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Ruthie
Santa Cruz
Mom, partner, writer, crafter, lover of life
Interests: parenting, mindfulness, yoga, crafting (knitting, sewing mainly), hiking, skiing, beach-walking, being in nature, laughing, loving, living...
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Doing the quickstep after watching Adam perform at the Seabright Stringfest. Puerto Rican cuatro music and ballroom dancing. Somehow, it all works!! Off to Yosemite for a week. Planning to live now...and post later!! See you in May! Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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114 :: 365 {she lives now} Last day of NBOG (for this year...for us...camping trip aside). A day filled with quiet concentration. First, a hunting game using soft eyes that had us moving as imperceptibly as possible while our prey opened their vision widely. A morning of complete engagement in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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In the middle of this sweet event, I received news of the passing of a dear man whom I have known all of my life. As I said to his daughter, he was a gentleman, a gentle man. Holding these contrasting realities in my heart. Getting how it is all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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Snuggled on the couch after watching DWTS (our guilty pleasure ), treated to an episode of DWAY (Dancing with Andre Yarme). That kid has moves! Another busy day, yet it ended in the sweetness of touch, cuddles and dance. Thankful for the downtime (and the touch, cuddles and dance). Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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Not last week's busy, but still... Remembering to check in to the moment, find my breath, be. Oh remember the be-ing. So much doing. Remember the be-ing. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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Integrating many pieces. So grateful to this body of water for reflecting the beauty of my watery, Piscean spirit. Countless times I drive along its shore just to remember that I am a child of the deep ... and that that is a thing of wonder. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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Returned for another round of Source Healing training with my inspired and inspiring teacher. Blessed to know this work. Light illuminating my life. Nourishing myself with an evening of quiet connection with my family after a long, sweet day of connecting to myself, my new group and Source. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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My happy place. Sunny day, in the river, surrounded by grounded kids. The slow that I yearned for yesterday came with full stillness today. In the morning, I joined the kids in bird "hunting." We grabbed fallen tree limbs and camouflaged ourselves, sitting quietly in the forest in hopes of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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Today started celebrating new life (baby shower) with longtime friends. It continued from there (at a frantic pace) to meeting after meeting (one highly tense). Tonight, I collapsed on the bed in an attempt to integrate it all. Lesson number one- I need to slow way the heck down. Plate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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This kid... Today, I think about this kid. His heart and kindness. His sensitivity and fire. His desire to be included and valued. And importantly, his style. Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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It's the 104th day of my daily reflection on living in the present and choosing consciously (and, of course, noticing when I am unconscious). I've shared this journey on Facebook and Instagram, but have neglected my sweet little blog. It's been a "conscious choice" in that I chose ease. Just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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After a rich and full day in SF yesterday, transition set in for us all. A house full of guests emptied and a day filled with scheduled activities awaited. I moved decidedly into the unconscious place. Tempers flared and I picked up the anger hot potato (sometimes, it is just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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It's the fourth day of the year and already my commitment to conscious choices has so much to teach me. I woke and realized that my plan to go to the City with my family (including visiting family from NY) conflicted with my desire to ground and settle after a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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A day in the ocean. No thought as to whether or not I am in the moment. There is only "now" on ocean days! Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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It's so easy, this living each moment fully... when the skies are clear, the tides are perfect for tide pooling, my family is around and present and (at the perfect moment) you stumble upon a man and a hoe making art in the sand. Such a "now"thing: art that erases... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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Each year, I choose my word. This year, I have so many things that I want to bring into my life: presence, kindness, audacity, honesty, spirituality, tenderness, grace, joy, love. How to wrap them up in a word? Then, I found #shelivesnow and my word of the year became clear.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The Joy Practice
The first day of the year, I slowly wandered through Instagram, reveling in the images and words that people chose to start their year. So hopeful and honest and beautiful. As I explored, I found this invitation calling to me. From @cinnamonroses: "She lived like each day was her last,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The Joy Practice
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I haven't been here for so long and can't guarantee that I'll be back soon, but something brought me here to dip my toes back in. Just enjoying the feeling without needing to know what happens next!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at The Joy Practice
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Adam and I were recently having a Coincidence-versus-Magic debate. My science-based husband was clearly on the coincidence side. Me, I believe in magic (grace, spirit, or whatever word means that the events of this world are not random). Although sometimes, doubt creeps in. This week, as if sensing that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at The Joy Practice
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I've been away for a while. That pattering rain was a one-day-wonder, followed by months of sunshine that had us out, out, out. Exploring, playing, lots of doing and not much blogging. It was fun; it was busy; and I often felt as if the momentum of activity had the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at The Joy Practice
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pattering on our roof. i can feel the earth's long exhalation as she is bathed in nourishing moisture. patter away, little raindrops. you have been missed! Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at The Joy Practice
that's why i put it out there. i figure that i am not alone!!!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2013 on doubt and trust at The Joy Practice
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i sometimes succumb to that dreaded homeschool-parent malady known as doubt. the actual clinical term is "oh-my-goodness-have-we-made-a-huge-and-irreversible-mistake-in-our-approach-to-education-that-will-scar-our-kids-forever-itis", but i will stick with "doubt" from here on out for the sake if brevity. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at The Joy Practice
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they didn't want to get out of the car. "do we have to hike?" "let's show tormod chimonkey land." and that sealed the deal. I wanted to move a bit first, so i guided them toward the short redwood loop. they ran and played, Andre and his best friend, his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at The Joy Practice
so glad to see you here, lori. i just discovered your website this week and love it. looking forward to delving deeper!
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2013 on summer in february at The Joy Practice