VIDEO: How Self-Compassion Can Support Allyship

 

I've made a mistake. Actually, I've made lots of mistakes, but this is a big one.

In my worry about making a misstepping, I've kept too quiet about something that really matters to me.

As I wake up to the injustices that have been there all along, more and more, I am looking for ways I can help. I'm hearing other white people say the same.

It's important that we have these conversations, that we listen to voices from people of color, and that we open ourselves to learning.

The...

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What YOU Can Do About the Climate Crisis. 🌏

 

If you feel hopeless about climate concerns, you're not alone. 

The Climate Crisis is being talked about more than ever. And with good reason.

We need to be talking about this. We need to be taking action. NOW. But what can one person do?

From February through June of this year, I dove deep with a small group in a sermon-writing seminar offered by Rev. Kevin Tarsa, the minister at our Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, here in Grass Valley, California.

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Vegan Summerfest Flash Mob: Give Love by Andy Grammer

 

For the past several years, my tradition at Vegan Summerfest has been to teach a Flash Mob song to everyone who comes to my Nia classes at the conference.

This year, I was lucky enough to get a video of the whole song: Give Love, by one of my favorite artists, Andy Grammer (he's on tour with a new album coming out soon—he and his amazing band are not-to-be-missed, so check 'em out if they come to your town).

Vegan Summerfest is a 5-day conference and on the last night, we have a big...

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Magic Vegan Cheese Sauce

The story continues with my latest (and dare I say greatest!) version of my Vegan Mac & Cheese. In addition to veggies, this simplified and more nutritious version is made with either homemade vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil, sunflower seeds, and garbanzo beans. I designed the recipe without nutritional yeast for those who are allergic or averse, but if you love nooch, feel free to add 1/2 cup or sprinkle some on top!

This sauce is perfect for pouring on pasta, broccoli,...

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How to do a Digital Detox

 

Many of you have asked how I did my Digital Detox and what were the specific things I was doing instead of being online.

I've also heard you saying that you like the video format, so I made another one for you! Watch it here.

If you have a question I didn't address, feel free to post it below.

Enjoy!

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Why You Need A Digital Detox

 

So many of you expressed interest in the Digital Detox I did that I thought I'd make a quick video for you telling you more about it.

In the Digital Age, our sympathetic nervous systems (the one responsible for the fight or flight response) are constantly ON. No wonder stress, fatigue, and burnout are so rampant.

A Digital Detox can give you the space to notice and evaluate whether or not you're living what you say your priorities are. Once you know that, you can adjust your actions...

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If you asked me why I...

 

I never set out to give a sermon. And yet, there I was, standing in front of a congregation behind the pulpit. Here's the very short version of how I got there...

In December 2017, (about six months ago), my family and I started attending our local Unitarian Universalist church.

Even as a child, I was a spiritual seeker even though I've had a complicated relationship with the idea of "church."

With that history, I wasn't sure what to expect at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the...

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VIDEO: Building Your Activist Resilience

Do you ever feel like everything is just too much?

You’re not alone. In so many ways, You Are Not Alone.

Last week, I had the honor of offering a resilience training for activists, hosted by Lisa Levinson from In Defense of Animals for their Sustainable Activism campaign. (Shared below).

While this training was specifically for animal activists, the message applies to everyone.

Each one of us is an activist in some way.

Whether it’s for animals, other social justice...

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What Moves You?

 

Exercise. It's one of the last things some of us make time for even though we know it's important.

What if you could integrate movement into your daily life or find something you enjoy doing so much that it makes "exercising" a breeze?

In this short video, I talk about how to transform what you think of as exercise.

Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below. How are YOU going to move your gorgeous body today?

With love,

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How to Take the Pressure Off Birthdays

 

As soon as I heard the question, my heart rate quickened and my mind raced around like a pinball as I searched for an acceptable answer.

After too long of a beat, “Ummm... I don’t know,” was all I could muster before I darted out of the room to avoid the question.

Kind of a silly response and especially unexpected if you knew me (I’m usually pretty straightforward and non-avoidant), but “What are you going to do for your birthday?!” can feel like a lot...

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