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    What To Do When You Can’t Prevent the Emotional Floodwaters

What To Do When You Can’t Prevent the Emotional Floodwaters

“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”
―Charles M Schulz

 I have learned a lot about flooding and recovery from my neighbors as they cope with the effects of creeks turned into raging rivers. No matter how hard we try, we can’t always prevent a flood.
The same is true with our children’s emotional flooding and tantrums. […]

By |September 25th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments|

Pausing; How To Practice When You Don’t Have Time

Imagine this. Your toddler is having a meltdown in the grocery store.  Your own heartbeat speeds up and your breathing becomes shallow in a nanosecond. You feel your child’s distress and your own. This is where we hit the “pause” button and imagine something different (and you can try it right now). You take several slow deep breaths, notice your sensations including your feet solidly on the ground, and send  kindness to yourself and your child for being in this predicament.  Rather than feeling a creeping sense of panic and seeking the closest escape route, you look at your options more calmly. You may still leave the store, but your heart is no longer beating as if you are being chased by a lion. You are simply a mom with a overwhelmed toddler finding a solution to the problem.  How did you do it?
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By |November 15th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments|

The Bliss of Alignment

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou

I’ve been thinking about alignment this week, in yoga and in life. Have you ever had this experience?  You’re in yoga class, practicing a posture you find challenging and the instructor offers a hands-on or verbal adjustment and suddenly, ahhh…. ease. If we practice out of alignment (whatever that is for your body) it becomes painful, and over time, creates  imbalance and injury. When we practice in alignment, we practice with comfort and grace. We have freedom in movement. Bliss.

I had the luck of receiving this kind of  adjustment in my life off the mat, the other day. My actions weren’t lining up with my values. I saw it clearly. I was out of integrity and my soul felt crooked. Have you ever noticed when you are out of integrity? […]

By |September 28th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments|