Guatemala, Interbeing, Living from the Heart, Mindfulness, Traveling

7 Practices to Start Borrowing from Latin American Culture

I love Mexicans. My mom’s side of the family is Tex-Mex. They are a fun-loving, big-hearted, fierce and fabulous bunch of people. I also love Colombians, Guatemalans, Hondurans, El Salvadoreans, Nicaraguans, Costa Ricans, Panamanians, Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Chileans, Argentines, Uruguayans, Paraguayans, Belizeans, Bolivians, Cubans, Dominicans, Brazilians and Venezuelans–in other words, I love Latinxs! My life has… Continue reading 7 Practices to Start Borrowing from Latin American Culture

Education, Guatemala, Mindfulness

Halloween is kind of fucked up.

Check out the full post: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/10/a-real-life-celebration-of-day-of-the-dead/ Of course I went trick or treating as a kid. I would dress up and go door to door with a group of friends and ask for candy from mostly unknown neighbors in suburbia. In high school, I don't remember celebrating. In college and post-college, I would go to… Continue reading Halloween is kind of fucked up.

Communicating, Interbeing, New Paradigm in Practice

The Culture Wheel

What makes us who we are? Our culture! And as the world becomes more interconnected, cultures mix, mingle and swirl to create sub-cultures and each of us arguably has a unique sub-sub-culture. My (awesome) principal a few years ago introduced the culture wheel assignment to us teachers during the orientation/prep week prior to the beginning… Continue reading The Culture Wheel

Writings

The Best Education in the World?

Both Cuba and Finland have created effective educational systems based upon the simple idea that every child would have free access to a good public school. In both cases, this idea and its implementation came out of an urgent need to for the nation to survive and thrive, economically, politically and culturally. Schooling in Cuba… Continue reading The Best Education in the World?

Michelle's Memoir

Choose Your Own Lifestyle

Hey, there. Happy 2015! I just love a new year. Even if it's an illusion, the new calendar with its 12 pristine months feels like a fresh start---a chance for a new beginning. I didn't set any official resolutions this year, because that's not how change works for me. I am, however, proud to say… Continue reading Choose Your Own Lifestyle

Education, Hatha Yoga Practice, Karma yoga

11 Common Misconceptions About Yoga.

11 Common Misconceptions About Yoga.As with any popular movement, there are plenty of stereotypes around what yoga means and generalizations about what “yoga people” are like.The truth is, the modern-day international yoga community is so huge and its practices, teachings and techniques so diverse that it is difficult to define what yoga actually is anymore.It may be… Continue reading 11 Common Misconceptions About Yoga.