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Interests: dancing, being at the beach, listening to music that stirs my soul and makes my body move, drinking really good red wine, swinging, spending time with the love of my life, sampling yummy desserts, traveling and playing in general
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When I read this post from Bindu Wiles this morning, it struck a chord with me in a big way. When she said, "It's important to step away and/or get out when you need stop, pull it in and be quiet," there was immediate resonance and recognition. Ah, that's what I've been doing (or is it being?) for the past month; stepping away from what I think I should be doing and choosing to do "being" instead. The holidays are over. The calendar has turned. New goals and projects and programs are in full swing all over the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall "What do I need most between now and the New Year?" Silence and Rest. Surrender and Reflection. My husband and I are venturing off into the woods for two days of celebration and quiet contemplation. It's his birthday and it's Winter Solstice. The longest, darkest night of the year is upon us. The return of light will soon begin. The thing is...the light never left. It's always within. What do you need most right now? What's within you that needs to be reminded it's always been there? Happy Holidays to you and yours! Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... "If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you be?" This self-portrait (one of several dozen I tried to capture on film) taken at the end of the day, today being December 13, my 42nd birthday, I'd say I'm 42. It takes four decades (and two glasses of Chardonnay) to come up with a run-on sentence like that one! I look a little tired and tuckered out, but then I also think I look quite confident and ready for my new year. But wait a minute...let's have ourselves another look, because really...most... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... "When your mind wanders, what do you think about most?" Two things come to mind immediately. And no, they have nothing to do with sex. I think about traveling around the world. My imaginaton tour guide usually takes me back to Paris and Santorini, but I also zone out and go to places I've never been to like the Taj Mahal and The Seychelles Islands. I love exploring different countries where I can surround myself with languages and cultures that are not my own. While I find these kinds of experiences intimidating at times, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Download 05 Something Beautiful The song above inspired me to write this today...Thank you, Jillan for introducing me to it. Something beautiful happens when we listen to our own voices, open up our hearts, and speak our minds. When we show up in the world and share our gifts, our stories, and our lives with others without censoring or criticizing what we want to say, something beautiful happens. Something beautiful happens when we're real and honest with others about how we feel. When we let go of expectations, assumptions, and judgments and let our truths be known, something beautiful happens.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... "What's something you want to say to someone but you can't?" I have a huge crush on you and I don't know what to do with it. I am happily married and I find myself attracted to a particular person in my life other than my husband. I think this is a normal experience for a lot of people and I think it's okay to feel the way I do. When I got married I put a ring on my finger, but I didn't put a blindfold over my eyes. I promised to love and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... "What can't I see that's right in front of me?" All the answers to the questions I've been asking myself lately. I just returned from a weekend of deep dancing. Even though the retreat is over, I'm still "in it". When I listen with the movements of my body instead of the thoughts in my head, the answers are crystal clear. Must dance more. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. The damned thing in the cave that was so dreaded has become the center." ~Joseph Campbell I have no idea what will happen this weekend during the dance. I do know I'm open to exploring the unknown places that scare me as well as those I'm well familiar with and adore. I know that we all stumble and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Thanksgiving occurs later this month in North America. It's a day for family and friends to gather and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. I love having a holiday where pumpkin and pecan pie are in abundance, but more importantly, I enjoy this day perhaps more so than Christmas because it's usually the only time my extended family gets together during the year. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, last night at dance class I read a poem by Saint Augustine entitled, "I praise the dance". It encouraged me to write (and read) a poem of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
I'm using the photo above to demonstrate what Excruciating Vulnerability is not. Obviously, Santa has gone a wee bit over the top when it comes to authentically expressing himself and being transparent with others. And while this image is meant to illicit laughs, it's no laughing matter that so many us feel unable to express ourselves in an open and honest way with others. I struggle with this myself in certain areas of my life still and I know I'm becoming more courageous to say the things I want and need to say. It's an easier said than done kind... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend time listening to the wisdom of these three creative and courageous women; Jennifer Louden, Patti Digh, and Susan Piver. I took part in their day-long writing retreat and came away from the experience with a few gems. Ass plus chair was one of them. If I want to write, my buttocks need to be firmly planted in a chair at my desk with minimal distractions and I need to stay there longer than it's comfortable. I do not need to get up and do anything everything else that suddenly appears to become... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
The Turning About The turning-about is upon us, the turning of mind, the expansion of eyes, the presence of children who bathe in the light of the stars; their distant brothers move closer, cherish the light that shapes from within. Our heritage, the spirit who soars, the mind that dreams, the heart that reaches out. O' children of creation, the island of light is within you. As you reach for your home in the Sun, the lamp of your becoming strikes brilliance everywhere... you are free. ~Richard H. Geer~ I was not thrilled with the results of the election yesterday.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Beginning today, and every Monday, I'll be posting a question with an accompanying photo. Remember what Snow White said as she looked at her reflection, "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?" It'll be like that with better questions and with your participation. Life and learning about who we are...this isn't a solo adventure I'm on. It's one we're all a part of. It's time to open up this conversation about being real and being true in a much bigger way. Submit your answer and your photo. C'mon, do it. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... "What... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
