Relax and Restore

The past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind: moving across the country, starting new jobs, connecting with old friends and meeting new ones too. All good things, but at times a bit stressful. Sound familiar? As we continue to settle into our life in California, I’ve been practicing more restorative yoga to help ease tension and relax. Here’s the recipe…light a few candles, play a couple of these mellow tunes, do a few easy stretches (child’s pose, legs up the wall, gentle reclining twist, savasana) and breathe. Sending you peaceful, loving thoughts!

A Prayer

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God, Goddess, Spirit that be,
I pray this night watch over me.

Hold me in the arms of angels,
Safely from all harm and danger.

Bless all those I deeply love,
And tend their needs from up above.

Thanks to you for the gift of life,
Courage and patience to journey through strife.

My gratitude from deep within,
Please open my heart with your love, Amen.

*I wrote this prayer in 2007 and came across it in one of my old journals yesterday. It always surprises me when my writing has more profound, personal meaning, years later. The photo is a retablo of Our Lady of Guadalupe by New Mexico artist Lynn Garlick.

April Yoga Flow

Here’s my playlist from the yoga class I taught today at Yogaview. Do you have favorite yoga or workout tunes? Please share, I love finding new music!

On another note, I am so grateful to be a part of the yoga community. My students teach me so much and I am honored to share my love of yoga!

Vulnerability

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First, inspiration

A consuming fire

Relentless and tangled

 

Then, writing

A tentative rain

Of keyboard clicks

Slowly intensifying

 

Fire and rain argue

Until sparks turn to steam

And soften into grace

 

To find inspiration

And write from source

Feels easy, free and pure

 

Baring my soul

Not knowing

To whom I am opening

Showing petals and thorns

 

Is the artist’s way, I suppose

Until inspiration

Ignites again

Love for the Creative Process

I have a lot of love for the creative process and its mysterious ability to discover me. Lately, new projects, ideas and stories keep finding their way into my dreams. It’s simultaneously inspiring and overwhelming. Slowly but surely, I am honoring these gems with the time and attention they deserve.

These little collages are from one of the new art collections I’m working on: LOVE. Stay tuned, more artsy stuff is on its way!

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