Summer Bummer

A few months ago I posted about Winter Solstice traditions and how the purpose is to celebrate light on the darkest day and the dawn of days progressively getting longer. Well. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it may not yet feel like it, but the days are on the down swing ofContinue reading “Summer Bummer”

The Psychology of Color

Seeing the world morph from black/white/grey to color is like an epiphany, a new vibrancy for life. The rainbow after a monotone storm is a beacon of hope. The darkest most northern locations on Earth are graced with Aurora Borealis, the streams of color dancing across the sky. I believe color psychology has something toContinue reading “The Psychology of Color”

“Leggo” Your Ego

The ego is a loaded topic, though I’ve decided to spare us all the deep dive into its Freudian roots. In its simplest, most basic explanation, the ego is the idea of who we are.  Often ego is recognized by its exaggeration like “He’s got a big ego” or “All that praise will go straightContinue reading ““Leggo” Your Ego”

From Sunrise to Siesta: a Piece of El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a pilgrimage trek towards Santiago de Compostella, a cathedral for St. James in Santiago, Spain. There are numerous ways to get there, most commonly walking or biking vertically from Portugal or across the north of Spain from France. One woman I met began in BelgiumContinue reading “From Sunrise to Siesta: a Piece of El Camino de Santiago”

Psychedelic Substances: An Evolutionary Medicine

There’s heavy stigma on psychedelic/hallucinogenic substances. I have little faith that this post will reverse the stigma (certainly not on a cultural level), and like other Live Fluently topics, I approach merely as a humble devil’s advocate. I write about what I’m learning and what I like to talk about. This topic is no exception.Continue reading “Psychedelic Substances: An Evolutionary Medicine”

Labyrinths: The Winding Road to Healing

Labyrinths are powerful ancient symbols, and if you’ve been following Live Fluently, you know that I love symbols. The purpose of this symbol, even more closely aligning with my interests and inspiring my extensive knowledge of it, is to represent a healing journey inward. Interestingly, the inner structure of the ear is called a labyrinth,Continue reading “Labyrinths: The Winding Road to Healing”

Enter the Dream World

Lot’s of people pay little attention to their dreams or claim they don’t dream at all. This is unfortunate because dreams help inform us of our health, contribute to problem solving and creativity, and sometimes even have an extraordinary impact on our waking lives. I can recall dreams from when I was very young, andContinue reading “Enter the Dream World”

12 Ways to Flow With Your Moods

Moods can feel intense and shift with the wind. They have affected my day, my decisions, and the people around me. In efforts to manage them or perceive myself as having some control over them, I have tried one or more of these 12 ideas at a time to either prevent or stabilize seemingly dramaticContinue reading “12 Ways to Flow With Your Moods”

What to Look For in a Yoga Class

Yoga classes can be fun, relaxing, invigorating, intimidating, relieving, mind and body-bending, and forever onward. The experience depends on a number of factors, namely your approach and the setting. I’ve been doing yoga pretty regularly since I was 12, and became a trained instructor in Vinyasa flow at 16. I’ve tried a variety of stylesContinue reading “What to Look For in a Yoga Class”

A Slice of Wholeness

‘Wholeness’ is among the growing list I have of words and phases that are thrown around but possibly not deeply discussed nor fully understood. I don’t claim I have a full understanding of wholeness, but here’s a perhaps deeper discussion of it! First, this is what I think people mean when they mention wholeness: SomeContinue reading “A Slice of Wholeness”