March 2019 Meditation: Listen to the Stories You Tell

I’ve always kind of been a hater of primarily cognitive, mind-based interventions. In grad school, I was highly critical of cognitive-behavioral therapies and saw them as nothing more than Band-Aids for larger issues happening for folks. If we just try to change people’s thoughts and attributions about something and never address the underlying feelings, the concern is going to pop back up. Feelings! Feelings are where it’s at. If the…

February 2019 Meditation: The Body Is Your Anchor

My personal theme for 2018 was “root to rise,” a phrase I borrowed from yoga teacher Adriene Mishler. She often uses this phrase when moving from a forward fold into mountain pose. Last year, I wanted nothing more than to feel as steady and sure as a mountain. My internal landscape at the time I chose the phrase for myself was anything but—I was constantly reactive, triggered, and felt deeply…

Blazes and Cairns: Week of May 15, 2017

Here’s the truth: I’ve been depressed this past week. I am currently depressed. It’s taken an extreme amount of energy to do anything besides lie in my bed–dark curtains drawn–and watch Netflix. I vacillate between feeling empty and tight-hearted to wrapped in darkness and sore-hearted. I am continually exhausted and generally feel overwhelmed by the world. Things that typically bring me joy feel pretty meaningless; I can’t take them in.…