Sometimes it takes a Hippopotamus to lighten the mood

So, after months of preparations to launch the companion course to the book, Householder Yogini, I sent off the email to my Mailchimp list. I sent myself the test email (as one does in order to be professional and catch any errors). It looked great. Then I sent it to my entire email list. Then … Continue reading Sometimes it takes a Hippopotamus to lighten the mood

The best place for your efforts

I was late to wake this morning, so the neighbourhood was up by the time I reached my front step for meditation. I like the early mornings, not just because the mind is more amenable to practice, but because the air is so fresh, particularly now with the spring rains and the fresh green growth. … Continue reading The best place for your efforts

How to accomplish everything

"Hey, Mom," said my teenage son, holding his phone as he crossed the kitchen floor with a sly grin on his face. "Do you know the concept of wu wei?" "You mean the practice of do nothing and accomplish everything?" I replied. He looked disappointed. He thought he had me. "Know your audience," I said. … Continue reading How to accomplish everything

Deepak Chopra, Fernando Davalos and Martha Beck: finding your purpose

In meditation on my front step the other morning, I came to the intersection between Deepak Chopra, Fernando Davalos and Martha Beck. Deepak has written about synchronicity: that once you find yourself in the flow of life, living on purpose, synchronicities abound. I wrote a whole chapter on Fernando Davalos in my book, Awakening on … Continue reading Deepak Chopra, Fernando Davalos and Martha Beck: finding your purpose

Practice kindness

"How can I serve?" It's a question I often ask. When the flood came to Calgary in 2013, I watched as the city bailed itself out. I watched from my perch in the hills, our home unaffected. I drove out to Bragg Creek with supplies to support my friends and yoga community there, but it … Continue reading Practice kindness

The power of Lovingkindness

“Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance."Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance At the start of Tibetan New Year, I committed to practice 14 days of metta bhavana: lovingkindness. I've written about the practice before, and I wanted to … Continue reading The power of Lovingkindness

2 ways to boost your vibrations

“Let your love send off so much positive energy that it shifts the vibrations in the room.”Anonymous I declare today "Good Vibrations Day"! My family is all at home today. It's snowing and minus 21 degrees. My son tapped into the news when he woke. I headed for my meditation cushion. When we met in … Continue reading 2 ways to boost your vibrations

I’ll meet you in the garden

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."13th century Sufi poet, Rumi Years ago, I belonged to a small group of women who met every full moon to meditate together and receive insight. During one such meditation in my home studio, my long-time, dear friend received a great insight indeed. … Continue reading I’ll meet you in the garden

Sometimes a door closes slowly

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."Alexander Graham Bell This quote, etched in a small glass frame, sat on the counter in my home studio for over a decade. Last year, I opted to allow it to … Continue reading Sometimes a door closes slowly

A leap of faith

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan It's easy to overthink every detail, to over-plan and over-prepare. But sometimes, you just have to trust in the intelligence of life. When I used 99 Designs to explore the book cover design for An Accidental Awakening: It's not about … Continue reading A leap of faith