bed. But not tonight. Tonight, I was a crummy mommy. And of course, it’s not the first time I’ve struggled like this, so it’s sort of embarrassing to admit what a terrific failure of parenting took place. Tantrum and tears, yelling and sulking. And, please, let’s not say who did what! Thankfully, in the midst of getting it mostly wrong, I hung on to a couple of moments that glimmered with the soft, promising light of grace. Once, I remembered to breathe, and to start over. The yoga teacher in … [Read more...]