Writings from Janet

Periodic writings and updates

EXHALE

EXHALE. We must know the shadow to know the light. If we’ve been steeped in the dark gloom, the moment we catch a glimpse of  light, our entire system reaches for it.  This is our built-in response. In order to survive we need the warmth and life giving energy of the light. There are times…

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NOURISH

So, let’s do this. Nourish: Slow Flow and Restorative virtual course. ⁣ ⁣ I’ll be holding space for you to give yourself the gift of healing, slowing down, creating time for silence, for doing “nothing,” for propping your body up and placing it in positions that release the tension we’ve been carrying as a collective…

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SLOWING DOWN

Frenetic laps, incessant news cycle bringing more anxiety, and to do lists that never seem to get ticked off. In this moment, I’m in need of a serious reset, replenishment, and deep rest. For four weeks, we’ll drop into body, mind, spirit to find the spaces between effort and surrender. By making space to slow…

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HOPE

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.” Mahatma Gandhi How can I find hope in the midst of…

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JOY

Don’t Hesitate by Mary Oliver “If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is…

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Let What Goes Go…

Let what comes come Let what goes go And find out what remains.    ~ Ramana Maharshi SANGHA. THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU. To everyone who crossed the threshold into the sanctuary of Yoga Tree Castro: I am humbled and grateful for each breath you took there, every intention you set at the door and on…

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An Exploration of Sadhana

“The biggest embrace you’ll ever make is to embrace yourself completely. Then you’ll realize you’ve just embraced the whole universe, and everything and everybody in it.” ~ Adyashanti What extraordinary times! Each one of us must sit with the reality of a radically shifted world. Any sense of control we thought we had has fallen…

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I am Here

Helpless. That’s the raw truth of it. At moments I feel helpless. All of my familiar ways of being, moving through the world, and supporting a community (both local and global) have shifted dramatically. Through this, I have found myself fumbling with how to be both the root of these teachings—these practices that help us…

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FIRE

Here we go again…burning. The 370 fires burning across California are a manifestation of an entrenched global crisis. Human attention span has shortened to match the news cycle. While tending to one drama, we forget that the planet has been warming since at least the 1970’s, due to our choices and actions. The warning sirens…

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The Pursuit of Sensation

“It is only when we understand the pursuit of sensation (drama), which is one of the major activities of the mind, that pleasure, excitement, and violence cease to be a dominant feature in our lives.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti From morning until night, we are drawn into the drama loop that spins through our own mind, our home, media,…

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