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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.

Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

- Rainer Maria Rilke
Last time I wrote about finding your north star, about knowing what’s important and bringing your actions into alignment with your commitment.  But even when a lucky alchemy of discernment and inspiration brings a clear sense of the future I want to create, it's still a process to go from idea to committed possibility, from organizing to executing.  And my hard-won wisdom is that things often take a lot more time than I think…on account of, you know: life.
I once asked the counsel of a very wise teacher: What can I do about my impatience? I think I was hoping for a listicle--10 ways to cultivate patience. He laughed and replied; oh you’ll always be impatient. Your work is to perfect your relationship with time.
When I look through a lens of embodied knowing, I sense that impatience is about leaning into the future. I want to move forward but I’m not sure about the next step.  I’m done being where I am but having trouble getting traction. A seemingly simple action gets transferred from one to-do list to another. Instead of getting curious, I turn my frustration inward, doubting my commitment and efficacy.

What if (sometimes) procrastination is not a major character flaw, but an intuitive knowing that I have work to do, but not this minute.
What if I trusted the timing of Not Yet and allowed things to ripen, or trusted that other events would lend more clarity, that the way would be revealed?
In yoga, Mountain Pose (Tadasana) is the seed posture for all the standing poses. It demands a dynamic stillness, rooted and expansive and vertical. A mountain does not lean or collapse. It has a broad foundation and vertical lift. First, a firm foundation, then a balanced awareness of the gravity line—front + back, left + right. Standing (evenly) on your own two feet is a basic life skill.
At work, in our relationships, we have the same choices. Our discernment is informed when we move from stillness, speak from silence, and listen with a quiet mind. Our actions are more skillful when we ground ourselves, standing evenly on our two feet, moving into our length, our width, our depth.
When you feel anxious or frustrated, stop, stand, and ground.
If you have 5 minutes, take 12 breaths. Inhale. Exhale. Focus on the in breath, the out breath, not to change it, just to observe the inner movement of the lungs and the diaphragm.
If you have 10 minutes, go for a walk. Again, ground in sensation. Feel your feet as they contact the ground. Lengthen your spine. Relax your shoulders. Notice what is around you through a lens of appreciation.
Tuesday Nights in November: 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:00-7:30 pm

This 4-week series is a great way to start or restart your practice. Limited to 4 participants, you'll get lots of individualized attention, group support, and referrals to local yoga classes.
Available now
  • Just in Time: get clear about what's most important and figure out what you need to do to get moving and stay on track. Available in 3-hr blocks.
  • Monthly Reflection Sessions: the appointment you keep with yourself to stop and make sense, to think and plan. Because leaders deserve it.


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Here are 3 things that show up in my inbox almost every day and inform my discernment:

  1. Peace on the Inside: original wisdom and helpful commentary
  2. Improvised Life: quirky examples of art, design, and culture
  3. The What List: two women dish on fashion, food, and travel, a guilty pleasure that turned me on to Hoka One One shoes.


Be in touch! Let me know the questions that are working you and how the idea of embodied leadership is showing up in your life!
November Series now scheduled and open!

Introduction to Yoga Fundamentals

Ready to show up? Call Laura at 510.682.6133 or sign up here. More information here.
  • Price is $65 for the series.
  • Discounts available for working parents, students, and under 35.
  • Wear comfy clothes, come with an empty stomach and a yoga mat.
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