Category: Blog

Are 5-minute meditations enough?

Are 5-minute meditations enough? It’s become a platitude these days: “Five minutes of meditation each day can make a difference!” If you’re lured in by this sexy idea, well, you’re probably not going to like this. What follows is a case for meditating for more than five...

If I’m being honest

If I’m being honest   Can you feel the dread in your belly when someone starts a sentence with, “To be honest…”? Usually this phrase is accompanied by a zinger. “To be honest, your hair is ugly.” or “To be honest, you need a lot of...

We are all illusionists

We are all illusionists Today marks the end of the brick wall era — no longer will my yoga photos feature that crumbling (literally) facade, because this week we’re moving into a new house. No more renting for us; this new home has our names on it. It continues to baffle me that I will...

How to turn back time

How to turn back time All my life, I’ve waged a war against time. It has felt like an enemy when I was in the depths of my depression. It also has felt like an enemy when I’ve been the most fulfilled. This is how I know that time itself is not playing unfairly. It’s an...

Just keep going

Just keep going   I made a mala this week. It took four hours. The next day my upper back ached for all the forward bending, a necessity while I concentrated on undoing imperfect knot after imperfect knot. On my very first try, knot gone awry, I declared to my friend, “I...

5 ways to stop a worried mind, fast

5 ways to stop a worried mind, fast   Have you ever left a conversation or an event thinking, “Ugh, here’s what I should have said or done…” and then spent the next few hours to days rehashing these “shoulds” in your head? Despite our best intentions to just let these...

This is why your head needs your heart

This is why your head needs your heart   I’d like you to pause for a second. Sit with a tall spine. Place your hands on your knees. Breathe in from your abdomen, hold the breath at the top, and gently release with a longer exhale. Again, breathe in through the nose, retain the breath at the top,...

What you should never forget to do every day

What you should never forget to do every day   Today was one of those days. One of those pull-the-covers-up days where I get tiny reminders of my mind’s former habits before I took back control through mindfulness. These moods feel oddly comforting, like the clothes I wore back in grade school even...