Heads up folks, I am sharing one of my FAVORITE food blogs with you today.  It isn’t exactly classy but I laugh every single time I visit and I always print out a recipe or two.  This week I am super excited to try Thug Kitchen‘s Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Tacos.  Sounds amazing, right?!

Thug Kitchen

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First Listen Lunchbreak

April 28, 2013

Join me Wednesdays at noon for a 60 minute, all-levels flow class at Sacred Thread Yoga.  Each Wednesday, we will preview a new album in its entirety as we practice.  It is sure to be a great way to shake up the work-week, find some new tunes you dig and get in that one extra yoga practice you’ve been needing!

See you Wednesday at noon.

Passion

April 28, 2013

Last week, my husband and I spent an evening at the High Museum of Art to see the Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera exhibit.  Neither of us are huge “art” people, but I had picked up a book about Frida Kahlo in a used bookstore somewhere in my travels and her images have always stayed with me.  So, when I saw this exhibit in town I thought it would be a fun night out for us.

Fun might have been the wrong word.  We walked through the exhibit in silence and at the end of it, we both just sort of stared at each other in a loss for words.  After some fresh air, a few drinks and some jazz music we agreed that the words that stuck with us after this exhibit were “visceral,” “raw,” and “passionate”.

Frida Kahlo

In piece after piece, you could see the unquestioning passion that these two artist felt for each other.  It felt like the passion you imagine artists feeling – painful, gut-wrenching, and gorgeous all at once.  It was the kind of emotion that makes you go home and question your own relationships and how they stack up.

Flash forward a week…

I’ve just returned from an inspiring week in British Columbia where I was honored to be a guest of the 2013 lululemon Ambassador Summit.  I spent the week with 110 yoga, run, and tri-athlete ambassadors from across the world, and together we spent time sharing our goals, our fears, and our passions.  Somewhere in this week, I was again struck by this idea of passion.  It was the same sweaty, emotional, lusty passion of Frida & Diego but it was applied to the dreams and ideas of the future rather than to another person.

Passion is powerful stuff whether it is of the 50 Shades of Grey ilk or the get-your-ass-in-gear-and-show-the-future-who’s-boss variety.  And, sometimes, just sometimes, when I’m breathing deep belly breaths and I’m moving on the mat without thought of what’s right, what’s wrong, I can feel that passion move through me.

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might be passion, more likely fear coursing through my veins at this particular moment but I went with it!

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my fearless zip-lining companion

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passion and courage in the flesh

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witnessing someone who has found their life’s work and is embracing it with reckless abandon

Refrigerator Oatmeal

April 15, 2013

My favorite springtime breakfast

 

These days one of the few meals Matt (the hubby) and I get to share is breakfast on Wednesday mornings.  Neither of us go into work until noon on Wednesdays and so we’ve made a little morning ritual of sharing coffee & the paper and then making breakfast together.  These breakfasts tend to be a bit spectacular: pancakes, waffles, eggs and smokey sweet potato hash…  you get the drift.  So you can imagine, that the other four days of the week feel a little pitiful compared with Wednesdays’ decadence.  Normally, on the go at a very early hour, I typically rely on a juice or smoothie made the night before that I can grab and go in the early morning hours.  BUT, thanks to this awesome post from The Yummy Life, I am now happily addicted to this easy, make ahead and healthy refrigerator oatmeal.  I’ve been selecting one or two flavors to try for the week and making them up ahead of time.  It takes all of 10 minutes and then I know I’ll get a healthy breakfast no matter what the morning has in store for me.

This week I’m trying my own mix of Lemon Raspberry Coconut oatmeal.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons toasted unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon lemon curd
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam, preserves, or spread
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberries (cut each berry in half), or enough to fill jar
Directions
In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, coconut, lemon curd and raspberry jam. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add raspberries and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or as long as 2-3 days. Eat chilled.

Who Am I?

April 15, 2013

Who Am I?

-A yoga teacher

Beyond That?

-A wife, sister, daughter

Who Am I Beyond That?

-A woman, a human being

And After That?

As I have dived into our inaugural book club selection, Yoga And The Quest For The True Self, I have been spending quite a bit of time with this idea of the True Self.  This Self is far more vast than the identity I describe with words.  This is the Self of inner knowledge, inner instinct and TRUTH.  The wisdom woven through our dreams trying to break into the conscious mind.

Lately, I have been having incredibly vivid dreams.  The kind of dreams that allow your senses to totally participate – I smell, I feel, and I taste.  Most importantly, I remember a lot of what happens in these dreams.  I haven’t been able to work out what these dreams are trying to whisper to me but as best I can I’ve been trying to listen.

I’ve listened by asking the questions above in my meditations.  And, more interestingly perhaps, I’ve listened by trying to allow my inner instincts a chance to do what they will.  On the mat and off, I’ve focused on listening to some of the spontaneous urges that arise in my day:  sitting down to meditate at a random moment, postponing a planned errand to review a book passage that has been reciting itself in my head, making lots and lots of lists.

Will these actions reveal more of this True Self?  In layers and levels, I’m sure it will.  In the meantime, I continue to practice, to breath and to journal.  “Practice and All is Coming” or so they say…

Blue Skies Baby

April 8, 2013

As I write this, I’m sitting at my kitchen table staring out the window at the woods behind my house.  It is gorgeous outside just as it has been all weekend.  It truly and finally feels like spring (with the pollen to prove it).  Over the weekend, I made the time to walk outside each day and simply savor the sun.  It has felt like so long since I’ve enjoyed the sun on my skin and the energies that brings with it.  I went for yet another walk this morning, and I realized how quickly I had given up my morning walking routine when the darkness of winter settled in.  There was something so unpleasant about walking outside when it was cold and dark and now it is equally pleasing to get outside and feel the light.  These thoughts reminded me of this awesome video from Get Some Headspace about meditation and the metaphor of Blue Skies…

Headspace Animation: Blue Sky

Headspace Animation: Blue Sky from Headspace on Vimeo.

It is also a fabulous metaphor for tapping into our Witness – that unaffected observer that watches all the actions, emotions and tribulations of our ego-selves.  This remembrance that our Witness is always there, likely obscured by the cloudy mind but always there, can be helpful guidance to digging into the breath, into the practice and reconnecting to our ability to witness rather than ride the waves of reaction.

One of my favorite examples of this connection to the Witness comes from a story told by Ram Dass – one evening he received a phone call from a student of his who was in the middle of a drug-induced psychotic episode.  Hallucinating, hearing voices, she was unable to be coherent and Ram Dass was having trouble getting through to her.  Finally, he said, “I’d like to speak to the person who dialed the phone.”  It was this Witness, this seed of crystal clear blue sky in the midst of a hurricane, that was able to pick up the phone, dial his number and ask for help.  It was the ability to reconnect to that seed of clarity that helped to bring this student back down.

As we settle into the sunny days of spring, can we also hone into our own Witness – growing it stronger and more apparent with each practice so that when the inevitable April Showers of seasons and life come, we can still find our Blue Sky hidden somewhere inside.

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