Prepping For The Experience

We arrive. Perhaps it’s for a meeting at an office building we’ve never visited before. We circle the neighborhood to find a parking space. Or we’re traveling again to a favorite city such as New York and Paris. This time we’ll use the subway aka Metro. Maybe it’s a brand new destination. We’ll rely on … Read more

Endearing Acova in Denver’s LoHi Neighborhood

Handing out food and warm clothes and then enjoying dinner at a cozy restaurant, two different neighborhoods within a span of four hours, a breadth of experience endearing us to Denver and the people who live here.  Both activities engendered care and comfort, kindness and friendliness, neighbors helping neighbors, Mr. Roger’s ethos in action:   … Read more

Back to Our Bodies

Our sacred miraculous essential bodies… Teacher and performer, Nina Wise shares in her book, A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: “If we are to fully know freedom, we must find that freedom not only in the mind but also in the body, the house of our being. The physical body is our medium for … Read more

Slack Cheeks and Where to Live Slowly

After almost a week of a very slow-paced “retreat” my cheeks were slack, like that of a sleeping chipmunk! There were new creases on the sides of my mouth, a strange outcome from taking it easy. Perhaps the jaw-clenched, quick-paced schedule suited me better. Probably not. Yet, how can we slow down and live fully … Read more

On a Jet Plane: Leaving Someone Behind

Our heart subtly, quietly aches. Travel isn’t always fun. Sometimes we go away to be with a sick family member or attend a funeral. Other times, even when we’re heading out for a fun adventure, leaving loved ones behind can be surprisingly difficult. The drive to the airport feels poignant, the luggage a little heavier. … Read more

Alignment with the Fall Race

After Labor Day, many of us shift into high gear. Anticipating a busy Fall, we re-ignite our energy for the months until year’s end. Sometimes, however, despite determination and perhaps an unhealthy fixation on lists and goals, plans go astray. Not too long ago a weekend turned out differently than what was planned. Saturday and … Read more

Sensing a Place, Where We Are: Mexico City

When recovering from cancer surgery, thankfully many years back, Genevieve Lane, an alternative medicine practitioner, suggested gentle walking “with a twist”: amble while engaging the senses. Wandering the neighborhood accompanied by my senses helped build trust in my body again. When my mind wandered I simply shifted to a different sense choosing from the rich … Read more

What’s Next When Already There?

Even in the most beautiful of places our minds wander. Last weekend when hiking in the Colorado mountains my psyche ruminated. Focus was on anything but the body’s movement up the hill and the stunning setting: the lovely rustle of the wind in the trees, the leaves waving with each gust, the smell of the … Read more

A New Place, A New Day

As feet hit the ground awareness starts to filter in. A sip of water, teeth brush and splash of water on your face. Birds are calling to one another. Light is gaining strength illuminating what’s in the room and,more importantly, the hope of a new day. The smell of coffee wafts from the machine activating … Read more

The Debrief Lone and All

All that remained was a packaged hazelnut cookie. From another trip it was five cans of sardines, smelly and tasty. There was a small hand-painted bowl from the Chateau region of France and a ceramic mini-platter from Tuscany. A bottle of Spanish olive oil safely packed in our luggage and savored for months once home. … Read more