Writings from Janet

Periodic writings and updates

Sustainability

What in my life feels empty? What am I trying to fill it with? Will that void ever be filled by my consumption? I ask myself these questions often when I’m considering getting another thing, consuming more media, the next new product… more stuff. What is it worth to us, as humans, to consume resources…

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India: Journey toward balance and integration

My childhood was full of stories about India. My mother’s side of the family had been born and raised for many generations in a village called Hyderabad—a place that felt mysterious, mystical, and far far away, no matter how many times I heard those stories. My first journey there was to reconnect with my family…

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Yoga is a lifelong practice

To be seen. To arrive again and again: heart bared, emotional, somatic wounds revealed, a rich and tender vulnerability. This is studentship. This is arriving again and again. Not arriving in order to be fixed by another, but rather to lay oneself out to be witnessed. Witnessed during the euphoria of falling in love, the…

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COMMITMENT

 “Until one is committed, there is a hesitancy, the chance to draw back. The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”…

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BEGINNING  AGAIN 

… with INTENTION, the engine behind my actions. Let’s do this, 2018. Let’s honor the year’s turning, and clarify (yet again) what my deep intention is. What do my body, mind, spirit, and life circumstances really long for? That’s not to say I can’t do this in the middle of the year, in the middle of a day,…

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Giving

  Okay, let’s make our list. Look around, what do we need? What do our loved ones need? The most valuable currency I have is my time and my attention. So when Amazon, Facebook ads, malls (does anyone do that anymore?) attempt to convince me that my loved one needs a new gadget or some…

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From Ashes

Recently, here in Northern California, fires tore through cities and burned thousands of homes and businesses to the ground. Lives were lost, and many of us were left stunned, breathing in people’s and animals’ lost lives and dreams, and hearing stories of those who lost everything. These fires came on the heels of hurricanes that…

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INTUITION

A deep trust in our innate wisdom. What is intuition?  I see at as those moments when we are moving from our deepest wisdom and authenticity. How do we tap into this sense of deeper knowing—from the body—before it is censored or cleaned up by the mind’s worries of how we appear? We often function from…

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Fierce | Compassion

I will not step aside. I’m not going to whither in the face of youth. I will not shrink back in the world of “likes” equals value and newer is better. I shall stand tall, steady in the grace of these many years lived, and I will bow to each–and-every day that has realized the…

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Stillness

This world and its drama cycles seem to be forever in motion. Never ceasing. This motion requires a balance point: STILLNESS. The inner and outer chatter will never cease. Rallies, earth warming, storms coming, absurd babble from “you know who,” time passing, things to tick off the list, love to get, love that’s lost and…

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