Last night, while I meditated, I imagined myself sitting in the center of a large, open, wooden room. It was white, but sort of white-washed and worn. There were windows in front of me, behind me, and to either of my sides. Four pillars supported the ceiling in a square around me. The only door [...]
My friend and fellow yogi, Alyssa, has a phrase she uses to describe the endless coincidences and connections that surround her life. She says things are “weird, not weird.” You know when people say, “sorry, not sorry?” They’re acknowledging that socially it’s probably the right thing to be “sorry” and yet they are not.
Being a woman is hard. Being alive is hard. I can't speak to what it is like to be a man, or what it is like to be dead, but these two things I know to be true. In childhood, things seemed much simpler, but as we grow we are exposed to the realities and [...]
Do you consider yourself a writer? I wish that more people did. Being a writer doesn't mean you want to be published, or even that you want to share your words. Writing and journaling has been an outlet for self-expression and documenting milestones for a long time. I bet most of your grandmothers, and even [...]
After I post on my blog, or upload something new to Instagram, I always click through the posts with the same hashtags I used. At first, I think I did this to get more attention on social media. Now, I do it for inspiration. To see what other creative spirits are putting out into the [...]
It wasn't until this morning when I got to work that I began to feel settled back into my real world. As some of you already know, I went to my first yoga retreat this weekend, with a group of wonderful women from all around the Pittsburgh area. Alyssa, the yogi who led the trip, rented [...]
In Modern Lovers, a new novel by Emma Straub, the dynamics of this family's life are endlessly intertwined. I'm a true believer in the famous words, "friends are the family we choose for ourselves," and this story embodies that. Andrew and Elizabeth are married, and heading towards 50. They met in college, where they were [...]