I found it strange that in my yoga teacher training that there were two distinct elements: air and space. I thought they would have been the same element. Based on the teaching in Ayurveda (Sanskrit for “science of life”), everything in nature is composed of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. I have…… Continue reading Making Space for Wisdom
What used to be here? What is the natural state of the land? What would happen to the land if left to its own devices? What might then grow? What animals might arrive? The history of a piece of land can tell a lot about the type of ecosystem that used to be there and…… Continue reading What was naturally there?
Where are you? But really, where are you? Is it a chair? What’s around you? What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? We are generally so unaware of ourselves, of others, of the world around us. But much of what we do requires our awareness – our jobs, our relationships,…… Continue reading Being Where You Are
No one day is the same, but they sometimes feel like they are, especially in the pandemic. I try to wake up slowly and not let anxiety take root in the first few minutes. I wonder what is happening today in the world – how are the coronavirus cases? how are countries reopening? are businesses…… Continue reading Never the Same
Focus. I used to be able to focus. Now… Think. I used to be able to think clearly and quickly. Now my brain is all jumbled. Focus. Forget. I used to never forget what I was doing. Now I keep forgetting what it was that I was going to do next. Focus. Write. I used…… Continue reading Focus.
It’s been two weeks since my final exams and I have found myself craving stillness, silence and rest. The world around us can be so loud, and the world inside us just as loud – with voices from people in our surroundings telling us what we should be doing, how we should be thinking, and…… Continue reading Restorative Power of Nature
We live in an age of strained attention spans. At work, we flip between writing an email, to reading a different email, to working on a presentation, to shooting out a text, to reading the news, all happening seemingly simultaneously. We are almost never completely focused on one thing, one person or one activity. That’s…… Continue reading Time is the Best Gift
I wake up and forget where I am quite often. Sometimes I dream that I am an undergraduate trying to find my way around Vanderbilt University, pushing my way onto the subway in NY, or walking on the beach in Albania. My realities have changed so much the past 10 years, I often don’t have…… Continue reading New Realities & Routines – – A Summer in DC
During the month of May, I traveled to Colombia. I traveled to the Netherlands. I traveled to Armenia. I am now in Washington DC for a summer internship as I have a break in my coursework before beginning again in September. I am extremely grateful to have had this time to visit people I love…… Continue reading A Journey Through Armenia
Before flying back to the frozen tundra, as I sometimes refer to my new home in Boston, I spent 4 days in the northern most part of South America called la Guajira. This part of Colombia is indigenous territory and in the Colombian constitution does not fall under its jurisdiction. This area is extremely poor…… Continue reading The Tip of South America – – La Guajira