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

What to Remember When Walking Out The Door

By Erin | December 15, 2016

A note from Carl: Each time I step out the door to go somewhere, I do a quick routine of a self pat-down. Wallet, keys, phone- and, if needed, sunglasses. The gesture is so automatic- my hands know the size and the shape of these objects, and if one is missing, I head back inside…

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Rest in the Mess: A December Specialty

By Erin | December 15, 2016

How suprising (or not) that this same topic is here for me again this week: Resting in the Mess. Maybe it was the way we had to rearrange the whole front room to accommodate our Christmas tree which led to the dining table being so covered in stuff we had to eat dinner on the…

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Going to Hell & Finding the Ground

By Erin | November 17, 2016

A note from Erin: In the Buddhist lineage I’ve been a part of for the past 20+years, it’s traditional to begin every session of every teaching with this invitation: “Please generate bodhichitta and in that spirit, listen to the teachings.” (Bodhichitta is the awakened heart-mind that is dedicated to the welfare of all beings.) I’d like…

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The Genius Hides Behind the Wound + We Need You

By Erin | November 17, 2016

I adore this perspective articulated by two guys I trust, Rumi and Carl Jung. The genius hides behind the wound.  I’ve most often considered this insight as it applies in my personal life. Today, I’m thinking of it on a national level. The genius hides behind the wound.  For many of us, this election and…

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Fear & Love, The Perennial Choice

By Erin | November 17, 2016

Words from Erin: I keep thinking of this line from that amazing song performed by Leslie Odom, Jr., imagining what Obama might be thinking during the pre-election days: “Let’s talk about fear and why I don’t bring it in here. It’s a dangerous word, it spooks the herd and we all bleed in the stampede.…

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Finding A Life-Giving Relationship & A Sunday Gathering

By Erin | November 10, 2016

A note from Carl: Several people that I had contact with yesterday compared their experience to how it felt on 9/11. A shock, a stripping away, deep fear, a crumbling…and under all of it, a profound love, a return to what is most important. While social media has been maddening for me during the election,…

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Embody Gratitude With Me? An Audio Practice, A Poem, An Invitation

By Erin | November 3, 2016

A note from Erin: Have you been waking in the night too? Or trying to avoid the news because it’s all just too much? The violence against native peoples in North Dakota; the mess that is Syria; warfare in Mosul; a black church burned; policemen shot while sitting in their cars; the election(!!) and all the…

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3 Good Ideas

By Erin | October 21, 2016

Last year I was listening to a talk by Tara Brach and I loved a point she made. She said she’d been around spiritual people of many persuasions over more than four decades, and she said what she’s seen is that more important than the specific path they’re following, it’s these three qualities which seem…

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Women and The Body and the Very Hard Battle

By Erin | October 21, 2016

Women and the Body and the Very Hard Battle Roughly a month ago in an embodiment course my husband and I are teaching, a dear woman shared her experience. She said, “You know that quote that says, “Be kind, for everyone you know is fighting a hard battle?” Well, when you invited me to be present…

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One Little Box

By Erin | October 14, 2016

“There’ll be one corporation selling one little box It will do what you want and tell you what you want and cost whatever you got…. – from this song by Greg Brown Though Greg Brown wrote this song 20+ years ago, it’s spot on – though we seem to have 2 corporations and one little…

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Birthday Musings, Community Sit, + Embodying Gratitude

By Erin | October 13, 2016

A note from Carl: Yesterday I celebrated my 44th birthday. I love having a birthday in October. The natural introspection and self-reflection that comes this time of year, the beauty in letting go that is modeled by the crimson and golden trees in the canyons, and of course, the fact that almost every year Mary…

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Questions to Haunt You (in really good ways)

By Erin | October 7, 2016

A note from Erin: Today I want to share some questions I’ve been loving rolling around in my heart and mind, often as I walk. But first, I want to remind us of a favorite Jewish saying: “Why ruin a good question with an answer?”  No answers are necessary, but perhaps, we could step through these…

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On Armor

By Erin | October 1, 2016

On the last day of a retreat I recently hosted with my lovely friend, Nan Seymour, in Santa Fe, I shared an invitation from writer and teacher Mark Nepo, from his gorgeous book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. On our last morning, after a 25-minute sitting meditation, we each went for a 30-minute silent walk,…

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How to Know if You’re Moving Well: A Few Good Questions

By Erin | September 29, 2016

A note from Carl: How do you know if you are moving well? For so many of us, we have lost that internal compass. In working with private clients and teaching classes around movement for the last couple decades, one of the most common questions that Erin and I hear begins with “How should I…”…

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How you can go wrong with gratitude

By Erin | September 22, 2016

A note from Erin: Happy first day of Fall! (Or Spring if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere!) My favorite season. I love the changing leaves, the harvest, the back to school vibes that got me to clean my entire desk yesterday. Most of all I love the obviousness of impermanence and the way it paints everything with…

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Ease and Alignment in Sitting: A Special Offer from Carl for a 3-series

