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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

Celebrating Love + More

A note from Erin:

Hello!
I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the season.
A few things I want to share with you this morning.
First, tomorrow will wrap up my first e-course, the Embody Gratitude Project, and it’s been wonderful! I’ve gotten great feedback at how these simple practices can be so powerful in people’s lives.
  Why wait till it’s perfect to celebrate what’s good?!

I’m already planning my next online offerings, and I’m super excited.
Second, I want to let you know that we will be opening online registration for our Fall Embodied Life Class in Salt Lake City next Thursday. Last year’s class filled right away. If you’re interested in being on the early notice list (those people get first dibs) please let me know by email. It will be Tuesday evenings September – December plus a retreat day.
Third, I am getting so very excited for the Creative Play Weekend for Women which is just a month away!!! I’m delighted to have wonderful local women as well as several flying in from out of state to join me. There are still a few spaces open if you’re feeling inspired to get playful and creative with a group of wonderful women for a weekend! I’d love to have you.
And finally, what I really want to celebrate today is my deep gratitude for my beloved Carl and our journey together. 

Yesterday we celebrated 9 years of marriage.
We did some tallying and realized we’ve been friends for 17 years, a couple for 14.5 years, engaged for 12.5 years, 9 years married and 4+ years in parenthood. Wahoo!
I knew way back in the early days of our friendship that we’d be together. I even had a strong sense of that little boy who would come through us, way back when we were in our 20’s, working at the Oasis Cafe, me as a coffee roaster and Carl as a server. (And isn’t he cute?)
Shortly after Carl started working there, we had that coworker conversation, “Who are you and what are you into?” And we discovered that we both practiced Tai Chi and loved it, we both loved yoga, we both were writers, we both studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
 It was meant to be, no? 

We soon became good friends, and I’ll save the dramatic tale of how it took us 3 years to become a couple. Together we’ve continued to share our love of all those things we shared in the early days, plus we have had the good fortune to do a 4-year Feldenkrais training together in Santa Fe, and just completed our 3-yearEmbodied Life Mentorship together in Northern California.
Sharing the path of parenting is its own deep blessing and educational adventure. :) I know we are deeply fortunate in so many ways, and it’s such a blessing for us to share our path so congruently.
I remember more than 20 years ago when I worked at the old Golden Braid Bookstore, my bosses shared a quote from Sam Keen with my 19 year old self, when I was struggling in a not-so-great relationship with a very cute and very wild boy. (Thanks Jackie and Steve!)
Sam Keen wrote,
“There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’
If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble.” 

I couldn’t be more grateful to share my life with such an amazing, kind, present, authentic, unfolding, beautiful-in-all-ways man as Carl.
 I’m also grateful that our work in the world is simply and naturally an extension of our love, and that we get to share it with you.
Thanks for celebrating with me!
With love, 
Erin

 

 

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.

 

How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

 

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

 

Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.

 

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