Tag Archives: gratitude

Help. Thanks. Wow.

For those of us who have survived trauma, we understand that even when we’ve found recovery, our lives are forever changed. I see this show up with the families I work with—parents learning how to stop doing family life out of survival, teens and young adults learning how to nurture and befriend themselves, and the […]

Living with Devotion

My sister and her husband brought a new life into our family ten months ago. It has been nothing but wonderful to watch my nephew blossom before my eyes. Every time I’m with him, I witness the new things he is learning and how happy he is to be a part of it all. It’s […]

Living in the Moment

Why is being in the moment so hard?  Because it’s uncomfortable Because it’s unpleasant Because we could mess it all up Because it’s not what we want Because it reopens old wounds Because we know it won’t last Because it can never be repeated Because it might never feel this way again Because it could […]

Gratitude for Mindfulness

I love Thich Nhat Hanh’s perspective that mindfulness is an art of living. As a therapist, mindfulness has been a concept that I saw text book value in. As a human, dealing with very human problems, mindfulness has become a practice that helps me manage my life with more grace and steadiness than I was […]

Gratitude: Who do you Love?

November marks my favorite time of year. It is a month centered around giving thanks. Whenever I think of what I’m most grateful for, my sister is always the first person to come to mind. She is one of the main reasons I remain an optimist and she reaffirms my sense of spirituality on an almost […]

Isvara Pranidhana: The Yogic Art of Surrender

  Isvara pranidhana is the yogic practice of surrendering to something higher. I can’t think of any other practice that reminds me how small I am and how important I am, all at once. The art of surrendering acknowledges how little we have control over in this life. We can try to outsmart, outmaneuver, cajole, […]

What Recovery Feels Like

Almost a month has passed since the Yoga for Trauma Recovery Immersion experience at Breathe Los Gatos. This was one of the most incredible experiences of my career–facilitating eighteen people through their respective healing and learning processes. Each person in the group displayed a willingness to look deeply inside and then to bring their healing […]

Happiness

As the holiday season approaches, I’ve paid particular attention to the cheerful command to be happy about them! This season always puts a lift in my step, as I experience a stronger sense of community with strangers and loved ones alike—we all have occasion to come together and celebrate. This reminder to do life with […]

How Dreams Come True Part 3: Develop a Daily Practice (Guest Post by Jennifer Prugh)

I asked Jennifer Prugh to author a guest post on, “how to make dreams come true.” She seems to be one of the most qualified to share on the topic. In her lifetime, she has lived as an artist, professor, yoga teacher, founder of Breathe Los Gatos, leads yoga retreats all over the world, and […]

How Dreams Come True Part 2: Develop Yourself (Guest Post by Jennifer Prugh)

I asked Jennifer Prugh to author a guest post on, “how to make dreams come true.” She seems to be one of the most qualified to share on the topic. In her lifetime, she has lived as an artist, professor, yoga teacher, founder of Breathe Los Gatos, leads yoga retreats all over the world, and […]