December: The Dance of Shadow & Light

So, here's the thing I notice: There is a whole lot of cultural, media and commercial emphasis during this time of year on light, joy, happiness, and of course spending lots of money and affirming the supposed perfection of our families and society. But in mythic...

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Ecstatic Dance Practice is Transformative Ritual..

I loved the observation in Daniel Levitin's book Your Brain on Music that in tribal cultures there are usually not two different words for musician and dancer, because there is not this division between performer and audience. Instead, everyone is a dancer, everyone...

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3 Keys to Meaningful Embodied Practice

Consistency Showing up consistently is key. Come as you are, enter the space, work with what is. When you take off your shoes and enter the room it activates the set of associations you are building for yourself: slowing down your mind, cultivating compassion, paying...

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Establishing Sacred Space

This is an excerpt from the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind teacher training manual. Find the book on Amazon here and more info about the training here! When we enter the yoga room, we are enacting sacred space. We define sacred space as “a time and place set aside for...

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The Trinity Sutra: An Adventure in Self-Transformation.

Have you heard people toss around powerful concepts like "healing," transformation," "growth," "awakening," "presence" and "energy" —but felt unclear exactly what they mean, or if there is anything of substance beneath the fluffy buzzwords? About 25 years ago I...

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Why “Resilience” Is My New Favorite Word..

  re•sil•ience (rɪˈzɪl yəns) also re•sil′ien•cy, n. 1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. 2. ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like;...

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Taking In The Good! (The Key Skill of “Resourcing”)

We have been learning so far about The Foundational Trinity from my book Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind - and have found that both grounding and orienting are ways to feel more resourced and that grounding, orienting and resourcing work hand in hand to reinforce one...

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