Chop Wood, Carry Water

Written By: Erin Smith

April 19, 2021

  Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. ~Zen Kōan I have a way of starting my day. I call it cat, coffee, computer. When I awaken, I start the coffee and let Cat Stevens in. Then I settle on the couch with a cat in my lap and a […]

Tiny Perfect Things

Written By: Erin Smith

March 29, 2021

It had been a week. I won’t bore you with the details, but you know the sort of week I’m talking about. That week when misery and misfortune seem to shadow you like Pig Pen’s cloud of dust in those old Peanuts cartoons. And it was only Wednesday. “I need carbohydrates, wine, and some Netflix,” […]

Optic Flow

Written By: Erin Smith

March 29, 2021

In 2016, I started an online yoga video subscription service called the OM channel. It enjoyed small-scale success and I quietly added subscribers every year. Then, in 2020, I started getting a lot of cancellations. Wait, what? Everyone was stuck at home. Wasn’t a library of quick, high quality yoga and mindfulness videos exactly what […]

Decision, Decisions

Written By: Erin Smith

March 29, 2021

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.” ~John C. Maxwell I have eaten the exact same breakfast and lunch almost every day for the last year. I have a protein shake for breakfast and a bag salad at lunch, throwing in any protein, nuts, or on-their-last-leg veggies I happen […]

Bunnies, Eggs, and Ancient Myths

Written By: Erin Smith

March 15, 2021

One spring day, Eostre, the ancient, Teutonic goddess of fertility, was walking through the forest when she came upon an injured swallow. The world had not yet thawed, and the poor creature’s wings were frozen. Eostre took pity upon the suffering bird, petting it gently and blowing upon its frozen feathers. Her breath transformed the […]

The Beauty of the Broken Bucket

Written By: Erin Smith

February 22, 2021

My parents have a small organic garden. It’s near – but not near enough – to the house to have access to water pipes. So they catch rain and carry that water from the rain catcher to their beloved tomato plants in big buckets. One of the buckets has a small crack in it, water […]