wiiings

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wiiings

The last time I drank Red Bull was unintentionally, in a bar in Madrid. Rather than try to sleep for a couple of hours before my early departure, I figured I was just stay up all night and then sleep on the plane. That way, I wouldn’t be so jet-lagged when I landed. You know […]

phantom notes

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phantom notes

I couldn’t say no to a last-minute invitation to The Phantom of the Opera – even though the show was just a few hours after I attended an entirely different type of auditory performance. The first time I went to a singing bowls meditation, I felt really good – until a couple hours later, when I […]

a thousand words and pictures

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a thousand words and pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is often difficult to find the words needed to capture a feeling, an image, an experience. Sometimes it feels nearly impossible. Pictures, then, feel like a real time saver. Uh, don’t try to visualize what I’m […]

patently patient

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patently patient

When my dogs were young, I took them to obedience school. The wrong schools, as it turned out. The positive reinforcement school didn’t work out for rebellious young Ash, but would have been perfect for skittish Indigo. The strict disciplinarian class was totally opposite, but unfortunately Indigo was the one enrolled there. In both classes, […]

the stream

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the stream

Lazy day. The stream of consciousness is a strange place. I awoke from a long nap feeling like something therapeutic had just taken place. Healing dreams of skiing on freshly groomed runs – gathering speed while heading, confusingly, uphill. In theory, I’m awake now, but feel the inertia of rest more than the thrill of […]

no time for cameras

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no time for cameras

I bought a dry bag for my phone so I could take pictures from my paddle board. It is clear, so (in theory) you can operate the phone while it is sealed in the bag. I took it out for the first time earlier this week.  Almost immediately I realized that I don’t actually want to take […]

I need a hero

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I need a hero

I have an idea that’s just a sprout at this point, but I’m excited about it. And somehow that led me to humming an old 80’s song by Bonnie Tyler. The actual title is “Holding Out for a Hero” but I remember it as “I Need a Hero.” Watching the video, I realized Bonnie Tyler […]

dream of the praying mantis

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dream of the praying mantis

Last night I had a very vivid dream – a dream of the praying mantis. A bright yellow spider was in my house, in a giant house plant. The spider scared me. I knew I had to get it out of the house, but it was so large I was having trouble locating a jar […]

willpower

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willpower

Why is it that willingness (readiness, inclination, will, wish, desire, alacrity) is a desired trait, and having willpower (determination, strength of character, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, purposefulness, drive, commitment, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power) is admirable, but being willful (headstrong, strong-willed, obstinate, stubborn, pigheaded, recalcitrant, uncooperative, obstreperous, ungovernable, unmanageable) is a fault? Is it just a […]

new types of yoga

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new types of yoga

In my yoga practice, I’ve been focusing more on my drishti (gazing point) lately.  Focusing on my focus, to be as redundant as possible. (I’m quite convinced this is the real reason Pattabhi Jois said yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory. Words become babble. Just do.) Anyway, the drishti for many poses is nasagra – the tip […]