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ReWilding Our Being

April 26th, 2016

“To be fully human is to be wild. Wild is the strange pull and whispering wisdom. It’s the gentle nudge and the forceful ache. It is your truth, passed down from the ancients, and the very stream of life in your blood. Wild is the soul where passion and creativity reside, and the quickening of your heart. Wild is what is real, and wild is your home.” -Victoria Erickson

RewildingAgainThere is a deep sense that we are being called to rewild our hearts. We need to make wild again our sense of self, our sense of compassion, and our sense of curiosity. Rewilding is a lens – a way to view the world, to view one another, and to view ourselves. Rewilding is a movement and a way of being. We are called to open our eyes, open our heart and open to the untamed wilderness that lives inside.

To rewild our hearts means we need to make room for wider spaces within ourselves, our communities, and our world. Rewilding is about expansion and redefining our borders and boundaries. It’s a desire to connect ourselves to play – sacred play.

If we are to rewild our hearts, it would mean we would deepen our relationship with nature and the landscape that surrounds us. Rewilding is an exploration and a journey.

How are you rewilding in your life?

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Sitting

March 30th, 2016

Noticing the quiet spaces Sitting

The empty spaces

The unthought spaces

The unborn spaces

The uncertain spaces

The vulnerable spaces

The loving spaces

The hopeful spaces

Noticing

Being

Sitting

Dedicated to GH who continues to inspire me.

 

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Give It Away

March 22nd, 2016

JacketI recently donated a jacket that was only two years old. There was no reason to keep it, despite my inner voice saying, “You might it need it someday.” I don’t. And the reality is that someone needs it more than I do. Plus, the jacket will probably just sit on a hanger for more than a year.

Why hold onto it?

Somewhere inside there is a fear of scarcity. It’s a sense of needing to hold on. It’s a sense of control. It’s a sense of “someday.” If I can’t control the weather then at least I can control the various jackets I own.

This is only a jacket, yet it has deeper meaning into holding on and the fear of letting go. What else in my life am I holding or gripping onto? What else in my life am I carrying around and unwilling to give away? What else is hanging on the hangers of my heart?

My invitation is for each of us to look within and notice what we are carrying around on every level. Maybe it’s time to let it go. Maybe it’s time to do the kind thing and give it away.

We can all donate more than a jacket. We can donate kindness, compassion, and love. We have so much to give away.

How about you? What will you give away with love and kindness?

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Meditation on Inner Beauty

March 16th, 2016

Spend a few minutes enjoying inner peace and inner beauty. Notice what happens when you breathe in peace and beauty and breathe out worry. When you let go, you make space for more joy, more peace, more compassion, more wisdom, and more love to enter. Enjoy this five minute Toning the OM meditation. This was filmed at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

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Bridging Our Inhale and Exhale

February 24th, 2016

bridgeHeart_MindBreathe gently in and out.

Allow the exhale to be a little longer than the inhale.

Release any tension, worry, or anxiety with each out breath.

Allow light in any form to arrive with each in breath.

Notice how your body feels while breathing the full inhalation and exhalation.

Just notice, be aware, be the inner note-taker.

Welcome all the thoughts, know the exhale will take them.

Greet the critic and the judge ─ embrace them.

Breathe slower and deeper.

Relax into the fullness of the inhale and exhale.

Breathe all the way down to your feet. This breath will anchor you.

Breathe all the way up to the top of your head (your crown chakra). This breath will open you to your divine connection.

Take a fuller breath. Tune into the wisdom of your heart-center.

With each breath, bridge your heart and mind.

Be the observer, the anchor, the wisdom, and the breath.

Rest in your breath.

Your breath takes you where you need to be ─ right here in this moment.

Welcome home.

Posted in Meditation | Toning the Om

What Lights You Up?

February 16th, 2016

LitUpI am lit up when I am writing, meditating, traveling, birding, taking pictures, wondering and wandering, asking meaningful questions, and being with those I love.

All of these provide delight and heartfelt joy.

And you?

What lights you up?

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The Breath into Liberation

January 21st, 2016

flower breathe

What would it take to liberate your breath?

Your breath is an inhale and exhale to Life.

Your breath is your meditation practice.

Your life is your meditation practice.

Breathe your liberation.

Breathe your life.

What are you breathing in?

What are your breathing out into the world?

Breathe in love and exhale it out into the world.

Here is to the liberation of your breath that allows you to become aware, awake, and alive!

Posted in Meditation | Toning the Om

What Are You Stepping into More Fully in 2016?

January 5th, 2016

May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours. And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life. - John O’Donohue

As a yearly ritual, I give thanks for the past year and the lessons it taught me. I took time to look back at 2015 in order to give it a proper ending. I found it to be a tough year, but looking back and reflecting, 2015 had many moments of my theme word – blessings.

