SACRED RESPONSIBILITY AND SHADOW SIDES OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Through the years, in being witness to my personal healing journey and those of others, I’ve consistently observed individuals engaging in rigorous spiritual practice and inner work without a strong sense of their internal boundary and container. Years ago, when I took my first Kundalini Yoga class, I was introduced to powerful breathwork practices that were supposed to support the dislodging of stuck energy in the nervous system and awaken the channels of kundalini energy up the spine. As we engaged in the breathwork practices, I felt a sense of expansiveness and ecstasy. My whole body began to tingle and vibrate. I was having a peak experience. What I didn’t realize was that this peak experience would last for far … Read More

Self-Regulation for the Modern-day Mystic

In our modern era, it appears that stress and overwhelm have become a normalized baseline for most people. When we were younger, the majority of us probably received a particular roadmap for success. If you worked really hard, got into a good college, and found a good job that paid you well with benefits, you would win the metaphorical game of life. Why is it that so many of us that have followed this particular roadmap don’t feel like winners? We were given a recipe to help us master our external success, yet very few of us were probably given a manual to learn to attune to and care for our inner world. With the proliferation and increased popularity of self-help … Read More

Chasing Freedom: Discovering the Courage to be Wholly and Fully Ourselves

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved to move and dance. My mother has always said that she could actually feel me dancing within her womb during pregnancy.  She noticed that when the same certain songs would play that I would always move with greater energy and expression, as if I already had my favorites. When I was born, she was surprised to find that I would replicate the same movements that I made within her womb. Movement and dance have always been extraordinary vehicles of my self-expression, and the fastest ways to reconnect with myself and sense of center. I never experience such unbridled freedom when I am surrendering to the impulse, allowing my body to move … Read More

The Alchemy of Transformation: Navigating Right Alignment Amongst Transitional Thresholds

As spiritual seekers and trailblazers with an insatiable craving for truth, many of us are always leaning into an inquiry of how to discover and maintain balance and alignment in our lives. As beings who are in a continuous process of evolution, our relationship with balance and alignment can look vastly different at every growth stage. As we grow and change, our needs, values, and boundaries also evolve along with us. We feel the pain and discomfort most intensely when the shifting and transformation of our inner world begin to create ripple effects within our outer world. Have you ever noticed the more conscious and self-aware you become the more you can perceive with blazing clarity what is out of … Read More

When It All Feels Like Too Much: Embracing Our Highly Sensitive Nature in an Age of Overwhelm

I believe that all humans are sensitive and intuitive. However, in our modern world, our culture tends to see sensitivity as a weakness while intuition is not something to be trusted. When I was growing up in the 90’s, highly-sensitive people were often diagnosed under the umbrella of disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, ODD, Bipolar and Sensory Integration Disorder to name a few. I know of this first hand because I was one of the children given several of those labels. As I was completely embedded in the busy, fast-moving, stress-ridden, modern life, we call reality; I reflexively developed methods to protect myself. My earliest strategies centered around ways to block out the constant ebb and flow of noise pollution, … Read More