Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Choose Your Own Experience

I had it this morning.  One of those ah-hah moments in which I can literally hear the light being clicked on.

A question that's been asked by others and probably by myself at some point.  Probably somewhere in this blog.  (I have the type of memory where I've not only forgotten where I've put my keys; I've forgotten where I put the car.) I will ask myself again and again and I challenge you to ask as well:

How do I want to experience life?

All of these things I keep promoting - to myself and to you - don't mean diddly squat if you don't care about your experience of life.  The right-here, right-now experience.

Yoga can awaken your body and mind and bring delicious harmony with your movements & thoughts.

Down Dog.

Creative exploration gets the soulful juices flowing.  Paints and water-soluble pencils should come with a label:  WARNING: May cause deep realizations, harmony with life, and, in rare cases, ability to hear angels sing.

More of this one later...

Running, reading, chatting, chai....they all provide the potential for mind-blowing experiences.

But if you don't care about your experience 
of this thing called "living", 
there really isn't any point in practicing them.  

In my reality, we are here to experience life.

To let the divine play in human form.  To dip our fingers in mooshy paint (the non-toxic kinds), dip our toes in the tepid ocean water, and dip our tongues in gooey melted chocolate.

To have a mindful awareness as we go through out days that supersedes the beautiful religious practices that occur only in designated buildings.

To explore the touch of a soapy dish and hear the harmony between a child's laugh and the song of the bird.

To feel the gut-punches of pain without succumbing to them and the giddy tummy-tickles of joy without clinging to them.

To live the questions instead of just pondering them over a good conversation then shuffling off to work the next day to make the next dollar.

To play.  To experience.

It is the belief from which I build all of my posts, my newsletter, my workshops (yep, 3/4 way through one!)...It is a belief I hope you hold as well: That our experiences matter.  If you are content with sleepwalking, I wish you well and that there are no walls or staircases in your way...but will let you know our journey probably wasn't meant to travel together.

If, however, you want to delve into the richness and vital juiciness of our moments?  Ah, kindred soul, let's talk....

I have photos to share from some of my lovely newsletter subscribers who played with their experience of adorning themselves...coming tomorrow with some more goodness.


  1. Sometimes I wonder if we aren't on the same path just at slightly different spots. This is a wonderful post. And the down dog is freaking hilarious. Just say'n. HA!

  2. Love the painting!
    You know I am in this life whole-heartedly with everything I do. But not only for my experience, but to bring others into the moment and share joy of experience with them. I think that is what your bog and newsletter and all sorts of things you do, does!

  3. yes. yes. yes. is what I was saying while reading this post.

    and I so need to take a photo of my dog next time he does down dog on my mat ;)

  4. "the harmony between a child's laugh and the song of the bird" - that seems to be an art piece waiting in the wings (had to do it) - I really love this! AND I LOVE your enthusiasm for life and courage to share it with others. You and such an inspiration!!!
    And I want to hear more on that piece NOW (do I sound like a kid?!) It is So VERY beautiful, xoxo

  5. Your new painting looks beautiful. I cannot wait to see the photos submitted to you from your newsletter. How lovely that it is a success. Theresa