(vining)

The vines stretch like green tendrils reached slowly, steadily across their blank backdrop. I find myself in this position often, lying on my back with my gaze drifting upwards to watch as Nature’s paint brushes living veins across the canvas made by the 1930’s walls. “How can I learn to be as patient as you?” …

Exhale.

What is my relationship to myself as the creator of my reality?  This question came up this morning in a mindful meeting led by a dear friend, who is a health, fitness, and wellness guide during her program, called Get Fit, Be Well. I’m grateful for those in my life who call me to consider …

(invitation)

Imagination is a powerful tool. I think that I had forgotten this somewhere along my way, but I was reminded in an imagination session that I attended a few weeks ago (now months ago as I'm revisiting this draft) in which we imagined a world without police. A world without police seems impossible when I …

(you)

- have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. (Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights …

(remember)

Remember why you came here in the first place. That whisper in your ear that dared you to imagine that this is a place you should be. That pull that couldn't be ignored. And you're here now, don't forget. To breath life into this space. To ground yourself in that curiosity that sparked your desire …

(bracing)

This is your reminder to exhale. Your reminder to unclench your jaw. Take a moment, notice where you feel tense, and ask yourself, what are you bracing for? I've started to become more aware of the moments when my body is in defense. When I suddenly notice that my jaw has been locked all day. …

(enough)

How will we know when we've reached that point of "enough"? And what does it say about us if all we want to do is reach some bar and have that be it? The "minimum viable product" as we say a lot in the corporate business world. A transaction. Some delivery. Some moment when we …

(avid)

Do not be alarmed by the length of this post, it's mostly pictures. If you gloss over all of this in its entirety, I recommend you at least read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. And pick up something by Roxane Gay. And please, dear god, don't …

(professional)

I consider myself a fairly private, relatively reserved, and sometimes quiet person depending on the context, so I'm just as surprised as some of you may be that I'm finding comfort by sharing my thoughts, sometimes vulnerable and quite personal thoughts, with you online. You're of course getting a filtered view, but as I'm learning …

(wondering)

TL;DR: Scroll to the bottom to see where you can allocate funds if you are able to. Oh boy, where do we begin? My mind is always racing, so this moment that I'm taking to write something down is in many ways the same. The racing, the anxiety, the worry is always constant to some …