The Impossible Pursuit of Happiness – Lessons from Shtisel

“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning With all this time I’ve carved out in my life because I quit Facebook, I can now indulge in the pleasure of diving into an engrossing show. My next step will be to simply sit and enjoy the show for…

Alone

(Photo credit – I found it on the internet a while ago and am not sure who to credit :/) Happy Labour Day, everyone! Today is a day to rest from the busy-ness of life, and a day to process. Some thoughts to share with you, as I gather them to me with the intention…

The Body Signals

The more time that goes by, and the more I live and see and surrender to, the more I realize that the symptoms my body manifests are all tied into the psycho-spiritual realm. And there’s so much…I don’t know…comfort in that?

Frivolity and Frilly Panties

On Friday night I went with my good friend to try on corsets . As I expand into my feminine self, I’m more and more drawn to the burlesque scene. I feel that expansion requires the radical, as, if the goal is to create a new baseline, then the extreme ends of the continuum have…

Read. 

Read. Read books. But not to escape. Read books to connect with YOU. Books are written by people who have taken the time to do the work that you are refusing to do, and they are guides and frameworks, maps of you. They reduce your work load by half. If you don’t choose to read…

Intentions for my 42nd Year

This year, my 42nd trip around the sun (and on my 41st birthday) – I am setting the following intention for myself. I will move backwards. I will take the path of most resistance and challenge to foster further growth and resilience. I will rewalk my paths, leading with the other foot. And I will…

The Practice of Active Vulnerability

Vulnerability. Our collective Achilles heal. The majority of the people on this planet spend their lives doing everything in their power to avoid experiencing pain. But guess what you cannot have access to if you are not willing to risk feeling pain? That’s right. You guessed it. Without the experience of pain, pleasure is not within…

Time

Instead of saying, “I didn’t have time for this or that”, try an exercise in truth.  Change the dialogue to, “This or that was not high enough on my list of priorities to achieve in the amount of time I allotted to achieving things.” Use this dialogue to understand, finally, how you prioritize your relationship…

The Rift

In the early stages of coming into ownership of our lives and choices, we can’t avoid clashing with others and ultimately, we shouldn’t try, not in the early stages of the Work. The rifts in relationships that are caused from the disagreement and our reactions to the disagreement show us where the weaknesses are in…

My Pledge to You

My Pledge to You To My Fellow Humans, I see you. I mean, I really see you. I see you along the continuum of your own timeline, at your pace, in the set of challenges that are both unique to you and, at the same time, the challenges of our entire species. I see you…

Express Yourself

My impetus, more and more as time goes on, is to share aspects of myself, with everyone, without reservation, and without concern for social construct. Why is this so important to me? The older I get and the more intimately I work with women of all ages, the more acutely aware I become of the…

Have Faith

If you think that your problems are unique to you, or if you’ve been holding on to shame because you’ve convinced yourself that you’re abnormal, or if you can’t see the way out of where you’ve managed to end up, take comfort in knowing that you are in VERY good company. The way our society…