Five years ago today I was diagnosed with cancer. This week I have been reflecting on all I have learned since that day, about myself, life, love, and God. Here is what I know for sure. What I Deserve Many people have said to me,"You don't deserve to have cancer!" What do we deserve? For a while I thought we deserved ... More


I have a problem with authority. I have always thought the problem was that I didn’t like it. But actually, the problem is that I have always assumed that authority comes from the outside. And that assumption has made me feel like someone has a giant thumb on me, holding me down. I have recently come to conclusion that, in ... More

“What I Did At Camp.” Or, “How I Became a Nude Model at 40.”

I flew to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago to Patti Digh's Design Your Life Camp.  When she announced she was having one I knew I would go.  Just like you know when it's time to quit a job or eat lunch.  Then Patti asked me to come teach yoga at camp, and suddenly going to camp wouldn't cost me anything except time.  Of course ... More

Judgment, Laziness and Grace

Lately I find myself in a loop of judgments. It seems to be a cyclical thing for me. I form a bunch, become aware, release them, and then when I'm not looking they creep back in. Sometimes I just get lazy and forget to be vigilant with my thoughts. The Yoga Sutras, written over 2000 years ago, list hindrances to yoga ... More

The Best Hangover

#Reverb 10 - Prompt: Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011? I haven't been posting lately b/c all the prompts have made me think of the same things I've already said. Then came this one. I have contemplated how to heal myself this year probably ... More

Just Do It

#Reverb10 Prompt: Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen. What's your next step? People have been telling me for years that I should write a book. And for years I have been saying, "I want to write a book." The truth is, I have already written enough words to fill several ... More


Slacker by Brandie Sellers on 2010/12/12 11:55 PM I have been a slacker about blogging the past few days. I could probably spend a lot of time analyzing why that is, but I won't. The three prompts I have missed have been great, as is today's. I was going to blog all four, but instead I'll pick one and recommit to daily ... More

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Award

Reverb10 - Prompt: Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different - you'll find they're what make you beautiful. At the end of my senior year of high school my most favoritest teacher ever, D. Smith, gave out awards to his ... More

I Got All My Sisters With Me

Reverb 10 Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? The first thing that popped into my mind when I read this prompt is the community of women that I have been lucky enough to amass in my adult life. ... More

Food is Love

Reverb 10 - December 6th Prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? The last "thing" I made was an Indian food feast. For no reason in particular, other than I had some coconut milk, tomatoes and sweet potatoes that ... More