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Ash Wednesday 8/8

What I’m reading:
MycoMedicinals by Paul Stamets
This book describes and documents the health benefits of 17 different species of mushrooms. If you’re interested in learning how critical mushrooms are to our whole ecosystem read/listen to anything by PAUL STAMETS.


What I’m listening to:
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations – Adyashanti: Falling into Grace

I’ve listened to this podcast 3 times now! Have a listen and take. notes.

Product I’m loving:
Soap Nuts!! These are essentially just berry shells that act as an all-natural detergent. WHAT?! I started doing some research on different products that I was buying that come in large plastic bottles (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dish soap etc.) and I came across this – I was skeptical at first but I am officially converted. Stay tuned for some alternative shower products 🙂

(The more I turn away from plastic products, the closer I get to nature. It feels so good.)

Word of the week:
Grace. My experience with grace is that it isn’t something to be learned or achieved. Grace is found in my body and in my spirit through the energy of allowing and remembering that it already exists inside of me. It bubbles up when I surrender to the moment. Grace is my essence. It’s yours too.

Poem of the week:
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
-Mary Oliver

Karuna Meditation: Compassion

In class yesterday we did a beautiful Karuna Meditation. Karuna is one of the Four Divine Abodes of Buddhism. The Four Divine Abodes are also referred to as the Four Immeasurable’s established by the Buddha himself – Metta (loving-kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (sympathetic joy), Upekkha (equanimity). These four boundless qualities cut through the idea of separation. By dissolving the boundaries that separate us, we open ourselves up to the ease of equanimity, the full-heartedness of love, the tenderness of compassion, the radiance of joy.

Often times it’s believed that we have no control over the people and energy around us. As cliche as it sounds, collective peace begins with you. I encourage you to take responsibility, give this meditation a try and notice the consequences. Through sending love, compassion, joy, understanding to all, that energy is felt, it helps to transform and is eventually reciprocated.


When you first begin this meditation, perhaps you are just hearing the words in your mind. But in time you move past the words and begin to feel the energy beyond them, until the energy is embodied within you and all around you.

Focus on the heart space – the front of the chest, the upper back, the sides.. Feel your breath moving there, expanding and contracting. Can you soften your heart? Allow yourself to be open and receptive. Let go of any defensive layers that you may be clinging on to. Slowly, slowly – move through the phrases in your mind. Really listen, even taste the words as they ring through your mind and body. Let their meaning penetrate beyond the idea and into the feeling and energy itself.




1.Send this to someone that you love.
2.Send this to someone neutral (coworker, neighbor, old friend).
3.Send this to someone whom you have a difficult relationship with.
4.Finally, send this to all beings everywhere.
At the end, continue to breathe deep into your heart center. Let the vibration of compassion fill you up.

In love and compassion,

Ash Wednesday 8/1

Yo yo! I’ve missed you. I haven’t written a Wednesday post in a while. It has been a FULL past couple of months but damn has it been POWERFUL. Through all of the movement and change I am so grateful to the people and practices that support me.

What I’m reading: Tantra – The Supreme Understanding By OSHO. Tantra has a reputation in the West as being just about sexuality when in reality Tantra is all encompassing. Tantra comes from the root Sanskrit words tanoti meaning to stretch or expand and trayati meaning to liberate or free. So tantra (tan + tra) means to expand the frontiers of apprehension beyond the material into the more subtle realms of perception and hence through these increasingly more refined insights, attain spiritual knowledge (jnana) and liberation (moksha).


What I’m listening to: I’ve been adding to this playlist for 2 months now. It’s a goodie.

Product I’m loving: Thinx underwear. You can have your period without the negative affects on the environment!! No plastic, no harsh chemicals, no BULLSHIT. They’re amazing and the future of fem hygiene products.

Word of the week:  Boundaries. Make a list before bed every night for one week of things that give you life and things that drain your life force. Notice any patterns, recurring people, places, activities that are on either list. This is important information! Take appropriate action to set boundaries for yourself. Ultimately, we are responsible for our own happiness – how rad.

Quote of the week: “Trust in God but tie your camel.”
This Arab proverb reminds me to accept responsibility, take ownership and follow through with appropriate action and then rest in faith. Both are necessary to find the balance.

Bless you,


Plastic Free – Tips!

Plastic. It’s everywhere.

