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

Your Lovely Bones

By Erin | October 21, 2013

First things first. As you’re reading this, could you make yourself maybe 10% more comfortable? Could your eyes soften a bit to include peripheral vision? (And doesn’t your neck like that?) Could you release unnecessary effort in your jaw? Release some effort in your back? Let your bones hold you a bit more? Ahh…. there.…

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May I Have the Courage Today…

By Erin | October 15, 2013

I’m sitting at my orange desk on this chilly morning, sipping hot water (I’m not a purist – I already had 2 coffees :) ) and listening to a cd of Tibetan Bowls I just got from Sounds True. Can I share with you a little bit about my incredible weekend? So full of gratitude.…

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No Villians and No Victims

By Carl | October 7, 2013

Just taking a moment as I sit down at the computer to feel the support of the chair under my butt, the weight of my two feet on the ground. Sounds simple, like some part of my mind could say “Oh, yes, I know that, support of the earth, I learned that years ago…” Yet…

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A Sinking Ship, A Precious Occurence, and A Free Download for You

By Erin | September 30, 2013

I’m sitting on our porch, bundled up with a vest and scarf, a stack of poetry books, and a pot of green tea. Lovely way to start a fall day. :) I had such an awesome weekend at Snowbird over the equinox with a fantastic group of women. I feel so deeply grateful to do…

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Hot Off The Press

By Carl | September 24, 2013

We had a wonderful visit and retreat over the weekend with a great group of 30 people and Russell Delman, who expressed his sincere appreciation for our community here in Salt Lake City. We do have an awesome village here, don’t we? One of the themes from the weekend that is alive for me this…

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The Power of Gratitude

By Erin | September 16, 2013

Here in Salt Lake, the heat of the summer has released its grip and we’re enjoying a blustery morning of rain showers. This morning I’m feeling grateful, and inspired by gratitude itself. Meister Eckhart is quoted as saying, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was thank you, that would suffice.” Brother…

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Three Things Your Must Do + Greetings From Cape Cod

By Erin | September 9, 2013

I’m sitting in a white rocking chair under an oak tree, full of a rotating cast of East-coast birds. Just a few blocks from the beach, I can feel the sea in the breeze, see it in the particular light on the clouds. We’re enjoying our annual pilgrimage to Cape Cod, visiting Carl’s mom, and…

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Beautiful Book-Eating Pond

By Carl | September 3, 2013

To begin with, a stanza from a Mary Oliver Poem, The Return: Rumi the poet was a scholar also, But Shams, his friend, was an angel. By which I don’t mean anything patient and sweet, When I read how he took Rumi’s books and threw them into the duck pond, I shouted for joy. Time…

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The Half Life, First Day of School, and How to Become More Kind

By Carl | August 26, 2013

Around here we’re celebrating the first day of school! Like all moments, this one has so much going on in the inner-life: the sweet blend of pride, concern and excitement, the amazement of how quiet and still our house feels this morning, a deep wish for him to be happy, to grow and unfold into…

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Hello, Sweetheart.

By Erin | August 19, 2013

A note from Erin: I snuck out of the house early this morning and headed to one of my favorite trails for a hike. Glad I had a scarf in my car as it was blessedly chilly in the canyon! I’m back home now, deeply refreshed after an early morning hike and a meditation practice…

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The Elephant, the Vagus Nerve, and the Cheapest Room In The House

By Carl | August 9, 2013

A note from Carl                                   Greetings, Doesn’t Bonzey look comfortable receiving the support of the ground? How do you experience the support from the earth in this moment? I always appreciate when topics are alive in the field. In…

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Waking Up With A Gasp

By Erin | August 7, 2013

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Asheville, NC, where I got to spend a few days with dear friends, with my business coach and with 150 amazing people who are stepping up to change the world with their work. That was fun! :) Here’s me and my coach. I’m feeling super inspired, and…

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Petting the Lizard

By Erin | July 24, 2013

I’ve been thinking so much in the last few days about the inner lizard – in essence – a funny label for the part of us connected with the deepest, most primitive part of our brain. The reptilian brain. It’s a part of us which is much slower to be neuroplastic than other parts –…

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If you knew you were dying…

By Erin | July 15, 2013

Way back in the day when I was an inspired teenager working at the old Golden Braid Bookstore on Broadway, I used to love to write inspiring quotes in various places to inspire us behind the counter. One line has never stopped touching me as intensely as the first time I read it and wrote…

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Inner Divestment & Positivity

By Carl | July 12, 2013

Oh, blessed rain! On the porch earlier this morning, the sound of rain dripping from gutters, the quiet of a holiday morning when people are not rushing off to places… a favorite line from Mary Oliver comes to mind: “Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning! Watch now how I start the day in happiness, in…

