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Wild abandonment brought me the ultimate in freedom...

Wild abandonment brought me the ultimate in freedom...

There is a victim that used to live inside of me. I hosted that parasite for far too long but the time came where I absolutely knew that I had to evict the unwelcome beast. I thought long and hard about how the break up would go down...

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The summer no sweeter was ever...

The summer no sweeter was ever...

In Robert Service's The Spell of the Yukon he pens a line "The summer - no sweeter was ever" to reference the very short but incredible northern summer. He goes on to say "The freshness, the freedom, the farness - O God! How I'm stuck on it all". A Yukon summer is alive, vibrant, bright, magical, productive and stunningly beautiful. When you live through northern winters you have far more contrast by which to view summer and it is easy to get attached to all there is to savour in the sweet season. As we know all things come to pass and seasons change....

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Facing my truths in restorative yoga one pose at a time...

Facing my truths in restorative yoga one pose at a time...

While every restorative yoga practice is unique, I sometimes think I could categorize them into heads or tails, like two sides of a coin. Heads and I am restless and have to work very hard to let go and allow myself to experience the joys and benefits of the practice. Tails and I drop in like a relaxed puppy. Facing my truths in restorative yoga, one pose at a time...

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A girl has to do what a girl has to do...

A girl has to do what a girl has to do...

I am kind of obsessed with frogs, have been my entire life. You might think this blog is about having to kiss a bunch of unsuitable suitors to find your prince. While that is always a nice story line this piece is about what we can learn from frogs and from the Restorative Yoga pose called Frog.

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Busy brain on the trail...

Busy brain on the trail...

That day when your mind cannot settle and your brain seems to come up with more questions than answers. Focusing on breath and each step and still more questions...

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The Journey

The Journey

I belong, even when I don't feel like I belong. We all belong. We are all part of something greater. This poem by David Whyte reaffirms this in a beautiful way.

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Life halfway down the trail...

Life halfway down the trail...

Using the trail as a metaphor for life, combining my passion for wilderness tripping and thoughts of reaching middle age, I explore the possibilities of mid-life. No crisis required...

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The peace of wild things

The peace of wild things

Wendell Berry's poem "The peace of wild things" reminds me I can always take refuge in nature...

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Allow

Allow

Danna Fauld's poem "Allow" reminds us how to live a fuller life, a more truthful life, a freer life...allow...

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Commitment to aimlessness?

Commitment to aimlessness?

Aimlessness is the opposite of intention....so is aimlessness a bad thing or is there a place for it?

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