We have become so used to the plastic epidemic that we hardly notice just how out of control our plastic use has gotten. To go just one day not using, buying or wearing a plastic product is a seriously difficult task.

It seems to me that most people would prefer to use less plastic, to have less of a negative impact on the environment and to support companies or products that share similar values. The way I see it, three things are necessary – 1. Consumers need to realize that personal consumption has a considerable impact. 2. People need to care about the impact they are imposing on the planet. 3. Consumers need cleaner/greener options to choose from.

Some days I feel optimistic about a less wasteful future but other days I am in despair about the current state of things. I love to see a cafe only offering smoothies in glass jars sans straw with an option to bring the jar back for a discount on your next smoothie. I cringe at the sight when I stop to take in the produce section at the large grocery stores. It’s hard to find anything that is not stamped with stickers and wrapped in plastic. It hurts me every time I see this because I know it can be different and as consumers, we can choose better.

One of my new years goals is to significantly reduce the amount of waste that I produce as a human being living on this planet. There are many different categories that I could talk about but for now I want to share some quick and easy tips to reduce your single-use plastic. I wanted to start here because these are quick and easy things to start doing TODAY.

Here are my top 5 tips for reducing your single-use plastic consumption:

  1. Eliminate straw use OR invest in stainless steel drinking straws.
    Most plastic takes 400+ years to biodegrade. Think about this the next time you’re at a bar or ordering a smoothie..straws are just simply not necessary.
  2. Stop buying plastic water bottles.
    I love my Berkey Water Filter that I have at home. It’s seriously one of the best investments that I ever made! When you leave the house, be sure to always bring a reusable water bottle with you.
  3. Shop at farmers markets or get involved in a crop share
    When you shop at a farmers market, not only are you supporting local farms but you also significantly decrease your plastic use because nothing is packaged or punched with a barcode sticker. Plus, locally or regionally sourced produce travels about 27 times less distance than conventionally sourced produce. It’s a win-win for everybody.
    Interested in a CSA? Take a look here.
  4. Use reusable shopping and produce bags
    My favorite reusable produce bags are these. I also use them to store food in the fridge which helps me to avoid using plastic baggies or plastic wrap. I simply do not buy these products and I never have trouble finding alternatives.
    Plastic bags are now being banned in some cities, states and even countries. Until everyone jumps on this wagon, it’s our responsibility to avoid using them. Always leave a reusable bag in your car or purse for the quick last minute trips to the store.
  5. Buy in bulk
    Buying grains, beans, nuts and super foods in bulk will not only reduce packaging waste but also save you some bucks! Bring containers from home to fill and you’re golden.

    bulk buying

    **More of my favorite eco-friendly products:
    -Weck food container jars
    -Bamboo reusable utensils. For when you’re on the go!
    Ball mason jars for to-go smoothies, soups and bulk food storage



1. 91% of plastic isn’t recycled – 

2. Plastic takes 400+ years to biodegrade –


3. Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. – 


4. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year. –


5. In fact, more than half of all bottled water comes from the tap. –


6. Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest marine trash vortex, but there are many more in existence, and it’s far from being the only one. – 


7. Plastic is an endocrine (or hormone) disruptor. Plastics are xenoestrogens, meaning they mimic estrogens in the body. And an excess of estrogen can cause hormonal imbalance. This can effect weight, mood, energy levels, sleep, fertility, sex drive and appetite. Read more about plastic and hormonal imbalances and plastic here. 

8. You eat much fewer processed foods.

Going plastic free is a great way to ensure that you will be eating much fewer processed foods- which is better for our bodies, AND the planet.

Many of your favorite snacks in plastic are things you can easily make yourself (hummus, crackers). The benefits of making this stuff yourself is that you’ll learn how to make it, it will be healthier since you will be making it yourself and you’ll get a huge boost of confidence knowing that you can indeed make your favorite ready-made snacks at home.

Your choices matter.
You can make a difference,
Ash ♣

Ash Wednesday 1/10

What I’m reading – Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.

Also, this article titled Zuckerberg’s Dilemma: When Facebook’s Success Is Bad for Society. Facebook’s chief has signaled he will do what it takes to curb the social network’s negative effects – but how far will he go?
We are just starting to understand the mental side effects of social media (cool, we’re basically the guinea pigs to this whole thing). It would be amazing if big companies acted in the best interest of society versus their bottom line.