By Erin | September 12, 2016

A note from Carl A couple weeks ago I wrote about my experience doing bodywork at a retreat with Will Johnson exploring the posture of meditation. The 3 series of hands-on Structural Integration sessions that we offered participants had such a profound impact on the ease, the uprightness, the liveliness and settledness of the people…

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50 Pounds of Clay & My Brave Declaration (+ an invitation to make your own)

By Erin | September 8, 2016

a note from Erin: My beloved friend and co-conspirator, the lovely Nan Seymour, shared a story with me last year when we were talking about the creative process. She shared a story of a college pottery class. Here’s my imperfect retelling: The professor divided the class into two groups. Each group got 50 pounds of clay.…

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Becoming Free + The Shared Regret of Ida Rolf & Moshe Feldenkrais

By Erin | September 1, 2016

a note from Carl: Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a retreat with Will Johnson in Santa Fe. Will is a unique character- kind of a modern mystic, a Rolfer, embodiment teacher, long-time meditator and author of many wonderful books, including two that I love, The Posture of Meditation and Breathing Through…

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You Have Everything You Need

By Erin | September 1, 2016

a note from Erin I don’t know what I’m doing. And I’m ok with that. There’s a little book on Zen which I adore, called “Open and Innocent: The Gentle Passionate Art of Not-Knowing” by Scott Morrison. This favorite quote comes from that book. I love the title, and I love that question. (Don’t you?!)…

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The Bluebird In Your Heart & The Courage to Listen First

By Erin | August 5, 2016

 a note from Erin: “The only wisdom we can hope to acquire Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.” – TS Eliot I was sitting on the porch last night, sipping prosecco with Carl and a dear old friend whom we’ve known since we were all in our 20s and who is visiting from…

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You’re a Genius and We Need You

By Erin | July 21, 2016

 a note from Erin: Hello! Oh, what a splendid and rich weekend we shared at our Trusting Your Life Retreat with my dear friends and extraordinary teachers, Nan Seymour and Laurie Wagner along with an incredible group of participants. So much beauty and courage and kindness – it was the kind of gathering that makes you think…

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This Brutiful World + Offering Blessings, Tasting Tears

By Erin | July 7, 2016

 a note from Erin: One of my favorite things about living in my neighborhood is walking in the nearby graveyard. It exists on 120 acres and is dotted with graves from the 1840s onwards. A fantastic bird-watching spot, it is filled with abundant trees sheltering old and new graves. I’ve walked here regularly over the past…

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Listening Liberates

By Erin | June 28, 2016

a note from Erin I’d love to share with you an excerpt from one of my favorite books of recent years, called Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, by Mark Nepo. It’s so gorgeous. It reads like poetry. It’s one of those books where I’ve dog-eared at least 100 pages and filled my journal with gorgeous quotations.…

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Your Raw & Tender Heart

By Erin | June 16, 2016

a note from Carl: We heard about the tragic shootings in Orlando on the last day of our recent retreat in California. There is a particular rawness in taking in that kind of news after a week of working with meditation and embodiment practices – somehow it seems more viscerally heart breaking. When my heart…

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Flourish at the Speed of Life

By Erin | June 16, 2016

I thought I was ready to finally teach my wonderful Women Embodied work online this summer. In fact, I loved doing my free taster course earlier in the spring and I got so much amazing feedback, it’s a surprise I’m not doing it. (Yet.) As I sat with myself and did some inner listening about…

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By Erin | May 28, 2016

a note from Carl: “Sometimes the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” -Wallace Stevens I have been reflecting on and deeply appreciating this line from Wallace Stevens on morning walks recently.  On one of these mornings I almost didn’t leave the house because there was a sink full of dishes, a long to-do…

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To Your Inner Authority

By Erin | May 19, 2016

a note from Erin: Friends, when I sat down to write to you this morning, my heart and mind were buzzing with so many things I want to share. I wanted to write to you about embodying freedom and the workshop we’re teaching this Saturday, inspired by this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh: “Freedom is…

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Beckoning Paths of Spring + An Invitation to My Free Course

By Erin | April 12, 2016

A note from Erin Good day! In Salt Lake City right now it is Spring, Glorious Spring. The unique blue of Utah skies, pink and white blossoms popping open on trees every single day, blossom-litter on the sidewalks, voluminous bright clouds and birdsong everywhere. It’s cool enough that the sunshine feels like a welcome gift,…

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On Not Doing My Best & The Generosity of Forgiveness

By Erin | April 11, 2016

Here’s a paragraph from a Buddhist book I love which I’m relating to so tenderly this week: “When we look in the mirror, the one thing we don’t want to see is an ordinary human being. We would like to see someone special. Whether we are conscious of this or not, we are simply not…

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What Should I Do With My Belly?

By Erin | March 26, 2016

What should I do with my belly?  I am asked this question frequently, especially since I love to dole out generous permission for clients and students to refrain from holding it in and constantly “tightening their core.” Allow me to share some ideas and invitations. I’m not a believer in “the right way.” I much…

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