• Live under the New Rules,  My Thoughts on the World

    Mental Health Diagnosis? Hardly

    Someone told me their mental health diagnosis. Except I didn’t hear it at such. And my response was “Oh, sweetie, I am so sorry”. Though I may not have said those actual words. I did say it energetically: that was my feeling. See, when someone tells me their mental health “diagnosis” I don’t see it as a mental health diagnosis at all. I have done so much work on my own “mental health diagnosis”, and I am now swimming so deep in the waters of Spirituality that “mental health diagnosis” gets translated for me into “this is the crisis that the Universe has decided to throw at me at this…

  • Stuff you can try

    How Do You Know When You’re Ready?

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the concept of “being ready”. How do you know when you’re ready to get up in the morning? Or when you’re done with your shower? In yoga, how do we know when we are ready to leave one pose to get into a new one? Sometimes it happens “automatically”. You have an alarm, and that decides things for you. Or you need to pee, so up you go. But what if there’s no alarm? And you don’t feel like getting up? What then? How do you know when you’re ready to get out of bed? This transition “state” fascinates me: what makes us ready to…

  • My Thoughts on the World

    Healing Ourselves, Healing the Planet

    Weird things begin to happen when we start doing yoga We become… “allergic” towards things that aren’t good for us anyway. Things like: * overly processed food * too much sugar * too much fat * nasty chemicals * violent movies * shopping malls * too much sound * too much light * too much “anything” We start doing yoga in order to be “healthier”, oftentimes to heal a particular health problem. And we end up re-thinking our entire lives. Here’s the progression, for so many of us: * We fall sick (ie: depression, chronic fatigue, etc) and Western Medicine offers no cure. We can’t go on as we were.…

  • Working with Stuff

    The Fear of Being Single

    Why yes, we are talking about being single. Yet again. It all begun when I run into this article by Sara Eckel. Apparently, the “fear of being single” makes us choose bad partners. Then I was reading Martha Beck’s “Steering by Starlight” and she got to this concept that “you attract people when you are happy and you repel people when you are miserable”. She says: “In a self-critical, fear-based mindset, the clients seem to physically repel people (..) But when my clients managed to hold on to thoughts of being worthy and loveable, others move towards them (…)”. From there on, people make all sorts of wild jumps and…

  • Personal Practice

    Weekly Log #18: Tiny Miracle

    My weekly ritual for looking at the week that was. There wasn’t much “brightness” this week. Ie: There weren’t that many “joyful / productive moments”. But I was here all the same. And I am here now. Because life. Let’s log. More struggling to write or do things. Also, why is it so hard to stop measuring one’s life in terms of “hours worked” or “money made”? *sigh* A breath for release. Sad days. No brightness. Cold weather. Grey skies. A breath for joy finding its way back. That said, there were a couple of times this week when I was in “Intensely Vibrant Mode”. A breath for self-knowledge and…