Music – The Evett Brothers, Joni Mitchell and Eddie Berman have been some of my favorites this week. Check out my new ‘It’s all good/god’ playlist.

What I’m watching – Tuck Everlasting was my favorite movie growing up. I watched it this past weekend and MY GOD, it’s as good as ever.

Word of the week – Trust. I have been so calm lately because I am just letting things unfold as they will. Taking action and putting things in place and then TRUSTING that all is good, all is god. It feels so good, and it’s bringing me so much peace.

Product I’m loving – My favorite blush is by 100% pure. Mostly all of their products are made from fruit pigments and I just love it.

Quote of the week – “Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.” – Tom Petty

Ash Wednesday 12/13

What I’m reading – I was turned on to the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard and his unique journey to becoming a ‘businessman’. I just ordered his book “Let my people go surfing” which I can’t wait to read. Here is an article on him: Yvon Chouinard Interview

Also, this is a great short live interview with him: NPR Yvon Chouinard Interview

Music – I’ve been building this playlist for over a month now.. it’s pretty legit.

What I’m watching – How the economic machine works by Ray Dalio. This is a super short and simple breakdown that I came across when looking into Ray’s new book called ‘Principles’.

Word of the week – Creativity. I never used to think I was creative or artistic in the slightest but I’ve come to realize that everyone is uniquely creative, you just have to do it! I started drawing this week and I’ve quickly become obsessed. Ask yourself, “How do I express myself creatively?”


Product I’m loving – I’m not a big makeup girl but when I do wear it, I make sure it’s all natural with simple ingredients. This time of year I find myself putting on a bit to brighten up – I’m loving this eye palette from Pacifica.

Quote of the week – 


big hug,

Ash Wednesday 12/6

What I’m reading – Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Music I’m listening to – The New Basement Tapes

What I’m watching – This video I saw on Instagram reminded me of the power of MUSIC. I’ve watched it a million times. I only wish I was there..

Word of the week – Action. It’s so necessary to get out of the busyness of the mind and just start putting things into action. There is no right or wrong, it just is. I’ve been practicing sticking with the following steps: feeling, knowing, acting, surrendering, trusting. I have a tendency to get stuck at the knowing step and then stopping there but am moving past this, BUH-BYE uncertainty and stagnation!

Product I’m loving – Satya Palo Santo Incense sticks. Palo santo is burned to invite a sense of sweetness ❤ ((We sell them at Golden Buddha Yoga!))


Quote of the week – 


Ash Wednesday 11/29

What I’m reading – I’m still enjoying Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell

Music I’m listening to – Chris Stapleton. I’ve listened to Tennessee Whiskey more times than I want to admit this past week 🙂

What I’m watching – The Tale of the Hero’s Journey on YouTube. This is a great inspirational video going through the Hero’s Journey as written about by Joseph Campbell.

Word of the week – Pleasure. Last week I was recovering from a small surgery I had, my body felt so foreign and like every part of me was crying out and aching. This week I’m dedicated to bringing back a general state of ease and full-bodied pleasure. How much time a day or week are you dedicating to being in a state of pleasure? Circulate and breath it throughout your entire body. Allow it to heal you!

Product I’m loving – My ukulele. I’m just starting to learn some cool songs but it’s been so fun to learn something new. When’s the last time you picked up a new hobby?


Health tip – I recently HAD to take antibiotics. I’m really grateful for them as I know they kill the bad stuff but unfortunately they also kill the good bacteria in your gut and digestive track. Gut health is the absolute key to overall health (and beauty!). If you ever find yourself having to take antibiotics I found it really helpful to take (really high quality) probiotics 2 hours before my morning antibiotic. Eat a half cup of fermented veggies with lunch and drink some raw kombucha late afternoon (or two hours before your evening dose of antibiotics). My stomach and digestion feel really good and normal (which usually does not happen after a full round of antibiotics).

To health and pleasure,

Ash Wednesday 11/22


Hey all!

I decided I want to start doing a weekly post about different things that are inspiring me. So here it is:

What I’m reading – Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell

Amazon: Reflections-Art-Living-Campbell-Companion


Music I’m listening to – Jeffrey Martin. His songs are like this beautiful mix of folk, poetry and soul. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

What I’m watching – I have a huge crush on (Chef) Francis Mallmann. He does everything in such a romantic way, really makes love to life. He’s wild and free and I think so many can feel the same call to the wild that he has built his life upon.

