Before the Winter Fast

Before the Winter Fast
It's the last Friday before the winter fast, or more specifically, the Nativity Fast. 

What does this mean for me?
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Does Presence Have a Sound

Does Presence Have a Sound

When I gave birth to Julian on August 8, 2001, my world changed forever. Suddenly things I never considered before, quality and ethics of food & water, necessary and unnecessary medical, the toxicity of products I used in my home, and contemplating the width and depth of my spiritual life came to the forefront of my mind. I reflect on this pivotal moment when I looked at my newborn son with strawberry blond peach fuzz and blue eyes and remember thinking, omg,  I have him for the next 18 years at least; I'm responsible. A wash of overwhelm came over me for a while. 


It's interesting how big moments can shift perception and how you engage with the world. This moment marked the beginning of my pursuit of an ever-evolving life of intention.

Yesterday  I asked on Instagram what Autumn sounded like, and if it were in a key, what would it be? 

Here are some of the answers; 

football whistles

crunching leaves

suede

 the key of G

For me, Autumn sounds like "These Days" by Nico, the creative conversations that produce El Tonto Por Cristo, chanting at a candlelit Vespers service, James & Ginger at the Texas Theater, less Instagram, more love letters, and presence. 

The question about Autumn and its unique sound was birthed by the 13-hour road trip home after dropping off my youngest to begin his collegiate years, which had me reflecting on time, how quickly it goes by and where I want to spend it going forward. 

less>more

While I continue to contemplate how I'll show up publically and where I'll put my efforts personally, I can tell you where I will definitely be, and that is at Le Jesswell, or thejesswell.com, my website, a virtual space that I cultivate for your exhale and mine, and in your inbox every Friday with your Inbox Exhale; I'll save all of my everything for you there. 


Classes this week---

Thursday 9/7: Power Yoga 6 AM CST Yoga Art Music

Thursday 9/7: Restorative Reiki 7 PM CST Yoga Up

Saturday: 9/10: Super Yoga Vinyasa 9 AM CST Super Yoga Palace



Voice Piece for Soprano---Yoko Ono
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I will not abandon you

I will not abandon you
As nurturers, caretakers, and even entrepreneurs, there will always be one more need to be attended to, an obligation to fill, and tasks to be done. When is enough enough for today? When does that person who is always pouring out become a priority? I ask because I've asked myself this same question many times this week, and the only things that have soothed my would are the words; I will not abandon you. 
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Beauty for Humanity

Beauty for Humanity
Beauty for humanity. 

If it's not good, beautiful, or true, I'm not interested— these are my late July musings. 

This week, I came across a post on Instagram about its changes over the last two years and how it's trying to change us...
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A Little Bit Extra

A Little Bit Extra
My youngest son had his last day of high school today. And I'm feeling pretty emotional about it. 
Time has flown by. My life as a mother and a parent was better than I could have imagined in many ways. In other ways, I have regrets and the classic enneagram three thoughts, did I do enough, was I enough, and how could I have done better. 

Perhaps making this moment so difficult is that it is the end of a season; there have been many of those in the last couple of years, but this one is hitting me a little bit extra.  I'm proud, and I'm mourning at the same time. 

When I catch my breath, I can count my blessings.  I'm so thankful for this Super Yoga Palace community. So many of you have been with me over the last 13 years as I built this brand, this space, and this experience with my boys in tow. 

Seasons change, and the transition is often bittersweet; I am in it, sitting with all of it. 

I'm very happy that we yoga together tomorrow. The class I have planned for each of you is what I also need too. 

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