Saturday, March 31, 2012

More India!

Oh geez, I have been poky to post more pictures from India.
I have to admit to a gruesome case of jet lag after I
got back to Seattle.  The airplane always seems like it should be
a magic time capsule and that it shouldn't be that hard
to adjust.  But it sure was! At least for me.

Ok. So pictures.
I'll start with a picture of the beautiful chef
at Satsanga, Mani Shivadas.
Mani oversaw planning and preparation 
of three meals a day for 
us lucky retreat-goers.
I snapped these photos
during an informal cooking class.

Watching the kitchen staff work together was
really a sight to behold. There was no yelling
or ego-infused antics that we see on cooking shows
in the West. Instead, it was like a gentle ballet
of coordinated movements. One person would place a 
pot on a flame in time for another to put in freshly cut
ingredients. Or someone would season the ingredients in
another pot before someone else would move it to 
a back burner to simmer and place
a new pot over the flame.

Even the cooking was done with
a grounded, gentle energy. 

Mani's spice container. There's a lid that
goes over the top of the entire thing - very handy.

A sample of our beautiful, fresh ingredients.

Hand-shaving fresh coconut.
This was such a treat on fruit in the mornings!

Here's what our morning spread looked like.
Fresh strawberries,
pomegranate seeds,
It was heaven!
This was a favorite dinner spot, beneath
a magical magenta canopy (the sun
was already too hot by breakfast).

Flowers, everywhere. Always. So lovely.

Flowers at the market.

And spices!

We visited a local orphanage in Goa.
Most of us brought toys and clothes
to share. 

The children were beautiful.

With or without teeth!

The coloring books were an especially big hit.

The kids each get assigned a number, which they
apparently used for logistical purposes. 
You can see the numbers above each of
the dinner plates here.
It was a well-coordinated facility! 

This sweet little girl insisted I stay
while she read every number out loud to me.
Which I did.
She was hard to refuse.

Such determination.
I have to think it will serve her well...


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Meditation

”When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man 
we call him vandal. 
When he wantonly destroys one of the works of God 
we call him sportsman.”

- Joseph Wood Krutch

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I've been enjoying a much slower pace of life here in India.  
By contrast, I am reminded how much I normally rush through
my life back in Seattle.
I'm sure you all can relate.
Packed days where your brain is constantly
running through all the things that
still need to be done and checking off "to do" lists
while constantly keeping 
one eye on the time.

Something surprising that has been helping me 
be present in the moment is the simple custom of
removing your shoes before going into any indoor room - 
the dining area, your room, shared bathrooms 
and of course, yoga studios.

It's easier to remember to do when you have to step over
a cluster of others' flip flops to go into a shared space,
but I found it harder to remember when it was
just me going into my room.
My mind was always ahead of me.
What's next?

Slowly I'm getting better.
And it's become a sweet little practice 
in mindfulness. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Greetings from Goa!

I just finished a delicious vegan dinner here
at Satsanga Retreat in India.  
I'm tired from a day of yoga and sun.

I thought I'd share a couple of photos.
Below is a picture from the main studio, called Buddha. 
The beautiful flowers were from a 
special celebration after a teacher training.
We spread our mats out around them for a 
class yesterday - it was such a treat!

And here's the upstairs studio called Shiva.
It's on the 3rd floor and floor-to-ceiling windows open on two sides.
You feel like you're doing yoga in the trees.

It's a truly beautiful place with
a gentle spirit.

Ok - I'll have to share more later.
 My battery's about to die!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

April 1st Workshop with Tara Sophia Mohr

On Sunday, April 1st I will be hosting two workshops being led by Tara Sophia Mohr, a life coach, poet, and regular blogger for The Huffington Post.  I've been reading Tara's blog, Wise Living, for many months now and have come to deeply appreciate her fierce yet gentle wisdom.  I am so honored to have this opportunity!

In Tara's words, the workshops "will be intimate small-group workshops for only ten women. This is a day of self-care for the soul, amongst kindred spirits, a beautiful environment, healthy food, and the ideas that I love to live, and love to teach." 

You can attend both or just one, and either way stay for lunch in between. To register, click here and go to the bottom of the page to make your selection.  

If you're in the Seattle area I hope to see you there!



10am-1pm, Seattle home of Laura Henderson (location details will be sent to you with your registration).
If you….
…want to write, but aren’t writing
…or if you already write, but with more struggle, self-doubt, procrastination, clunkiness and ickiness than you’d like
….or you write with joy, but get stuck (or scared, or unsure what to do) when it comes to sharing your writing with the world or getting it published
then this the gathering for you.
If you are called to writing, for personal healing, creative expression or professional reasons, join me for this special gathering. I will share the framework that most helped me recover my writing life after a ten-year hiatus from writing, and that today most helps me keep creating, day in and day out. This is also the framework that allows me to be a good advocate for my work with editors, agents, the biz folks. Yes, it’s an amazing framework and I’m really excited to share it.
This will be a particularly valuable workshop for women who 1) want to recover or loosen up their writing practice or 2) are struggling to combine the creative/art side of writing with the biz side of sharing their writing in the world.
The workshop will run from 10-1pm. From 1-2pm, stay for lunch and conversation! 


2pm-5pm, Seattle home of Laura Henderson (location details will be sent to you with your registration)
If you know you want to play bigger in sharing your voice in the world, this afternoon is for you. You’ll learn:
…how to quiet the voice of self-doubt so that you can take greater risks and leaps in your work and life
…how to access your own natural wisdom – whenever you need it
…how to ensure that fear of failure, criticism, or “not being good enough” don’t get in your way
During this afternoon workshop, we will come together as women who want to play bigger for the sake of serving the world in a big way. You’ll get clear on what is standing in the way of your own playing big, and learn a variety of tools that you can put into practice right away to help you play bigger.
The women I’ve worked with have used these tools to launch new ventures and businesses, increase their earning power, reclaim their passions and creative pursuits, and find more contentment and fulfillment in their everyday lives.
The workshop includes a package of take home materials that will allow you to continue practicing the concepts in your daily life.
The workshop will begin at 2pm. Come early at 1:15 pm and join us for lunch! 

Click here to register! 

Monday, March 5, 2012


I'm off to India!
I'm going to Goa for a yoga retreat.
I'll be staying at Satsanga Retreat
which looks heavenly.

I'm looking forward to seeing how my body
feels after doing yoga for 10 days in a row.
I also am committed to meditating every day.
This will be a new for me,
and is something I'd like to integrate
into my "real" life when I return.

I hope to post while I'm there, but in the event
that I don't, I will look forward to sharing pictures
and thoughts when I return.

Until then, I'll leave you with some of
the beautiful translations of
 "Namaste", the traditional greeting in India:

The God/Goddess within me acknowledges the God/Goddess within you.
The Divine in me recognizes and honors, the Divine in you.
The spirit within me bows to the spirit within you.
I greet that place where you and I are one.
I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Meditation

"I would look at a dog and when our eyes met, 
I realized that the dog 
and all creatures 
are my family. 
They're like you and me."
-Ziggy Marley

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Going Green

Can you believe it's March already?
The days are getting a little longer
My lawn is starting to grow.
And I'm seeing little green sprouts of
flowers poking through the dirt.
Spring is on its way!

To celebrate all the green goodness 
that's starting to emerge
I thought I'd share some fresh
new handbags from Matt and Nat.
Gorgeous. Vegan.  Yes!
Of course you can be stylish AND kind!

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