Pleasure, not Perfection

We are all dealing with the fight/flight /freeze pattern to some extent every day. Whether it comes from deadlines, traffic, noisy neighbors or from internal expectations of perfection, this contractive pattern is human. If we can bring our habitual reaction … Continue reading

One Minute Practice: Cultivate Peace Within

Being kind even in the face of mistakes other people make is something many of us strive for. But how many of us can be that kind to ourselves? Being kind to oneself is not only good for emotional health, … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Doing the Dishes with More Ease

Even a task as simple as doing the dishes can mean bunched up muscles, raised shoulders, and tight legs. Or you could do the dishes with softer musculature, free joints, and balanced mobility. The former contributes to a state of … Continue reading

One-Minute Practice: Breathe with Ease

Bring your breath into your awareness. Notice your breathing pattern. Do your ribs move? Or do they feel constricted? Are you breathing through your nose or mouth? What does it feel like in your chest? Your back? Your belly? Your … Continue reading

Consciously Choosing Calm and Connection

We are familiar with the fight or flight reaction (which also includes freeze.) In this well-studied instinctive response, mammals get ready to deal with danger or stress by striking out, running away or becoming very still to avoid provocation. Blood … Continue reading