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Two Practices for Charged Times

As we individually and collectively navigate what it means to take care of ourselves and our communities, I want to share some resources. Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer of The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion have offered a thoughtful…

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A Powerful Antidote to Compassion Fatigue

I was recently invited to write an article about an antidote to compassion fatigue for unfold portland. Below is an excerpt. Click here for the full piece. Compassion fatigue is what happens when we tend to the hurts of others,…

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RAIN

As human beings, there’s no getting around that at times we will feel vulnerable, hurt, angry, and other difficult feelings. This month at Meditation Mondays we’ve been gradually unpacking a mindfulness practice that can be particularly helpful for navigating challenging…

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Red Leaves

Calling in Supportive Presence

8 Limbs Yoga Centers recently invited me to write about ways we can call in supportive presence. This is an excerpt.  Click here to read the full, original piece. Here are four ways to call in and be replenished by…

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Candle At Night

Heart-Warming Practices

I recently contributed to 8 Limbs Yoga Centers month-long community inquiry, what warms you up? (Click here for my full, but brief, article.) Below are three simple, heart-warming practices I shared, along with a six-minute guided meditation. Upon waking, light…

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Resiliency Round-Up

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Warren Both physical and emotional resiliency involve a sense of elasticity, or buoyancy. They’re about springing back after difficulties and…

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Nurturing Breath Break

Tending to one’s breath, even briefly, can diminish stress and support both emotional and physical resiliency. Below you’ll find an audio link for an 8-minute guided breath practice. Further down are written instructions to practice on your own, choosing your…

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Metta Mandala

Metta (loving kindness) as traditionally practiced can be problematic for many folks in the West. Classically it begins with offering oneself care and consideration. For a lot of us that can feel inauthentic. We may not be accustomed to directing generosity…

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The Upside of Suffering

“Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you?” – Kristin Neff As unpleasant as it is, there can be an upside to suffering – compassion. Compassion is when we extend kindness to others in…

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