Renewable

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I’m a recovering over-achiever. Not that I don’t still try to do my best, and still regularly push myself beyond my limits (note the “recovering” in the description), but over the past few years I’ve become more aware of both the behaviors that lead to that pushing, but also the mindset from which they originate.

I know I’m not the only one. Read More


Extra change

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I live in the southern U.S., where spring begins in February, and by now it’s already summer. Last week, I traveled to the northern part of the country, and was reminded that the transition happens at different times in different places. No matter the timing, some years it’s a gradual process, full of backslides into full-blown winter followed by surges forward into summer heat, only to drift back into chilly rain, crushing souls along the way. Other years, change happens more quickly and confidently, each step taking us closer to summer without doubt or hesitation.

You never know how change is going to work. Sometimes you just have to let it unfold. Read More


Still, though

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In the yoga classes I teach, I often talk about how stillness is an illusion. Even when you think you’re “holding a pose,” you’re still breathing, and blinking, and engaging in a thousand other tiny micro-movements of which you may not even be aware. Within you, your blood is circulating and your metabolism is transforming energy. You’re always “in progress,” evolving with every single breath you take.

So, if we equate being calm with being still, we’re doomed to fail. Or, to be stressed anyway.

In truth, it’s not about stillness. It’s about cultivating the focus to really see the movement.

The world is not going to stop spinning, and you’re not going to stop spinning with it. The calm you’re seeking isn’t out there, though. It’s in you. Can you see it?