Unfolding Self

The Dark Side of DIY: It Feels Like I’ll Never Measure Up

There it was, my grandmother’s 1950s Singer Featherweight sewing machine, glaring at me. Its recently refurbished black frame shone with grease from the repairman’s rags. I wanted to sew, but at the same time, I really didn’t. I had put

Hello friends, old and new. I’m going to get real about saying no. 

Learning to Say No with Love

Hello friends, old and new. I’m going to get real about saying no.  If you’re anything like me, over the years you’ve probably understood the concept of saying no and why it’s important—so that you can give your all during

An Inauguration-Month Practice to Cultivate Clarity & Action

Since the U.S. election I’ve been cycling through grief, fear, overwhelm, and moments of clear action. I spiral into a news wormhole or challenging discussion, and my body clenches tighter and tighter. Yet I’ve also had a few powerful moments

A Post-Election Poem for Our Future Daughters

A few weeks ago, I sat on the edge of my bed, despondent. I sat in pain and bereft. Hurt by this election. Hurt by this rhetoric. Hurt by all the words being tossed around that have broken my heart

That I Was an Egg Inside My Mother

That I was an egg inside my mother inside Lillian                        That she is an egg inside an egg inside me              What am I

I Sucked the Marrow

              I sucked the marrow from the bomb it tasted so right like GMO corn it made me weep how full it was I knew better than to fall in love with any piece

I am cleaning off my girl

I am cleaning off my girl I long to salvage what’s live in her I wipe kohl gunk from the slits of her eyes I pat at her glittery pout with a towel My girl scowls at me and cries and

A Simple Hands-On Way to Feel More Vibrantly Alive

The theme for this month’s practice series is ALIVENESS. No matter what is going on in your life right now, one thing is certain: You are alive.  The spark of aliveness is breathing your lungs and beating your heart. No

Practice Series: Speak Up, with Love

The theme for this month’s practice series is the REBEL. Many of you may not be old enough to remember the Clarence Thomas hearings, but I do. I believed Anita Hill when she spoke up about being sexually harassed, and today

Practice Series: Let the Rebel Spirit Move You

The theme for this month’s practice series is the REBEL. The last two weeks, we’ve explored our rebel selves through writing and vocal exercise. This week we’re taking a different approach—dropping deep into the body to connect with that rebel spirit

Practice Series: What Does Your Inner Rebel Want to Say?

The theme for this month’s practice series is the REBEL. Last spring, my interactions with a challenging collaborator pushed me to the brink. I’d spent months swallowing how I felt in order to keep the peace. But on that April day,

Practice Series: Let Your Inner Rebel Lead the Way

The theme for this month’s practice series is the REBEL. To rebel is to allow the spark of truth to burn brighter than all the internalized conditions we are “supposed to” obey. (Your career is supposed to look like this, your

Practice Series: How to Burn Through Judgment

The theme for this month’s practice series is BURNING THROUGH, and we’re drawing inspiration from deep earth. When we look at any given landscape, the overall shape and view is determined by the size and shape of the earth underneath it. Whether

Burn Through Fear with the Warmth of Presence

Let's look deep into the earth for inspiration on finding the place of purity and power inside ourselves. Take a moment and become aware of the earth under your feet. And now go a bit deeper—what’s underneath that? Keep going deeper.

Practice Series: Strengthen Your Intuition Through Everyday Use

The theme for this month’s practice series is INTUITION. Author Clarissa Pinkola Estés calls intuition “the direct messenger of the soul.” But what if you’re having trouble getting the message?   Our intuition can get masked or muffled in many ways:

Practice Series: Explore Your Intuition with Collaging

The theme for this month’s practice series is INTUITION. Have you ever had trouble getting your discursive monkey mind to give you a break so you can tap into a sense of deeper knowing underneath?  As a rather left-brained woman who

Practice Series: Awaken Your Intuition

The theme for this month’s practice series is INTUITION. Do you remember a time you’ve followed your intuition and it was right on? Or perhaps a time when you didn’t follow it, only to wish you had?  We are deeply intuitive

6 Mindfulness Lessons Pregnancy Has Taught Me

As I round the corner of my 39th week of pregnancy and realize that I’ve spent more than eight months in this unique and ever-changing state, I’m struck by just how much I’ve learned. Aside from all the books and

Dance Magic, Dance!

The theme for this month’s practice series is INVOKING. This week’s practice is a full-body invocation, inviting goodness into the world with our movement. For me, this kind of movement is a prayer—it is a way for me to invite in

How to Be a Financial Badass in 2016

If you’re anything like me, the new year has you thinking of areas of your life you’d like to improve in 2016. If one of those things is your finances, I’m happy to help you get headed in the right

Practice Series: Invoke the World You Want to See

The theme for this month’s practice series is INVOKING. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  ~Martin Luther King Jr.  This week, may we be inspired by MLK to invoke the world we want

Practice Series: Try 3-Part Breathing for a Deep Reset

The theme for this month’s practice series is WHOLENESS. It’s easy to get spun out on activity with the holidays, but the simple act of breathing can connect us back to our inherent wholeness, even in the midst of this busy

Practice Series: Take Our No-Apologies Challenge

The theme for this month’s practice series is WHOLENESS. “Sorry, I meant to answer that call,” “Sorry, what did you say?,” “Sorry, let me get out of your way.” I can’t tell you how many times in a day I replace

Practice Series: A Brain Scientist’s Advice for Letting Go

The theme for this month’s practice series is LETTING GO.  We’ve all been there before: Your mom (or dad, or partner, or child) says something that upsets you, and suddenly your defenses are up and emotion floods your body. Or someone

Practice Series: Surrender into Softness with Ragdoll Pose

The theme for this month’s practice series is LETTING GO.  The things we hold onto metaphorically often have a way of showing up in our physical bodies too. For example, when I hold on tightly to a sense of control—rather than

Practice Series: What Are You Ready to Release?

The theme for this month’s practice series is LETTING GO.  As leaves are turning color and falling to the ground, it’s a natural time for us to let go of what we no longer need. The earth supports us in this

Hey, Hipsters! Here’s What Farming Is Really Like

When I lived in the city, I thought I knew what farming was like: hard work, pretty sunsets, living simple. And of course, there are those elements. But now that I make my life as a farmer, I know there’s

Practice Series: Don’t Delay Gratitude

The theme for this month’s practice series is GRATITUDE.  A few weeks ago, I was feeling melancholy after the culmination of a big event I’d spent months planning (which, by all measures, was a success). I decided I wanted to find

Practice Series: Infuse Your Day with Gratitude

The theme for this month’s practice series is GRATITUDE.  Sometimes I get annoyed by practices involving making gratitude lists. And then I feel like a bad person for getting annoyed by a gratitude practice. I think the reason is that it

Practice Series: Create an Oasis of Calm with Walking Meditation

The theme for this month’s practice is SLOWING DOWN. Over the last three weeks we’ve tuned in to the wisdom of the body, practiced mindfulness with our eating habits, and nourished ourselves with restorative yoga. This week we’ll turn our attention to how we

Recharge Your Nervous System with Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga can be a wonderful form of self-care. It can be a perfect introduction to yoga for a beginner and very calming for the seasoned yogi. In our busy lives, we don’t often invite ourselves to fully let go