Treespeak

They said, try harder…we say, try softer. They said, use your head…we say, use your heart. They said, there’s something wrong with you…we say, there’s something right with you. They said, you’ll never amount to anything…we say, you’re already...
The Field

The Field

We can always start again, with compassion and kindness. No, it doesn’t erase the times we have acted unkindly and without compassion towards others. No, it doesn’t erase the times others have acted unkindly and without compassion towards us. But it casts a new light on those times. It allows us to feel the pain that we were in, the corners we felt backed into, the history that we were convinced was repeating, during those times when we lashed out at other people. It allows us to feel the pain that others were in, the corners they felt backed into, the history that they were convinced was repeating, during those times when they lashed out at us. And in that now moment of starting over in kindness and compassion, maybe we glimpse how much we truly love ourselves, how much we truly love others, how much we long to surrender to that love, and how much it’s possible to do just that. Because in each and every now moment of kindness and compassion, we surrender a little bit more to love…until finally we meet in the field Rumi spoke of, where there is nothing left for us except love. I hope to meet you...
Q & A

Q & A

Question from a friend last night: Why isn’t ❤️ easier? My answer: Maybe it’s not easy because none of us is really easy…but we’re worth it. Lately, when I see stuff that seems like someone else’s problems or struggles or even demons, I turn it back to me, and ask myself: How can I use these feelings that are stirred up in me to go to a deeper level of self-love and self-compassion? How can I use this to understand myself better? It seems counter-intuitive sometimes but it really works. Then I come back into relationships with a whole new perspective and a lot more compassion. “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.”-Jiddu...

The Still, Small Voice and How to Listen to It

Do you ever wonder if holistic practitioners practice what they preach when it comes to self-care?  Well, here’s a little window into my recent healing crisis. I had been having pain and inflammation in both of my feet for a few weeks, and based on the nature and location of the pain my first thought was plantar fasciitis.  It seemed to make sense since I remembered having pain and swelling in mid-November a couple days after a high-intensity dance fitness training.  So I started icing, elevating, stretching, doing energy work on myself…and things got worse.  The pain in my left foot tapered off, but my right foot suddenly blew up like a balloon and was so painful I could barely put any weight on it.  Off to the emergency room I went.  Many hours and several x-rays later, the consensus of the emergency room personnel was cellulitis, a bacterial infection that affects the skin and soft tissue underneath.  Their solution? Antibiotics. How did they know for sure it was bacterial without doing a culture? If it was in fact bacterial, how could they be sure it wasn’t an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria, in which case the antibiotics they were prescribing could potentially make things worse? I was unable to obtain any meaningful answers to these and other queries.  So I left with a foot brace and crutches (which was cool because now at least I could be somewhat mobile) and no intention of filling that antibiotics prescription. I want to be really clear at this point, I am not bashing allopathic medicine in any way. I invite and encourage...

Owner of a Lonely Heart

I was speaking with a beautiful soul yesterday who expressed feelings of profound loneliness.  After our conversation, I checked in with my own heart and soul, and responded in this way: “When you say you’re lonely, I feel like what’s behind that is, you have a deep desire to give and receive love and a deep yearning for connection that brings intense pleasure and discovery and creativity and playfulness.  So when you see it that way, your loneliness is beautiful, and if you fully allow it to express itself it will be able to help guide you toward everything you desire.” So how about you?  Are you feeling something deeply right now?  Can you fully access those feelings and allow them to have their say?  If it feels too hard to do it alone, help is within reach. Your heart is your best guide. You are deeply...