Claim Your Body as a Place of Sanctuary, Presence and Pleasure

Claim Your Body as a Place of Sanctuary, Presence and Pleasure

A Reminder from the Great Mother of us All.   “You and your body are a precious treasure- worthy of appreciation, care, respect and tenderness.”   Just for a moment, see if you can appreciate how, complex, beautiful and miraculous your body truly is. It’s not just a handy vehicle for your head or a means to an end.   It is a one of a kind, Sacred sanctuary for the mystery of Life expressing as YOU.     It is a storehouse for all you’ve witnessed, lived through and become in this life. It holds a unique and extraordinary wisdom. It is your vehicle, your personalized expression and your source of pleasure in all its forms: beauty, sensuality, exhilaration, tenderness, satiation, arousal, and ecstasy.   But to open to that pleasure you must fully bring your presence, your Being down into your body like gently setting your foot down into the soft, receptive earth. I find it to be a deeply feminine practice you can repeat, experiment with and spend your whole life enjoying.   As I practice coming fully into my own body and slowing down to experience the sensations of life within me it often feels like slipping into a warm and welcoming bath, which envelopes my Being and fills me with a gentle effervescent aliveness. After decades of actively avoiding living in my body it feels so delicious to finally come home.   All the emotional clearing and release of old habits of bodily neglect, disconnect and brutalization have been well worth it. It has taken me years to unwind the physiological defenses and unlearn...
A Love Note from my Happy Place and Video for You

A Love Note from my Happy Place and Video for You

    I’m so excited to share my Happy place with you! There is nowhere else on the Planet I feel more comfortable in my own skin and alive in my body. I don’t know if it’s the slower pace of the island, the wild, wide-open, natural beauty or structuring my days around the tides, wind direction, moon cycles or sunsets. But something about this place opens me up to a deep and essential part of my soul.   What a gift to be here.   Coming to Ocracoke each year for my birthday I consciously fill up for the coming year at the place the nourishes me best.     Sooo important that we as women find the ways that feed our soul, awaken our Spirits, and enliven our body.         It’s important for our well-being as we give so much of ourselves. And if we really open to what we crave deep down inside it feels amazing!   I want that for you! You deserve it!       Find a way to access, at least in small part, what your body, heart and soul are seeking today.         ♥  Let yourself rest,     ♥  Go on an adventure,     ♥  Start that creative project,     ♥  Take a walk under the stars     ♥  Listen to all your oldies but goodies on your iPod.     I urge you to put yourself at the top of your priority list and carve out at least 10 minutes just for you today. I’m pulling for you.   With big...
How to Keep Your Balance When a Relationship Gets Messy

How to Keep Your Balance When a Relationship Gets Messy

Have you had those amazing days when you’re firing on all cylinders? I did, just last week. It felt especially good because the day before I had been exhausted and dragging. You know the kind of a day when you go through the motions with nothing to give those around you. So the next day when I felt so fabulous I made a point of openheartedly greeting my husband when he came home from work.   Unbeknownst to me he was feeling crispy from another in a long string of hard days. No sooner did I welcome him home than he began to unload his fatigue, stress and frustration on me. I was stunned.   Then it got worse when he raised a touchy topic that is best discussed when we are both feeling balanced and grounded. I became defensive, angry and all stirred up. Within a matter of 90 seconds I went from the top of the world to a fury of judgment and anger.   Ah, the joys of relationship.   Have I mentioned I have a pubescent daughter with all the intermittent drama and attitude to boot? A simple request to shower or do a chore can unleash a whine and fury s#!t storm if the conditions are right. So again, I can be minding my own business feeling personally content when my lovely daughter not only rains on my parade, but seemingly wrestles me into her personal rainstorm.   I don’t suppose this kind of thing ever happens in your life.   That’s what I thought.   I love my husband and daughter like mad...
Leaving the Shadows

Leaving the Shadows

Sometimes I’m moving through life sure of who I am and feeling contented and then suddenly the bottom drops out. Stunned, I find myself in a very dark and rocky inner terrain.   I’m just emerging from one of those episodes. You know the kind when one misstep, mixed with the right combination of hormones, work or family drama, and the alignment of certain stars tips the balance from, “I’m okay, I can do this thing called life on planet earth “ to “I am a complete and utter failure as a human and, I will never get it right.” Does this ever happen to you?   I haven’t made that kind of trip to the shadowlands in quite some time. But when I do arrive it often feels like I’ve never left and it is my true home.   This visit started with a day of feeling guilty about everything. Triggered by a small but costly ice related parking accident the guilt tripped me into the mental state of “terminally wrong”. That snowballed into a series of losing and forgetting things. My favorite earrings – lost. My materials for a class – put in someone else’s bag. My phone – left across town and an important conference call is only minutes away.  Then rushing to make that call and leaving important papers at the meeting I just left. Already feeling utterly inept a trusted guide points out how my behavior and response to my daughter will likely perpetuate one of her blind spots and impede her growth in some important ways. Having sought out her advice that chat,...

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