Archives for February, 2015

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How Can You Seek Stillness?

The beautiful and intimidating thing about yoga is that it's a time to stop and be still. It's a time to be quiet with ourselves. Which many of us don't do very often.

The other types of exercises I do are mostly high intensity (which I also love). Go. Go. Go. We sprint from one exercise to another, from running the stairs to doing push-ups to doing burpees.

And...
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Navigating Daily Disappointments

Many days I feel disappointed in myself. I'm disappointed I didn't wake up early. I'm disappointed I missed the morning yoga class. I'm disappointed I didn't work hard enough. I'm disappointed I'm easily distracted. I'm disappointed I didn't do the laundry or make the bed or organize that thing I was going to organize but haven't. In months. I'm disappointed I wasn't brave.

I feel this disappointment in the pit...
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Practicing Self-Compassion When You Can’t

I recently wrote this article on how to practice self-compassion when it's the last thing you want to do. Because when we're upset, so many of us revert back to what we know: berating ourselves.

We might do this in the moment. For days. Maybe even weeks.

We might do this after bathing suit shopping. After not running as fast or walking as long as someone else, or ourselves the...
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A Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Body

So often, as we sprint through the day, the last thing we think about is our body.

The last thing we think about is the inner machinery that's involved in the seemingly simplest of movements: opening our eyes in the morning; glancing about the room, hitting the snooze button (a few times); shifting our feet from the bed to the floor; walking (or running) into the bathroom; splashing water onto our faces;...
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Reconciling the Seemingly Disparate Parts of Self-Care

Recently, I read two pieces about respecting our natural tendencies and needs.

In one Therese talks about being a highly sensitive person (which I totally am) and avoiding the things that only heighten this sensitivity (like the mall!).

In another Jen talks about honoring her current desire to slow down.

These articles are reminding me about the pivotal parts of self-care: listening to ourselves, acknowledging what we're...
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Self-Care Sunday: Hard Questions

In Thursday's post I mentioned that sometimes self-care involves asking hard questions. I shared these examples:

"What am I afraid of? What is important to me? What am I doing that I really don’t want to be doing? What do I really need? What do I need to let go of? Who doesn’t actually support me? How can I stop spending time with them?"

Here are additional tough questions,...
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When You Think Your Body Is to Blame

Many of us leap to conclusions when it comes to our bodies. For instance, we assume that if a piece of clothing doesn't fit us, it's clearly our fault. It must be because we're too curvy, our shoulders are too broad, our thighs are too big, our waist is too wide.
We do this with other things, activities and even people. Some of us play this blame game regularly....
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