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Solstice Greetings + Grief & Praise

A note from Carl: A very Happy Solstice to you! Before I begin this week’s writing, we want to wish you the happiest of holidays. We are grateful for your presence in our lives. We are both so excited for 2019 and have many offerings coming, including Erin’s New Year retreat day, Embodied Listening Course (and she’s…

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Please Tell Me, What Do You Love?

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

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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Comfort for the Disturbed & Disturbance for the Comfortable

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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Being Stretched, Waking Up, and More

A note from Carl: I wanted to begin with a quote from Mark Nepo that seems to most clearly to capture my sentiments of the last week: “In spite of all that is happening and because of all that is happening, I stand firmly in my belief in the strength of human kindness to overcome…

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