“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

Timelessness, Great Poems + New Classes

By Erin | December 14, 2018

A note from Erin: I’ve been deeply moved by this perspective since I heard Michael Meade say it in a recent podcast. It’s so true to my experience, though I so often forget and think I need more time. Choosing to pause and lean into the timeless takes courage in this speedy modern culture, yet…

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Being Served or Being of Service?

By Erin | December 9, 2018

A note from Carl: I always love it when a particular theme pops up in several aspects of life. It feels like the muses are knocking, trying to make their way in. This last week, the theme has been about service. A couple of weeks ago, we were speaking with Charles Eisenstein for our podcast.  At one point in the…

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Good News & New Offerings

By Erin | December 9, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, lovely humans. First things first: Are you comfortable? Is your belly soft enough that breath can make its way down? What might like to unclench – your jaw, your neck, your back, your hips, your hands, your toes, your eyes? Can you sense the support of the ground beneath you?…

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A New Body

By Erin | November 17, 2018

A note from Carl: Greetings Friends! After a two-month hiatus, I am back to the newsletter. (Thank you to Erin for covering my weeks.) I just completed an 8-week training in the Structural Integration work of  Dr. Ida Rolf. I’ve been practicing Structural Integration for 16 years, and with each round of training, I fall more…

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A Spacious Deep Breath of A Poem & Reflections on Living In the Layers

By Erin | November 8, 2018

A note from Erin: The beautiful bowl we created at a recent Grief Tending Ritual. Hi friends, Guess what! In this post we are selling nothing. There is nothing you need to respond to or stress about. Take a few deep breaths and read at your leisure, if you’re so inspired. I’m inspired to share…

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Please Tell Me, What Do You Love?

By Erin | November 8, 2018

A note from Erin A few years back, we traveled to Tucson, AZ, to attend a retreat with clinical psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach, whom we adore. We were invited to do a particularly touching practice on the final afternoon of the retreat. We each partnered with a stranger and spent 5 minutes each in the following inquiry: The…

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On Getting Good At What We Practice

By Erin | November 8, 2018

A note from Erin: Hi friends, I missed writing to you last week. My beloved Carl has been attending a professional training from 9-5:30 weekdays and it’s impacted us in a big way! One aspect is that you’ll just be reading my voice here for the next month or so as Carl completes his current…

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An Invitation to Embody Gratitude (With a nod to sacred rage)

By Erin | October 5, 2018

Hello, friends, Many years ago my heart was pierced when reading Francis Weller’s statement, “The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other, and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give.”   Funny how one sentence can…

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An Invitation to Tremendous Kindness & Compassion

By Erin | October 5, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, friends, I think Dr. Estes said it well when she named the miles and miles of aching scar tissue in the world this week. I’ve been watching part of the hearings with Dr. Blasey Ford this morning andhooooo, it’s intense. I have a chill I can’t seem to shake, despite…

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Take Time to Look & A New Podcast with Michael Meade

By Erin | September 20, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! A few updates before I share today’s writing: I still have a few spaces left in my Empelvised Embellied Empowered class for women which starts on October 1st. It’s a life-changer! Details are below and here. I’ve been engaged in a beautiful and powerful conversation on Facebook, of all places, on this topic of inhabiting your belly…

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Genius, Refugia, & More

By Erin | September 20, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! A few things before I share today’s writing: I have a few spaces left in my Empelvised Embellied Empowered class for women starting on October 1st. It’s a life-changer! Details are below and here. As you read, I’m on my way to New Mexico to spend a few days with loved ones in Santa…

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The Old, Holy Ways

By Erin | September 20, 2018

A note from Carl: I’m sitting on our porch on a cool, early September morning. The goldenrod and the tall, feathery grasses catch the light. I just love this time of year! With our son back in school, I drive him to drop-off most mornings. His school is in a local canyon, so there are…

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Less Effort, More Pleasure & The Importance of Slowing Down

By Erin | September 20, 2018

Hi friends! We had such a wonderful time at our weekend workshop on walking & posture through a Feldenkrais-lens. I’m inspired to share some basics with you because this work, while in some ways deceptively simple, is, in fact, radical, transformative, profound. One question we ask students (and ourselves) during movement lessons (and then the rest…

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Other Views Wanted

By Erin | August 29, 2018

A note from Carl: Before I begin this week’s writing, I wanted to let you know that we have an awesome workshop on walking and posture this weekend. Also, I will be hosting the full moon meditation in City Creek Canyon on Sunday morning at 7 am. (You can find details below.) I just returned from a…

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Being Embodied: Fully Taking Birth Before We Die + Some Embodied Invitations For You

By Erin | August 29, 2018

A note from Erin, As I begin this week’s writing, might I offer a few invitations?Could your next exhalation be a bit more complete? Could your belly soften a bit more to your next inhale? Could your shoulders drop?Could your gaze be less tight, more soft and receptive, seeing things in the periphery? Could you feel the weight…

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The Best Time to Begin, The Need for Imagining, And A Few Invitations

