I was twisted into some pretzel of a pose when my yoga teacher, Genevieve Oswald at Shree Yoga Taos, gently dropped this profound question into my mind: “How can I bring more love to this?” That question has continued to ring through me, gently and quietly, in moments both on and off the yoga mat. Whether I’m
Your Inner Critic is beating you up by saying all kinds of mean things about you. Your Inner Judge accuses you of wrong-doing. The gavel comes down. Boom! Guilty as charged! The Self-Hater is making you feel like sh-t. Quick! Take a large dose of Self-Compassion. No negative side effects. Repeat as often as needed.
My heart feels tender as I turn a loving gaze upon some uncomfortable feelings. Anxiety. Guilt. Failure. Frustration. Oh, and did I mention anxiety? I’ve come a long way from the days when I suffered from serious depression and intense self-hatred. I’m on a pretty even keel, most days. But lately, I’m acutely aware that
This article is Part 3 in a series prompted by my second Saturn return and reflections on a painful turning point in my life. You may also want to read Part 1: Defining Moments, or “How I Lost God and Found My Way” and Part 2: Soul Contracts and Forgiveness. Part 3: Four Dimensions of
Let’s re-frame the word “selfish” When I was about 20 years old, I read a book titled, “When I Say “No”, I Feel Guilty”. That book was an eye-opener for me. As a shy college student, I wanted to be liked, I wanted to think of myself as a nice person, and I was afraid
Consider these scenarios: When a student said “No” to the sexual advances of her teacher, the teacher responded, “You need to learn about spiritual surrender.” After a young woman told her ex-husband that she didn’t want him to come by the house, he yelled, “You’re just reacting out of fear, and fear is an illusion.”
It is definitely a trick, and not a treat, when your Inner Critic shows up at your door, disguised as your most Angelic Spiritual Self. She seems quite believable, while she rattles off an endless list of everything you’re not doing right. She’s acutely aware of what you should be doing to elevate your consciousness. But you’re not.
When you think of Virgo and the word “virgin”, don’t think about sex. Think “virgin olive oil” or “virgin forest”. These virgins are in their natural state of wholeness. They are “100% pure”, which means that nothing was added, and nothing was removed. In astrology, the archetype of Virgo is about helping us get back
Part I: Leo Wonders Can you see me? Can I see myself? Can I free myself? Who is doing the looking? A cool and distant observer? Or an unconditional, accepting, spaciousness? Shining radiance Appreciating her own Divine light Not giving a damn That’s freedom! Part II: Aquarius Watches Aquarius stands apart Breathing to her own