1) You’re in the middle of a big move, are you excited or apprehensive?
We just arrived in Rome, Italy and so far, it is terrific and I am exicted to be here. That being said, I was very apprehensive for a while during our training in DC~ I think I went through an enormous grieving process letting go of what I wanted for Clara’s childhood. We will be living in an apartment, so there is no opportunity for her to adventure freely in outdoor spaces, which is something I believe is a sacred right of childhood. Then I came to my senses and realized that Clara is going to have this amazing opportunity to experience an entirely different culture and language at an age where she is soaking in everything. My hope now is that this will help shape her into a compassionate, open-minded, global citizen.
2) I love the little Gathas you write, they are very inspiring, have you been writing them for long, do you find they help focus your mind?
Well, thank you! I have been writing Gathas for years! They litter my journals… Gathas are associated with Zen Buddhist practice as a way to bring mindfullness into daily life. By reciting these Gathas during the day, it keeps the practicioner focused and in the moment. The first time I read them, there was no doubt I was going to write my own. I loved the form and I found myself using them to alter my perpective in all sorts of situations. I would be on a bad date, crafting Gathas about the date, and it would create this interest in the moment, this ability to stay present in an unpleasant or even a pleasant situation!
3) You’ve been practicing yoga for over 14 years, wow! What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in starting but baffled by all the variety of classes available?
If I were beginning a yoga practice now, I would be baffled, too. There ARE a lot of choices! I would recommend that new practicioners begin with asking people they know and love where they practice and who their favorite teachers are. Then I would definitely talk to the teacher and see if you like the person. The most important quality in a teacher is kindness and an ability to listen. In the US, it has become cool to push really hard in Yoga classes, but I don’t subscribe to that school of thought. Yoga is another tool on the path of awareness and is a lovely way to really be in our bodies and show up for ourselves.
4) How have motherhood & your daughter changed you and your perspectives on life?
Oh my goodness. Clara changed everything. Note question number one. If we didn’t have a Clara, I wouldn’t have had a second thought about moving to a big city in Europe! And I’ve become so fierce about making the world a better place because I have this long-view context in which to make changes that I believe contribute to the solution.
Ultimately, marrying Erick and having Clara has made me want to be the very best version of me possible.
5) If you were sent into outer space with your family for one year what three foods would you bring (assume that they would stay fresh!)?
MMMM. Food. Okay, we have to think about Clara’s toddler picks too!
Almond butter and banana sandwiches on whole grain bread.
Salad greens and all the fixin’s~ balsamic vinegar, olive oil, herbs, kalamata olives, avocados and tomatoes.
Whole wheat spaghetti and homemade sauce with pecorino romano.
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