Send Your Roots Down Into Soil That Nourishes Your Soul

Overnight my phone rang at 3 am.  It was my daughter who lives in Nashville TN.  Over the past few weeks she and her fiancé have been through a tornado which destroyed their new neighborhood of east Nashville. They have, as all of have, made many difficult adjustments to their lives due to the spread of coronavirus.  And last night – the phone call.  Their living roof caved in and collapsed on their dog crate (yes – dog inside) and all over their living room.

Strength, Gratitude, and Loving Kindness

A lot to cope with.  And yet, when I spoke to her this morning her attitude was upbeat, they had a friend helping them store some items, had saved their artwork, and prepared their home for the contractors as they pack up and head to Montana to wait out this outbreak. They are safe and un-harmed, and the dogs are safe and unharmed.  Thank goodness. The new couch is completely ruined.  That, we can handle. We are so grateful.

I was reminded of a phrase my father has shared me often when I have faced difficult times.  “God never hands you more than you can handle.”  I know this to be true.  We are all stronger than we think we are.  There will be pain and there will be loss. There will be days where it feels like the roof is collapsing over our heads and spreading dust and chaos everywhere.


Sharing the Joy of Healing

When you stand and share your story in an empowering way,
your story will heal you and
your story will heal somebody else.
-Iyanla Vanzant

One of my dear yoga students brought a special gift to the yoga studio this morning – she is one-year cancer free. She is a testament to the power we have to heal. She arrives at the studio three days a week before dawn. Always cheerful and happy, espousing her love of the early morning hours. She is tenacious in her practice having arrived here a couple of months ago as a beginner to the practice. Learning to go with the flow, accepting her practice exactly where it is right now and practicing the art of breathing, slowing down and finding ease and softness in even the most powerful of poses.  (more…)