The Right Wrong Number

I picked up my home phone message when I returned from my bike ride. I recognized the voice immediately, though it sounded frail and more shaky than I remembered. "Phil, it's me. I'm at the Rockyview." I'd forgotten about her. Back when the kids were little, I'd get a call once in a while. "Hello, … Continue reading The Right Wrong Number

Karma in the kitchen

My teenage son, my husband and I all stood in the kitchen chatting, as families now do, about the state of the world and what needs to happen. We covered everything from Jeff Bezos to the spread of Buddhism after the Chinese invasion. Photo by Burst on Pexels.com My take was (and is) that we … Continue reading Karma in the kitchen

Washing away the old: December rain

It's the first full day of winter and I sit on my studio floor, cleaning out the old of last year to make room for the new. Chocolate-covered hazelnuts and damiana tea fuel my efforts. My clutter is most often piles of writing: pages of musings, poems, blog posts that never made it to the … Continue reading Washing away the old: December rain

4 Tips to Navigate Motherhood

I now know how she did it. My mom. I now know how she managed to raise us kids and create a life for herself while also supporting her marriage. She didn't do it all at once. Or all the time. I know this because I've now walked a mile in her shoes. Well, the … Continue reading 4 Tips to Navigate Motherhood

A Vessel for Joy

I sat on my front step in morning meditation, a practice I'd observed for nearly 10 years. "I am joy." I ran the affirmation through my brain as a mantra. My shoulders shirked it off. Nope. Not joy. I had no idea what joy felt like. I certainly couldn't conjure it. Happiness I knew, but … Continue reading A Vessel for Joy

Meditation Mumble

My daughter sat down next to me as I was completing my morning meditation. "And may all beings benefit," I said with a bow. "Mom," she said, "what are Mayo Beings?" "What?" I asked. "You said Mayo Beings." Ah, yes," I replied. "I was saying a prayer for the tiny people who live inside the … Continue reading Meditation Mumble

Fear of the Dark

Revisions continue on the upcoming book, The Yoga of Boiling Eggs. I went back and forth on whether to keep this piece in the manuscript. In the end, I removed it. It lives here now. As an adult, sleep came easy, but night-waking was never welcome. My head would swim in those darkened hours. Even … Continue reading Fear of the Dark

I Wish I had a River…

It wasn't a river. It was a pond. More of a slough. But I did skate away on it. As I sit here in the late hour on Christmas Eve, singing along with Sarah Mclachlan on the radio and admiring the lights of the tree bouncing off the ceiling, I'm reminded of what's important about … Continue reading I Wish I had a River…

Chakra support for the holidays

4 main chakras spring to mind as I watch the holiday energy unfold. Holidays can be complicated. "Think you're enlightened? Spend a week with your family." ~Ram Dass Family can feel comforting and confusing. Fun and frantic. Helpful and hopeless. Reassuring and infuriating. Enter the chakras: Root chakra is necessary for grounding. Whether it's the … Continue reading Chakra support for the holidays

It’s in my Nature

I have a substantial manuscript review on my plate. Next to the nutrition coaching session. Two recently-published children's books take up the other side of the plate, alongside the next in the Anna series — getting prepped for publishing. I am looking for affiliates for the chakra school and writing course material to facilitate a … Continue reading It’s in my Nature