Getting Quiet, Part 1

The other day, I was working in the yard and I popped my phone in my vest pocket, thinking I might listen to music or a podcast.  I never pulled it out of my pocket.  I went for a walk yesterday and, again, thought about listening to music or a podcast.  I left my phone [...]

In the Still and in the Merry

I always feel quieter this time of year.  There's hustle and bustle around me, and I'm busy with holiday preparations myself.  But I also feel...quiet.  And decidedly not crazy.  I work (it takes conscious effort) to not succumb to the crazy at this time of year. There are stories out there about the perfect this [...]

hush

they're really into dragons.  especially drawing and coloring them.  they've got a binder with plastic sleeves full of dragons.  all with individual names and powers.  i love that they do this together.  i love that they ask to use my "good" colored pencils.  and i love that they leave them spread out on the floor. [...]

weaving hands and stillness

there was a road trip.  with the kids.  we three, visiting friends and family. food and conversation and kids painting pottery and making movies and swimming. there was familiarity.  and fun. and now we are home. and there is bread baking in the oven, which you know always soothes me. there is familiarity.  and ease. [...]

stillness within movement

not every morning...because sometimes i feel the need to sleep any extra minutes that i can...but most mornings, i bring myself to my yoga mat.  the first thing i do is sit very still...eyes closed...and breathe.  breathing, whether consciously practiced while sitting or consciously coordinated with yoga poses, is powerful. noting the breath moving through [...]