"We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something inside our minds has changed, and that changes everything." -Jonah Lehrer
My grandmother was a tough woman. She was a proud woman. And she was a tender woman. She was a woman of many convictions and didn’t see a need to hide it.
She believed that with hard work and dedication you could accomplish anything. After moving to Omaha in the 1940s from the rural South, the 4-bedroom home my grandfather eventually built for their family on S. 30th St. was her proof.
Now her big smile says it all. After 93 years, her hard work is finally over and she’s resting back in the arms of my grandfather. Thank you for showing me what it means to live out loud.
In loving memory of Ruby C. Briggs, 1921-2014.
This morning’s haul from our garden at the yoga studio.
A few of my favorite shots from our trip to Colorado last month. Top Left: Disc golfing at sunset near Beaver Creek. Top Right: Sunrise camping on the Colorado River near Dotsero. Bottom: Ice skating rink at Beaver Creek.
Believe your actions matter. Assume you can make a difference.
As someone who’s lived with depression for weeks, months and sometimes years at a time, I know a thing or two about how it feels to think it’ll never be possible to feel good again. I’ve been on medication. I’ve gone to therapists. I changed my diet and make sure to meditate and practice yoga. And still sometimes I feel like shit.
As a yoga teacher I also know a thing or two about compassion. I know how it feels to connect with people in a deeper and more meaningful way than I ever imagined possible. And that deep connection means that I often see the pain or sadness that sometimes comes out as we learn to express ourselves at the most authentic level through our yoga practice.
As a yoga teacher and someone who’s recovered from depression a handful of times, the one thing I know for sure is that growth and positive change are always a possibility in this journey. But it’s a personal choice. We have to decide to keep going. One day at a time. Look for the lesson. Learn from your experience. Practice loving yourself.
It’s only when we work on healing from the inside that we can find true peace. I speak from my personal experience. I speak from the collective experience I witness in the transformation in my students. I know it’s possible.
Always remember: “Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi