Cheryl’s Blog

My thoughts on mindfulness, upcoming events, and more.

Cheryl’s Blog

My thoughts on mindfulness, upcoming events, and more.

Heightening Your Awareness With Mindfulness

Heightening Your Awareness With Mindfulness

I find the domino effects of meditation on your physical and mental state to be astounding. About a year ago I was in my yoga class taught by Sydney Huges McGee at her yoga/massage studio, 18 Springs. Sydney was teaching us about the cerebrospinal fluid, the areas of...

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What Is Your Joy Connection?

What Is Your Joy Connection?

The pine floorboards shake as everyone in the hall stomps in unison. The Louisiana zydeco rhythms bounce through the long line of contra dancers as the piano accordion and washboard drives the beat and our full skirts twirl periwinkle, forest green, and crimson, long...

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Dream Weaver: A Story Told In The Old Ways

Dream Weaver: A Story Told In The Old Ways

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’ – The Talmud Emma nestled into the gnarled crook of her favorite tree. Her fair knees were skinned, her bare feet dirty on the bottom. Tiny bits of bark poked out of her uncombed, auburn...

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Meditation: Comfort Food for Your Mind

Meditation: Comfort Food for Your Mind

“There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen As I held the bowl of my Grandma’s rice pudding out to my friend I noticed a crack in the edge of the spiral pattern. The green-blue glaze over the humble clay reminded me of the water...

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The Sensual Practice of Mindful Eating

The Sensual Practice of Mindful Eating

My basket was filled with magic from the Earth. The deep orange beats glowed with an outer space like quality. The dark, purple-green, nutrient-packed kale waited to be massaged with fresh lemon juice and then tossed with avocado and parmesan cheese for the best raw...

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Magic and Mindfulness at Minglewood

Magic and Mindfulness at Minglewood

The petals are cool and silky against my fingers as I plant the first flower in the center of the spiral.   My fellow Forest Bathers carefully place their hiking boots on the rich soil as they add their bit of magic to our piece of earth art.      ...

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The Value of Limbo and Vulnerability

The Value of Limbo and Vulnerability

“Everybody wants to be somebody, nobody wants to grow.” ~ Goethe The blustery wind soared through the trees making me shiver, despite the overall mildness of the spring day. I was rushing along the beautiful woodland path mindlessly, oblivious to the wildflowers,...

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Luck of the Polish

Luck of the Polish

Rain spilled over the gutters of our old house on Brunswick Court as I sat on the front porch for the last time. It was the day of closing, both literally and figuratively. The new owners, a family where the husband is a professor at Wake Forest University, just like...

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Lessons from The Dolphins: The Wonder of Going Deep

Lessons from The Dolphins: The Wonder of Going Deep

Swimming with wild dolphins in the Caribbean taught me that looking below the surface reveals an entirely new world. I realized that most of my life had been spent safely in the shallows of my beliefs and my relationships. I’d like to share the story about how I...

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Waking Up With Hummingbird

Waking Up With Hummingbird

I had a magically-real encounter with Hummingbird this week. I’m in the midst of an essence-based, change process with my Mentor, Robin Rice. My wow-moment happened as I was sitting at our kitchen table listening to Robin guide me through a meditation designed to draw...

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