Looking for Gladness

Written By: Erin Smith

March 30, 2020

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~J.R.R. Tolkein, The Fellowship […]

Music Isn’t Cancelled

Written By: Erin Smith

March 23, 2020

Found Izzie sitting on her bed today in tears. “What’s wrong Monster?” She removed the earbuds and wiped snot on her sleeve. “Mommy, have you ever heard a song that was so beautiful your heart gets really big really fast and it pushes on your lungs so hard you can’t breathe? Then you start crying […]

Quarantine is an Inconvenience. It is Also an Opportunity.

Written By: Erin Smith

March 16, 2020

Be where your feet are. I say it a million times a day. To myself, my family, my yoga students. Just be here, right now. Stop running from everything. Stop running toward that unknowable future. Stop running around like a headless chicken, banging into walls. Be where your feet are. I now realize that this […]

Seeking Immortality

Written By: Erin Smith

March 5, 2020

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. ~Bruce Lee Immortality has always been big business. The ancient Egyptians mummified their kings as a way to preserve the physical body for the future; they regarded death as a temporary interruption and believed enlightened souls would reanimate their corpses. The first emperor of China, Qin Shi […]

From What If to What Is

Written By: Erin Smith

March 1, 2020

I was sick most of the winter and spent a lot of time on the couch. I was too tired to read; every time I would pick up my book, I would fall asleep after two pages. I tried Netflix, but couldn’t find anything interesting to watch. I lacked the emotional bandwidth to deal with […]

Lessons From Being Sick

Written By: Erin Smith

February 29, 2020

I was sitting in the shower crying at the hopelessness of it all. Since I hadn’t showered in three days, I really needed to shampoo my hair. But the shampoo bottle seemed so far away that I just cried instead. Maybe I should back up. This particular cry – one of many that week – […]