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

Angel of Limitation

By Erin | September 18, 2014

A note from Erin: Hello! Something I’ve been thinking about this week is limitations. When I was 14, I used to go to a bookstore at the mall with my girlfriend, and we’d get all excited about discovering books about such far out topics as shamanism, new age philosophy, astrology and anything remotely resembling an…

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The Friendliness of the Universe

By Carl | September 11, 2014

A note from Carl: Good morning! What glorious fall mornings we are having here in Salt Lake. I have been enjoying the cool moonlight as I start my days on the porch in the early morning. I’m very excited to be welcoming Russell Delman to town tomorrow. It will be a wonderful community gathering tomorrow…

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Inner Richness + The Peace of Giving One’s Gold Away

By Erin | September 4, 2014

Good day! September is such a glorious month. One of my favorites. Everything seems golden. On a recent camping trip in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and a morning drive up Mill Creek Canyon today, and even just around the city, I find golden flowers, honey colored aspen leaves just beginning to turn, and…

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New Beginnings and Early Discount Extended for Costa Rica

By Carl | August 28, 2014

A note from Carl: Good morning! What a beautiful late summer/ early fall morning with colors changing in the canyons. I find myself needing layers of fleece for morning coffee on the porch. I appreciate the nuances and changes of all seasons, but the transition into fall is one that is most satisfying for me.…

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A Good Reminder on a Challenging Day

By Erin | August 21, 2014

A note from Erin: This morning, a line from a Mary Oliver poem comes to mind. “I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often.” I’m having one of those days. Reintegration after a week of…

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Hawks and Vultures

By Carl | August 14, 2014

A note from Carl: Good Morning! Last week I was walking in a canyon, and out of my peripheral view I saw a giant shadow passing through the sky- I paused. I turned toward it. Was it a visitation from a hawk? An eagle? Hawks evoke for me, a special connection with my father, perhaps…

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An Important Question: Have You Become Yourself?

By Erin | August 7, 2014

A note from Erin: “The role of a fully realized human being,” Meade says, “is to arrive at the door of death having become oneself.” I love this quote from Michael Meade. He continues in an interview that was featured in the Sun Magazine, “To become nobody but yourself, to struggle against the tide of…

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Making Yourself a Light & Reappropriating Inner Authority

By Carl | July 31, 2014

A note from Carl: “Make of yourself a light,” said the Buddha, before he died. I think of this every morning as the east begins to tear off its many clouds of darkness, to send up the first signal – a white fan streaked with pink and violet, even green. I love this opening line…

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The Wonderous Journeys Still to be Ours…

By Carl | July 17, 2014

A note from Carl: Yesterday, I was out in a rainstorm – probably one of the most intense downpours I have ever experienced. As the rain began, I noticed a kind of reflex to to brace, to protect myself, to want to run from the trail we were on to the protection of the car.…

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Maitri is the bomb + Registration open for fall Embodied Life Class

By Erin | July 10, 2014

A note from Erin: Good morning! This morning I’m thinking about maitri.  Do you know this word? It’s one of my favorite words in any language. It’s from Sanskrit and it is often translated as something like “unconditional friendliness” or “unconditional warm welcoming.” I remember a powerful point from a teaching given by Pema Chodron in…

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Celebrating Love + More

By Erin | July 3, 2014

A note from Erin: Hello! I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the season. A few things I want to share with you this morning. First, tomorrow will wrap up my first e-course, the Embody Gratitude Project, and it’s been wonderful! I’ve gotten great feedback at how these simple practices can be so powerful in…

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Something Ain’t Right About This Camel Ride

By Erin | July 3, 2014

A note from Carl: This morning over a beautiful breakfast on the porch, (thanks Erin!) I was talking with Philip Shepherd about the topic of his talk tomorrow night, “Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century.“ As we spoke, I was was reminded of a favorite poem from Hafiz: First the fish needs to say…

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Are You Ready to Come Home to Yourself?

By Erin | July 3, 2014

A note from Erin:   I am writing from a dear old Feldenkrais friend’s sunny dining table at her lovely home in the Mission district of San Francisco. Mesa is happily running around blasting things with lego planes along with Michela’s boys and the smell of a frittata is wafting through the air.    Yesterday,…

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A Freshness In the Center of the Chest

By Erin | July 3, 2014

A note from Carl Some days, it’s best just to leave it to Rumi… I heard this poem read on a drive today, and it landed as though Ihad never heard it before. (as poems will do when we let them) Two Kinds of Intelligence There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired, as a child in school memorizes facts…

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Self-Centered or a Centered Self?

