Breathe and Stay Alive

Think of your head as a city map bustling with highways, favored shortcuts, parks and pit stops, exhilarating viewpoints, favorite restaurants and attractions. When you sit down to meditate, you say, “Forget it all, I want to grow flowers.” So you have taken time out to sit down, decided to hush the living map in your head, and now you are just starting to find small pockets of soil, you are tilling the earth and planting seeds. You water them. You bask in the sunlight. You wait. Just breathe, smile, trust, it will grow.

Make Your Bed in Your Body

“Here’s when I realized just how much time and energy we spend “fixing” our body all our lives. We wailed over its wounds and weaknesses as kids, we hated it in high school, we didn’t understand it any more than we ever did in college, we compared it with everyone else’s body in our twenties, we obsess over its strength and weaknesses in our thirties… so, when will our body — this thriving physical space that has determinedly and successfully housed us all our lives — ever be good enough for us? Our body has been adjusting to all our needs and whims while working so hard to keep all of our sh*t together (figuratively and literally) and yet we have turned into such ungrateful residents. “