Breathe Peace + Grow Your Courage

It’s a Friday afternoon, I’m sitting at a coffee shop table next to my friend, Katie, andTake Me to Church by Hozier is playing on the speakers. You know I love a coffee shop to get the delightful mix of caffeine, humanity, and good vibes going. The extroverted part of me thrives on writing nearby others. (I’m an ambivert, by the way – what are you?! 16personalities.com is a good link to check out if those terms mean nothing to you.)

What are you doing this weekend?

Here in Alaska, there’s a chill that’s creeping into the air. Last weekend, a girlfriend and I went camping and I found myself shivering in my sleeping bag! School has started again, and I’m savoring the still green leaves on the trees, and harvesting basil and the last tomatoes from our garden.

I don’t know about you, but in the midst of all of this, I’m feeling a lot of feelings about my brothers and sisters all over the world. I’m thinking of the hurricanes, earthquakes, protests, flooding, forest fires, and all of the people impacted and suffering right now.

I usually write these posts as a way to share more good vibes and inspiration with you, and today I want to remind you it’s okay to feel your feelings. Today, I’m feeling grateful for safety and blue sky, and I’m also sending love to others who are experiencing all sorts of other uncomfortable or dangerous circumstances.

If you find yourself experiencing some of this worry or concern, too, I’d love to remind you (or share with you) about the powerful practice of Tonglen, an ancient Buddhist practice to help us awaken compassion, and transmute pain and suffering. I find this practice very powerful when I’m feeling overwhelmed or worried. It’s simple and profound – my favorite kind of practice.

Here’s a link to a short explanation of the practice of Tonglen from Pema Chodron.

When you have a few moments today, or over the weekend, I encourage you to give it a try. I trust you’ll find value in it as both a mindfulness practice, and a way to send love to those who need it right now.


In other news, we’re starting a new 4 week Courage Circle session exploring the book The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein – starting September 18th.

This will be another way to build your trust in faith and love, and step into more courage in our Open-Hearted Life. The Courage Circle is an online, small group coaching offering and you can read more about it HERE

The investment is $147 || or two payments of $77 || and it includes a copy of the book, a private Facebook community, and weekly online small group coaching with me around the topics in the book, and how to feel and be more courageous in your life. Enroll by Sunday, 9/17.


For those of you nearby Anchorage, this is an in-person workshop! I’m partnering with my good buddy and yoga teacher / adventure leader, Jess Young of Drift, to offer an in person Breath + Courage Workshop – a yoga + small group coaching afternoon workshop (this one’s just for women) on Saturday, 9/30, from 2-5 pm.

The investment is $35, and you can sign up HERE. Space is limited for this one, so sign up early if you’d like to join us!


That’s all for now!

Autumn is an exciting time here at Sol + Heart, so keep your eyes open for more fun + meaningful ways to explore living, loving, and leading with an open heart.

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