January was a quiet month with many cold days in New York City. I started the year committing more to my meditation practice. I was blessed to deepen my meditation practice at Kadampa Meditation Center.

February – snow. And more snow. I cocooned for most of the month and spent 10 days with the flu. The blessing was I found lots of new books and podcasts and spent a great deal of time writing.

Rainbow_2015In March, I was blessed to give my third retreat in Hawaii! I was so happy to give the Wild Cosmic Heart Retreat at Kalani Oceanside on the Big Island. I was joined by 10 amazing women who opened their wild cosmic heart during days filled with rain, rainbows, crazy wind, and blue skies. It was a reunion of hearts from those near and far, including a friend I have known for almost 25 years. Learning to play three cords on the ukulele was a sweet highlight. The biggest blessing was sharing the retreat with my spouse.

May was all about essential oils. I was blessed to be introduced to some amazing essential oils that have helped me on my health journey and have taught many other people how they can support them. I have been able to incorporate these essential oils into my healing practice, retreats, as well as give classes.

In June, my spouse had major surgery. It was a stressful time and the blessing was the incredible surgeon who was so good to both of us. It was nice to see a caring person in the medical field – something neither of us had experienced much. This doctor was a huge blessing!

Menla_2015We spent a wonderful weekend in July in the Catskills for one of my retreats. It was nice to be surrounded by such beauty. The mountain views were incredible and the fire ceremony was magical. We sat within the Panther Mountains and experienced a deeper connection to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and one another. Menla Retreat Center was a refuge and a blessing.

In August I returned to Camp GLP (Good Life Project). I once again spent a weekend playing, creating, connecting, and learning from an amazing tribe. I jumped onto my first paddle board. Blessed to know there are kindred spirits out in the world who feel as inspired and vulnerable as I do.

September included a lot of play and travel. I headed to the annual NY Open where I spent the day watching many tennis matches. I walked the grounds and enjoyed seeing a few players as they entered the stadium. Later in September, I traveled to Utah for an Essential Oils Conference. I spent four days with our team and meeting wellness advocates from around the world.

Sanderlings_2015In late September into October, I was blessed to spend 10 days in Cape May mostly for bird watching and nature walks. It was a sweet week. I had time to refuel and take many photos. I saw a few life birds and enjoyed evening sunsets.

When I returned from vacation, I was blessed to see many Mets playoff games and even made it to game 2 of the World Series. 2015 was all about the Mets and lots of cheering at games with family and friends. Going to all the playoff series with my family was beyond anything I could have imagined.

In November, my spouse had emergency surgery. While I had a hard time finding the blessing in this one, I realized that I am grateful to the medical staff at Columbia and our families for their support.

In December, I spent a warm birthday weekend in Cape May. It was sweet and beautiful.

Yes, despite a full year of ups and downs and hard decisions and some losses, I had a year full of blessings.

CapeMay_2015So, as I step fully into 2016, I am profoundly aware of my inner source of peace. I am attuned to the beauty that surrounds me. And I am beyond grateful for a loving spouse and wonderful family and friends. As I step in 2016 with a more clear sense of my essence, I am grateful for all my blessings.

With deep gratitude, I let 2015 close and open to 2016 with great wonder. Perhaps, 2016 is all about WONDER. I am still listening…

What are you stepping into more fully in 2016?

You are invited to take time and listen for your intention, your word, and your heart.

Thank you to everyone for being a part of the Toning the OM journey and my heart’s journey. I am grateful to this OM Tribe every single day.

 

Posted in Storytelling | Toning the Om

Peace Within ~ Peace on Earth

December 24th, 2015

PeaceLet there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth The peace that was meant to be. Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. With every step I take…

Yes, let there be peace on earth.

Let there be peace within me. It all begins with ourselves. If we want peace in the world, we need to BE peace in our world.

Let me be the peace I seek.

How will you be peace in your world? Let this be our moment – now.

May the season of hope, miracles, and light allow each of us to be the peace we seek.

Wishing you all a peaceful season of miracles and light.

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Lighting the Candle Within

December 21st, 2015

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHow will you celebrate the light in the darkness? As winter draws near, it is a time of going inward. The winter season allows us to align with a slower pace. In the depths of winter, when the bears hibernate, trees put their energy deep into their roots, and many of us dive deeper into the dream world, it is a natural time to retreat.

As we go inward, let us notice the beauty and tranquility of winter. Let us celebrate the light within that is always available. Let us embrace the opportunity for deep rest and integration that winter provides.

How will you keep the candle lit inside yourself this winter?

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