• Inner Work,  Inspiration,  spirituality

    Writing the Block, Breathing the Tension

    I’ve sat in front of this computer no less than a dozen times in the last 6 months trying to crank out blog posts.  Unlike other periods of writer’s block, I have not been short of ideas, nor inspiration.   In fact I hear my inner muse daily – begging me to write.  The problem is that I have always written this blog from a place of authenticity and chosen topics that are closest to my heart in that moment.  And what has been closest to my heart in the last 6 months have been deeply personal.  What needs to be spoken feels too vulnerable to utter.  I have been struggling…

  • Consciousness,  Inner Work

    Yoga, Dreams and Courage.

    All my life I’ve had very vivid and occasionally lucid dreams.   I can still remember nightmares from when I was about 7 or 8 years old that left me jolting awake with heart racing and breath heavy.   Other times I’ve adventured through my dreams in conscious control of my actions – talking to dream characters, flying here and there at will.    Recently, I’ve had an interesting upsurge of both nightmares and lucid dreams.  A few nights ago I found myself in a dream where a young boy had been kept hostage in his own house for a number of years without sunlight.  I helped release him from this imprisonment but after years of captivity he…

  • Ego,  Inner Work,  Intelligence,  spirituality

    A New Resolve About Resolutions

    Let me tell you about a resolution I once made.  I was living in Calgary after graduating from my undergrad and was working at a natural food store.  I hadn’t had much experience with holistic living at that point and was mesmerized by the alternative lifestyles of my coworkers.  At one point, with characteristic immoderation, I agreed to go on a raw foods cleanse with a friend I’d been spending a lot of time with.  So, cold turkey, I resolved to eat only raw, organic food in accordance with what was touted to be “the healthiest possible diet”.  Such a move would surely secure me a spot in hippy heaven. …

  • Inner Work,  Inspiration,  spirituality

    Awake!

    Mystical poetry has been an ongoing source of strength and inspiration for me in my life.  It speaks on a level beyond the intellect, straight to the part of us that knows the immensity of our being.  Below is one of my very favorite excerpts from Hafiz, a 14th Century mystic from southern Iran, and my interpretation of it. Awake, my friend, awake, Be kind to your sleeping heart, Take it out into vast fields of light, And let it breathe. -Hafiz Awake, my friend, awake.  Awaken to the nature beyond the stories and narratives that keep you bound in patterns so much smaller than your expansive Self.  Awaken –…