By Erin | July 3, 2014

A note from Erin: (I’ve been starting my mornings with the roses lately….) Good morning! This past week marked the completion of a 5-month journey with my Women Embodied group. What an amazing experience it was. Though I know how powerful this work is, I am still stunned, amazed, and deeply honored to witness what happens within and between a group…

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And Still I Rise

By Erin | July 3, 2014

A note from Carl Good Morning! A couple days ago, Erin and I were reflecting on a passage from Parker Palmer’s book “A Hidden Wholeness-The Journey Toward An Undivided Life,” “I do not know who coined the phrase “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better,” but he or she must have had a great fantasy life.…

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Asking Good Questions; Your Thread + An Interview with Philip Shepherd

By Erin | May 22, 2014

A note from Erin:   Good day, friend! I’m so inspired. A surprise gift from generous and loving friends.  Thanks Loos!  Yesterday Carl and I had the huge treat and absolute pleasure of interviewing Philip Shepherd, whom we’re so lucky to have coming to Salt Lake City next month.  Carl and I have been imagining…

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The Embody Gratitude Project + A Favorite Poem

By Carl | May 20, 2014

The Embody Gratitude Project Nurturing Joy Through Embodying Thanks A 5-Week online Course for YOU! June 2 – July 4 I’m so thrilled to be offering my very first online course. Wahoooo! Can I tell you the truth? I wanted to get this email written days before I did. Yesterday morning, I developed a weird…

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Dragons, Swords & The Life Your Soul Wants

By Erin | May 15, 2014

A note from Carl, A couple weeks ago, we celebrated Mesa’s 4th birthday. On the several opportunities he had to blow out candles and make a wish, (we like to extend our celebrations over the week) each time, he wished for some variety of a sword. His great love of swords began awhile back, the exact…

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I made something for you + A Poem as Sun Salutation

By Carl | May 12, 2014

Gratitude is such a wonderful healing balm. One of the teachings that’s been working on me for years is this: The world I experience is the world I pay attention to. Wow. Is it really true? With years of personal research under my belt, I can say it seems to be so. And the more…

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Letting the World Tickle Your Heart

By Carl | May 5, 2014

First, I want to say thank you for all of the loving, empathetic responses that came to us after what Erin wrote last week about her miscarriage. We have been deeply touched and grateful. Several times I have watched this short animation of a Brene Brown talk on empathy that Erin included last week, and…

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Lessons from my Miscarriage + Good news

By Erin | April 28, 2014

2 weeks ago I began the process of having a miscarriage. My third. I was 9 weeks along this time, not quite ready to tell the world our news. Having been through miscarriages before, there’s a particular flavor of emotional intensity to this first-trimester time which I’m quite familiar with. In addition to the usual…

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Leaping an Abyss or Upholstering a Rut? + The Body Listens…..

By Carl | April 21, 2014

If you look around our house, you will find several piles that look like this… It is our current queue of inspiration. Erin just heard last week that kinesthetic learners pile rather than file. We both felt well validated… One book that has been in several piles around the house recently (we have a few…

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Even in the Struggle…

By Carl | April 15, 2014

Here in Salt Lake City, we are enjoying impossibly gorgeous days, replete with the scent of blossoms on the air, and everything seems to be bursting into life in full color. Ahhh. I love spring. I have 2 poems for you this morning. First this one, as the trees have been giving such gifts to…

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Put Your Lips to The World and Stillness and Movement This Saturday

By Carl | April 4, 2014

A couple days ago, while working at the computer, Erin invited me to pause, and listen to Mary Oliver reading her poem: Mornings at Blackwater For years, every morning, I drank from Blackwater Pond. It was flavored with oak leaves and also, no doubt, the feet of ducks. And always it assuaged me from the…

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Your Life Is Not The Problem

By Erin | March 28, 2014

There’s something Russell Delman said when I was at a retreat with him in Seattle a few weeks ago that keeps coming back to me me, and I’m inspired to share it with you. First I’ll share a poem of Rumi’s and then play with the poem a bit to say it differently (kinda like…

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The Wilderness of the Body and Resting in the Grace of the World

By Carl | March 20, 2014

A note from Carl:  Happy Equinox to you! Lat weekend, while Erin was in Seattle at a retreat with Russell Delman, Mesa and I got to take a father/son trip down to Boulder, Utah.  I am so grateful to live in a place where you can go and not see another human for two or…

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Life Without Boxes

By Erin | March 19, 2014

I’ve been thinking about a line I heard Russell say some months ago. It was something like this: “Letting ourselves and each other out of the boxes we’ve created is a great act of love.” What are the boxes? Old self-images. “I’m this kind of a person. I could never do that.” Old images of…

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The High Road

By Carl | March 11, 2014

This morning I was reflecting on the notion of “the high road.” I have always loved this line from poet Edwin Markham: “He drew a circle that shut me out- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle and took him in.” Though I…

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I’m Right Here. Are you? :)

By Erin | March 4, 2014

There’s something that happens every time we guide people in doing a movement lesson with their feet. People light up. Get giddy. Something awakens, and it’s delightful to witness. There’s often laughter, and always this indescribably look on their faces… The body’s learning switch is flipped on, and feet become something more than “those things…

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