Hello! I will be hosting a free Yum Yum Stretch class on Friday, June 26th at 11am, inside the Joseph Gross Gallery here in Tucson, AZ. This is a unique opportunity to feel for your inner and outer space amongst friendly and colorful shapes. We will rest and restore on a cool floor in a spacious room will the help of many portal rugs that I hand-made. Here is a lovely write-up of the space by the Tucson Weekly.
I came across this site that Jeff Bridges made. it’s called “Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes”
It’s like an experimental concept album, somewhat ambient sounds, Jeff’s soothing voice and a reminder to be prepare your dream world for rest and exploration.
you can listen to the album here
I have been handed the wonderful opportunity of teaching some on-going Yum Yum Stretch with
the lovely people at METRO here in Tucson. METRO is a youth opportunity program to assist young adults in transitioning
to become more self-sufficient. I was struck by this as a metaphor for all of us, we all need help knowing ourselves more.
When my friend and case manager, Tara, approached me about bringing Yum Yum Stretch to METRO, I was both excited and a bit unsure, who would come? would this be a good fit?
As I sat with my concerns, I was easily guided to realize that by being myself was enough to do this. That has stayed with me as a friendly reminder that the more I unload the pangs of “I should,” and “do more, try harder,” I am freed up of all that is NOT me, and I return to the delight of the real me 🙂
I have taught 2 classes with METRO now and I was astonished and relieved by its warm reception. The people I worked with were patient, cooperative and inquisitive. I could feel for the place that a stretch class and inner self knowledge practice can help young adults.
The wealth of help that exists in our lives is often overshadowed with the cultural problem of effort, that one must try harder to succeed. My personal experiences have revealed that it’s a matter of removing the false framework that we’ve been conditioned to believe. It’s the inverse of trying harder, an inner aerobics of sorts, based on the standard that by listening to your body and letting your mind rest, natural insights and help can come to you. It’s relational by means of your sincerity, plain and simple.
Thank you wonderful new friends at METRO, it is a true gift to get to learn more with you.
Hello! Happy mid way through summer. I have had the pleasure of some fabulous summer travel. It’s felt like mobile summer camp, traveling through the very hot and very friendly valley of the sun, up into the fragrant pine forest of Pine, AZ., over to my hometown of Prescott, AZ. and then most recently a longer stay in land of ocean and redwoods, northern CA. What I realized on my journey was that no matter where I was, I had access to a sense of deep comfort, an inner compass of sorts. If I didn’t feel comfortable, I needed to stop what I was doing and take some moments to center myself. A simple centering meditation worked wonders. And by closing my eyes and breathing in my surroundings my body and mind could find each other again.
Here is a small playlist I put together and some photos of my travels. I used my phone to record the sound of the waves on Stinson Beach. Since I live in the desert, the sound of water is a very valuable thing.