Check out his episode on Chef’s Table or check out this article: VinePair – Francis Mallman Interview

Word of the week – Mystery.
So often we need to know everything (or have the false sense of knowing). I think it’s a coping mechanism to avoid the discomfort from living in the moment. From what we’ll be doing this weekend, to where we go when we die, we try to plan it all out. I’ve been asking myself, “where in my life am I leaving space for mystery?” I’m learning it can be a big pill to swallow without trust to wash it down! 

Product I’m loving – Paine’s Log Cabin Incense Burners. I’ve been burning the Pine scent the most.  Shop Herepaine-products-log-cabin-incense-burner

Health tip – Drink more water!! I’m just now realizing why this is so overstated. When I used to hear this I would always think to myself, duhhhh! But now I realize first hand just how devastating dehydration can be to the whole body. Water is life. Drink more than you think you can.


Spread the word,

Are you tired of living asleep?

Do you remember that feeling as a teenager when your mom would wake you up for school? The feeling like you could sleep forever and it still wouldn’t be long enough? The pain of getting out of your warm bed and into the cold morning was almost unbearable. Showering, drying your hair, deciding what to wear, dressing yourself, eating breakfast, being on time – the work required to get ready for the day seemed almost endless.

Similarly, in the religion of Islam, the earliest morning prayer (before dawn) is considered the most sacred. Beyond committing oneself to the communion to a higher force, it requires a specific degree of action, an action of consciously choosing to wake up from a sleep filled comfort and into the duty of devotion. This is often not a painless task.

These incidents are similar to what one might experience on the path of awakening and living alive. Waking up from the safety of our numb sleepiness is uncomfortable. Choosing to let life in feels risky because life is full of change and change is always unknown. Waking up is not something that is done one time and then checked off the list. Just like high school and morning prayer, it is a daily calling. Awakening is a continuous choice available to us in every moment.

In a society where anxiety is THE most common mental ‘dis-ease’ and depression affects more than 15 million people (in the US alone), our bodies and our spirits seem to be communicating with us in ways that it never has before. The call to wake up has never been stronger. The pain we feel physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually is the felt difference between the life we are choosing to live and the life that is possible for us – beyond our comfort and closure.

Do you feel like there is more to this life than what you have been choosing? Can you feel it inside of you? Can you hear the small voice that has been gently guiding you to your heart all along? So, you may be wondering, “how do I wake up”?

Tips for staying on the path of wakefulness:

Deep and meaningful connections. One that cuts beyond the surface level drama of life and allows you to feel deeper into yourself and the heart of life itself. You can feel when a relationship drains you or fills you up. Choose wisely.

Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
Meditation is a powerful tool for awakening. Trust that even amidst the stillness you are moving great lengths. Beyond formal meditation, other mindfulness practices are available in every now moment. Jon Kabbit- Zinn says, “Mindfuless means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.” Think nature walks, deep breathing, mindful listening or body scans.

Asking the right questions, inquiry
We are where we are because of repeated unconscious choices made day after day. If we want to understand why and how we created our present day reality, all we need to do is look at the choices we made in the past. By asking radical questions that, when answered with complete honesty, change the way we see ourselves and make decisions – ultimately moving us toward the life we desire. I’ve come to realize that the truth never lies in the answers themselves but in the questions we seek them in.

Express your creativity
In what ways do you express yourself creatively? The outlets are absolutely endless. It doesn’t matter what you do, only that you find what works for you and you do it! You are an instrument; let the divine play you.

Have fun, play
Nothing keeps you stuck in your slumber longer than taking life too seriously. Go have fun, let loose, and don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. It’s almost impossible to feel anything but alive when you’re in a state of play. As George Bernard Shaw stated, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

Believe it or not, living alive is rare. Even after discovering how to wake up, we will often refuse. We may blame our world for being too difficult and painful or the universe for denying us things or experiences. We may blame our family or professional life for requiring too much of our time and energy or our partners for not supporting us enough. We may even blame ourselves for being too tired or not strong enough. Convenient isn’t it? That we long for the aliveness that we never seem to have the time to offer. We complain about our life and blame others, until we realize that right now, we are either choosing to live awake or we are asleep. Over and over, notice if you have fallen back into bed, then consent to your awakening once again. Nothing and nobody is stopping you, but yourself.

In the end,
although your eyes
will close
I hope you’ll find that your heart
is open.