By Erin | August 3, 2018

A note from Erin: Greetings from Cape Cod! Thanks for welcoming us to your inbox. Today, we’re waking up in this beautiful place on our annual visit with Carl’s family. I’m sitting on a breezy porch, watching swift-moving clouds cruise overhead, listening to morning birds and reflecting on a few things I’d love to share…

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A New Moon & Some Good Questions

By Erin | July 12, 2018

A note from Erin: How about a little Rumi? (I’ll never say no to that…) Love Dogs One night a man was crying, Allah! Allah! His lips grew sweet with the praising, until a cynic said, “So! I have heard you calling out, but have you ever gotten any response?” The man had no answer…

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On The Importance of Roots and Ripening

By Erin | June 29, 2018

A note from Erin: A few things before today’s writing: 1. We have a fresh new podcast episode exploring Embodying Resilience with Dr. Don St. John. Give it a listen! 2. Registration is open for our amazing retreat in Costa Rica in January! Read all about it and Join us!   On the importance of roots and…

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Embodying Compassion During Crazy Times

By Erin | June 21, 2018

A note from Erin: What can I possibly write when there are kids in cages, families seeking aid only to experience such unimaginable tragedy? And when it’s so tempting to numb out because it’s all just so heavy? I don’t know, friends. Here’s my attempt: I’m doing my best to lean in and not shrink away,…

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The Inner-Wilderness

By Erin | June 7, 2018

A note from Carl: Yesterday, I got to take a long walk in a local canyon, the path overgrown with all the fresh life, following the rains of May here in Utah. In the continuously dynamic balance of parenting, working, writing, practice, husbanding, teaching, interneting…(the many lives we are all embodying simultaneously) it is a…

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Self-Cello Movement Lesson (free!), Meditation on Saturday, and Our Newest Offerings

By Erin | June 1, 2018

A note from Carl: Greetings Friends! This week, instead of our weekly writing reflections, we would love to offer you a free sample movement lesson from our 15 Favorite Feldy Lessons series. We looove that series, and we got great feedback from participants on how the format really supported their learning and wellbeing. The lesson we’re sharing…

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Enough Is An Inside Job

By Erin | May 25, 2018

A note from Erin: So much beauty around here these days… It’s rose season, we got an adorable new kitten, we’re in love with our podcast, we’ve had great retreats in local canyons for Women Embodied and Embodying A New Masculine courses, I got to teach somatic meditation at Cancer Wellness House this week, our…

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Honoring Grief & Gratitude Sunday, May 27th

By Erin | May 18, 2018

Friends, you are most warmly invited to join me on the Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend for a special community ritual to honor the grief and gratitude we carry.  In case you missed it, a few months ago I made a video talking about why you might be interested in tending grief through ritual. You can…

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Primary Satisfaction

By Erin | May 18, 2018

A note from Carl: I just finished re-listening to our most recent Embodiment Matters Podcast conversation with Francis Weller. Just like when we were having the conversation live, I pretty much had goosebumps (truthbumps) and tears the entire time. We covered such fertile terrain about what it means to be an embodied human being, living…

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Comfort for the Disturbed & Disturbance for the Comfortable

By Erin | May 10, 2018

A note from Erin: This morning, the first roses opened on the bush in front of our home. This week it’s also been the white irises, and the cones of vibrant flowers gracing the horse chestnut trees in our neighborhood. Last week, the redbuds and lilacs had me swooning. The week before, it was the…

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Mindfulness Bloopers and Playmind

By Erin | May 4, 2018

A note from Carl: Good morning! Ok, I need to jump right into a Mary poem, as this line just called out to me this morning: Listen, everyone has a chance. Is it spring, is it morning? Are there trees near you, and does your own soul need comforting? Quick, then––open the door and fly…

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We Will Be So Happy + Podcast + Tai Chi In The Park Opens Today

By Erin | April 26, 2018

A note from Erin: Good day! Oh, there’s so much I’d love to share with you today. First, a little spring beauty. Friends, our podcast conversations are blowing my mind and heart open in such beautiful ways. I’m so thrilled and so honored to be able to share them. I’ve relistened to all our original…

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The Embodiment Matters Podcast Is Live!!!

By Erin | April 19, 2018

A note from Erin & Carl: Friends – after many years in the making, it’s finally here!!! We’re thrilled. Drumroll please…… OUR PODCAST IS LIVE!!! WELCOME TO THE EMBODIMENT MATTERS PODCAST | WAKING UP & BEING EMBODIED Embodiment Matters is an ongoing, rich conversation about what it really means to be embodied, and why and…

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Following Your Thread

By Erin | April 14, 2018

  A note from Carl: A poem that I return to most frequently is this beauty from William Stafford: The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for…

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The Longing To Belong & An Invitation

By Erin | April 5, 2018

A note from Erin: What I most want to write about this morning is the gift and the calling of community, and our deep longing to belong. A photo of the amazing community of people who attended our Ghost Ranch Retreat last year. You can still register for September! I keep realizing what an extraordinary gift it…

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