Some people call it enlightenment. Others call it waking-up or a cosmic bonk or being present to what is. No doubt there are many names for that moment when we become acutely aware of how remarkable life is and how life is remarkably short in the overall big picture of things. I'm calling my moment, "The Sudden Realization of Everything". I do not know everything there is to know about life or about myself, but I got enough of a glimpse recently to know everything I've been avoiding, procrastinating about, and escaping from is the very thing that will set... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
thank you for posting this beautiful poem, carla. i so needed to hear this this morning. love you!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2010 on how to start over by maya stein at zena musings
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Apr 30, 2010
Between this post and your "Are you a writer? Are you an artist" have touched my spirit deeply and kicked my ass royally. Thank you for both. Thinking of you and fond memories of what we were getting ready for at this time last year. Flying pig runners unite! xoxo
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2010 on sunday sounds : i still have a dream at 37days
"Better to be a fool in love and be aware of your ignorance rather than doing foolish things and doing nothing to learn from them." ~ Lisa Evans Take a risk. Do something that most people would consider NOT doing. Tell him or her how you really feel. Be unafraid to let your silly, somewhat obnoxious self show up. Don't worry about what others think. Be a fool all the while knowing you still have much to learn when it comes to love. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
I saw one of my exes yesterday. He stopped by just to say hello. He and I, along with my husband, spent a half an hour or so sitting together in our living room having a nice chat. The last time I saw Rick was in December when we had lunch together. Seven years ago, if someone were to have told me these things (shared meals and home visits) would be possible in the future after our break-up, I don't think I could have said with complete confidence that we'd be friends again. I know I would have hoped that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
I do not envy this woman right now. Three weeks ago, her professional life was proudly honored and celebrated when she won this year's Oscar for Best Actress. One week later, her personal life came a-tumbling down as rumors surrounding her husband's infidelities played out in every form of media, most predominantly in the tabloids. This whole situation sucks and I'm happy for her. Huh? What was that? Yes, I'm happy for her. I feel bad about the unraveling of her marriage turning into such a public spectacle. It's unfortunate that when you're a well-known celebrity everything about you can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
I've never had my very own psychotherapist. Oh, I've been to pre-marital counseling (It worked. I didn't get married) and we-better-do-something-different-before-one-of-us-kills-each-other counseling (This worked as well. The something different was me breaking it off which led us both living to see another day), but I haven't had a solo session with an official PhD of the human psyche. Have I considered it? Sure, but when I can have a nightly go-around in my dreams for free, I know I can save myself a lot of money and get some pretty damn good advice from my own head provided I listen.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at The Girl Who Looked Into the Mirror
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Mar 15, 2010
Endeavor. Calm. Leisure. Stillness. Fear of mystery. This is not God. Just Lisa. :) After reading this post, I immediately thought of picking up the phone and calling you. But then I wondered "What in the world could I possibly say that would convince this incredibly talented, intelligent and beautiful woman who has the answers she's looking for that she is incredibly talented, intelligent and beautiful and has the answers she's looking for?" This is a quandary without question. Yes, I have insights and would be happy to share them with you. What's in my head isn't any different than what's in my heart, but in the interest of keeping my comment to a reasonable length, I'll impart a few bits of a 41 year old's wisdom. You have so much to offer. Uncomfortable and scary usually precedes comfortable and safe. Trust that you do know. The tasks that are at hand today are enough. If you're on YOUR path, you're on the right one. I know you're a fan of David Whyte and in one of his writings in his book, "Crossing the Unknown Sea" he has this to say... But still, on the ocean, there is no path only the needle's trembling dance north ...followed without fear, though the dance now is fear and calmness in one movement seeing as you look not only the angry sea of what you have denied but here, near at hand, in the center of your body, the rose-fire of the compass blossoming with direction Until we have ourselves a chat, know that I'm sending you love and lightness.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2010 on Stream of Consciousness at zena musings
i am moved beyond words. i just finished watching all five parts and the tears continue to fall as i write this. the best teachers are those who inspire and encourage children (and adults) to be who they really are and be not afraid to share what's most true in their hearts with others. mr. kanimori taught all of his class to be their own teachers. yes....what would the impact be in the world were we all to be as real, compassionate and loving to one another as these kids and their teacher were to one another? it starts with all of us. we can each choose to be that kind of person for someone else. thank you, patti for posting this. it is a powerful reminder for me to be that kind of person today and every day.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2009 on Let people live in your heart. at 37days
I was TOTALLY dancing in my chair! I'm right there with you in loving this abazillion times over. It was the perfect way to begin my day. Will have to add Santana to a Beach Dance in the near future. (: Happy Sweet 50 to you and Sweet 17 to Emma!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2009 on Laurel and Hardy, meet Santana at 37days