As I check into my own body, heart and mind I know I am tapping into a larger inner world than just my own. There is a palpable sense that everyone on the planet is feeling some of the weight of what’s going on in their own body, heart and mind – it’s become pretty obvious that we are in this world pandemic together. I’m not a spiritual by-passer by any means, so I fully recognize that not everyone or every government is actually supporting each other as in all together, but there are few if any places on the planet that aren’t suffering in some way or another. In this alone is a display of our interconnection.

There is this collective and personal weight in our hearts and minds and even in our bodies now and it’s a lot to contain isn’t it? I have personally experienced (as has my beau!) some cracks in my ability to maintain an equanimous heart/mind at all times. I feel okay admitting this and being somewhat transparent so that when I say we aren’t enlightened yet: you know I know from this from personal experience as well as knowing a great many meditation teachers and leaders admitting the same. But one thing I have experienced a lot of too fortunately is resiliency, flexibility, emotional intelligence and the ability to turn faster on dimes than I used even 5 years ago. These are small enlightened moments some would say.

I attribute this to my practices and the capacity that we all have to be very aware of our internal landscapes of body, heart and mind. With practice we can tend to what we see, feel and know as they arise rather than days, months or decades later. It sure saves a lot of pain when we can attend to ourselves more in the moment or shortly thereafter as the whispers of ‘I hurt’, ‘I’m afraid’, ‘I need attention’ are calling rather than when they have turned into the louder manifestations and cries of neglect.

Joyce Carol Oates once wrote “Self criticism is an art form not many are qualified to practice” and as it’s inevitable that we’ll fall down so to speak, we can practice getting up and trying again.

With this in heart, I’m offering a few things that just might help you be kinder to yourself, more resilient, and develop more skillful means of practice:

Monday’s Women’s Embodied Mindfulness and Dharma Group(s) 2 times each Monday, sign up whenever you can make it here. Please spread the word!

Freely offered guided Embodied Mindfulness and Meditation every Thursday 9 – 9:30 am PST. Please write connect@ to get a link, just let us know it’s for the Thursday practice and the date you would like to join me.

And this Friday: Have some thoughtful fun with me and Wes Nisker as we co-teach an online daylong for Spirit Rock called Liberate the Body, Stretch the Mind

Finally, if I can support you in an online one on one session, reach out here – I have a few openings and would love to help you in working with your mind/heart, body and how they are being impacted right now. We’ll arrange a 15 minute phone call or Zoom so you can tell me a little about what you are looking for and I can see if I might be able to support you with somatic psychology and practices, mindfulness, Dharma and even some mindful movement or restorative practices.

Freely Offered: many short guided embodied mindfulness, meditation and somatic awareness practices available here.

Daylong’s from Spirit Rock and NY Insight are available from this link here.

With love and kindness,

Jill

PS: the photo is from an online meeting with a dear student in India recently. Her background was this vivid pink hue, and the way she became framed as the connection went in and out was, in my mind really wonderful. Please keep trying to find light everywhere and you’ll see it’s there somewhere.