Struggle-Free Living

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For me, one of the most deeply resonant lessons from my yoga teacher Ana Forrest (that's her amazing self in the photo) is her encouragement  to practice—and ultimately to live—without struggle. In her new book, Fierce Medicine, she explains: “When we struggle, we become our most stupid self. We lose contact with our deep breath, we forget all of our resources, we move in a desperate, injuring way, and then we quit—none of which is helpful for progression. …  We’re so habituated to struggle that it seems we just have to live with it, but breathing into our pain instead of thrashing around it … [Read more...]

Safe Harbor Mama

Safe Harbor Mama

A few weeks ago in my weekly women's circle, our "homework" was to "try on" something we really wanted to be or do. To act as if. To practice a little fake-it-til-you-make-it. I decided to check out what it felt like to be a "safe harbor" mama. To me, that’s the kind of mother who creates a welcoming, safe place for her children, no matter what's going on. The kind of mom my kids will turn to, even when they’re older, even when they’ve really screwed something up. It’s the same basic idea as gentle, natural, or attachment parenting. Whatever you call it, I've been concerned that I'm not … [Read more...]

The Elephant on the Yoga Mat

The Elephant on the Yoga Mat

The first truly spring-like day of the season summoned us to the zoo for a leisurely afternoon. The final five minutes were the best: We all piled in to the photo booth and goofed around for what is now my new favorite family photo. … [Read more...]