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This Summer + A Great Poem

By Erin | June 28, 2013

We’ve had a wonderful whirlwind start to the season with travel and guests, more travel and more guests and lots of good times. We’ve had family in town this week visiting from Chicago and Cape Cod. Mesa’s been in total bliss-land playing with his older cousins all day long for days in a row. It’s…

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Squeezing Drops From The Sun

By Carl | June 24, 2013

Greetings, Just off the road from an amazing week of Embodied Life training in California. Wow. So much. In this moment I am touched by how powerful it is to witness this group of adults unfolding into themselves, ourselves…the openness, the lightness, the trust, the vulnerability…As one student and friend recently said of these practices:…

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Trusting Your Life

By Carl | June 17, 2013

As I sit down to write this I notice a kind of forward pull of excitement as we are getting ready to drive to California for a week of training in our Embodied Life mentoring program. There is a vitality, a feeling like the needle of a compass humming northward… As I sit with this…

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It’s Your Time

By Erin | June 10, 2013

I returned late last night from a wonderful weekend in Atlanta with my business mentor and an incredible group of people from all over the world. It was my first time leaving Mesa at home – and honestly, I had a blast. :) I was honored to be one of 6 women featured on stage…

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Is it making you kinder? + How to ruin a good question.

By Erin | June 3, 2013

Some years ago I read this line, and I don’t even remember where. But I’ve never forgotten it, and it strikes me as brilliant. “Why ruin such a good question with an answer?” – Jewish proverb I love open questions, and letting them percolate in my consciousness, never quite resolving themselves, but bringing light to…

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To be Idle and Blessed and Last of the Drop-ins

By Carl | May 27, 2013

This week I have been reflecting on a line from Stephen Levine- “If you knew you only had one hour to live, who would you call and what would you say? And what keeps you doing that now?” What keeps us from doing that now? This week there have been several reminders of the incredible…

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The Power of Attention + Do You Make Your Life a Problem?

By Erin | May 17, 2013

This morning I am feeling grateful for my many teachers over the past 20 years pointing to this simple fact: My attention is one of my most powerful tools. How I use my attention literally creates my experience of the world. After years and years, I’m getting it in a deep way. Like last night,…

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Are you correcting yourself? Standing tall with ease.

By Carl | May 14, 2013

Have you been outside yet? What new smells were there? What birds have made their amazing journey back from the south? I love a story that Martin Prechtel writes about his shamanic studies with his teacher in Guatemala. As the two would walk through the jungle, his teacher, Chiv, would suddenly stop and say “How…

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Mesa is 3! Photos & Praise for…

By Erin | May 6, 2013

I am feelin’ the love this morning. Feeling praise!!! May I share? We had such a fantastic week celebrating Mesa’s 3rd birthday. (We’re always up for stretching out the occasion to celebrate, and we’ve been doin’ it up for this birthday for a straight week!) We went to one of our favorite places on earth…

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Dead Butterflies, What You Think You Know, and Mysteries, Yes!

By Carl | April 26, 2013

A note from Carl ~ “I know her so well that she is completely and utterly unknown to me.” -Gabriel Garcia Marquez (speaking of his wife) This morning I am enlivened by the kind of knowing that is described by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Do you ever find yourself thinking “Oh, I already know that…’” ?…

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Is Your Body too Small for You?

By Erin | April 22, 2013

Good morning! I just came downstairs from my meditation cushion with a thought/insight/remembrance that I want to share with you. My body is too small for me. And my guess is your body is too small for you too. Here’s some food for thought from two wonderful teachers: “In both Western and Tibetan cultures, having…

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Calling to Your Hidden Wholeness and 2 favorite Poems

By Carl | April 15, 2013

Happy rainy spring morning to you. We are still basking in the delight of having had Russell Delman in town for an Embodied Life weekend. What comes to mind as I reflect on the weekend is a line from Rachel Naomi Remen on the root of education: Educare- the root of the word education means “to lead…

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A note from Erin

By Erin | April 8, 2013

I’ve been having fun falling for a new (to me) poet, Tara Mohr. This morning, contemplating my brave choice to relax with the piles of paper on my desk and that sense of “It’s ok for me to be as I am” reminded me of this poem of hers which I’d like to share. It…

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A note from Carl

By Carl | April 1, 2013

“Serious mind is always exhausted,but play mind always has energy.” -Thinley Norbu Rinpoche “Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age.” – Moshe Feldenkrais “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And…

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Trusting Your Hut (that’s not a typo), Sharing Your Gifts & Poems for Spring

By Erin | March 27, 2013

Carl and I had great fun on our date night this week dreaming up and planning out our teaching schedule through January 2014. There’s SO much that wants to come through the two of us, and we both feel we’re just barely opening the flood gates to allow it to emerge. I hope you’ll take…

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