"Narrow your life down to this moment...'How' is always more important than 'what.' See if you can give more attention to the doing than to the result you want to achieve through it...Do no be concerned with the fruit of your action--just give attention to the action itself." -Tolle #wilddesertwoman#how
I offer gentle understanding to myself. I position myself in love, not fear. I look behind me with forgiveness. I look forward with festive anticipation. I embrace this holy moment and assert, "Now. This moment is the moment to love, the moment to serve, the moment to seize the legacy instead of the small. Now. Now I will live large, love boldly, reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope. - Mary Anne Radmacher #wilddesertwoman#stargazer
"Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." -Mary Oliver I met Paradis at Sach'a Munay Lodge in the Sacred Valley of Peru last summer. She was a coordinator and after a week of yoga retreating we all said our goodbyes to her before heading out to the low jungle. A few days later, on my very last day in Peru, I was in Cusco, a large city about 2 hours from Sacha Munay. Paradis had been on my mind all morning and I wished I could see her happy face one last time. Well ...
"The way to maintain one's connection to the [self] is to ask yourself what it is that you want. This is the sorting...one of the most important discriminations we can make in this matter is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls." -Estes @scrapper268 #wilddesertwoman#soul
I deemed last year The Year of the Butt. But guess what? 2019 is ALSO the year of the butt. Because the more I can train my glutes to move me along each day, the less my lower back and knees want to take over. Ready to be stronger, more balanced, more pain-free. What are your body goals this year? #wilddesertwoman#gluteactivation
"Be responsible for your own energy." A dear friend shared this tidbit of wisdom with me yesterday. It was a reminder that I am the one who chooses how much health, peace, abundance and contentment I live in. #wilddesertwoman#balance
Tulips keep appearing in my dreams and thoughts. I've had the itch to visit Amsterdam for months now to see the tulips. I told this to a dear friend and received a bouquet of tulips shortly after. I'm so touched. Tulips symbolize perfect love traditionally, but to me they symbolize a deep stirring that I can't quite put my finger on. ♡ #wilddesertwoman#tulips
Personal inventory, assessing the heart, offering prayers, being still. The last days of the year are like a coca leaf ceremony--each leaf a desire, a thoughtful prayer expressed. #wilddesertwoman#newyear
This space spoke to me this summer. It held me close, warmed me up and yet gave me plenty of room to move. "What does it mean to hold space for another? To allow the other to exist as is. To honor the other to be as is...to see no lack and resist nothing. This can only occur when we hold this space for ourselves first." --Dr. Shefali #wilddesertwoman#2018lessons
Ran out of salt but remembered to salvage the container top. @tntcoffman showed me this handy trick forever ago, and now I have the perfect little spout for my maca powder! ♡ #wilddesertwoman#kitchenhacks
"Minty chocolate shortbread cookies enrobed in dark chocolate." Enrobed?? Really? How pretentious can you be, Trader Joe's? Enrobed...pft! Ridiculous. I'll take one box, dammit. Because you were audacious enough to describe your cookies as "enrobed." #wilddesertwoman#traderjoes
I cheered my car on last night as it crossed the 200,000 mile mark! All the better that Vue hit a milestone on a roadtrip. She gets me so many places, both work and play. Think I'll buy her a round of Penzoil shots to celebrate. Cheers! Honk! #wilddesertwoman#saturn
On the way out of Santa Fe, I pulled over to capture this cottonwood in all its fall glory. I'm sure it's a lovely tree in the summer, but its journey to dormancy is simply magnificent. "If we recognize that nothing of true value can be lost...we can see precisely and brilliantly the everlasting gift in the experience. Growth can't be lost." -Borten #wilddesertwoman#autumn
In a moment of meditation last night, I realized how much emphasis I placed on "The One" when I was younger and how objectifying this concept is. "The One" whom my affections are aimed at is, above all, a Some One full of human complexities more than of fabricated ideals. Another humbling lesson...but with it a new freedom. "Little Boxes" from Clothed In Light and Shadow shoot by @scrapper268 #wilddesertwoman#meditation
There's a first time for everything and this morning was an epic example: I finally purchased my first CD. HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH for 2 dolluh. Had cds been $2 when I was a penniless high school and college student, I'd have already crossed this experience off my list. Thanks to my bro Drew for holding my hand through this decision. ;) #wilddesertwoman#first
I love it when a random song turns over and over in my head. It prompts me to take a closer look at the lyrics because there usually is a timely and needed message tucked inside. Today was "Given To Fly" by Pearl Jam. And the message: "And he still gives his love, he just gives it away / The love he receives is the love that is saved..." ♡ #love#morethanenough
Confession: I share this pic as someone who has not voted in a whiiiile. Apathy consumes me when I think about politics. I wonder if elections are rigged and how my vote even matters in this game. But I've seen enough bullshit lately that I'm voting despite my doubts and questions because I can. And if a skeptical, apathetic citizen can do it, then you most definitely can. :) #wilddesertwoman#vote
My alma mater and I have come a long way. Hardin-Simmons was the first place I explored yoga (thanks to Rodney Yee on VHS). It was also a place I gained 40 pounds, battled injury and sciatica, and struggled with loneliness because I had isolated myself. 18 years from freshman semester, here I am at HSU instructing yoga--a practice that has brought me out of so much that ailed me when I was a student. ♡ Maybe this is what my profile should have said. ;) #wilddesertwoman#yoga @hsutx
Goodness I've missed the dickens out of my gym. My 4-month hiatus from Body Combat has felt like an eternity and though my hip is still gaining strength, I'm optimistic after a return class. Cuz as much as I've needed to access my zen side, a girl just needs to punch and drip sweat. Thank you @hendrickhealthclub! #wilddesertwoman#bodycombat
Small, fleeting desires seem to be the ones the universe listens to and grants. Why is that? I dunno. But I'll take them. Today is my friend's birthday. I met her in Peru this summer and she became dear to me. The last day of our Yoga of Chocolate retreat group's adventure, we all said goodbye and went our separate ways, but I found myself wishing to see Melissa one more time. I had some time before my flight so I meandered around the bustling city of Cusco...and who should I bump into but her! Then, very late that evening, ...
Travel complications are stressful and discouraging....but they would be unbearable without people. Maya Angelou talks about facing many clouds but also experiencing rainbows in those clouds. The way the people on our flight into LaGuardia became a family after all we went through together, every friendly smile from a staff member was soothing, every caring text from a friend kept my spirits up when I was overwhelmed, the instant friendships made with Airbnb hosts and neighbors in the seats next to us, the AA employee who worked to find me a hotel room last night...these were all rainbows in my ...
In our journey to Vermont, we experienced puke-inducing turbulence before we were finally rerouted to Philadelphia. Still waiting for a flight. We'll try again for Vermont tomorrow. Might as well get a selfie with giant bobbly Benjamin. To think we would have missed this photo op. Har har har... #wilddesertwoman#travel
There is so much awesomeness in this photo of my momma, sister, niece and I. Today is Momma's birthday and because of her playful spirit, our family maintains and enjoys a delicious level of goofiness. Only problem is sometimes we're so goofy that we pee our pants laughing. Happy birthday, Momma!! You bless our lives in so many ways! #wilddesertwoman#momma